MAKE TX LAW ENFORCEMENT ACCOUNTABLE FOR NOT PRESSING ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES

MAKE TX LAW ENFORCEMENT ACCOUNTABLE FOR NOT PRESSING ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES

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GOAL: All Texas law enforcement officials should be held accountable for not doing their due diligence by pressing animal cruelty charges whether misdemeanor or felony jurisdiction.

Texas needs a law that holds all law enforcement officials accountable for not pressing charges on domestic animal offenders. Dogs and cats are companion animals. To kill either without justifiable reason is a felony in Texas. Too often these days, law-enforcement officials are not pressing mandatory animal cruelty charges on these offenders and it's about time.

According to Texas Penal Code 42.092 it describes cruelty to Non-Livestock animals:

https://codes.findlaw.com/tx/penal-code/penal-sect-42-092.html

Example: In February 2019, Lamar County Texas, a border collie dog (pictured) was found nearly frozen to the ground with icicles on its body after being left outside in freezing low temperatures for nearly 3 whole days. A drive-by witness noticed the dog had been there for 3 days and called 911, a Lamar County Sheriffs Department Deputy, Damon Whitsell answered the call and upon arriving at the scene stated to the witness he would press charges on the Jennings TX dog owner but never did. The dog was brought back to the owner, Larry Gibbs, who never sought veterinary care and shot and killed the dog. Phone calls were made to LCSD demanding charges be brought on Gibbs which led to Chief Deputy Thomas Moore not answering questions and a refusal to go over the case by passing the buck over to District Attorney Young's office as well as the Internal Affairs Captain Joel Chipman not willing to fully discuss the case via phone call. Chipman's actual words were "well it was an old dog anyway".

Since the public cannot rely on local deputy sheriffs to press mandatory charges, a law is needed to hold them accountable. The border collie dog in Lamar County is just one example because situations like these keep happening all across Texas where law enforcement fails miserably to press felony or misdemeanor animal cruelty charges.

Too many innocent family pets are being killed due to cruelty and without proper due punishment by law-enforcement, these same offenders will just commit the same crime again. If police don't do their job here, what's next? Not charging child offenders? Animal cruelty is serious and must be taken seriously by all law enforcement! Your signing of this petition is much appreciated. 

Thank you.

 

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