On behalf of Lacey, please consider signing and forwarding this petition.
Mr. Robert Gonzales has been arrested and charged with animal abuse after Lacey , a seven-pound mixed-breed dog, was discovered tied in his yard. She had been beaten with a golf club and had bleach sprayed in her face and eyes and left tied to suffer for days. Mr. Gonzales currently has a restraining order filed against him for domestic violence.
Please consider sending a letter to the Bakersfield Police Department asking for thorough investigation of this crime and to the Kern County District Attorney's office for rigorous prosecution as felony animal abuse. This crime and other acts of violence against animals must be taken seriously by law enforcement.
Please send correspondence to the following:
Bakersfield Police Department 1601 Truxtun Avenue Bakersfield, CA 93301
Kern County District Attorney's Office 1215 Truxtun Avenue, 3rd Floor Bakersfield, CA 93301 dacriminal.co.kern.ca.us
Kern County Animal Control has secured a rescue home for rehabilitation for Lacey once she has been released from veterinary care and Friends of the Kern County Animal Shelters Foundation has graciously stepped in to accept donations. Friends will be happy to collect funds for care of Lacey, stated FKCASF President Judi Daunell.
If the public would like to donate to help cover the cost of Lacey's care, checks can be made out to Friends Foundation or FKCASF with Lacey in the memo line and mailed to: P.O. Box 11494 Bakersfield, CA 93389 They can also go to Friends' website: http://www.friendsofkernshelters.org/ and utilize the button on the front page to donate using PayPal. They will need to write Lacey in the notes box when they make the donation. Money remaining after Lacey's expenses are paid will be put into a fund for treatment of abused animals.
We, the undersigned request a thorough investigation of the acts of abuse committed against Lacey. We request on Lacey's behalf that the perpetrator of this heinous crime be held to answer for his actions.
Such abuse should not be tolerated nor condoned by allowing such an act of violence to go unpunished, or minimally punished. We ask that once a complete investigation has been completed, prosecution for felony animal abuse under Penal Code Section 597 be instituted.
As outlined in a 2006 National District Attorney's Association: The well-established link between animal cruelty and serial killers, violent criminals, young killers,
domestic violence, spouse/partner, child, and elder abuse should prompt law enforcement officials to take reports of animal cruelty seriously.
On behalf of Lacey, we ask you do all you can to bring her tormenter and abuser to justice.
Thank you all for your amazing support on behalf of Lacey.
Lacey's abuser, Mr. Robert Gonzales, pled no contest to charges of animal cruelty, a felony in California. Due to mandatory sentencing statutes there were two options for Mr. Gonzales' sentence. The Judge Michael Bush chose to sentence Mr. Gonzales to 1 year in county jail. He will serve 8 months. He also ordered mandatory animal abuse counseling upon his release with a local counselor who specializes in this type of counseling. He will not be allowed to own an animal during his probation period of 3 years. He has given Lacey up to the City of Bakersfield.
While Justice4Paws feels that the mandated prison/jail time for this crime is not nearly strict enough, we are pleased that Judge Bush has ordered appropriate counseling for Mr. Gonzales. We hope that this will be beneficial in deterring him from future acts of violence towards an innocent animal and/or person.
As for Lacey, she is doing very well. A press conference was held the same day as the sentencing. She is recovering from her injuries and has formed a bond with her foster family. The family is hoping to adopt Lacey. To read the story and see current pictures of Lacey please go to the following link: http://www.bakersfieldnow.com/news/local/122182034.html
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