Encourage Aggressive Sentences in Florida Dogfighting Case!
  • Petitioned The Honorable Phyllis M. Rosier c/o Assistant State Attorney Geoff Fleck

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The Honorable Phyllis M. Rosier c/o Assistant State Attorney Geoff Fleck

Encourage Aggressive Sentences in Florida Dogfighting Case!

    1. Petition by

      Animal Legal Defense Fund

When police seized 13 dogs in April 2010, animal cruelty and dogfighting charges were subsequently brought against Cletus Gaskins and Omar Aldridge. Reportedly running away from the officers on the scene and leaving his four-year-old son behind in the process, Aldridge was also charged with child neglect.  

Dogs raised for fighting are forced to live desperately, repeatedly suffering ruthless and gruesome abuses as well as systematic neglect. Tragically, it is not unusual for children to be victimized by this culture as well – either taken to fighting events by the very adults they should be able to count on to shield them from harm, or chronically exposed to squalid and dangerous living conditions. 

On March 8, 2011 Gaskins and Aldridge entered no contest pleas to charges of both cruelty to animals and fighting or baiting animals - both felonies under Florida law. The prosecution will present its sentencing recommendations to Judge Rosier at a hearing on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 2:00 p.m.

Take Action!
Please send polite letters in care of Assistant State Attorney Geoff Fleck, encouraging Judge Rosier to hand down aggressive and meaningful sentences which clearly reflect the Court’s recognition of the cruel violence and attendant criminal activities which dogfighting inflicts on communities.  

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    2. Animal Legal Defense Fund Calls for Strong Sentencing in Dog Fighting Case

      Deputies thought they were responding to a possible burglary when they uncovered a dog fighting ring in Baker County, Florida. There were more than a dozen dogs at the scene; one who was so badly injured that he had to be euthanized on-site. Out in...


    Reasons for signing

    • Lynn Buck ORLANDO, FL
      • over 3 years ago

      The rights of the victims must be upheld ... Please be their voice & make sure those who commit acts of animal abuse, torture, dog-fighting & murder of innocent animals are held accountable ... This must be addressed to protect the innocent & potential victims ... sadly, these kind of abusers will continue their cycles of abuse, torture & dog-fighting, without fear due to lack of laws protecting animals & severe penalties for their crimes ... The innocent (animals & human) need to be protected ... criminals need to serve maximum sentences for their crimes ... Abuse is Abuse - period & cannot be treated lightly ... potential victims have the right to be protected from those who may cause them intentional harm ... Stringent Laws need to protect the innocent from the monsters who prey on them!

    • raquel raynor WESTWOOD, MA
      • over 3 years ago

      animals are breathing and feeling. It is inexcusable to force them to fight for their lives on a regular basis for money or sick enjoyment. we need to make this a felony charge and punish these sick individuals to the full extent of the law.We need stronger sentences in place to say we are not going to tolerate this behavior.

    • Dianne McGonigle DURHAM, CANADA
      • over 3 years ago

      Dog Fighting needs to stop at all expense. Lock them up and throw away the key. The 4yr old child should be removed from their custody. The cycle needs to stop.

      • over 3 years ago

      Animal cruelty and abuse is a felony for many good reasons, not least of which is that the animals brutalised by sub-humans have no voice to speak for themselves. On their behalf I would ask you to ensure that the maximum sentence available is handed down to these and any other people brought before the court for animal cruelty, abuse and neglect.

      • over 3 years ago

      I'm not a citizen of the U.S. but the struggle for common decency and the fight against sadism is common to all men and women of good will.


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