The story of the American Pit Bull that was found on September 24, 2017, in West Seattle by a Seattle Animal Shelter officer is unbelievable – and heartbreaking. A witness saw the dog being thrown from a purple Dodge minivan, after which the animal was simply abandoned to die. The dog was in distress, suffering, and in a desperate need of medical help. He was taken to an emergency vet clinic to receive life-saving care. Unfortunately, it was already too late to help him – and the dog did not survive.
The Humane Society of the United States is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the individual responsible for abandoning the ailing dog on the street, which was a stark violation of animal cruelty laws. However, a Care2 petition has been launched to bring attention to the fact that the crime should be also examined by the Seattle police whose larger effort would certainly increase the chances that the person responsible for the dog’s death is finally brought to justice.
Abandoning an animal or not providing medical care are crimes punishable by up to five years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both. It is for certain that whoever caused the immense suffering and the death of the dog should face this kind of punishment for their actions. Animal cruelty is a serious crime and treating it as such is essential in order to handle its cases with due justice, discourage similar cruel acts, and ensure a better future for animals.
Click here to sign a petition for Seattle Chief of Police Kathleen O’Toole and other city officials to do whatever it takes to find the person responsible for the death of the dog, charge them with animal cruelty, and prosecute them the fullest extent of the law.
Anyone with information about the individual responsible for the crime is asked to contact Don Baxter of the Seattle Animal Shelter at 206-386-4288 and reference case number C04542592. To find details more about the case, click here.
Image source: cateyz/Pixabay