Animal Abuser Charged with Misdemeanor Deserves Harsher Sentence

Target: Lawrence Wasden, Attorney General of Idaho

Goal: Demand harsher sentence for man charged with beating family dog to death.

An Idaho family, already devastated by the loss of their dog, has learned that the man responsible for the dog’s death is being let off with a mere misdemeanor charge. Last month, the Cook family left their beloved dog in the care of Austin Matott, only to find the animal had been brutally beaten when they returned home. The dog was pronounced dead, and the autopsy showed signs of severe abuse.

It is an insult to the dog’s memory that Matott is merely being given a slap on the wrist for his actions. The family placed their trust in this man to care for their pet; they should not have had to come home to find their pet in such dire straits. Furthermore, animal abuse is far from a misdemeanor; it is a serious crime and should be treated as such, especially in a case such as this.

Animal abusers deserve more than a slap on the wrist. Sign this petition to demand a much harsher sentence for Matott, and that he be made an example of so that people will think twice about harming an animal in their care.


Dear Attorney General Wasden,

The punishment issued to accused animal abuser Austin Matott is much too light. Matott was left in charge of a family dog, only for the dog to die of brutal injuries hours later and the autopsy to show signs of severe abuse. The family of the dog is devastated by the loss and enraged by Matott’s actions being classified as a misdemeanor.

Animal abuse is a crime, and it must always be treated as such. This family placed their trust in the accused to watch their beloved pet, and that trust was violated. It is an insult to the dog’s memory that his assailant and alleged killer is being given a mere slap on the wrist. While nothing will bring back the deceased dog, Matott has committed a serious crime and must be given a harsher punishment.


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  1. tina roberts says:

    This guy needs his dick cut off. Then just beat him to death after he lives w that for a couple months

  2. Barton Dixon says:

    “If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.” Albert Einstein
    “Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character; and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.” Authur Schopenhauer

  3. hell awaits austin mattot now. takes this turd out back and end it now for killing this great dog now.

  4. Rosslyn Osborne says:

    One in every five of these animal abuse perpetrators turn from animals to child and spousal abuse if not stopped with severe punishment and counseling…
    You have handed out a slap on the hand to a pending animal/human abuser! Are you happy that your child or sister is at risk?

  5. Idaho get with the program. Stop condoning this kind of behavior. Tighten up the laws in your State. Otherwise you will have a lot of sexual predators looking for animals and children. Its been proven that once they are bored with the animals this will continue on humans. Do the right thing Idaho!

  6. hasna nizar says:

    if the punishment is more severe, people will stop abusing animals fearing the consequences. because of this man an innocent animal lost his life. and the man who is responsible for its death is allowed to go on living. not fair at all.

  7. I have always felt that human or animal abusers should be punished the same way they have abused. Since he was responsible for this beautiful dogs death, so be it with him likewise. But that would be cruel. So he gets a slap ?? on the wrist.

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