Rescue Animals From Serial Abusers

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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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  1. People need to wake up & stand up together against not only the subhumans who abuse animals but also the judges who gives wrong judgements to make Animals suffer. It sounded like the Judge is not a kind compassionate human being either. So make sure the next election or the time comes such unworthy people remove them from their unworthy posts and select some one who would help the society & it’s animal welfare as well.

  2. Laura Michaels says:

    It is hard to conceive that a judge who is supposed to be objective about all situations and fair in his rulings would decide to send these poor animals back to such abusive and cruel living conditions! By his ruling, he is not in keeping with a decision that is based on the best interests of the animals (which should be a prime consideration in this matter as living, breathing, sentient beings should certainly trump property rights)!

    He is sending these animals back to a place of suffering and probably which will lead to many of their deaths. How can you be a good judge if you have no compassion or are devoid of empathy for all sentient beings on our planet? This judge needs to keep in mind that humans aren’t the only species on this planet and that other animals too, have feelings and have basic rights- such as the right to live a life without pain and suffering! More and more people in every aspect of our society are waking up
    (thank God) to a more ethical way of thinking and an awareness that we are connected to all living beings and therefore all life matters. Man is not separated from the web of life, he is but a strand in it and as stewards of this earth, we have a moral responsibility to treat all creatures fairly and respect for their needs too!

    “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. I hold that the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man.”-Mahatma Gandhi

  3. Lina sorrentino says:

    All animals feel the same feelings that we do. The have pain and suffering. They cry tears. They are depressed. They become sad and have known to commit suicide. Now could you hurt an animal? Of course not. You wouldn’t hurt your children. Then don’t hurt your pets. Dogs are living animal. Cats are loving animsls. Pigs goats cows all of them have love in their hearts.

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