UPDATED: One of 2 men sentenced. The other won't be pursued.
We will keep pursuing stronger laws. Please see my latest effort here https://www.thepetitionsite.com/923/682/451/jack-the-family-cats-theft-caught-on-video-teen-boys-wont-talk.-authorities-deemed-cat-value-50.00/
Photo of Toby courtesy of Kitsap Humane Society
His name was Aubrey (aka Toby).Hewas just 5 months old. Not yet housebroken, and still a chewer, two annoyed roommates took him out to the woods and shot him in the abdomen. They left him in the bushes to die. He was found, but after heroic efforts to save him, he did not make it.
When police tracked the suspected killers down, one suspect asked "All this for a dog?"
The men have been charged. However, in most animal cruelty cases, laws and sentencing guidelines lack the teeth needed to take a bite out of this kind of crime.
UPDATE: Forrest Smith's felony was reduced to misdemeanors. His one year sentence ended up with 10 days in jail. He cannot own animals for 2 years. :( We need stronger laws.
We need stricter animal abuse laws that teach the importance of compassion for all living things.
Thanks go out to Kitsap Humane Society who did everything possible to save this puppy.
Please share this petition to convince Washington state lawmakers and enforcers that, yes, we need to do all this and more for a dog.
Update #43 months ago
Even though this case moved fairly quickly in the grand scheme of things, it did take a year. Kitsap County Superior Court sentence Smith to a year of incarceration with all but 10 days suspended, reducing felony to misdemeanors. He's restricted from caring for animals for 2 years.
Washington State needs your help again. Please read and sign? https://www.thepetitionsite.com/923/682/451/jack-the-family-cats-theft-caught-on-video-teen-boys-wont-talk.-authorities-deemed-cat-value-50.00/
Update #3about a year ago
The next status hearing for Forrest Christian Smith who reportedly shot Toby for having accidents and chewing is set for August 6th.
Rumor has it that lawyer is asking for a dismissal.
Please be the voice for Toby! No dismissals!
Thank you for sharing this petition!
Update #2about a year ago
Please share! Next court date is approaching in mid-June. We will be printing out the petition and delivering it to the court. Please share to get maximum signatures this week to take to court!
Update #1about a year ago
Thank you! Court date: Tuesday, May 15. Supporters will hand out buttons.
We will be printing out this petition to take to the courthouse, so your voice will be there standing with all the other supporters, at least 40,000 strong!
Please consider joining Justice for Aubrey (AKA Tobey) on Facebook for current updates. https://www.facebook.com/groups/2044357415887347/
Too often, animals do not even rise to victim status when murdered.
We need to do this in every case of animal abuse.