Chuckie was released last Thursday from the KCSPCA to House of Hope Rescue, and he has been transported to Texas, to the rescue who originally sent him to DE. He will not be fostered or re-homed again, he will stay with the person who cared for him 2 years ago. The Attorney General's Office will not prosecute his owner, Michael Jopson.
Thank you all, because this petition, along with information about acral lick granuloma, was sent to the Chief Prosecutor on June 29th; on July 3, Mr. Jopson's lawyer was contacted by the Attorney General's Office to offer the deal that got Chuckie free.
Declining to prosecute isn't as good as dismissing the charges, and Mr. Jopson has lost his dog in this deal. It's not perfect. It's not right.
So we are not shutting down this page just yet. We are researching legislation from other states that require a hearing before animal cruelty charges can go forward, and hope to convince DE legislators that DE law should be changed to include this. Because if a hearing had been held within 10 days of Chuckie's impoundment, Michael Jopson would never have been charged with animal cruelty and Chuckie would have been home very quickly. When our research is done, we will post here with a link to a new petition to Delaware legislators.