Dogs Allegedly Neglected and Covered in Matted Fur Deserve Justice

Target: Brad King, State Attorney for Citrus County, Florida

Goal: Demand that the woman who allegedly neglected and starved her dogs receive the maximum penalty under law.

Three dogs were allegedly starved and neglected in a shocking case of animal cruelty. The dogs were reportedly covered in matted fur and malnourished. The accused told police, “I didn’t mean for it to get this bad.” Demand justice for these innocent dogs.

A neighbor spotted Joi-Marie Richheimer’s Shih Tzu wandering the neighborhood and immediately became concerned for the dog’s health. Per officers, the dog’s fur was matted together in dirty clumps and contained traces of feces, urine, maggots, and metal. The dog also suffered from an eye condition, which caused it to go blind, and was reportedly malnourished. Investigators found two additional dogs in Richheimer’s home and both reportedly showed signs of neglect.

Animal Control officers took custody of the three dogs and they are recovering. Richheimer was charged with two felony counts of animal cruelty. Sign below and demand that Richheimer receive the maximum penalty under law, if convicted.


Dear District Attorney King,

Three dogs suffered tremendously when they were allegedly neglected and starved by their owner, Joi-Marie Richheimer. The dogs’ fur was reportedly so matted that it showed traces of urine, feces, maggots, and metal. We demand justice for these poor dogs.

The pictures were shocking. A Shih Tzu, blind due to an eye condition, was shown covered in clumps of dirty matted fur. Animal Control officers reportedly removed three pounds of fur from the dog, leaving the animal with only three pounds of actual body weight. A second dog, a Chow mix, reportedly also suffered with matted fur and had lower back and hip injuries.

This horrific neglect cannot go unpunished. We demand that you seek the maximum penalty in this case.


[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. Either too stupid or too idle to own dogs. Ban for life.

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