Target: Franklin County Associate Circuit Judge David Tobben
Goal: Ask the judge responsible for returning more than 200 animals to abusive owners to reconsider his decision
192 rabbits, 25 goats, 21 chickens, 10 cats, 4 dogs and a duck were ordered to be returned to their abusive owners, after being seized by the Humane Society from dirty and dangerous living conditions. Ask the judge responsible for the order, Judge David Tobben of the Associate Circuit Court, to reconsider his ruling which puts these animals in further danger.
The animals were taken from the residence of Velma Muessemeyer, after an anonymous tip alerted the Humane Society to unsanitary and dangerous living conditions. The Humane Society found rabbits kept in raised wire cages filled with feces, goats suffering from respiratory problems, and other animals living in dirty conditions in the home.
This is the second time the Muessemeyers have had their animals taken after neglecting and abusing them. In fact, they only recently ended a multi-year probation period that only allowed them to keep a small number of family dogs. The Muessemeyers are obviously incapable of caring for a large number of animals.
Despite the horrible conditions and prior offenses, Judge Tobben decided that their rights to property trumped the well being of these animals. He even stated that if these had been children instead of animals they would be removed from the home. Tell Judge Tobben you are disappointed with his decision to return the animals and ask him to protect them from further neglect and abuse at the hands of the Muessemeyers.
Dear Judge Tobben,
You recently decided to return hundreds of abused and neglected animals back to their owners, the Muessemeyers. I would like to respectfully object to this ruling as these animals are not being cared for properly and are suffering at the hands of the Muessemeyers.
In your ruling, you admitted that if children had been found in those horrible living conditions they would be removed from the home. Those animals are just as capable as children of experiencing pain and suffering. They need your protection.
Judge Tobben, please reconsider your decision to return the animals to the Muessemeyers. As this is not their first offense, they have proven themselves incapable of providing proper care for this many helpless creatures. Please protect these poor animals and allow the Humane Society to find good homes for them.
[Your Name Here]
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