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From 12 April 2008 Issue
Apparently, a caged pit bull escaped and bit the arm of Severino's 8-year-old son Nick. Enrique drove the child to the hospital for what police described as a non-serious wound. Meanwhile, an enraged Severino bored at least 12 holes into the dog "Baby's" head with a power drill. The three-year-old pit bull -- chained and unable to escape throughout the ordeal -- did not die swiftly. She was later euthanized.
LEFT: Severino Cruz, Baby's killer. CENTER: Baby, a three-year-old pit bull killed with a power drill. RIGHT: Enrique Cruz, the killer's brother, also implicated in long-term animal abuse and neglect. ===========================================================
RE: Severino Cruz - #H17B-CR08-0036590-S
Enrique Cruz - #H17B-CR08-0036601-S
Dear Assistant State's Attorney Preleski and Judge Doherty,
Please accept my comments regarding Severino Cruz and his brother Enrique
Cruz, both arrested in January 2008 on the alleged crimes of animal neglect
and violent abuse.
Apparently, a caged pit bull escaped and bit the arm of Severino's
8-year-old son Nick. Enrique drove the child to the hospital for what police
described as a non-serious wound. Meanwhile, an enraged Severino bored at
least 12 holes into the dog "Baby's" head with a power drill. The
three-year-old pit bull -- chained and unable to escape throughout the
ordeal -- did not die swiftly. She was later euthanized.
Both brothers were booked on animal cruelty charges. Baby had shared squalid
conditions with another four-month old puppy, who animal control seized and
placed for adoption. Both dogs were severely underfed, according to police.
Animal mutilation and mistreatment demand your utmost attention. I
respectfully urge a significant sentence, upon conviction, that contains a
permanent criminal record and anger management counseling. Both men ought to
incur maximum jail time and fines for their respective charges of felony or
misdemeanor animal cruelty. Please assure the Cruz brothers are barred from
possessing, working, or living with animals. Lastly, convicted animal
abusers should not fulfill community service orders at an animal shelter,
where they're exposed to vulnerable animals and youthful volunteers.
Violence against animals is a well-documented precursor to violence against
humans -- particularly more defenseless victims such as children, women or
the elderly. In fact, animal cruelty investigations often uncover domestic
violence or other signs of a troubled family, P. Arkow notes in Breaking the
cycles of violence: A guide to multi-disciplinary interventions.
ASPCA's Randall Lockwood, Ph.D., claims severity and intimacy of injury
inflicted -- stabbing, mutilating, strangling -- suggest the potential for
recurring violence against others.
Drilling holes into the head of an animal certainly qualifies as torture and
should be viewed as yardstick to measure probability of a repeat offense.
Thank you for holding animal abusers accountable for their crimes of
* ALDF Anti-Cruelty Team
* Disturbing Case of Animal Cruelty
* Animal Rights Activists Protest Before Court Appearance
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