Find Justice for Bear
  • Petitioned Rowan Co. Sheriffs Dept, KSP, Ronnie Goldy, Cecil Watkins,William Roberts

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Rowan Co. Sheriffs Dept, KSP, Ronnie Goldy, Cecil Watkins,William Roberts

Find Justice for Bear

    1. Kelly Bowman
    2. Petition by

      Kelly Bowman

      Morehead, KY

On Sept. 2, 2012, the two boys were outside practicing archery, when our dog Bear was behind our house getting a drink of water from the pond. A few moments later they witnessed their Uncle David Thomas shoot Bear from about 5 feet away. They heard Bear squeal, so their first instinct was to run towards Bear while he was running back towards the house in which David proceeded to shoot a second time, not only missing Bear, but also shot towards the two boys. When Bear was shot David and Bear were both standing on our property. We contacted the Kentucky State Police three times before they would even come out and investigate the matter. While waiting for the police to show up we started searching for a vet to take Bear. After 2.5 hours Officer Wagner showed up and talked to the boys, the father (Rick) and the mother (Kim). Officer Wagner told us that there was nothing he could do and that we needed to go to the courthouse and file a Civil-Suit. Officer Wagner also proceeded to inform us that the only reason he came out was because the other party was making a lot of phone calls saying it was a family feud. On Monday Sept. 3, 2012 we were told that Bear did not make it through surgery, and the bullet was found in the lung cavity. They said that Bear's death was caused by a collapsed lung and internal bleeding. So, on Tuesday Sept. 4, 2012 when the courthouse opened back up we went to file a complaint against David. A week later Rick was told that it would go in front of a grand jury on Sept 21, 2012 and Cecil Watkins handed the case over to Ronnie Goldy. We later found out that the case was presented to the grand jury but they couldn’t indict because it was filed under the wrong charges. It was filed under the charge of cruelty to animals in the first degree as dog fighting. (KRS 525.125) The charges should have been torture to a cat or dog. (KRS 525.135) The two boys are at the age where they trusted these people that are in an authority position. But after realizing that they just keep dragging their feet they no longer trust them. We have always taught our children to tell the truth, and obey the law. But what kind of an example are these people in the authority positions setting for my kids when they continue to lie to my family.

Rick and Kim Thomas

Rowan Co. Sheriffs Dept, KSP, Ronnie Goldy, Cecil Watkins,William Roberts
Find Justice for our dog Bear

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Recent signatures


    1. Reached 750 signatures
    2. Attention.

      Kelly Bowman
      Petition Organizer

      I wanted to let everyone know who has signed this petition that I have got a couple of messages from people who have signed this petition saying that Cindy Thomas has messaged them. That is David Thomas' wife. She is saying that they are in a law with us right now for slander. I just want you to know that it is not true, but I wish they would take us to court for slander, then maybe we would get justice. My sincere apologies if this is happening to you. Please keep posting this so other people can sign this petition. I would like to thank you in advance.

    3. Thank you all

      Kelly Bowman
      Petition Organizer

      I just wanted to say Thank You to everyone that has signed our Petition. We are a little over 500 sigantures. Our goal is 1,000 but any signature we get is greatly appreciated. These boys are devistated from what they witnessed. Hopefully this petition will allow us to get the ball rolling once we get all of our signatures. Again thank you all for all the support you are providing for this family.

      Rick and Kim Thomas and family

    4. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Jennica Munden PUEBLO, CO
      • 11 months ago

      This is unGodly. Why in the world would that man not only shoot a dog without viable cause, but his own neighbor (and nephew?). What a sick man he is.

      • about 1 year ago

      Animals need people to speak for them because they can't!

      • over 1 year ago


    • Kiara Gilbert ROANOKE, TX
      • over 1 year ago

      David should be charged with animal abuse and child endangerment (shooting towards the boys in an attempt to hurt or kill Bear again), and his wife Cindy is the one who should be charged with slander!

      And these people are family members? Some family, attempting to kill their nephew's dog right in front of them WITH NO REASON other than what? For David's personal entertainment? Hurting the boys? Poor Bear, getting shot on his own property for taking a drink!

    • KL Worrell LEXINGTON, KY
      • almost 2 years ago

      Please find justice for Bear. "We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." ~ Immanual Kant.


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