Animals In Print
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From 19 August 2001 Issue
ABUSED PUPPY NEEDS YOUR HELP
Last December, Thomas E. Spencer's girlfriend called police and told them that he had been beating their four-month-old puppy all day. When police arrived at the Georgia home of the 54-year-old Spencer, they heard a dog squealing in pain. Upon entering Spencer's bedroom, they found him kneeling on the bed, with the puppy's head propped tightly between his knees. He punched the dog repeatedly in the head with his closed fists in front of police; the dog's eyes were swollen shut and bleeding. The puppy's blood covered Spencer's pajamas and the bed. Police charged Spencer with only an ordinance violation and took the puppy to the vet. Unbelievably, they then returned the dog to Spencer's home.
The prosecutor who was originally working on the case claimed that she could not seize the dog because she was not sure that the dog currently in Spencer's custody was the same dog that he was arrested for abusing. However, she could easily refer to the vet who treated the puppy, the vet's assistant, the vet's receptionist, the photo the vet took of the dog's face, the police officer who took the puppy to the vet, and the police officer's partner for confirmation. Although the charge against Spencer was eventually elevated to a felony, there is no excuse for allowing the puppy to remain with an abusive individual.
Please call the new prosecutor Daniel Levy and ask that the dog be taken out of Spencer and his girlfriend's custody at once. Also, ask the district attorney's office to seek the harshest punishment against Spencer allowed by law and prohibit him from ever "owning" animals again.
New Prosecutor on the case
(if you get his voice mail, please leave a message)
Fulton County Government - Trial Division District Attorney
141 Pryor Street Southwest
Atlanta, GA 30303
Fax: (404) 730-5398
E-mail: [email protected]
PR person for Fulton County DA:
Elected DA, Paul Howard
Indictment No.: 01SC06390
Even when things seem to move at a snail's pace, be persistent, and never lose hope!
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