Demand Justice for 40 Pit Bulls Confiscated From Property

Target: Melissa Schiffel, Prosecutor for Delaware County, OH

Goal: Pursue charges and seek maximum penalties against individual suspected of endangering 40 dogs.

Dozens of dogs were removed from an Ohio property. Around 40 pit bulls and pit bull mixes apparently comprised most of the rescued animals. The removals came after more than 50 calls were reportedly made to local authorities concerning possible animal cruelty at the residence.

Delaware County officials issued a statement following the seizures that claimed, “we take animal welfare seriously.” Yet circumstances seemingly indicate otherwise. For one, the person who resided at the property had admittedly been “known” to the dog warden’s office for years. The residence had reportedly been the site of numerous previous visits by officers, and officials acknowledged that only six dogs were ever found in good health during these visits. Yet despite this troubling history, no charges have been filed against the resident, and no name has been provided. The person residing at the property apparently was not home at the time the dogs were taken.

Sign the petition below to demand the Delaware County legal system honor the pledge to take animal welfare seriously.


Dear Prosecutor Schiffel,

Few details have been released about the apparent rescue of 40 dogs from a Kingston Township property. The reports that this property has been the subject of animal-related visitations for years is troubling to say the least. The insinuation from these reports that multiple dogs were previously discovered in bad health—with no action taken—is even more troubling. To date, no indication has been given that charges will be pursued…or even that the unidentified suspect has been questioned.

Please take a harder look at this case and, if charges are deemed appropriate, prosecute to the fullest extent.


[Your Name Here]

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