Maximum Sentence for Man that Almost Starved His Dog Bella to Death
  • Petitioned Hon. Jerry Turner

This petition was delivered to:

Washington County District Judge
Hon. Jerry Turner

Maximum Sentence for Man that Almost Starved His Dog Bella to Death

    1. Hand 4Paws
    2. Petition by

      Hand 4Paws

      Albuquerque, United States

Calvert, AL: A severely emaciated dog was discovered after a tip brought investigators to the residence occupied by James Samuel Newbill.

The dog allegedly was kept chained in the yard for over a year, with no food or water in sight.  When found, she was a mere 34 lbs. and looked like a skeleton. She is being treated for hookworms, heartworms, scabies, a skin infection and a low grade urinary tract infection. The two-year-old pup also had a hard time moving. The person who called in the tip claims the dog was left out in the cold and the rain to suffer.

Newbill has been arrested and charged with animal cruelty. He is being held on $3,000 bond.

After Newbill’s arrest, SouthBARK (Southern Based Animal Rescue Kinship) rescued the dog now known as Bella. According to SouthBARK, she would not have survived much longer. Bella was taken to Ark Animal Clinic and Rehabilitation Center for veterinary care. Safe Haven Animal Care Kennels ( S.H.A.C.K.) will be the next step on Bella’s voyage to recovery. Donations for her care, including extensive treatment and diagnosis, can be made by referencing Bella’s name and sending payment through PayPal to the following: theshackrescue@gmail.com

You can track Bella's progress by visiting The S.H.A.C.K. Safe Haven Animal Care Kennels Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-SHACK-Safe-Haven-Animal-Care-Kennels/143496329088087

This petition respectfully requests that if found guilty, James Samuel Newbill be charged with the maximum sentence allowable under law, and that he not be allowed to own animals.

For more information on this story: http://www.fox10tv.com//dpp/news/alabama/arrest-made-in-starving-dog-case

Image of Bella courtesy of Life With Dogs

This petition will be updated as more information becomes available; however, the intent will remain the same.

To:
Hon. Jerry Turner, Washington County District Judge
We, the undersigned, respectfully request that if found guilty, that James Samuel Newbill be charged with the maximum sentence allowable under law, and that he not be allowed to own animals again.

Thank you for your prompt attention in this matter.

Sincerely,

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Bella passes away

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      We are very sad to announce that Bella passed away on December 14, 2012. Despite receiving great care after being rescued 10 months ago, Bella remained weak. At least she received love and attention in her last months.

      The article below tells more of Bella's story, and includes what you can do to make sure other dogs won't have to go through what Bella did. In this case, her owner received only 43 days in jail and a $100 fine (which reportedly he has not paid). R.I.P. sweet Bella.

      http://www.examiner.com/article/bella-s-legacy-loses-fight-for-life-10-months-after-rescue-community-mourns?CID=obinsite

      "Bella's Legacy"; loses fight for life 10 months after rescue, community mourns

      Sandra Nathan,Mobile Animal Welfare and Protection Examiner Sandra Nathan, free lance journalist/writer, animal advocate and activist, lives on Alabama's Gulf Coast. She contributes a great portion of her writing skills to impart awareness of the plight of abandoned animals and the critical need for municipalities to provide true shelter and refuge for...

    2. Newbill pleads guilty

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      After pleading guilty of animal cruelty, James Newbill was fined for court costs plus $100

    3. Update on Bella, AL Dog Rescued from Starvation and Neglect

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      Petition Organizer

    4. Neglected Dog Makes Speedy Recovery

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    5. Petition Closing

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      Petition Organizer

      Petition will close today and will be sent out to the target. Thank you for signing the petition.

    6. Petition to be sent

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      This petition will be sent soon so it can be received by the judge before the March 26th court date. Thank you to all who signed to help bring justice for sweet Bella

    7. Update on Bella

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      From The S.H.A.C.K. Safe Haven Animal Care Kennels Facebook page: "Bella has gained a POUND ,Bella has gained a POUND!!!! I know it doesnt sound like much but it is exciting to us!! Vet said now with a lot of the parasites gone she will start gaining more!!!"

      To see a new picture of Bella, please click on link:

    8. Reached 4,000 signatures
    9. Bella, rescued dog, on road to recovery

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      Petition Organizer

      Watch video of Bella at the link below. According to the vet, Bella still has a long way to go, but this sweet pup is a fighter so they believe she has a good chance at getting better.

    10. Reached 1,500 signatures
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    Reasons for signing

    • Ruth McCullough POOLE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 years ago

      This cruelty is so unwarrented he needs the harshest sentence possible. He also needs to be made to pay for Bella's rehabilitation costs.

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    • Darren Edwards WOODLAND HILLS, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      PRISON FOR THIS NEWBILL SCUM BASTARD !!!!!!!!!!! PRISON FOR THIS NEWBILL SCUM BASTARD !!!!!!!!!!! PRISON FOR THIS NEWBILL SCUM BASTARD !!!!!!!!!!! PRISON FOR THIS NEWBILL SCUM BASTARD !!!!!!!!!!! PRISON FOR THIS NEWBILL SCUM BASTARD !!!!!!!!!!! PRISON FOR THIS NEWBILL SCUM BASTARD !!!!!!!!!!! PRISON FOR THIS NEWBILL SCUM BASTARD !!!!!!!!!!! PRISON FOR THIS NEWBILL SCUM BASTARD !!!!!!!!!!! PRISON FOR THIS NEWBILL SCUM BASTARD !!!!!!!!!!! PRISON FOR THIS NEWBILL SCUM BASTARD !!!!!!!!!!!PRISON FOR THIS NEWBILL SCUM BASTARD !!!!!!!!!!!PRISON FOR THIS NEWBILL SCUM BASTARD !!!!!!!!!!!

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    • G Ford WARREN, NJ
      • about 2 years ago

      No animal should have to live like that, hungry, neglected and full of parasites. Newbill needs to receive the maximum penalty allowed and I hope he can't make bail.

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    • jane hagans SWEETHOME, OR
      • about 2 years ago

      Im signing because I HATE people who CHOOSE 2 ABUSE animals! Its pretty simple, if ur not gonna love the pet u think u want .Then DONT get Any!!! If a person is capable of animal abuse,then wouldent it b possible the person could b HARMFUL 2 another person? I believe so! Its time 2 make this world a great place 2 live,Right here is as good as any 2 start!!

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    • Sherlee Mcgrath LAS VEGAS, NV
      • about 2 years ago

      the agony this dog went through for what?! some sick bastards weird pleasure! PUNISH THESE PEOPLE THESE ARE CRIMINAL ACTS!

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