Justice For Pacman (the gunned down pit bull) and his family.
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On Sunday (Mother's Day), this precious boy (Pacman) was ruthlessly gunned down by his neighbor (at 9 Elizabeth Street, Mount Vernon, Ohio).
Pacman wandered (uninvited) into his neighbor's yard to play with the neighbor dog (who was also off leash). Pacman's big sister, 10 year old Ivee (pictured here), ran over and grabbed Pacman's harness to walk him back into their own yard, when a man screamed "get back!" from a second floor window.
Ivee said the man then stuck a firearm out of the upstairs window and began firing in their direction, shooting Pacman in the chest (and narrowly missing her in the process). Pacman tried to hobble back over to Ivee when the man shot Pacman twice more (with 10 year old Ivee standing only inches away from her beloved doggy).
Pacman bled out and died with his family watching in horror - forever traumatized.
According to witnesses, the responding Mount Vernon officers told owner Jenee Hall there was nothing they could do because Pacman "wasn't licensed and looks like a pit bull" and according to Hall, implied Pacman must have done something wrong based on his perceived breed.
I have called and spoken politely with the police department to make inquiries and to request the official report. I also spoke with the city law director's office to respectfully ask them to do what's right and prosecute the shooter (which on Sunday the prosecutor did not plan on doing).
We need your help to get Pacman and his family the justice they deserve. So please sign and share this petition as well as call and/or email the Mount Vernon city law director (contact info below) and politely and respectfully ask him to prosecute the shooter to the fullest extent of the law (and reference the following facts).
Here are those facts. The shooter 1) illegally discharged a firearm in city limits (misdemeanor), 2) endangered a child by firing several shots just inches away from her (felony) and 3) murdered a beloved family pet (a felony now thanks to Goddard's Law).
Pacman's owner (Jenee Hall) told me she believes this murder (and the other referenced crimes) are being ignored because of blatant pit bull discrimination.
We must make everyone aware of this situation so decision makers are encouraged to do the right thing. Because murdering a treasured family pet while illegally firing guns at children are the actions of a dangerous and unstable individual. If justice is not served, he (and others like him), are likely to continue wreaking havoc on the lives of more innocent children and animals.
Mount Vernon City Law Director
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