Please read the below letter from PETA and send a letter and spread the word. Especially pertinent for all my upstate NY friends!
You're likely very familiar with the long-established link between crimes against humans and those against other animals and the additional incentive that this correlation gives many prosecutors to vigorously pursue cases against animal abusers. Although more and more prosecutors are taking such cases seriously, too many animal abusers still walk out of court without being properly punished.
Please send a quick note to District Attorney William Fitzpatrick, whose office is preparing to prosecute Dustin Gauger, 20, and Kyle Custer, 18, both of Elbridge. Gauger and Custer face felony charges stemming from their alleged December 20 abduction and fatal torture of an Elbridge family's cat. The defendants are accused of taking the animal from her guardians' home and bringing her to the trailer park where they reside, binding her, and dousing her with gasoline, and setting her on fire. The animal was suffering from severe burns when she was found by officials and later died, according to news sources.
In what may be a frightening illustration of the above-mentioned correlation, these defendants also reportedly face felony rape charges stemming from separate incidents involving 14-year-old girls. Ask Fitzpatrick that, if his office wins a conviction in this case, his prosecutors work with the court to ensure that the convicts are incarcerated, ordered to undergo a thorough psychiatric evaluation and subsequent counseling at their own expense, and barred from ever again owning or caring for animals—period—as is allowed by New York law. It is our experience that your input really does make a difference in case outcomes, so thank you in advance!
Fitzpatrick should receive only courteous correspondence.
The Honorable William J. Fitzpatrick
Onondaga County District Attorney's Office
421 Montgomery St. Civic Center, 12th Fl.
Syracuse, NY 13202
Please forward this message to others who might be willing to lend their voices to this important issue. Thank you for your compassion for animals and for your willingness to act.
Domestic Animal and Wildlife Rescue & Information Department
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
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Also check out this article for links between violence and cruelty toward animals.