Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd Reverse Your Decision & Charge Thomas Newhouse with animal cruelty
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City of Lake Waukomis
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Platte County Prosecutor
Eric Zahnd
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Ryan Silvey
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Myron Neth
City of Lake Waukomis Attorney
John Cady
Missouri Governor
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Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd Reverse Your Decision & Charge Thomas Newhouse with animal cruelty

    1. Annette Ruiz
    2. Petition by

      Annette Ruiz

      Kansas City, MO

City of Lake Waukomis DROPPED the animal abuse citation against Thomas Newhouse and they based this decision on the Missouri animal abuse statutes provision, even though the City of Lake Waukomis have their own ordinances in place.  Go figure.

Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd REFUSES to press charges against Thomas Newhouse due to his incorrect interpretation of the statutes.  We want to see his decision reversed.  Thomas Newhouse MUST be charged with animal abuse and he must be punished appropriately.  We must also focus on changing Missouri's poorly written animal cruelty statutes.  We'd like to see the attorney general press animal abuse charges against Newhouse.

Missouri's animal abuse statutes MUST be changed - as they stand, they essentially allow pet owners or their agents to KILL their animals.  This is barbaric.

This is important because the LAWS needs to be reinforced so people stop intentionally harming, maiming and killing animals.

On Sunday, July 14, 2013, Thomas Newhouse decided to kill his fiancé's cat by drowning it in Lake Waukomis. The decision was made by he and his fiance the night before after the cat had scratched a family member. After attending church services, Mr. Newhouse placed the cat in a carrier, took it down to the dock and submerged the cat and the carrier in the water for a few minutes, until the cat was dead. There were numerous witnesses (including children).  Someone called 911 and Mr. Newhouse was cited for drowning the cat.  His court date is August 20, 2013 and more than likely, he will just pay his fine and be on his way. 

578.012. Animal abuse--penalties
1. A person is guilty of animal abuse when a person:
(1) Intentionally or purposely kills an animal in any manner not allowed by or expressly exempted from the provisions of sections 578.005 to 578.023 and 273.030, RSMo;
(2) Purposely or intentionally causes injury or suffering to an animal; or
(3) Having ownership or custody of an animal knowingly fails to provide adequate care or adequate control.

2. Animal abuse is a class A misdemeanor, unless the defendant has previously plead guilty to or has been found guilty of animal abuse or the suffering involved in subdivision (2) of subsection 1 of this section is the result of torture or mutilation, or both, consciously inflicted while the animal was alive, in which case it is a class D felony.

For a linke to the original story: http://www.kctv5.com/story/22858136/man-admits-to-police-he-drowned-cat-in-lake-after-it-bit-scratched-family-members

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    1. Demonstration held near Lake Waukomis

      Annette Ruiz
      Petition Organizer

      A group of us held a demonstration at one of the Lake Waukomis entrances. RECEIVED LOTS of support from drivers by! Of course, there were a couple of rude individuals who had to either stop and say something nasty or drive by while saying something nasty. We didn't let that stop of us. One of those nasty people called the police on US! ha! The police came by, saw we were PEACEFUL demonstrators and realized we were on private property, and they left!
      https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=617858414912021&set=a.617858698245326.1073741827.275096669188199&type=1&theater

    2. City of Lake Waukomis DROPS animal abuse ordinance violation

      Annette Ruiz
      Petition Organizer

      You may find this hard to believe; I know we did. The City of Lake Waukomis has DROPPED the animal abuse ordinance violation against Newhouse. This is the same city that PERSECUTED an 83 y/o woman for feeding free roaming cats yet dismisses animal abuse ordinance violation charges. If you all think there is something wrong with this, please email the prosecuting attorney for the City of Lake Waukomis, Jon Cady at info@jcadylaw.com

    3. Reached 3,000 signatures
    4. WOW! 1,453 NEW SIGNATURES in LESS THAN 4 DAYS! Incredible!!!!

      Annette Ruiz
      Petition Organizer

      Animal Cruelty Exposed shared our petition on their Facebook page and in less than 11 hours the post has been shared 604 times!! This gives me hope that this will help CHANGE the barbaric statutes in Missouri as they are currently written, which essentially allow pet owners or their agents to murder animals.

