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Animals In Print
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From 29 April 2002 Issue


In Santa Fe Springs, Calif., a man has been charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty after he allegedly used a crossbow to shoot an opossum full of arrows, leaving the animal to die, near his residence. Despite being mortally wounded, the possum clung to life for at least seven more hours and was later spotted, impaled with arrows, walking along a wall in the neighborhood. Horrified neighbors took photos, which they later provided to investigators, of the suffering animal with arrows protruding from her body.

According to local animal control investigators, Kirk James Broomall admitted to shooting the opossum with his crossbow before tracking her down several hours later and beating her to death with a pipe. Despite this clear-cut case of deliberate animal cruelty, to date only misdemeanor animal cruelty charges have been brought against Mr. Broomall. According to a local animal control agent, "This case is a floater, one of those that could have been filed as a felony or a misdemeanor. The district attorney's office decided to go with the misdemeanor."

Send a letter to District Attorney Robert Jordan, asking that he file felony animal cruelty charges against Mr. Broomall. Let Mr. Jordan know that animal cruelty is a serious issue of community safety and needs to be treated accordingly!

Write to:
Robert Jordan, Deputy District Attorney
Whittier District Attorney’s Office
2nd Floor
7339 S. Painter Ave.
Whittier, CA 90608
ph: 562-907-3190
Fax: 562-696-9631

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