In an especially gut wrenching case of animal cruelty – specifically and heartbreakingly, torture – a Missouri woman has confessed to burning alive a dog owned by her mother as part of a "sacrifice ritual." She was charged with felonies and jail time, but we must push prosecutors to include a lifetime ban on animal ownership and mandatory counseling. Clearly this person should never be allowed to own animals again and is in need of professional help.
Sign now to demand a lifetime ban on animal ownership and counseling for this woman!
Local officials received a desperate 911 call from the perpetrator's mother, who called to report that her dog had been killed. When officers arrived at the house, they came upon a horrific scene – the body of a half-burned terrier mix lying dead in the courtyard firepit. The woman's daughter immediately admitted to the brutal torture and murder of the poor pup, but the damage had already been done.
It is tragic to imagine the suffering this dog must have endured in its final moments – and it is up to those of us who care deeply about animals to protect them from such awful violence in the future.
The woman in question was charged with two felonies -- stealing an animal and animal abuse "by torture and/or mutiliation while the animal was alive." But there is no evidence that jail time and fines are going to actually reduce violence against animals or other living things. We must encourage prosecutors to prioritize a lifetime ban on animal ownership and counseling for this person who clearly needs it. These measures are what will actually protect future innocent animals from such horrid acts of senseless violence.
Sign the petition now to tell Missouri prosecutors: give this woman a lifetime ban on animal ownership and mandatory counseling!