Target: Jennifer Joyce, Circuit Attorney of St. Louis
Goal: Press felony animal cruelty charges against a man who allegedly shot and strangled a dog before leaving him in a dumpster to die
Last November St. Louis resident Ron Jackson was arrested and charged for animal abuse. He allegedly shot a dog twelve times, strangled it with an electric cord, and then threw it in a dumpster to die. The case has officially been dismissed and Jackson will be set free without charges. This is unacceptable and something must be done immediately.
A city sanitation worker discovered the dog alive and contacted animal control. It was brought to Stray Rescue of St. Louis which has taken care of him since. He is paralyzed, but has made significant improvements over the past few months.
Jackson was arrested during an investigation by the Animal Cruelty Task Force. Several witnesses made statements saying they saw Jackson with a handgun standing near the dumpster where the dog was found. Until now it seemed like the case against him would result in a felony conviction, but the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office recently dismissed the case, claiming the witnesses had become uncooperative.
It is likely that Ron Jackson will never receive punishment for the crime because of double jeopardy laws that prevent a defendant from being tried on the same charges more than once. This case stands as a perfect example of the complete lack of respect with which animal abuse cases are often treated. A murder trial would not have had the same result. Far too many animal cruelty cases are thrown out or not taken seriously, and for reasons that are unjustifiable. Animal abuse will never stop if it isn’t treated with the same significance as human crimes.
Please sign the petition below to demand that the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office do everything they can to reverse this decision and bring Ron Jackson to justice.
Dear Jennifer Joyce,
You recently dismissed the case of Ron Jackson, a man who was charged for shooting a dog twelve times, strangling it, and leaving it in a dumpster to die. Several witnesses made statements confirming that saw Jackson standing near the dumpster with a gun in his hand.
There is little doubt that Jackson was responsible for this horrific act, but yet you threw out the case because the witnesses were being uncooperative. If this were a murder charge, I sincerely doubt the case would have been dismissed so easily. Your decision to release this man is a perfect example of the negligence with which those who are supposed to be enforcing the laws treat animal abuse. Cruelty, such as Jackson committed, will never end if it is viewed as something inconsequential. Please reconsider your decision and do everything in your power to reinstate this case.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Stray Rescue of St. Louis