Justice for German Shepherd Allegedly Beaten by Owner

Target: Stefanie J. Salavantis, Prosecuting Attorney for Luzerne County, Pennsylvania

Goal: Demand justice for a dog that was reportedly punched, yelled at, and sworn at by its owner.

Animal cruelty charges have been laid against a woman who was allegedly caught on video beating her dog. The video shows a German Shepherd screeching and whining while a woman punches it, yells at it, and swears at it. Two counts of animal abuse have been laid against 31-year-old Karissa Donahue for her alleged beating of her dog, named Olivia.

Neighbors told the Humane Society that this is not the first time this has happened, only the first time it has been caught on video. The dog has since been removed from the home and is under the care of rescuers. According to experts with Blue Chip Animal Refuge, German Shepherds are one of the most intelligent dog breeds out there, and this dog could take months, or even years, to recover from the psychological ramifications of this abuse.

Neighbors who witnessed the event are pleased to see that Donahue has been charged. According to one neighbor, who found the act disgusting, “The whole area loves their pets, they treat them like family.”

This type of alleged cruelty must not go unpunished. Not only will this dog have to bear the physical scars of abuse, it could suffer psychologically for much longer. Sign the petition below to ask the prosecutor to seek the maximum possible penalty against Donahue, if she is found guilty.


Dear Mrs. Salavantis,

A woman is facing animal cruelty charges after allegedly being caught on video punching, yelling at, and swearing at her pet dog. The footage was captured by a neighbor, who claims that this isn’t the first time the woman has lashed out against her dog. The dog, a German Shepherd named Olivia, has been removed from the home and is in the custody of rescuers. According to experts, it could take months, or even years, for Olivia to fully recover from the psychological scars of this alleged abuse.

This dog has a long road to recovery ahead, and it’s imperative that her accused abuser be punished in order to ensure that no more animals are subjected to similar treatment. We, the undersigned, ask you to seek the maximum possible penalty against the owner, if she is found guilty.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Catherine Spengemann says:

    If you need someone to Love her forever please contac me. My almost 14 year old German Shepard just passed away 4 days before Christmas .I sure can give her a forever home. I will drive to get her if needed. Please keep us posted. mcspengemann@att.net

  2. Christine Tobin says:

    People like that are worthless.

  3. Christine Tobin says:

    I always wanted a German shepard and its sad to see that dumbass people like that have to go beat there dog because they have nothing better to do is sad

  4. Kathy Khoshfahm says:

    Stefanie: Karissa Donahue is a sick individual. People who choose to torture and murder innocent animals have no place in today’s society. Please be one of the few Prosecutors in this country who will seek justice for the Animal Kingdom by handing down a punishment that fits the crime. Although the optimum scenario in this case would be to remove this woman from the gene pool, she can at least be removed from society for a few years by putting her in prison. Show the world that Luzerne County WILL NOT tolerate animal cruelty and murder. Get this POS off the street…

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