Target: King County Prosecuting Attorney, Dan Satterberg
Goal: Charge Fredda Starr with animal abuse for intentionally targeting pets with cayenne pepper.
A property manager named Fredda Starr recently admitted to using cayenne pepper to injure neighborhood pets. She sprinkled several jars of the spice on the ground surrounding the apartment complex where she works. One dog experienced painful burns as a result of her actions and had to receive several hundred dollars in veterinary care. The district attorneys in Seattle have chosen not to file any charges against her, despite the injury that occurred because of her actions.
Cayenne pepper is not fatal, but can cause many painful side effects for animals. Not only can it burn the skin, but if it is consumed it can cause internal burns to the mouth, esophagus, stomach, and intestines. Starr knew the effects of cayenne when she chose to sprinkle it all over the grounds surrounding that apartment complex. She reportedly took this action because she had grown frustrated with irresponsible pet owners who did not pick up after their dogs. Regardless of her reason, this was a cruel and intentional act. More dogs could have easily been injured. In fact, more animals might have been injured, but their owners would never have suspected to look for cayenne pepper on the ground.
Even though Fredda Starr has apologized for her actions and agreed not to injure any more animals with cayenne pepper, her cruel and bizarre behavior merits punishment. These animals did nothing wrong and should not have had to suffer for walking on the sidewalk. Despite the complaint that has been filed with the Seattle Police Department, no charges have been filed.
Demand that this woman gets charged with animal abuse for intentionally targeting neighborhood pets.
Dear King County Prosecuting Attorney, Dan Satterberg,
A woman named Fredda Starr recently admitted to targeting neighborhood pets with cayenne pepper. She works as a property manager and sprinkled several jars of the spice around the apartment complex where she works in order to injure the dogs that came in contact with it. One small dog experienced painful burns from the cayenne and had to receive several hundred dollars in veterinary care as a result. This poor dog did nothing wrong and was merely on a walk through the neighborhood when it came in contact with the cayenne.
Cayenne pepper is not fatal to dogs but can burn the skin that comes in contact with it. If cayenne is consumed by dogs, it can also cause burns to the mouth, esophagus, and stomach. Starr knowingly left cayenne where dogs frequent because she knew what miserable side effects would result when pets came into contact with it. She claimed she was tired of irresponsible pet owners who did not pick up after their animals. Instead of targeting these pet-owners, she chose to target the pets in a cruel and intentional way. More pets could have easily been injured. In fact, more animals might have been injured, but their owners would never have suspected to look for cayenne pepper on the ground.
The Seattle police department has chosen not to file charges against Fredda Starr, despite the complaint that has been filed. Though she apologized and agreed not to do this again, she should be charged with animal abuse for her actions. Starr knowingly and intentionally targeted neighborhood pets with cayenne pepper, and at least one dog suffered injuries as a result. Please charge this woman with animal abuse.
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