Urgent: Action Requested
- THIS IS AN URGENT ACTION ALERT FROM PETA CONCERNING COMPANION ANIMALS.
ONCE AGAIN, THIS IS A TERRIBLE STORY, AND DIFFICULT TO READ. IF YOU
DO NOT WISH TO READ ABOUT INHUMANE CRIMES, THEN YOU MAY NOT WISH TO
READ THIS! IF YOU DO WANT TO TAKE ACTION, PLEASE SCROLL DOWN.
PLEASE RESPOND BY JANUARY 13TH.
Will New Jersey Puppy Burner Walk Six Months Early? Have Your Say!
Please respond by January 13, and forward as appropriate.
Thanks in part to your letters last fall, the perpetrator of one of
the most disturbing acts of cruelty to animals in 2004 was sent to
jail for 18 monthsthe maximum allowed by law for his crime. Justice
may be fleeting, however, as the New Jersey Parole Board has
reportedly announced that Ronald Fredericks could be released from
prison as early as April.
Last spring, officials reportedly found two severely burned puppies
in Fredericks' Seaside Heights home. According to news sources, the
36-year-old defendant had dumped motor oil on the animals' heads and
set them ablaze nearly two weeks earlier. As if this weren't horrific
enough, the dogsone of whom was "burned beyond recognition"were
then apparently left to languish with their injuries for 13 days in
Fredericks' basement. Their lengthy stays in a veterinary clinic
ensured their survival.
Fredericks was sentenced on November 5, 2004, and given credit for
time served between his arrest and conviction. His jail termbarring
the Parole Board's decision otherwisewould end on October 24 of this
The Parole Board will be accepting written comments until January 13
on Fredericks' possibly early release. Please politely remind Board
Chair John D'Amicovia faxthat the incarceration of animal abusers
helps preserve the safety of all community membershuman and nonhuman
alike. Explain that the safety of the community and its animals may
be at stake (for more information about the link between cruelty to
animals and violence toward humans, click here), and ask that the
board uphold the court's decision and heed the community's wishes by
denying Fredericks early release.
Our campaign will suffer if correspondence is impolite:
The Honorable John D'Amico Jr., Chair
New Jersey Parole Board
609-943-4769 (general office fax)
609-984-2188 (executive office fax)