On April 21, 2012 in Walnut Creek, California a 10-month-old German Shepherd named Seven was stabbed to death by 37-year-old Todd Powers.
Seven was registered, and had his ID tattooed on his ear. Powers cut Seven's ear off so the body couldn't be traced back to him. Powers then put Seven's body into a black garbage bag and stuffed him into a garbage can for disposal.
When questioned by an officer, Powers admitted to stabbing Seven with his hunting knife. Powers said, "It was not as clean as I thought the first time". When asked how many times he stabbed Seven, Powers did not want to go into detail. Powers said that is how animals are put down in Michigan. 15 months later on July 16, 2013, Powers was arrested and charged with cruelty to animals.
Pets have the right to be respected, and the right to be free from fear, pain, suffering, and death. They are infants that never grow up. They have the right to our protection. When someone uses violence against a defenseless victim, it is everyone's business.
I, THE UNDERSIGNED, recommend to the Contra Costa County District Attorney, Mark Peterson, that the charges against Todd Powers be: 1) felony cruelty to animals, and 2) use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony.
I further recommend that on the sentencing day, the judge consider the degree of violence, and the danger that Todd Powers poses to the community.