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Petitioning Magisterial District Judge Hon. Douglas I. Dinberg

Justice for Sonny, PA Cat Shot with Pellet Gun and Nearly Drowned

An Oil City, PA woman thought she heard a cat crying and went outside to investigate. What she discovered in her neighbor’s yard, however, was far from ordinary. Her neighbor, David Krawiec, had placed a cat named Sonny in a cage, then dumped the cage with Sonny inside into a 30-gallon trash can filled with water. Krawiec then weighed down the cage. Sonny was struggling to breathe. He was drowning.

According to the woman who saved Sonny, he was so weak, he couldn’t even walk, and his head was bloody. She called police.

The veterinarian who examined Sonny said the cat had been shot with a pellet gun about 20 times in the head, body and eye. Krawiec had allegedly tortured the cat before trying to drown him. Sonny has a broken jaw, a ruptured eardrum and he will lose at least one eye.

Krawiec has been arrested and charged with misdemeanor 1 cruelty to animals. He has a preliminary hearing scheduled in court for May 30, 2012.

Sonny is currently at Happy Trails Animal Health Center. According to their Facebook page, donations to help with Sonny’s medical costs can be mailed to Happy Trails Animal Health Center, 4871 US 322, Franklin, PA 16323.

This petition respectfully requests that if found guilty, David Krawiec receives the maximum sentence allowable under law for animal cruelty and that he never be allowed to own animals.

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Letter to
Magisterial District Judge Hon. Douglas I. Dinberg
We, the undersigned, respectfully request that if found guilty, David Krawiec, the man accused of shooting Sonny the cat with a pellet gun and trying to drown him, be given the maximum sentence allowable under law and that he never be allowed to own animals.

Thank you for your prompt attention in this matter.