Charge Pepper's Murderer with Animal Cruelty
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On 11/17/15 Pepper, a beloved pet pig ran out of her yard. While her owner was retrieving her the neighbor shot and killed Pepper. He them proceeded to put her body in the back of his truck and drove away, he did later return with her body.
The Sheriff's department responded. Pepper's murderer claimed she was going to bite him. The Sheriff refused to issue charges for animal cruelty because this is a "he said she said" situation.
We are not satisfied with the Sheriff's response and lack of investigation into the matter of Pepper's murder. There is evidence, this is NOT a "he said she said". Animal cruelty is a felony, unfortunately some law enforcement agencies don't always use their resources to pursue these cases. We are asking that the Sheriff's department properly investigate Pepper's murder and bring the evidence to the DA to issue charges.
-Since Pepper's parents have her body back, it can be determined how far away the gun was when she was shot.
-The bullets can be recovered in a necropsy
-He had time to go get his gun which shows he was able to safely retreat from the alleged threat of being bit. Coming back with the gun shows intent, not self defense.
-He shot her from his garage while she was in the road, too far to pose an immediate threat.
OK ST T. 21 §1685 Cruelty to animals
Any person who shall willfully or maliciously overdrive, overload, torture, destroy or kill, or cruelly beat or injure, maim or mutilate, any animal in subjugation or captivity, whether wild or tame, and whether belonging to himself or to another, or deprive any such animal of necessary food, drink or shelter; or who shall cause, procure or permit any such animal to be so overdriven, overloaded, tortured, destroyed or killed, or cruelly beaten or injured, maimed or mutilated, or deprived of necessary food, drink or shelter; or who shall willfully set on foot, instigate, engage in, or in any way further any act of cruelty to any animal, or any act tending to produce such cruelty, shall be guilty of a felony and shall be punished by imprisonment in the state penitentiary not exceeding five (5) years, or by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding one (1) year, or by fine not exceeding Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00). Any officer finding an animal so maltreated or abused shall cause the same to be taken care of, and the charges therefor shall be a lien upon such animal, to be collected thereon as upon a pledge or a lien.
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