I posted this in the SOS, but I thought that I'd share it heare in the daily thread to:
I am asking that everyone now turn their attention to writing emails and calling if possible, Time magazine and CNN (Ironically, they are both owned by the same company). Below is a sample of what I have emailed. Feel free to adjust and copy as you see fit.
Greetings. I am writing you in regards to a story that I feel needs to be told on behalf of people and pets everywhere. It is a tragic story and one where justice might escape the accused because he is a member of law enforcement and, apparently, there has been some effort to alter evidence which may incriminate him. This is a story that should be focused on further still because of the broader remnifications of animal abuse. I feel that only a prestigous news orginization such as yours can give this story it's proper due.
MAX THE CAT
On September 29, 2000, a man illegally trespassing behind the private home of Denice Baltrons with two German Shepherd dogs (illegally UNLEASHED) let his dogs run down and attack Ms. Baltrons cat Max. Max tried to defend himself, He may have scratched one dog, this enraged the man and he ran down a seven-foot incline and beat her cat to death with a golf club.
He then picked up a rock and beat him in the head. During this brutal attack, Max tried to get away by climbing a fence possibly because his nails were all broken off and bloody. Two people that have come forward that have witnessed this attack. A tuft of the dog's fur
was found and tested by an independent lab and found to be that of a single dog profile. The man was identified the next day. When Denice asked him about it he threatened to hit Ms. Baltrons with the golf club, he admitted to her that he had killed the cat.
Apparently, the witnesses in the attack gave a description to the police of the accused, Mr. James Lacey, Sr., a Juvenile Parole Officer in Sacramento, California. Now, their affirmation of him as the person involved has been mysteriously erased from the police report and an unidentified officers signature has apparently released the murder weapon back to the accused.
This is not just a story about animal cruelty or justice for it or about police corruption, but one in which EVERY person should be made aware and it deserves the proper investigation of a prestigous news orginization such as yours.
I am suggesting a feature on Max the cat's story and of animal abuse in general. In many years of watching your news programs I have yet to see one that discusses this type of
material and it is something that I feel needs to be brought to the publics attention.
Please contact me for further information and I can supply contact numbers/emails for those involved in this particular case.
Of course, I had to reword it slightly for going to Time Mag, but it, essentially, says the same thing.
Here's some contact info., however, I feel that these aren't the best way to get the fastest results, but I assume that my cathorts might have some better ideas (especially you
Donna, since you work in a print news environment).
firstname.lastname@example.org Letters to the editor
email@example.com Public Relations
OK ladies and gents, get the word out to everyone you know again. Lets get Max on the national news and let America hear this tragic story. Also, Denice NEEDES LOTS of people to come to the hearing for support on April 20th, so please put the word out to those you know that if they have friends in Sacramento, California, to please come to that hearing for support.
[Edited by MeowMan on 03-15-2001 at 07:54 PM]