Target: Kevin M. Deneen, Town Attorney of Enfield, Connecticut
Goal: Ensure the maximum punishment for man who convinced his son to shoot and kill three beagle puppies while hunting
Three beagle puppies recently suffered untimely deaths in Enfield, Connecticut when a man told his son that it was legal to kill any dogs pursuing wild prey. John Lake was hunting with his 13-year-old son when he allegedly misquoted a law that states that police or properly licensed conservation officers may shoot at dogs that are harassing wild deer. His son then took his rifle and shot at five puppies that were chasing a rabbit nearby, killing three.
Not only did John Lake exercise extremely poor gun safety procedures around his young son by allowing him to carry and fire a rifle, but he also encouraged the murder of innocent animals. Upon discovering what his son had done, Lake didn’t attempt to contact the owner or make amends. Instead, he buried the bodies in the woods, where they were later discovered by a local resident. The shameful coverup of his son’s crime only proves that Lake should not be hunting himself, let alone teaching a teenager to carry and use weapons.
John Lake should have his hunting license revoked, as well as be given the maximum possible punishment for animal cruelty and illegal discharge of a firearm. Urge the Enfield Superior Court to levy an appropriate sentence for this brutal crime.
Dear Mr. Deneen,
When John Lake recently went hunting with his young son, his ill-informed knowledge of animal control laws led to the brutal slaughter of three beagle puppies. After telling his 13-year-old son that it was legal to shoot at dogs pursuing wild deer, the boy shot at the first dogs he saw–a pack of five beagles that were chasing a rabbit. Three of the beagles died on the spot.
After discovering what his son had done, Lake continued to exhibit shameful behavior by covering up the bodies instead of attempting to contact the owner of the dogs and make amends. It wasn’t until later when a resident discovered the dogs that their owners learned what had happened.
Clearly, Lake is not an individual that should be in possession of a hunting license or firearm. He passed his poor judgment on to his son, who acted on his father’s advice to kill three young dogs. This callous act of animal cruelty and flagrant disregard for gun safety must not go unpunished. I urge you to take away John Lake’s hunting license and ensure the maximum punishment for his crimes.
[Your Name Here]
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