Arrest Shark Dragging Animal Abusers NOW
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Victory! Felony Animal Cruelty Arrests for Three Shark Dragging Animal Abusers
You may recall the horrific video of three animal abusers dragging a shark at high speeds on a motorboat, they laughed as the shark was torn to pieces. Animal Hero Kids posted a petition asking for felony animal cruelty charge arrests and sent other photographic evidence of wildlife abuse by the perpetrators to officials with the Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office, local law enforcement and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. We followed through, consistently, with polite requests for updates on the charges which were still not laid even after four months we continued asking for updates. It is with a sense of Victory I am happy to report the serial wildlife abuser, who was able to get off scott free, prior, has now been arrested as of Tuesday December 12, 2017. Two of the other perpetrators were also arrested with the same felony charges.
Animal Hero Kids kindness education charity empowers and recognizes courageous youth. We were shocked to see a recent video of a hammerhead shark being dragged with a high speedboat, alive, as onlookers filmed and laughed. Disturbing images and more videos found on Facebook shows multiple species of animals being abused. Images include a "dead" dog (who's "meat didn't go to waste") and the torture of a white pelican and sea gull, among other animals.
Media reports are currently stating the perpetrators are under investigation to see “if any laws were broken.” We need to ensure this previously investigated and never charged individual and his cohorts are charged with felony animal cruelty. It is evident that felony animal cruelty statute applies in the situation where the intent is to cause suffering. The video shows abusers laughing as one comments, “look, it's already almost dead.”
From 2015-2017 one of the abusers was investigated by Florida Fish and Wildlife for the abuse of wildlife and no charges were laid. We will NOT let this be repeated!
We want Florida Fish and Wildlife Executive Director, Nick Wiley, State Attorney Ed Brodsky, and Manatee County Sheriff, Rick Wells, to ensure animal cruelty charges are laid against all perpetrators involved. All perpetrators should be punished to the full extent of the law (up to 7 years in prison) as mandated in Florida Statute 828.12. This kind of animal abuse should not be tolerated.
828.12 Cruelty to animals.—
(1) A person who unnecessarily overloads, overdrives, torments, deprives of necessary sustenance or shelter, or unnecessarily mutilates, or kills any animal, or causes the same to be done, or carries in or upon any vehicle, or otherwise, any animal in a cruel or inhumane manner, commits animal cruelty, a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or by a fine of not more than $5,000, or both.
(2) A person who intentionally commits an act to any animal, or a person who owns or has the custody or control of any animal and fails to act, which results in the cruel death, or excessive or repeated infliction of unnecessary pain or suffering, or causes the same to be done, commits aggravated animal cruelty, a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or by a fine of not more than $10,000, or both.
Please help us make sure these abusers are arrested. Please politely contact:
FWC Executive Director, Nick Wiley: (850) 487-3796
State Attorney, Ed Brodsky: (941) 747-3077
Manatee County Sheriff, Rick Wells: (941) 747-3011
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