Target: Beverly Perdue, Governor of North Carolina
Goal: Send abused fighting dogs to animal shelters
A North Carolina man – Lefonze Williams – will be forced by a Mecklenburg County judge to pay nearly $14 thousand for the care of pit bulls he used in his dog fighting ring. Unfortunately, if Williams chooses to pay the fine, he will be allowed to keep the dogs in his possession. If he is unable to pay the amount in full, his dogs may be euthanized by the state of North Carolina. In no way should either of these alternatives be considered.
A total of 26 adult pit bulls and three puppies were taken from Lefonze Williams, a Charolotte resident, after an investigation earlier this year. Another five infant puppies are still being weaned by their mother. After a raid of his home, Williams claimed he was only breeding the dogs, not fighting them. For this purpose, he claims, he has bought pit bulls from around the world. However, nearly a dozen of his dogs have obvious injuries: very unlikely in high-end breeding dogs but consistent with those dogs used in fighting rings. Williams faces 36 counts of dog fighting, with a maximum penalty of three years in prison for each count. Police believe he oversaw the largest dog fighting ring in the state of North Carolina.
There are many pit bull rescues in North Carolina, including St. Francis of Assisi’s Bully Breed Rescue in Hickory, Bully Besties of North Carolina and Pit Crew Pit Bull Rescue in Raleigh, and the Southern Bell Pit Bull Rescue in Wilson. Urge leaders to send these abused fighting dogs to one of the many willing rescues so that they may live out their lives in peace.
Dear Governor Perdue,
A Charlotte man was recently asked to pay nearly $14 thousand for the care of his abused fighting dogs after a police raid on his home. Although he claimed he was a pit bull breeder, the dogs, including several small puppies, clearly showed signs of abuse consistent with dog fighting. If this man, Lefonze Williams, agrees to pay the fine, he may keep his dogs and ostensibly continue to abuse them. If he cannot pay the fine, the dogs may be euthanized, if adoptive homes are not forthcoming.
Several pit bull rescues exist in the state of North Carolina, including St. Francis of Assisi’s Bully Breed Rescue in Hickory, Bully Besties of North Carolina and Pit Crew Pit Bull Rescue in Raleigh, and the Southern Bell Pit Bull Rescue in Wilson. I ask you to please consider sending the dogs to one of these rescues where they will be cared for and rehabilitated with love.
[Your Name Here]
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