Justice for Injured Dog Allegedly Killed by Man With Sledgehammer

Target: Bill Montgomery, Maricopa County District Attorney

Goal: Punish man accused of killing a neighbor’s dog by bashing it in the head with a sledgehammer.

A man is facing animal cruelty charges after allegedly killing an injured dog with a sledgehammer. The man, 49-year-old Ivan Lawrence, is accused of beating his neighbor’s dog to death after it was hit by a car. According to reports, there were several onlookers to the incident, including a 10-year-old boy who now has nightmares.

Reports say that a neighbor noticed that Beau, a 3-year-old pit bull, had escaped his yard and been hit by a car. The dog had limped back to his owner’s yard, where concerned onlookers gathered. One had planned to take the animal to an emergency veterinary clinic. When she returned to her home to get help carrying the dog, witnesses say that Lawrence emerged from his home carrying a sledgehammer.

Witnesses tried to argue with Lawrence about his alleged intent to euthanize the dog. He claimed to be National Guard and an ex-athlete, which is how he apparently “knew” that the dog needed to be euthanized despite the lack of blood and the dog’s appearance of being in minimal pain. He then allegedly swung the sledgehammer menacingly toward the witnesses, and when they backed away, delivered a fatal blow to the dog’s skull.

This man apparently acted with incredible cruelty by denying this dog a the chance at survival that a veterinarian could have given him. Even if the dog couldn’t be saved, it could have been euthanized in a much more humane manner that would not have scarred the dog’s owner as well as young witnesses. Sign below to ask the prosecutor to seek the maximum penalty for this man, if he is found guilty.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Montgomery,

A Phoenix man is facing animal cruelty charges after allegedly using a sledgehammer to kill an injured dog. The dog, a 3-year-old pit bull named Beau, had been run over by a car when it limped back into its owner’s yard. When witnesses gathered to try to help it, they say that Ivan Lawrence emerged from his home with a sledgehammer. Per reports, Lawrence then delivered a fatal blow to the dog’s skull, traumatizing a young onlooker.

This was completely unnecessary as another neighbor was willing to bring the dog to an emergency vet clinic, where it could have been cared for or humanely euthanized. We, the undersigned, ask that you seek the maximum possible penalty for this man if he is found guilty of this alleged act of cruelty.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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17 Comments

  1. This vicious and deliberate killing of an injured dog with no thought as to the extent of the injuries, to the onlookers in the area, to the dog’s owners, or to the basic tenants of civility and compassion should be aggressively punished and condemned. He had no right to touch his neighbors dog, let alone kill this defenseless animal. This was a heinous act of cruelty; jail this guy.

  2. What a Moron!

    National guard and ex athlete!Sub human is more like it.

  3. Dr. Tony DeLia says:

    Does Ivan Lawrence expect to have someone put him “out of his misery” with a sledgehammer if he trips and twists his ankle? If so I am sure there would be many people who would be happy to accommodate him.

    • Exactly. I hope he just has a small injury and than someone goes with a sledgehammer and bang on his head. I bet he wouldn’t ask for that, but on the contrary. He would think he is entitled to all the best treatments and respect.
      NO. He is a psycho, is not the 1 time and won’t be the last. The world needs to put this psychos were they belong>>>below on a grave. But 1 lets torture them the same way they have done to animals.

  4. Dr. Tony DeLia says:

    You can bet this is not the first time Ivan Lawrence has done something like this and will not be the last time if he is not permanently incarcerated.

  5. Absolutely Angry says:

    Whoaaa this mother f’er needs some serious jail time to think about his actions. If this dousche bag isn’t prosecuted to the full extent of the law it just proves the laws need to change to fit the crime and the lawmakers are just as guilty if nothing changes. Some one needs to give him a head check with a sledgehammer as far as I’m concerned. I can’t believe these neighbors couldn’t do a better job protecting this dog, it probably would’ve gotten this pos some more trouble if humans were involved in his outrageous actions!

