Justice for Raider, Innocent Dog Thrown from Second Story Balcony and Killed
  • Petitioned J. Richard Campbell

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Judicial Officer
J. Richard Campbell

Justice for Raider, Innocent Dog Thrown from Second Story Balcony and Killed

    1. Hand 4Paws
    2. Petition by

      Hand 4Paws

      Albuquerque, NM

Sarah Rust of Fishers, Indiana is being charged with a class D felony after she allegedly threw her boyfriend’s dog, Raider, off a second story balcony killing him.

Police believe, according to friends’ and neighbors’ statements, that a heated argument between Rust, her current boyfriend and Raider’s owner, Shawn Davidson, ended with Rust throwing Raider over the balcony killing him. When Davidson contacted former girlfriend and “Mommy number 1”, Amanda Henriott, to help him bury the dog, Henriott contacted the police. She gave them a letter, allegedly from Rust, “Mommy number 2”, which was addressed to Raider:

"Dear Raider: First and foremost forgive me, but also forgive me and your Daddy for fighting. We brought your life into our quarrel. You did not deserve to be any part of our combat. I ended your life, for which I am truly sorry my son. I feel as if a part of my soul has died with yours. Might you forgive me and let your Daddy at peace in your prayers. I will do my best to redeem myself but I know you can never be replaced. Once again baby Raider, I love you and I'm so sorry for ending your precious life. Just give me a signal from up above when I'm selecting Daddy's Next Best 2nd Friend. I love you Raider. I'm sorry and God bless you. You will always be his #1.”

While Rust’s letter wanes apologetic, a person capable of such a horrendous crime against an innocent, bystanding companion animal must not go unnoticed. Please sign this petition that asks for justice for Raider if Sarah Rust is convicted, including the maximum penalty for a class D felony in Indiana, as well as Rust not being to own or live with any more companion animals.


Photo courtesy of Fishers Police

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

J. Richard Campbell, Judicial Officer
We, the undersigned, join together in asking that if Sarah Rust is convicted of animal cruelty, she be sentenced to the maximum penalty available under law for a class D felony in Indiana. We also ask that she not be allowed to live with or own any other companion animals.

With sincerest thanks,

[Your name]

Recent signatures


    1. Update on the petition

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      Sarah Rust: Jail time from May 08,2013 till June 14,2013.
      Then, 275 days on probation under Hamilton County Community Corrections that was then filed under the Residential Project Contract. She is not to consume any alcohol or be in a place where alcohol is the primary product served. She has to participate in anger counseling, and a CARE evaluation and treatment.
      The petition, although it was delivered to the targets and although she was found guilty,it is not a victory. She did not get the maximum penalty for Class D Felony she committed and because she still gets to be around animals. For a class D Felony the maximum is 3 years in the state of Indiana. Thank you very much to all that signed and shared the petition.

    2. Final Pre Trial Conference date

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      Final PreTrial Conference scheduled for 04/15/2013 at 3:30 PM.

    3. Petition closed and sent

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      This petition is now closed so it can be sent to the judicial officer before the 6/21/12 court date. Thank you all so much for signing to help get justice for Raider.

    4. Reached 3,000 signatures
    5. Court dates

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      Pre-trial court date has been set up for 5/21/12 and trial date for 6/21/12

    6. Reached 2,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Amanda Trimm EL CENTRO, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      You never take your anger out on a defenseless animal!

    • Honour Leigh CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      Prevent this happening again. Maximim sentence, plus psychiatric counselling, plus a ban on ever owning an animal, plus an alert at Rescue groups, Pet adoption sites, pet shops etc. to put up her photo along with - MOST DANGEROUS DO NOT ALLOW TO ADOPT

    • Steven Kvalheim LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      Because it's a criminal offense. Evil, vile creature.

    • Doc Torrance ALPHARETTA, GA
      • over 2 years ago

      Right thing to do -PERIOD!!!!!!

    • Brenda S. Adams COUNCIL, ID
      • over 2 years ago

      I've signed this petition because anyone who maliciously mistreats or kills an animal is capable of seriously mistreating or even killing a human being! Deplorable and despicable act against an innocent!! Her letter is a Joke, and she should be given a restraining order to keep her from any further contact with dogs! :'(


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