Target: Charles City County Animal Control
Goal: To terminate Franklin Bates as Animal Control Officer and charge him for animal cruelty
Recently, the McGein family lost their beloved pet Axel. Axel was a young, fun-loving yellow Labrador who was adored by his family. He did not deserve to die in such a horrific act of violence at the hands of Animal Control Officer (ACO) Franklin Bates. Bates killed Axel on the assumption that Axel was an aggressive dog. A complaint was made against Axel for chasing a teenage boy. Prior to this complaint, there was no history of Axel exhibiting any kind of aggressive behavior. While at the McGein’s home, Bates trespassed onto private property by opening a closed gate to gain access into the family’s property. In addition to trespassing onto private property, Bates also provoked Axel by stomping at him; Axel’s reaction to the stomping was what Bates believed to be sufficient grounds to murdering Axel.
Bates killed Axel by shooting him in the face not once, but three times. This act of violence against a completely defenseless dog is unnecessary and despicable. Bates did not have to shoot Axel in the face; he could have captured Axel and held him at the local animal shelter until his owners were contacted about the situation. In fact, Bates did not contact Axel’s owners about his death until the next day. He did not even leave a note telling them that their beloved pet had been murdered and removed from their property.
The crimes committed by ACO Bates have gone unpunished. He is still currently working for Charles City County Animal Control. He is also not being charged for animal cruelty because he was only “doing his duty.” Justice needs to be served for both Axel and his owners. There is no denying that the act of violence committed against Axel was nothing short of animal cruelty. Sign the petition below to demand that Charles City County Animal Control terminate Franklin Bates immediately and charge him to the fullest extent for animal abuse.
Dear Charles City County Animal Control,
Justice needs to be given to the McGein family and their dog, Axel. Axel was brutally murdered by one of your Animal Control Officers, Franklin Bates. The manner in which Bates killed this dog was completely unacceptable and disgusting. Bates trespassed onto the family’s private property to murder their dog. Axel had no prior history of aggression but Bates did not take this into consideration. Instead, he provoked Axel and used the scared dog’s reaction as an excuse to murder him.
This was not an act of self-defense but an act of animal cruelty. Bates shot Axel in the face three times, even though shooting him in the face repeatedly seems superfluous considering Axel was probably killed after the first shot. Other measures could have been taken to subdue Axel but Bates willingly chose to violently murder this defenseless dog. I am urging you not to let these crimes go unpunished. Please take the action to terminate Franklin Bates as Animal Control Officer and charge him to the fullest extent for his act of animal cruelty against Axel.
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Photo credit: “Axel RIP” tribute page via Facebook