Owner Must be Held Accountable for the Death of His Dog

It is devastating to imagine the serious cruelty, neglect, torture, and death Joe Ewing has deliberately or negligently bestowed upon the dog who was in his charge.  The dog, who we have come to refer to as 'Daniel', was locked in the cold back porch with no food, water, nor comfort in sight.  There were scratches all over the doors displaying his desperate attempts at saving his own life.  He was completely emaciated, and experienced a long, lonely and painful death; dying curled up in a dresser drawer.  We saw several additional signs of animal suffering and possible death, likely under Joe Ewing's care.  The entire property was inundated with dog, cat, and mouse feces, including the locked attic where there appears to be inaccessible areas.  Since a Class D Felony only carries a 6 month to 3 year prison term with up to a $10,000 fine, we are pleading with with the prosecution to please charge Joe Ewing to the full extent of the law.*

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Given the surprising frequency this is happening in our area, steeper penalties are really the only recourse these animals have.

Indiana state law prohibits the following:

  1. Cruelty, abandonment, and neglect of animals.
  2. Acts of torture and physical abuse of an animal are a crime in Indiana. IC 35-46-3-12.
  3. Conducting, promoting, participating in, and attending an animal fighting contest are crimes in Indiana. IC 35-46-3-8 through IC 35-46-3-10.
  4. Neglect or abandonment of an animal is a crime in Indiana. IC 35-46-3-7. A court may permanently confiscate animals that are abused or neglected. IC 35-46-3-6.

We the undersigned are devastated by the serious cruelty, neglect, torture, and death Joe Ewing has deliberately or negligently bestowed upon the dog who was in his charge.  The dog, who we have come to refer to as 'Daniel', was locked in the cold back porch with no food, water, nor comfort in sight.  There were scratches all over the doors displaying his desperate attempts at saving his own life.  He was completely emaciated, and experienced a long, lonely and painful death; dying curled up in a dresser drawer.  Witnesses at the scene describe several additional signs of animal suffering and possible death, likely under Joe Ewing's care.  The entire property was discovered inundated with dog, cat, and mouse feces, including the locked attic where there appear to be inaccessible areas.  Since a Class D Felony only carries a 6 month to 3 year prison term with up to a $10,000 fine, we are pleading with you to please prosecute Joe Ewing to the full extent of the law.*  Thank-you kindly for taking the time to hear our very serious, grieved concerns.

Given the surprising frequency this is happening in our area, steeper penalties are really the only recourse these animals have.


Indiana state law prohibits the following:

  1. Cruelty, abandonment, and neglect of animals.
  2. Acts of torture and physical abuse of an animal are a crime in Indiana. IC 35-46-3-12.
  3. Conducting, promoting, participating in, and attending an animal fighting contest are crimes in Indiana. IC 35-46-3-8 through IC 35-46-3-10.
  4. Neglect or abandonment of an animal is a crime in Indiana. IC 35-46-3-7. A court may permanently confiscate animals that are abused or neglected. IC 35-46-3-6.
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