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post #91 of 105
Good news! I sent out the press release for our new group to TV stations and newspapers in the area and have already heard back from one reporter who's intererested in pursuing a story about animal abuse. I knew she was animal lover because of previous stories she's done. Anyway, she's going to talk to her executive producer about the best way to pursue the story and get back with me next week. Please pray that this happens!
post #92 of 105
That is awesome!

Is this pertaining to a story in particular?

I'd love to know how you went about this and the things you mentioned in your letter to make it obviously effective.

If it's in your previous posts, then just let me know. I've been so busy w/ a rescue group here locally that I have yet to read through all of the posts (only half).

Thank you! Awesome, awesome news!

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Originally Posted by eilcon
Good news! I sent out the press release for our new group to TV stations and newspapers in the area and have already heard back from one reporter who's intererested in pursuing a story about animal abuse. I knew she was animal lover because of previous stories she's done. Anyway, she's going to talk to her executive producer about the best way to pursue the story and get back with me next week. Please pray that this happens!
post #93 of 105
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Originally Posted by xomycatsxo
That is awesome!

Is this pertaining to a story in particular?

I'd love to know how you went about this and the things you mentioned in your letter to make it obviously effective.

If it's in your previous posts, then just let me know. I've been so busy w/ a rescue group here locally that I have yet to read through all of the posts (only half).

Thank you! Awesome, awesome news!
Basically, all I did was send out the press release we've posted on the
website for the Coalition for Animal Justice (www.animal-justice.org)
It mentions one case of abuse here in Cincinnati that the rescue group I'm involved with has been dealing with. If your interested in sending it out to the newspapers/TV stations in your area you can find contact information listed by state at www.newslink.org.
post #94 of 105
Awesome, thank you so much. I will look at these links when my son takes his nap.

I'm on overload. I'm volunteering 2 days a week to answer the NH Spay Hotline, organizing a HUGE yard sale (if anyone can go to my post in S.O.S about ideas, that would be awesome), finding foster, barn and forever homes, etc. I can't keep up with everything! Oh, not to mention wanting to get very active w/ this topic- so I'm keeping myself very busy.

Oh wait, wait - and again, racing after my 1 1/2 yr old all day. Hehe.

I wouldn't have it any other way - I just need to organize myself.

Quote:
Originally Posted by eilcon
Basically, all I did was send out the press release we've posted on the
website for the Coalition for Animal Justice (www.animal-justice.org)
It mentions one case of abuse here in Cincinnati that the rescue group I'm involved with has been dealing with. If your interested in sending it out to the newspapers/TV stations in your area you can find contact information listed by state at www.newslink.org.
post #95 of 105
Quote:
Originally Posted by eilcon
Good news! I sent out the press release for our new group to TV stations and newspapers in the area and have already heard back from one reporter who's intererested in pursuing a story about animal abuse. I knew she was animal lover because of previous stories she's done. Anyway, she's going to talk to her executive producer about the best way to pursue the story and get back with me next week. Please pray that this happens!
Woo-Hoo!!! Way to GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
post #96 of 105
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Originally Posted by jcat
Have you seen the info and suggestions here? www.hsus.org/firststrike
Thanks for the link!
post #97 of 105
Thread Starter 
Eileen, three big cheers for you!!! Please keep us posted on any stories that will be done.

Teshia, welcome to IMO! I'll be sending you a pm soon.

Jcat, thanks for the link. I put a link to it in the resource section of our website.
post #98 of 105
I really need to stop watching the news. Last night one of the local channels featured a story about a nine month old puppy found dead hanging from a tree. Claw marks on the trunk showed it tried to escape. I can't imagine what kind of sick, cowardly freak it takes to do something like this.
post #99 of 105
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by eilcon
I really need to stop watching the news. Last night one of the local channels featured a story about a nine month old puppy found dead hanging from a tree. Claw marks on the trunk showed it tried to escape. I can't imagine what kind of sick, cowardly freak it takes to do something like this.
Here's a link to the story: http://www.channelcincinnati.com/new...71/detail.html

Something MUST be done for more thorough investigations, tougher law enforcement and adequate sentencing for the monsters that commit these terrible crimes!
post #100 of 105
Thread Starter 
On Thursday I mailed a letter to the Director of the Cincinnati SPCA asking why there was no progress on the case against a 12 year old boy who is torturing and killing kittens. I also wrote letters to a news reporter and the Chief of police. Guess what! The SPCA director showed up at my office today! He seemed very interested in solving the case but said there were no witnesses. I gave him all the info Eileen gave me (I thought he would already have that info but he didn't). Now there's a good chance that the crimes will be solved.

