Justice for Grace, Dog Starved to Death by Owner
  • Petitioned Mike Dunavant

This petition was delivered to:

District Attorney
Mike Dunavant
Tipton County Executive
Jeff Huffman

Justice for Grace, Dog Starved to Death by Owner

    1. Hand 4Paws
    2. Petition by

      Hand 4Paws

      Albuquerque, NM

Tipton County, TN: In some parts of the country, animals are being abused, even to the point of death, yet officials who should be protecting these animals look the other way.  We do not want this to happen to any animal, including Grace, the Tipton County, TN dog that was chained to a tree for months without food or water.


Once discovered and taken from her owner, Grace was examined by a veterinarian. It was determined that along with suffering from long-term starvation, she was also dehydrated, had heartworms, hook worms, round worms and fleas.

 
A 6 month-old puppy was also taken from this owner. The puppy, which had also been tied to a tree, had managed to chew through her rope, and survived by eating beans in a nearby field.


Although the Tipton County Animal Shelter did everything possible to save Grace, her condition was too severe, and she passed away during a blood transfusion.


Who could do this to a dog? And even worse, according to the Tipton County Animal Shelter, Tipton County officials do not support prosecuting individuals who commit animal abuse. According to the shelter, this is a common occurrence in this county. Dogs like Grace, as well as starving horses, arrive at the shelter several times monthly.


Yet according to the local shelter, the Tipton County officials don’t care. They do not press for jail time or probation for people that abuse or starve their pet to death.


Grace’s owner is charged with aggravated animal cruelty for starving an animal. The first court date is set for October 21st. (Note: court date has been postponed). Please let the District Attorney, Mike Dunavant, know that no person should be allowed to harm an animal like this without punishment, and that the owner deserves the maximum sentence under law.  Also, the Tipton County elected officials need to make changes so animal abusers are investigated and charged with their crimes.


For more information on this story:
http://www.abc24.com/mediacenter/local.aspx?videoid=2937960


Starved dog - it is time make some noise - National Dogs | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/dogs-in-national/starved-dog-it-is-time-make-some-noise?CID=examiner_alerts_article#ixzz1b3c6pdjy


And a Facebook page has been set up, “Justice for Grace” https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Justice-for-Grace/298987323460534


Image courtesy of: Penny Eims, Dog News Examiner, Examiner.com


This petition will be updated as more information becomes available; however, the intent will remain the same.

To:
Mike Dunavant, District Attorney
Jeff Huffman, Tipton County Executive
We, the undersigned, respectfully request that the maximum sentence allowable under law be filed against the dog’s owner and that she never be allowed to own animals again. Also, that an investigation be conducted of the policies and procedures in handling animal abuse and neglect cases in Tipton County.

Thank you for your prompt attention in this matter.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. SHAWN BEARD SENTENCED

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      Shawn Beard was sentenced to three years on the animal cruelty felony charge for Grace and 11 months, 29 days for the misdemeanor charge for Faith. The judge suspended all jail time and gave Beard three years probation. The judge let her off to be able to work and take care of her kids. If she does anything to violate her three year probation, she will serve the jail time.

    2. Trial Date

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      Trial date is scheduled for July 30th

    3. Tipton County Woman Faces Judge in Dog Death Case

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      Shawn Beard, the woman responsible for starving Grace to death, went before a judge on Nov. 18th. She waived her right to a preliminary hearing, since the evidence against her is so overwhelming. A group of "Justice for Grace" supporters were present in the courtroom. A big thanks to them and to all who signed this petition to help bring justice for Grace and the maximum sentence for the woman that ended Grace's life. Beard's next court appearance is in March 2012.

    4. This petition is now closed

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you so much for your support in requesting that the maximum sentence allowable under law be filed against the Grace’s owner and that she never be allowed to own animals again. Also, that an investigation be conducted of the policies and procedures in handling animal abuse and neglect cases in Tipton County. We will keep all of Grace's supporters updated as to the outcome of this hearing.

    5. A new court date has been set for Grace's owner

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      The new court date is November 18 at 1 pm at the Justice Center, 1801 South College in Covington, TN. This petition will be closed and sent in a few days, so please keep sharing! We will keep you updated with any new developments. Thank you so much for helping bring justice for Grace.

    6. Reached 6,000 signatures
    7. Tipton County DA has issued a press release on animal cruelty case

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      Your signature has made a difference. We want to see justice handed down to Grace's abuser.

    8. A new court date has been set on Nov 18 at 1 pm

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you for supporting grace and this petition. A new court date has been set for November 18 at 1 pm at the Justice Center, 1801 South College in Covington, Tn 38019.

    9. Reached 5,000 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Kelly Marks UPPER BLACK EDDY, PA
      • almost 3 years ago

      It breaks my heart and makes me sick to think of the pain these animals surrer at the hands of complete worthless assholes. I do believe we need to keep fighting for these animals. We can change the world one animal at a time!

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    • Diana Day CAPE CORAL, FL
      • almost 3 years ago

      This owner needs to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law!

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    • Grace U. CHARLOTTE, NC
      • almost 3 years ago

      Poor, poor (other) Grace. Who could have the heart to do that to you?

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    • wendy gill WESTBURY, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 3 years ago

      maximum sentence allowable under law be filed against the dog’s owner and that she never be allowed to own animals again also .fined and jailed

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    • Monica Ebeling DAVIE, FL
      • almost 3 years ago

      JUSTICE NEEDS TO BE SERVED!

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