Dear Mr. Rick Sparks:
We respectfully request that you seek the maximum penalty against Teka Russell, who allegedly committed Animal Cruelty. This is not her first offense, and if you do not punish her, it certainly will not be her last.
I encourage you to prosecute this REPEATED offender to the fullest extent of the law for her cruel and remorseless crime. If you don't already know, social scientists and law enforcement officials have identified animal abuse as a symptom of emotional illness and a precursor to violent crimes against human beings.
Several states prosecute animal abuse as a felony offense and impose mandatory psychiatric counseling along with jail time and fines. Teka Russell is obviously very disturbed, as a normal person would not normally allow their animals to starve, be abused, nor neglected. The pictures of Bear and the treatment of this latest starved dog, Faith (as named by the Humane Society) proves she does all the above. The first picture shown is of Bear, Teka Russel abused him until SOAR got him away from her. Bear was saved THREE years ago, and no telling how many others have died at the abusive, neglectful hands of this woman, right here in Frankfort, Kentucky. THis must be stopped.
This is NOT her first offense, and we DEMAND she be dealt with accordingly. Pictures were taken at the Frankfort City Police Department, they can tell you what they saw the day Faith was picked up. She has been languishing at the Franklin County Humane Society since April, her pups are gone and she is terrified.
As the trail of sad examples show, and recent violence across our country attest to; it is time to send a clear message to people capable of intentionally inflicting starvation, serious injury or death to helpless animals, that such brutal and senseless crimes will not be tolerated and there are guaranteed consequences for those who would show such disdain for the law.
As a society we must call a halt to the acceptance of animal cruelty and enforce a policy of harsh punishment for such crimes. To allow individuals guilty of perpetrating such cruel and violent acts to go unpunished or not sufficiently punished, would be to sanction these horrific crimes and would permit them, and others, to possibly go on to commit serious and violent crimes against innocent human beings.
Please protect the children, animals and citizens of Franklin County by Teka Russell serious jail time and a fine. She should NEVER be allowed to own any animals at any property she inhabits. Anyone who devalues life in this manner should not be walking the streets without immediate psychiatric treatment.
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