Elderly Dog Reportedly Killed With Sledgehammer in Order to Save Money Deserves Justice

Target: Thomas J. Donovan Jr., Attorney General of Vermont

Goal: Punish woman who allegedly killed her elderly dog in brutal fashion.

A Vermont woman accused of severe animal cruelty has been released from prison. Lisa Rote Potwin reportedly bludgeoned her sick, elderly dog with a sledgehammer and stabbed him with a knife to ‘end his suffering’ when she could not afford to have him euthanized. Potwin’s roommate also alleges that she tried to euthanize the dog with sedatives and an EpiPen with no success before going for the blunt objects.

This incident is both tragic and horrendous. While no owner wants to see their sick and elderly pet suffer, Potwin’s alleged actions were not so much mercy as they were a brutal murder of an innocent dog. Lacking the funds to pay for euthanasia is not an excuse, nor is the implication that this was for the dog’s own good. Euthanasia is not as simple as killing an animal; it is meant to be a peaceful solution to suffering, and Potwin’s alleged actions did not grant the poor animal a peaceful end.

Potwin is currently awaiting trial and is forbidden to own any more animals. Regardless of her reasons or feelings, she allegedly committed a vile act of animal cruelty and must be punished accordingly. Sign this petition to demand she face justice.


Dear Attorney General Donovan,

An elderly dog was allegedly brutally slain by his owner when she could not afford to have him euthanized. Lisa Potwin claims she merely wanted to end the animal’s suffering, but instead allegedly subjected the animal to a violent end. Potwin was recently released from jail and is awaiting trial.

While no owner wants to see their pet suffer, there is no excuse for Potwin’s reported brutality. Sick and elderly pets deserve a peaceful end, typically provided by euthanasia, and instead the poor dog was given the most brutal and painful end one can imagine. The humane second choice would have been to allow the dog to die peacefully on his own, or to find a cheaper vet. Potwin reportedly crossed the line from a mercy killing to a murder, and she must be punished accordingly. Please ensure that she faces justice for the alleged murder of this poor dog.


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Photo Credit: Lisa Rote Potwin

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  1. Either she’s mentally ill (which I don’t believe) OR just plain EVIL (which I truly do believe). So to “end his suffering” she goes out of her way to make him suffer in an unimaginable way ??????? This EVIL woman should be put in prison for life. Personally, I wish she could get the death penalty since she not only murdered this helpless animal, but also did it in an extremely sadistic way. This kind of EVIL is not fit for human society and should not be allowed either humans or animals ever again. Lock her useless ass up and throw away the key !!!!!!

  2. Take a sledge hammer to this Retard and tell her it is because she is too old- make sure she feels the pain. Animal Vigilantes – PLEASE eliminate this wicked, evil barbaric scum

  3. Whoever did this deserves the same done to them

  4. Leila Lappin says:

    Put the deranged piece of shit, un-human to sleep using her own method of dealing death on her.

  5. Harriet Ables says:

    Euthanize her with a tree limb or other blunt object
    And may she rot in hell!

  6. J Rodriguez says:

    Lisa Potwin must be put behind bars for the barbaric murder of an animal who depended on her. Also, she must never ever be granted the privilege of being within a mile of another animal for the rest of her life.

  7. If only we could mete out true justice – an eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth! this woman and her friend both need to be held accountable – permanently remove them from society – they are not fit to walk among us.

  8. Evil sadistic woman. How do you take a sledge hammer to your own dog while he is looking at you with those trusting eyes. Dogs are loving companions that would do anything for you. That is how she showed her love. This is beyond words. I wish I was on that jury.

  9. ….mentally ill… nice try!
    She is a rotten bitch and deserves the same!

  10. Cathy hayes says:

    This is just awful and sad, wrong, and disgusting. Surely, she could have reached out to an animal welfare grp or even a local vet’s office. Or pull together friends or neighbors to help in some way. Not bludgeon her poor elderly pet, who I’m sure…kept her company or helped make her feel safe on a lonely night.

  11. What a despicable, worthless human being. I can’t even come up with the words to describe a person that would have an elderly dog and think to end its life in any manner other than compassionate decency. However, plse don’t call her “retard”. That is really inappropriate as you surely would not wish to be stating slow learners are abusers. Nothing I can state would be justice for her horrific acts. Not even rot in hell.

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