This is our first major victory!!

Please everybody, start writing letters. It's worth the time. It really will help this cause!

Here's the letter I wrote to the Director of the Cincinnati SPCA. I omitted the name of the suspect in this post for legal reasons.

October 6, 2005

Harold Dates, Director
Cincinnati SPCA
3949 Colerain Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45223


Dear Mr. Dates,

In Walnut Hills, there is a 12 year old boy named [name omitted] who is a suspect in the torture and murder of two 6 week old kittens and the mutilation of another kitten. One kitten was kicked repeatedly until the bones in his back legs were shattered. These cases have been under investigation by the SPCA for well over a month. It appears that no progress has been made despite testimony from numerous witnesses.

I am pleading with you to pursue this and other cases of sadistic cruelty toward animals in a serious and thorough manner. The person who tortured the three kittens is a very dangerous and disturbed individual. A baby or a small child could be his next victim if nothing is done to stop him. Statistics show a strong likelihood that people who commit sadistic acts of cruelty against animals will commit violent crimes. Nearly all serial killers started out by torturing and killing animals.


Respectfully,


Barbara Woodcox, President
Coalition for Animal Justice
post #101 of 105
This was in yesterday's local paper. Theres a bill on the books to change Florida's penaltys for animal abuse! Its still not as tough as I would like, but its a start!
House Bill 43 would change the sentence to a minimum six-month jail sentence and a $4,000.00 fine. Right now there is NO minimum jail time and the fine is $2500.00.
The second offense would receive a minimum of 10 months in jail and change the fine from $5000.00 to $6,000.00 http://www.floridatoday.com/apps/pbc...40/-1/archives
Now would be a good time to write those letters. A sample letter can be found at www.animal-justice.org
post #102 of 105
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the link Renee!

Here's the letter I wrote to the Committee Chair. I hope everyone else will write too.

The Honorable Ralph Poppell
400 South ST
Suite 1C
Titusville, FL 32780

Honorable Ralph Poppell:

I understand you have reservations about HB 43 because people have different definitions of the word cruelty. You also have reservations because you don't want people who commit unintentional acts of cruelty to serve the sentence HB 43 proposes.

I believe the intent of the HB 43 is to ensure that anyone who commits acts such as the following should not go unpunished or only pay a small fine. These are actual cases.

* A cat is doused with gasoline and set on fire
* A puppy is hanged from a tree and eviscerated
* A six week old kitten is kicked until his back legs are shattered
* A burglar preheats the victim's oven and roasts her dog to death
* A sexual deviant sodomizes a dog

These kinds of cases are quite prevalent and the perpetrators seldom do time in jail. These are the kinds of cases that require HB 43 to be passed. No one could deny that these acts are cruel. There is no question that these sadistic, violent crimes are intentional.

People who commit acts like those described above are a danger to society. This issue is not just about animal welfare. People who intentionally abuse animals are 5 times more likely to commit violent crimes against people. Please reconsider your position on HB 43. We need stronger laws against animal cruelty to deter future cases of murder, rape, serial killing, child abuse and child molestation.

Respectfully,


Barbara Woodcox, President
Coalition for Animal Justice
post #103 of 105
Thought you all might be interested in an update on the case of the two kittens that were tortured and killed here. Thanks to Barbara's letter, along with pressure from our coordinator and people in the neighborhood, the SPCA is taking this seriously. I learned this morning that an investigator from the SPCA has been in the neighborhood again asking questions. The mother of the 12-year-old suspect, who initially denied she had any children, has now admitted to it. The problem the investigator is running into now is that a couple of the little girls who witnessed this are now afraid to talk fearing repercussions from the suspect. Fortunately, the daughter of the woman who stepped in to save the other kittens is willing to testify, so we should be able to still make a case. Will keep you posted as I learn more.
post #104 of 105
Just received word the SPCA investigator has determined that there's enough evidence in the kittens' case to refer it to the prosecutor's office. They'll now have to decide how to proceed since the suspect is a juvenile. Please send good vibes and prayers that the prosecutor sees this through. These kittens deserve justice!
post #105 of 105
In Sheba's case the prosecutor's office decides whether or not the case is valid-lucky for me the ADA who handled her case is on the board of director's for the local animal shelter. It still could be several weeks before a decision is made.
Hoping for the best!!!!!!
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