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William Woodson kicked and hurled a small dog to his death on 11/22/09. At his hearing, Woodson was ordered to stand nonjury trial in June 2010. Though this crime only ranks as a misdemeanor in Pennsylvania, ask that Woodson be punished to the fullest degree allowed by law.

Letter to
Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala, Jr.
Allegheny County District Attorney's Office Deborah Jugan, Esq.
Allegheny County District Attorney's Office Jennifer B. Evashavik, Esq.
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Allegheny County District Attorney's Office Stephen A. Zappala, Jr.
I write to inquire about William Woodson, 22, a Bridgeville resident who killed his girlfriend Christine Gielarowski's puppy before a Steelers football game televised on November 22, 2009. Specifically, I'd appreciate any updates in this case and trust that efforts are underway to seek maximum penalties for animal cruelty.

As you know, Woodson kicked a 13-week-old pit bull, Flip, and then flung him into the air. The small pup crashed into the ground so violently, he spun another 25 feet down the street. Witness Mario Belcastro testified at Woodson's hearing that he found the dog in death seizures with his tongue dangling from his mouth.

According to Criminal Docket CP-02-CR-0018170-2009 in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, Woodson awaits nonjury trial in June 2010 and is charged with two counts of Cruelty to Animals plus one count for Criminal Conspiracy Engaging - Cruelty To Animals. Pennsylvania's anti-cruelty provisions limit "Killing, maiming...a domestic animal" to a misdemeanor. Still, I urge you to pursue at least $1000 in fines and two years jail time for this brutal crime. Please ensure Woodson undergoes psychological evaluation and is barred from possessing or living with animals.

Woodson admitted that Flip "misbehaved" prior to a Steelers game and Gielarowski told police her boyfriend kicked the dog because the animal hesitated on their walk. As Flip lay dying, Woodson walked away.

An unremorseful attacker who commits violence against victims unlikely to retaliate may derive feelings of power and control. Regardless of the victim's identity, these perpetrators are at higher risk of aggression in domestic disputes with spouses, children, and other vulnerable victims, says ASPCA animal behaviorist Dr. Randall Lockwood, who consults with cruelty investigators, police and mental health professionals.

Woodson was rightfully held for trial after his preliminary hearing last November, and Gielarowski faces charges for animal cruelty, obstructing arrest and prosecution, and giving police false identification. I hope you hold these individuals accountable in Flip's death and also recognize the gravity of animal cruelty crimes. Violence is violence, and if he hasn't already, Woodson will lash out again.


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