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We ask that Doug Hagler be punished to the fullest extent of Susie's Law House Bill1609.

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On May 9, 2015 Doug Hagler tied his defenseless 13 month Siberian Husky to a tree in his front yard and repeatedly stabbed him with a 3 foot sword while he screamed mercifully for help. The sounds of Koda's screams and his final breaths were captured on a 911 tape by a neighbor who witnessed this horrific act of violence. Doug Hagler was arrested May 10, 2015 on one count of animal cruelty and released less than 24 hours after the incident on a $5000 bond. Animal abuse is not exclusive to any one city, county or state: it's a tragic epidemic that is growing like cancer throughout our entire country. As a public, we need to become a stronger voice for those who cannot speak. We believe that there is a direct correlation with animal abuse and other forms of family violence. In addition to causing pain and suffering to the animals, animal abuse can be a sentinel indicator and predictor - one of the earliest "red flag" warning signs of concurrent or future violent acts. A survey provided by National Coalition Against Domestic Violence shows 71% of pet-owning women entering women’s shelters reported that their batterer had injured, maimed, killed or threatened family pets for revenge or to psychologically control and coerce them.  87% of these incidents occurred in the presence of the women and 75% in the presence of their children. We want to protect our community from any future acts of violence from this man. We ask that Doug Hagler be punished to the fullest extent of the law according to Susie's Law - House Bill 1609 which is a Class H Felony. We implore that you do not allow for a plea bargain or a lighter sentence and that Doug Hagler must stand trial for his actions. We stand strong behind you in your fight for Justice for Koda.



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