UPDATE/LETTER: NY - Dog starved to death - Case continued to 3/13 [Richard Holloway]
- UPDATE: Case continued to March 13, so there is now time to mail letters. Sample letter reposted after news article.
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Sent: Tuesday, February 25, 2003
Subject: VERY URGENT LETTER: NY - 2/27 Hearing: Dog starved to death [Richard Holloway]
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Source / To read PETA's letter to the D.A.:
Democrat and Chronicle, NY
Williamson animal cruelty case delayed
February 28, 2003
WILLIAMSON - The animal cruelty case against a Wayne County man has been adjourned.
Richard Holloway of Williamson was scheduled to appear in court Thursday to answer charges stemming from last month's discovery by county animal control officers of a dead 2-year-old pit bull that was allegedly chained and frozen to the ground.
Without comment, Town Justice Donald Bain adjourned the case to March 13.
Earlier this week, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sent a letter to Wayne County District Attorney Richard Healy, urging him to vigorously prosecute Holloway. A necropsy determined that the animal died of starvation and exposure.
"Anyone capable of this kind of cruelty poses a definitive risk, not just to animals but to fellow human beings," said PETA senior caseworker Martin Mersereau. "If the allegations are true, Holloway's disregard for the lives and suffering of animals should be viewed as a red flag."
Distributed in accordance with Title 17 U. S. C. Section 107.
Hall of Justice
54 Broad St
Lyons, New York 14489
Maximum penalty for Richard Holloway
Dear Mr. Healy,
I write to respectfully request that you seek the maximum penalty against Richard Holloway of Williamson, who is scheduled to appear March 13 to answer to charges for the death of a 2-year-old pit bull in his care.
I am deeply saddened and outraged to learn of the circumstances surrounding the death of this animal. It is my understanding that county animal control officers found the dead dog still chained, frozen to the ground. According to the necropsy, the dog died from starvation and exposure. "This was an extreme case of cruelty," county Animal Cruelty Investigator Gary Rose told news sources.
Mr. Holloway has no excuse for such blatant disregard for the life and welfare of this defenseless animal. If he was unable to care for the dog, he could have surrendered [him] to animal control officers or brought [him] to a humane society, providing a chance for adoption. At the very least, the dog would have been killed in a humane manner. Instead, Mr. Holloway chose to allow [him] to suffer what was undoubtedly an extremely agonizing death.
If found guilty, I request that the maximum penalty be sought against Richard Holloway for his egregious cruelty, including the maximum jail sentence. In addition, I ask that he receive mandatory psychological counseling, have any other animals removed from his possession, and be prohibited from ever owning or harboring animals in the future, no matter where he may reside.
Thank you for your valuable time and consideration.
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