Petition to make aggravated animal cruelty a felony
- On Aug 21, 2002, 17-yr old Russell Watson, savagely beat a 1-yr old
pitbull, Rahkim, with a baseball bat. The beating was recorded by a
security camera in a laundromat in which the puppy went into seeking
refuge from Watson.
The video shows the pup entering the site limping and bloodied from
Watson attacking him and hiding behind a row of washing machines.
Watson can then be seen walking in dangling a baseball bat. The next
thing the tape shows is sickening. Watson finds the pup, lines up the
bat, and delivers several crushing blows to Rahkim's head and
rendering him unconscious. Watson then drags Rahkim out of the
laundromat by his legs and abandons him a block away, leaving Rahkim
Rahkim sustained severe injuries and on Aug 22, 2002, Rahkim's
owners/family had him euthanized. The pup belonged to 10-yr old
Alexis Broadway who lives only a few blocks from where the attack
Under Pennsylvania law, Watson will only be charged with a 2nd Degree
Misdemeanor which sentencing is at least $1k &/or 2 yrs imprisonment.
Pennsylvania is 1 of 21 states that do not recognize Aggravated
Animal Cruelty as a felony.
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