Written by Michelle Kretzer
may remember the real life story: As Hurricane Irene pummeled the East Coast,
one Newport News, Virginia, man left 12 dogs and puppies alone
in his yard to fend for themselves, some tied up with no
way to escape the rising water. Newport News Animal Services and a PETA fieldworker drove through the
rising water and increasing winds to
rescue the dogs, and cruelty-to-animals charges were filed against the person
who left them behind when he packed his bags and evacuated.
case went to court last week. The dogs' owner pleaded guilty to six counts of
cruelty to animals and received a suspended sentence of 60 days in jail for
each count, which he must serve if he has even one more run-in with the law in
the next two years. He was also sentenced to 120 hours of community service and
a $455 fine for the costs that animal control incurred in housing and caring for
the seized dogs, and most importantly—the punishment that we always press for
the hardest—he was prohibited from
owning companion animals indefinitely!
rescue was a blessing for one of the police officers who joined us on the call:
He found his new best friend among the rescued pups and adopted him soon afterward.
If you ever see an animal in trouble, please contact the authorities immediately.
If they are unresponsive, call PETA for help.
you have a general question for PETA and would like a response, please e-mail Info@peta.org. If you need to report cruelty to
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here. If you are reporting an animal in imminent danger and know where to find the
animal and if the abuse is taking place right now, please call your local
police department. If the police are unresponsive, please call PETA
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