Elderly Dog Apparently Starved to Death Deserves Justice

Target: Twentieth Judicial Circuit State Attorney of Florida, Amira D. Fox

Goal: Give man maximum time in prison for allegedly starving his dog for a lengthy amount of time.

Reports claim that a pit bull mix named Roxy was euthanized because the animal was severely emaciated. Michael Dwayn Mings was arrested and may be charged with both animal cruelty and torture if it is found he is responsible for the animal’s state. He needs to be given the harshest prison sentence possible and no longer be allowed to be around animals if he is found guilty of starving this innocent dog.

Authorities stated that Roxy weighed only 13.6 pounds when they discovered the animal. According to the Gulf Coast Humane Society, a normal weight for a pit bull mix is between 65 and 70 pounds. Roxy was said to be 15 years old at the time of death. According to experts, these types of dogs can reach 16 years of age and sometimes even older. Therefore, because the animal was allegedly still alive in such a sickly state at the age of 15, there is a high probability Roxy would have lived beyond the average lifespan if the dog had been given proper care. Furthermore, Roxy was likely forced to deal with symptoms of malnutrition for years before being found by authorities since it takes time before a dog becomes this thin.

Sign this petition to demand Mings receive the prison sentence he deserves for reportedly torturing and starving this helpless creature.


Dear State Attorney Fox,

Michael Dwayn Mings was recently arrested and accused of starving his 15-year-old pit bull mix named Roxy. Roxy was said to weigh a little over 13.5 pounds when found. This dog was reportedly grossly underweight, as it is estimated that a healthy weight for a dog of this breed is between 65 and 70 pounds.

Pit bull mixes can live up to 16 years old and even longer if they are provided with the appropriate care. It is likely the dog would have lived longer than other dogs of the same breed if the animal had not allegedly been starved, since Roxy was able to survive for so long while reportedly enduring neglectful and abusive treatment. The dog also most likely suffered immensely since it takes a long period of time for an animal to reach such a weak state.

For these reasons, I demand you suggest Mings be given the longest prison sentence that is allowed for these crimes and that you further insist he no longer be legally able to own pets if it is found this dog died because of such inexcusable actions.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Animal Welfare League

One Comment

  1. Alice Knight says:

    How could any one person do this to such a dear creature?
    If this animal is not worth justice to the system you should all be held accountable!
    What an atrocity! This individual deserves the harshest penalty and a very long prison term. He should never be able to own a pet or be allowed. Does he think he even did anything wrong? Any remorse? Not a shred of a conscience or respect.

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