To not return Tatiana to her abusive owner
  • Petitioned The safety of Tatiana the pit bull

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The safety of Tatiana the pit bull

To not return Tatiana to her abusive owner

    1. Megan Roberts
    2. Petition by

      Megan Roberts

      Lansing, MI

It has been ten days now since Ray Emmanuel Potter of Dimondale was sentenced in the abuse case of Tatiana. Any one following her story will remember she was the dog found last January (2011), with her legs hogtied with electrical tape, her muzzle taped shut, severe head injury from blunt force trauma, and thrown down an embankment and left to die in the freezing cold weather. No, Tatiana did not die that day or did she? Will she ever really be ok? If you went through what she went through would you be ok? Will she be placed in a loving forever home? For Tatiana it has been a year now of waiting for the courts to decide her fate. Her abuser received ninety-three days jail time with only forth-five days served, one year probation, and $10,000 restitution to be paid to Capital Area Humane Society for her care over the past year and her ownership was not decided on January 9, 2012. Her owner refuses to surrender Tatiana. YES, as unbelievable as it sounds, Tatiana could be returned to her owner.

There are no words which can effectively sum up this horrific act of abuse, an outrages tragedy does not come close. A slap on the wrist is what that barbaric, cruel, vicious, monster received. Justice refers not only to a fair trial but also to the just retribution for victims of a crime. I ask does Judge DeLuca have any understanding of animal abuse. Anyone who could do such things to an animal is likely to commit violent crimes against people too, that is a proven fact. The sentence sends a really bad message like its ok if you abuse or neglect a dog. To me the sentence was a slap in the face to Ingham County Animal Control officers who worked so hard on the case and to Capital Area Humane Society staff who worked so hard to save Tatiana and who provided her care for the past year.
I am sure if Tatiana could talk she would have told Judge Frank DeLuca how much pain she was in that day, how scared she was, how cold she was, and that she does not want to go back to her original owner. This is not justice, and if this is accepted in our society, then that’s completely sad. The severity of the horrors she endured and the fact that Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunning’s decided to go for misdemeanor not a felony…. actually the charge was animal abandonment (seriously do they think Tatiana hog tied herself, beat herself in the head then jump down the embankment to stay out in below freezing temperatures all night long in severe pain), and then Judge DeLuca did not give the maximum sentence to this dangerous, violent, ruthless, brutal, savage, creature. I for one am saddened that society sits back and watches it all like it’s nothing, just another dog abuse case in the Lansing area. We all failed Tatiana; she is the one who paid the ultimate price. It astounds me as to how the criminal justice system works and how the elected officials do their job. It is just so sad, makes me angry and hurts my heart.
There are numerous examples to cite of the misfiring of criminal justice, this being one of them. Have the time fit the crime. There is no way the financial restitution will be paid; I will say that Capital Area Humane Society will never see any money. What an injustice for Tatiana, forty five days in jail and one year probation. Why do we not take these crimes seriously? We don’t punish animal abusers adequately because we, as a society, don’t deem animals worthy of the same amount of justice. Forget humane and moral reasons for punishing animal abusers. It would be sufficient enough for us to sentence based on the statistics of future violence alone. But we haven’t and we won’t, not until judges start delegating responsibility for others’ actions appropriately. I have said it before and will say it again. Words are inadequate, actions are powerful. We need to change the laws in Michigan for animal abuse and neglect. Be the voice for the animals who have no voice of their own.

 

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    1. Reached 3,000 signatures
    2. In the paper

      Megan Roberts
      Petition Organizer

      Thing are really moving along!! We are getting the word out and in the best ways possible! We just have a few hundred signatures to go and we can take it to the Capitol!!

    3. Capitol Area Humane Society taking action!

      Megan Roberts
      Petition Organizer

      http://www.wlns.com/story/16592223/community-still-concerned-over-abused-dog-found-last-year

      Hello all our supporters!! Here is a video of yesterday's news about how well Tatiana is doing and what they are hoping to work towards in the next week or so! Let's hope the legal system realizes how ridiculous it would be to return her to the abuser! I also have spoken with a few news anchors and newspaper writers about the petition and they are looking into the story and willing to help get the petition known!

      Thank you so much everyone for your thoughts and support! Every vote counts!

    4. Reached 500 signatures

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    • Julie Robertson CALGARY, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      Why wouldn't I? Poor Poor puppy :(

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    • Linda Farmer CAMDEN, SC
      • over 2 years ago

      I honestly believe anyone that would mistreat an animal , would mistreat a human . It makes me so angry to hear about animals being treated so horribly and the one that did it could get away with it ! SHAMEFUL !

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    • Julia Stevens MONTREAL, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      This is so horrible! Poor little girl! I wish I could take her and hug her!

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    • Vicki Boling IVA, SC
      • over 2 years ago

      Any and EVERY dog deserves the right to live without fear or pain! There is NO way in hell this dog should be returned to that horrible piece of roach dung that had her before! As a matter of fact, he should NEVER be allowed to be around another animal in his ENTIRE life!!

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    • Tamara Asencio WEST BERLIN, UNITED STATES
      • over 2 years ago

      To give the dog back to a repeat offender-REALLY !?! UNLESS MICHIGAN GOVERMENT AND IT'S LAW MAKERS ARE FULL OF ANIMALS ABUSERS AND REPEATED OFFENDERS THEMSELVES, THERE SHOULD BE "ZERO" REASON OF WHY TO DEBATE OR EVEN CONSIDER TO RETURN THIS POOR DOG BACK TO HER "CRIMINAL MIND/SADISTIC OWNERS". And here we are - "we the good people", begging for justice. Gotta tell you, Michigan goverment without a doubt has to be fill with unempathetic, careless and cruelt politicians. SAFELTY FOR TATIANA NOW !!!

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