Justice for Animals Reportedly Dismembered, Flayed, Burned, and Drowned

Target: Jim O’Neill, District Attorney of Forsyth County, North Carolina

Goal: Do not plea out suspect charged with mutilating, torturing, and killing numerous animals for years.

Over a four-year period, a North Carolina man allegedly embarked on a horrific campaign of animal torture and slaughter. Shocking videos reportedly show suspect Caleb Dewald trapping small animals like cats, groundhogs, possums, mice, and squirrels. He then apparently maimed and killed these defenseless animals on film while providing commentary like “my job here is done” and “this is how you get your food cooked.”

The latter sickening alleged statement refers to an incident in which Dewald seemingly burned a squirrel to near-death before sealing the animal into a bag. Other shocking allegations include drowning animals alive, cutting off their tails and other body parts, repeatedly stabbing them, and skinning them alive. A grand jury has indicted Dewald on several counts of animal cruelty. During his upcoming court appearance, however, the possibility of a plea deal is still on the table.

Sign the petition below to urge prosecutors to take this disturbing case to trial and seek the maximum possible penalty.


Dear DA O’Neill,

You have likely heard horror stories of individuals who torture, maim, and kill animals for sick, perverse enjoyment. Such gut-wrenching incidents typically populate background profiles of some of this nation’s worst criminals. These events often leave us to muse about how violent crimes may have ultimately been prevented if only the legal system had intervened during the earliest warning signs.

You have that opportunity for early intervention now. Caleb Dewald is a young man, but he is a young man accused of heinous and vicious crimes against animals, including but not limited to burning, drowning, stabbing, shooting, and flaying. Worse yet, documented footage reportedly details grisly acts allegedly committed by a man who shows no remorse and an ample will to commit the same cruelties time and again. Dewald is, in fact, charged with carrying out these alleged crimes over four years and of gleefully posting them online.

Do not send the wrong dangerous message, and do not let this potential threat to society escape with a slap on the wrist. Prosecute this case to the fullest extent, for the living beings who already reportedly suffered and for any possible future victims that your diligence may save.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Hilmi Isilak

One Comment

  1. Maria Nowicki says:

    Just dispose of this piece of human garbage as quickly as possible!

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