Charge Kyle Voissem with a felony
  • Petitioned Mrinalini Chatta Rao

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Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Illinois Chicago
Mrinalini Chatta Rao
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University of Illinois Chicago
Lon Seth Kaufman
Head Coach, Men's Gymnastics, University of Illinois Chicago
Charles Arthur Nelson
Director, Athletics, University of Illinois Chicago
James W. Schmidt
Director, Illinois State's Attorney
Patrick Delfino
Head, Department of Criminology, Law, and Justice, University of Illinois Chicago
Amie Schuck
Chief Judge, Cook County Judicial Circuit Court
Timothy C. Evans
Illinois Governor
President of the United States
Illinois State Senate
Illinois State House
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives

Charge Kyle Voissem with a felony

    1. SL Johnson
    2. Petition by

      SL Johnson

      Hagerstown, MD

Please charge Kyle Voissem with a felony for pouring boiling water on his dog, Byron, severely burning him. Send a message that animal cruelty cannot be tolerated. Offenders must be strenuously and aggressively prosecuted and receive strict punishment, not misdemeanor charges, for abuse and/or injury to animals. If felony charges are not possible, please give Mr. Voissem the maximum punishment.

Additionally, Mr. Voissem should be immediately barred from participating in any university-related or -sponsored activities or events, and the Head of the Department of Criminology, Law, and Justice at University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) should carefully consider whether Mr. Voissem is an appropriate member of that student body.

Please make all animal abuse a felony, and consider making it a Federal law as opposed to differing laws and punishments in each state.

Thank you for your careful consideration of these requests.

Recent signatures

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    1. Reached 7,000 signatures
    2. 1839 Signatures--Excellent!

      SL Johnson
      Petition Organizer

      We're almost there, but we still need 661 more signatures in 15 days. I know we can do it! Please follow me on Twitter @ShariJohnson3 and retween http://www.change.org/petitions/the-governor-of-il-charge-kyle-voissem-with-a-felony

    3. 1800 Signatures

      SL Johnson
      Petition Organizer

      We're getting closer, but we still need 700 more to reach our goal. I know we can do it. Please follow me on Twitter @ShariJohnson3. Thanks for the great work and continued support. Let's get justice for Byron!

    4. Asked Kardashians for Help

      SL Johnson
      Petition Organizer

      Hoped by posting on their Facebook pgs and asking for their help spreading word to their fans that we'd get more support. Unfortunately, Kim, Khloe, Kourtney, Kris, Kendall, and Kylie have all ignored my repeated attempts. Quite disappointing. Even provided them with a picture of Byron's injuries. Oh, well. Still trying to reach more through new Twitter account @ShariJohnson3. Also tried to contact Bob Barker and Betty White, but efforts have been unsuccessful so far. Thanks for your continued support.

    5. Twitter

      SL Johnson
      Petition Organizer

      Created Twitter account (@ShariJohnson3) and posted first tweet. Please join me and re-tweet to everyone you can. Also posted to Kardashian's Facebook pgs asking for support, but no word yet.

    6. Reached 1,500 signatures
    7. ASPCA, US and International Humane Society Contacted

      SL Johnson
      Petition Organizer

      I've contacted all of the organizations and requested any assistance, support, or publicity/attention they can provide. Hopefully, this will allow us to reach thousands, or even hundreds of thousands, more caring people. It would be fantastic if we could surpass the goal of 5000 signatures by 01/25/2012. Keep up the good work!

    8. Byron's YouTube Page

      SL Johnson
      Petition Organizer

      Here's the link to Byron's YouTube page. Hopefully, this will help spread the word.

    9. Private Messages, News Organizations, PETA, ASPCA, Humane Society, YouTube

      SL Johnson
      Petition Organizer

      Hi everyone. Thank you all for your support for Byron. To those of you who have sent me private messages, I apologize for not responding. A combination of being new to the site and not knowing how to view my inbox, and a problem with my Internet connection are the culprits.

      In hopes of gaining more publicity and support, I contacted the news services that ran the story, as well as PETA. I have had no response from the news organizations, and PETA is not interested in participating in the petition, although they will write a letter to the prosecutor. My next move is to contact the ASPCA and Humane Society. Perhaps one or both will be interested. I'm also posting a video on YouTube. Because of the extreme problems I'm having with Internet service, it has taken 3 days (so far) to load the video (it's still loading, so the link isn't active yet). As soon as it's available, I'll post it here.

      Again, thank you all for your support. I hope you enjoy your holidays.

    10. Reached 1,000 signatures
    11. Byron now has a web site

      SL Johnson
      Petition Organizer

      Please go to Byron's site and click the "+1" button at the bottom of the home page. This will make it appear as one of the first results when a search is done. Thank you.

