Do Not Dismiss Animal Cruelty Charges In The Death of Flash The Dog
Palmer resident Gina Jones, 36, and Wasilla resident Jason McDonnell, 35, are facing a host of charges for a July 10 incident in which an Anchorage man’s maroon 1999 Dodge van was stolen from Fireweed Road, adjacent to the Parks Highway.
Inside the vehicle were a golden retriever and the van owner’s firearm, according to troopers, who said the dog had died of heat exhaustion.
The van’s owner is Mark Thompson, and the dog’s name was Flash, according to a Facebook post for the missing pet.
Two of the charges have already been dismissed. They have been indicted on Vehicle Theft and Cruelty To Animals - Inflict Severe Pain which is a Class C Felony.
It's time to send a message to Animal Abusers by not pleading this charge out or down. Anchorage and the surrounding areas have seen an increase in the number of Animal Cruelty cases recently and our hope is that by holding these two individuals accountable for their actions other abusers and potential abusers will think twice before harming an animal.
We ask that the District Attorney's Office pursue these charges to their fullest extent and not drop the Felony Animal Cruelty charge. It's time to send a message that these actions will not be tolerated in our communities.
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