Target: Anoka County Judge Sean C. Gibbs
Goal: Convict rancher of animal abuse for letting his horses become severely emaciated and were in extreme disrepair.
Lowell Friday owns an Arabian horse ranch in Anoka County, MN. For the second time in three years, Friday has been charged with misdemeanor cruelty against his horses, this time with 35 counts of abuse. Friday has asked that his case be dismissed, and is scheduled for a court hearing in the near future.
Friday’s history of animal abuse is evident in his misdemeanor conviction in 2009, when a malnourished colt died on his ranch. Recently, 17 horses were removed from Friday’s property for immediate medical attention. According to Anoka County, these horses were severely emaciated from malnourishment and in extreme disrepair, as was evident in their cracked and overgrown hooves. The living conditions of the horses were characterized by piles of feces and contaminated, algae-ridden drinking water. Of these horses, one collapsed from weakness during removal, and another had to be euthanized. It is clear that Lowell Friday is unable to properly care for the 64 horses on his ranch.
Now, Friday wishes for these charges to be dropped, on the grounds that he wasn’t given the opportunity to rehabilitate the horses himself. The fact is, however, that he has had years to recover from his 2009 conviction, and has not taken the proper steps to ensure that his animals are healthy and safe. He is an unfit owner, and should be held responsible for the pain and suffering he has caused. By signing the petition below, you can ask Anoka County Judge Sean C. Gibbs, who will preside over the next hearing, to convict Lowell Friday of misdemeanor animal cruelty charges.
Dear Judge Gibbs,
It is my understanding that you will preside over the hearing of Lowell Friday, an Anoka County rancher charged with 35 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty. Recently, authorities seized 17 severely emaciated horses from his ranch for urgent medical attention. One horse’s condition was so severe it had to be euthanized. In addition, the living conditions for Mr. Friday’s horses were found to be unfit, characterized by contaminated drinking water and piles of feces.
Mr. Friday wishes to have these charges dropped, on the grounds that he was not given a chance to correct the problem himself. The fact is that he was already convicted of misdemeanor animal cruelty in 2009, meaning that he has actually had years to correct the problem. This earlier conviction resulted from the death of a malnourished colt. It has been made abundantly clear that Lowell Friday is unable or unwilling to properly care for the horses on his ranch. Please consider the extreme and unnecessary suffering that Mr. Friday has inflicted upon these beautiful animals, and ensure that he is held responsible by convicting him as charged.
[Your Name Here]
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