Target: Judge Mary Jane Bowes, Superior Court of Pennsylvania
Goal: Applaud judge for upholding the conviction of a woman who stole and killed a cancer patient’s pet.
A woman will face three to six months in jail for kidnapping and euthanizing her neighbor’s pet after a judge recently denied her appeal. Gisele Paris of Pennsylvania was convicted in 2015 of theft and animal cruelty for stealing her cancer-stricken elderly neighbor’s dog. She then kept the dog for two months before euthanizing it in her own home after police came to her house to question her.
Paris took the dog after animal welfare officers refused to remove the dog from her neighbor after she made an animal abuse complaint. She claimed that the 8-year-old animal was being neglected, though investigating officers said the husky, named Thor, was in good health. She kept it for two months before taking it to a veterinary clinic, where staff reported her for possession of a dog that was reported stolen. According to Assistant District Attorney Matthew Wholey, Paris paid to euthanize the dog merely to “destroy the evidence” of her crimes.
A recent appeal to her conviction was unsuccessful. According to the original judge on the case, Paris showed no indication of remorse for her conduct.
Stealing someone’s pet is an incredibly cruel thing to do, particularly when it is the sole companion of an elderly cancer patient. By upholding this conviction, the judge has sent a strong message that the theft of animals is a serious crime and will not be taken lightly. Sign the petition to applaud this tough stance against such a cruel crime.
Dear Judge Bowes,
You recently upheld a conviction against Gisele Paris, who stole her elderly neighbor’s dog and killed it. Paris kept the dog for two months before euthanizing it when an officer showed up at her home to investigate the crime. According to Assistant District Attorney Matthew Wholey, Paris paid to euthanize the dog merely to “destroy the evidence” of her crimes.
Stealing the sole companion of an elderly cancer patient and killing it is a cruel thing to do to both the animal and the elderly man. By upholding this conviction, you are sending the message that crimes like these will be taken seriously. We, the undersigned, applaud you for your tough stance against the theft of pets.
[Your Name Here]
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