  6. Julie Bates says:

    JAIL JAIL JAIL…NOTHING LESS

  7. michelle mitchell says:

    I dare this vile bastard dog murderer to make contact with me face to face because I will ensure that an eye for an eye is enforced when least expected!! OH YES!!!!

  8. Cynthia Mattera says:

    People who were there did nothing? Im confused? I don’t give a damn what kind of weapon he had, I would have gotten in front of the dog. This is ridicules. They all stood by and watched him hit the dog twice and kill him? Shame on all of you who stood by while this poor injured dog was murdered. Dear God….lock up this man who did this.

  9. Erika Vasquez says:

    This person need be in jail for what he did ilobe animals and a get sad wen this tins happen need be in jail never be out. Animals pets habe fillings to thast to sad. Animals need lobe and there loyalty to us need be in jail the person and neber be out what he did to this poor dog

  10. OMG……………WHAT THE HELL IS THE MATTER WITH PEOPLE TODAY??
    WHAT GAVE THIS IDIOT THE RIGHT TO TAKE THIS DOGS LIFE AND ESPECIALLY IN SUCH A HORRIFIC AND GRUESOME WAY??? IF THIS WAS MY DOG THIS GUY BETTER RUN CAUSE THERE IS NOT A ROCK BIG ENOUGH FOR HIM TO HIDE UNDER. WHY DIDN’T ANYONE CALL THE COPS BEFORE THEY LET THIS MONSTER DO HIS DIRTY AND EVIL DEED AGAINST THIS DOG???

  11. HELL AWAITS THE STUPID SHIT FOR BRAINS TURD NAMED IVAN LAWRENCE. BEAU SHOULD STILL BE ALIVE NOW. THIS KILLER NEEDS DEATH NOW.

  12. Jail is not enough. I wish he suffers some injury and than someone needs to do to him the same. Pick a sledgehammer and bang right in his imbecile head. We already pay for enough people with mental problems, we need to stop this. Is not excuse mental problems to be cruel and horrible and to take advantage of who can’t defend, which is their case many times, also the dog didn’t even belong to him, it was invasion of private property and murder of a dog which is more important than this human shit which unfortunately is still alive i hope for just a few more days. Why this psychos don’t get in each other, that would be wonderful. One kills the other and keeps going.

  13. It is illegal to euthanize an animal witha sledgehammer. The American Veterinary Association lists approved methods for euthanasia. Ivan Lawrence has committed a crime. He also killed a dog that may have been saved with prompt veterinary care.
    Lawrence is a violent individual and must have any animals he keeps taken from him and rehomed. He undoubtedly abuses the humans he shares a house with as well. A good long stay in jail is in order in this case.

  14. THE DOG WASNT HIS DOG IT WAS NOT BADLY INJURED, HE HAD NO RIGHT TO TOUCH IT LET ALONE KILL IT WITH A SLEDGHAMMER, IF I WERE ONE OF THE BYSTANDERS I WOULD HAVE COVERED THE DOG WITH MY BODY SO IF HE USED THE SLEDGHAMMER HE WOULD HAVE HIT ME, I WOULDNT HAVE HESITATED AND THE OWNERS SHOULD SUE HIM FOR THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS, PLEASE DO THAT.

  15. THE DOG WASNT HIS DOG IT WAS NOT BADLY INJURED, HE HAD NO RIGHT TO TOUCH IT LET ALONE KILL IT WITH A SLEDGHAMMER, IF I WERE ONE OF THE BYSTANDERS I WOULD HAVE COVERED THE DOG WITH MY BODY SO IF HE USED THE SLEDGHAMMER HE WOULD HAVE HIT ME, I WOULDNT HAVE HESITATED AND THE OWNERS SHOULD SUE HIM FOR THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS, PLEASE DO THAT.

  16. Glenda lassiter says:

    Were people there scared of this moron ? This is totally unacceptable . Put him in prison with animal advocates . He will get what he deserves cause most prisoners don’t like animal killers . Tell by smirk on his face he thinks it’s funny .

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