    5. Reached 2,500 signatures
    6. WRITE TO THE MISSOURI LEGISLATORS! LAWS MUST CHANGE!

      Annette Ruiz
      Petition Organizer

      Please write to Missouri legislators so CHANGE the statutes so that they CLEARLY DEFINE animal cruelty and REMOVE the exempt clause from the statutes to prevent pet owners from torturing and killing their pets.
      http://www.moga.mo.gov/

    7. PPLATTE CNTY PROSECUTOR WILL NOT PURSUE COUNTY ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES

      Annette Ruiz
      Petition Organizer

      I want to update you on this case.As you know, the case was originally referred to Lake Waukomis' municipal prosecuting attorney, John Cady. However, I spoke later with Mr. Cady, who asked that my office review the case.We agreed to do so, and we carefully reviewed the police reports and Missouri law.Unfortunately, Missouri law prevents the prosecution of this case.Missouri’s animal abuse statute, which prohibits killing animals in certain ways or intentionally causing injury or suffering to animals, specifically does not apply to the “killing of an animal by the owner” or the owner’s agent.Section 578.007(5), RSMo.Given that Mr. Newhouse could have easily taken the cat to a veterinarian to be medically euthanized, I find his method of killing the animal disheartening. However, it is not a crime under Missouri law. I am imagine you and others will be disappointed in this outcome. please share your disappointment with Missouri lawmakers.....

    8. Peaceful demonstration successful!

      Annette Ruiz
      Petition Organizer

      A small group held a peaceful demonstration last night near the business of the fiancé who allowed the cat to be brutally drowned. She actually saw us too with our very large signs! One of the signs stated "Abuse an Animal - Go to Jail." Another sign included Thomas Newhouse's name and what he did. LOTS of traffic in this area - we received many thumbs up, some honks, some thank yous and a couple of people stopped to get more information. Thanks!

    9. Reached 1,000 signatures
    10. Decision-maker John Cady responds:

      John Cady

      This is John Cady This is the third time I' have responded to this petition. The first time was two days ago. For some reason the response has not been communicated to the signers of the petition. My response is as follows.

      I am not ...


    11. Decision-maker John Cady responds:

      John Cady

      I am not the Platte County Prosecutor I am the city attorney for Lake Waukomis, MO. I am a private attorney representing the City of Lake Waukomis. It is not unusual for a charge to be initially brought in municipal court then referred ...


    12. Reached 250 signatures
    13. Decision-maker John Cady responds:

      John Cady

      I am not the Platte County Prosecutor. I am a private attorney who represents the City of Lake Waukomis. It is not unusual for charges to be initially brought at the municipal court level and then referred to the County Prosecutor's Off...


    14. Decision-maker John Cady responds:

      John Cady

      I am not the Platte County Prosecutor. I am a private attorney who represents the City of Lake Waukomis. It is not unusual for charges to be initially brought at the municipal court level and then referred to the County Prosecutor's Off...


    15. Reached 50 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Kim Baker MONTGOMERY VILLAGE, MD
      • 2 months ago

      Animals help so many people when humans can't (or won't).

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    • Chris Murciano LOS ANGELES, CA
      • 5 months ago

      Laws for animal abuse need to be highly upgraded and highly honored so psychopaths such as Thomas Newhouse MIGHT reconsider their actions whilst attempting to murder another innocent animal. Casually murdered a cat after coming back home from church. If karma is real and he meets that cat in another life. Maybe then Thomas Newhouse will finally GET IT. Until then he more than likely doesn't give a damn. Such a loving and forgiving religious guy.

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    • Carmellitta Bland LIBERTY, MO
      • 6 months ago

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    • Sandi Hull TACOMA, WA
      • 9 months ago

      Because I don't believe in KILLING DEFENSELESS ANIMALS

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    • LeAnn Duez DANVILLE, IL
      • 9 months ago

      Animals of all kinds, are beautiful creatures, they cannot talk or show how they feel... It is of our "UTMOST IMPORTANTANCE" that we are their for them and I totally, should put any animal absurers away !! I pray you listen to our cries, and keep something done about the animail cruelity problems.

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