For Speedy Launch:
January 24, 2023
Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382
Orlando, Fla. – After PETA alerted native regulation enforcement to a video recorded by a involved neighbor exhibiting a person stabbing a screaming, crated pit bull pet with a stick, officers confiscated the canine together with one other within the man’s custody and charged him with felony cruelty to animals—however PETA simply realized that the canine have since been returned to the alleged abuser. So at present the group fired off a letter to State Lawyer Monique H. Worrell urging her to take speedy motion to make sure that officers recuperate the animals.
PETA factors out in its letter that the suspect has additionally allegedly been seen kicking the pit bull pet, placing him in a chokehold and carrying him by the neck, and whipping him. The group cites reviews that the suspect could have obtained a 3rd canine and that he’s within the technique of relocating.
“Returning animal victims to a suspected abuser places them in extreme hazard of retaliatory cruelty,” says PETA Vice President Martin Mersereau. “We’re calling on the state legal professional to proper this flawed and get these canine to security now.”
PETA—whose motto reads, partly, that “animals usually are not ours to abuse in every other approach”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For extra data on PETA’s investigative newsgathering and reporting, please go to PETA.org or observe the group on Twitter, Fb, or Instagram.
PETA’s letter to Worrell follows.
January 24, 2023
The Honorable Monique H. Worrell
State Lawyer for the Ninth Judicial Circuit Courtroom for the State of Florida
Orange County State’s Lawyer’s Workplace
415 N. Orange Ave.
Orlando, FL 32801
Expensive Ms. Worrell:
Greetings from PETA. We’re writing in reference to a cruelty-to-animals case beneath assessment by your workplace involving the sadistic abuse of a crated canine (Orlando Police Case #2023-00016469). Video footage reportedly recorded on January 6 at 5955 Shenandoah Manner, Orlando, is on the market at this Dropbox hyperlink. It reveals a person viciously stabbing a screaming pit bull pet—crated and utterly helpless to dodge the blows—within the face and physique with a wide range of stick-like implements. This animal is outwardly no stranger to abuse. The reporting social gathering relayed to PETA that whereas he was coming into the house by way of the patio on November 29, the suspect kicked the pet and that the pet’s anguished yelps continued from throughout the unit. On December 2, the suspect reportedly yelled, “I’m going to beat your [expletive],” after the animal hesitated to return when known as. He then reportedly put the pet in a chokehold and hauled his sufferer indoors. On December 13, once more on the garden, the suspect was reportedly seen whipping the pet with a stick.
Orlando police responded to the tackle at PETA’s request, and on January 13 two canine have been confiscated by Orange County Animal Companies. We have been horrified to study that their suspected abuser was allowed to reclaim each of them a number of days later, regardless that police have been nonetheless investigating and the submitting of felony expenses was already underway. As well as, Florida Statutes Title XLVI, Chapter 828.073 states that when an animal is confiscated, a petition have to be filed and a court docket listening to held to find out the health of the proprietor to take care of the animal—a course of that was apparently not adopted. Moreover, we perceive that on or concerning the weekend of January 14, the suspect could have obtained a third canine and is within the course of of adjusting residences.
Respectfully, we urge your workplace to prioritize this case and take the required steps to permit officers to confiscate the canine once more. This would appear notably pressing on condition that the abuse might nicely persist and maybe even intensify, out of spite. We ask additionally that if convicted, along with relevant fines and a interval of incarceration, the abuser be prohibited from contact with animals for so long as potential (a typical provision in such circumstances).
Thanks on your pressing consideration and for the necessary work you do each day. Could we please hear again quickly to verify receipt of this request?
Emergency Response Group Director
Cruelty Investigations Division