    12. Reached 500 signatures
    13. Our link has been changed!

      SL Johnson
      Petition Organizer

      Because I added others to receive the signed petition, change.org revised the link to http://www.change.org/petitions/the-governor-of-il-charge-kyle-voissem-with-a-felony. Please update anyone you've already told about this and continue to spread the word. Thank you so much for your continued support.

    14. Reached 250 signatures
    15. Visit this link to see Byron and read his story

      SL Johnson
      Petition Organizer

      More information about Byron's background

    16. Reached 100 signatures
    17. Contact the UIC Flames Mens Gymnastics

      SL Johnson
      Petition Organizer

      Tell the university, and gymnastics club and coaches how you feel. Use the feedback form provided on the site. Let them know that he should be permanently barred from participating in any sports or other university-affiliated organizations or activities.

    18. Byron has been adopted into a loving new home

      SL Johnson
      Petition Organizer

      “Humane care laws say if a dog is injured, the owner must provide care. In many cases, like this one, the owner just turns him over to us instead,” Barbiers said.

      “The incident occurred about a week prior to the notification, so he had already started healing. Our veterinarians treated him until Oct. 28, when he was put up for adoption, and he was adopted out on Oct. 30,” she said.

      Byron remains in the area, but she would not specify whether he is in the city or suburbs.

      “He was a great dog,” she said. “When I met him he was just the happiest and friendliest dog. It is great when we can find a great home for a dog like that.”

      While Byron is enjoying a new home, Voissem is scheduled to appear in court Jan. 26.

    19. Happened approximately October 11, but wasn't reported until October 18

      SL Johnson
      Petition Organizer

      (Voissem) was arrested Tuesday & charged w/throwing a pot of boiling water on his dog in a fit of anger after (it) urinated on the floor. The animal, which suffered 2nd & 3rd-degree burns, was turned over by its owner to the Anti-Cruelty Society, which provided veterinary care & successfully adopted (it) to a new home. Kyle Voissem, 20, of the 1700 block of South Desplaines St, is charged w/misdemeanor animal cruelty, according to police. He was boiling water to make macaroni & cheese for dinner when he saw the dog urinate on the floor, police said. He became angry & doused (it) w/the scalding water from the pot, leaving (it) w/burns to its head & torso, police said. The Anti-Cruelty Society was notified of the incident on Oct. 18, according to society president & veterinarian Dr. Robyn Barbiers. said the 47-pound, 1 1/2-year-old Mountain Cur mix named Byron suffered 2nd- & 3rd-degree burns over a large portion of its body.

    20. He's a CRIMINAL JUSTICE MAJOR at UIC

      SL Johnson
      Petition Organizer

      CBS Chicago reports Voissem is a criminal justice major at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He's also a member of the men's gymnastics team. Videos of him on YouTube can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clhRnIULVgs and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvJWxmsY37E.

    21. Kyle Voissem arrested, charged with misdemeanor

      SL Johnson
      Petition Organizer

      Please read the original article in the Chicago Tribune (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-east-pilsen-man-cooking-mac-and-cheese-douses-dog-with-boiling-water-20111213,0,2010975.story) and the follow-up article in the Huffington Post (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/14/kyle-voissem-boiling-water-dog_n_1148082.html), then sign the petition to send a message to the Chicago IL legal system that abuse of animals is a serious crime that should carry severe penalties, not a misdemeanor with little or no consequences. Thank you.

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Kristin Donnelly WINTHROP, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      Someone should pour boiling water on Kyle Voissem.

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    • Kristin Donnelly WINTHROP, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      Someone should pour boiling water on Kyle Voissem.

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    • DIANE KASTEL WHEATON, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      Please charge Kyle Voissem with a felony for pouring boiling water on his dog, Byron, severely burning him. Send a message that animal cruelty cannot be tolerated. Offenders must be strenuously and aggressively prosecuted and receive strict punishment, not misdemeanor charges, for abuse and/or injury to animals. If felony charges are not possible, please give Mr. Voissem the maximum punishment.

      Additionally, Mr. Voissem should be immediately barred from participating in any university-related or -sponsored activities or events, and the Head of the Department of Criminology, Law, and Justice at University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) should carefully consider whether Mr. Voissem is an appropriate member of that student body.

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    • Larry Hall ENGLEWOOD, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      This kind of thing makes me very sad. It seems like people who make the rules don't care. If you are a football player or some other athlete, movie star or politicians kid you can do whatever you want with impunity. It is time for this to stopl

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    • carolyn peebles VICKSBURG, MS
      • over 2 years ago

      I"m sick and tired of hearing about this happening to helpless animals and nothing being done about it,when are our so called law makers going to pull their head out of their ass and make and enforce a law that really count's.When I look at all of my fur babies and think about someone hurting them I cry,then I get real angry that there are people doing this to animal's,they feel pain they feel love,they feel all the emotion's that we feel!!! Please, Please start dealing with this Crime and give this Law some Big Teeth..

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