Target: The NYS Commission on Judicial Conduct
Goal: To see Cherika Alvarez convicted of animal abuse and serve a sentence for starving her pit bull which resulted in his death.
Animal abuse happens in neighborhoods throughout the country. The people we pass in our apartment building could be guilty of such a horrendous crime, and we would never know. This was the case with 30 year-old Cherika Alvarez, who kept her pit bull Alize, in her apartment and effectively starved him to death, in 2009. According to authorities, he ate garbage, razor blades, wood chips and ketchup packets to attempt to stay alive before dying after a month and a half alone in the apartment. He was so malnourished and emaciated that animal welfare workers had to literally scrape him off the floor of Ms. Alvarez’s apartment.
Ms. Alvarez was originally sentenced with only 1 year in prison (which seems pretty light considering she was guilty of murder). However, her attorney decided to appeal the case, and after Bronx judge, Robert Sackett, heard her heartfelt sobbing apology just yesterday, he lowered her sentence to only 20 days of community service! She claimed she was sorry and that she would never hurt another animal as long as she lived. But the fact remains, that she did hurt Alize, and due to her mistreatment he is dead. He will never know the joy of having a loving family and a safe home to call his own. Animal abusers never seem to stop after one incidence, and the fact Judge Sackett let Ms. Alvarez go with little more than a slap on the wrist means she is free to do it again. What’s to stop her, since she is not face a stricter punishment, like the original sentence of 1 year in jail, which is still mild for such a crime?
Judge Sackett should withdraw his order for community service and reinstate the original sentence, while although light is still better than community service. Prosecutors in the case even requested she serve 30 days behind bars and 30 days of community service, but Judge Sackett did not feel such a harsh punishment was called for since she was sorry, and promised she would never do it again. Ask the NYS Commission on Judicial Conduct to investigate this case further and put a different judge on the case. Alize will never get his life back, so why should his killer walk free?
Dear Members of the NYS Commission on Judicial Conduct,
In 2009, Cherika Alvarez was convicted of starving her pit bull, Alize to death in her apartment. She was sentenced to 1 year of jail time. However, her attorney appealed her case, and Judge Robert Sackett of the Bronx heard the case. Yesterday after Ms. Alvarez broke down in the courtroom promising she would never hurt another living creature again, Judge Sackett let her off. He sentenced her to only 20 days of community service, despite requests for 30 days of jail time and community service, at minimum. Judge Sackett felt this was not needed, since she was sorry for her crime.
Being a concerned animal lover, I feel this case should be given to a different judge and Ms. Alvarez retried. Her pit bull Alize ate everything he could find in the apartment to attempt to survive; this included wood chips and razor blades. He was still so malnourished and emaciated that after 6 weeks his body just gave out. Ms. Alvarez is guilty of murder, she took Alize’s life, and now he will never know the love of a real family or the security of a safe home. Please see justice served and make Ms. Alvarez pay for the torture she knowingly imposed and the murder she committed in cold blood.
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