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Community Should Fear for Its Safety, Say Experts
For Immediate Release:November 28, 2012
Dallas, Texas -- Today, PETA sent an urgent plea
to Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins calling on him to vigorously
prosecute Alexander Good of Grapevine. Good faces charges stemming from an
August 2011 incident, in which he allegedly fatally beat his then-girlfriend's
Chihuahua–Jack Russell terrier mix, Jack. The woman reportedly testified that
Jack started showing fear of Good over time before the incident, which left
Jack lying limp under a bed and breathing heavily before dying of his internal
injuries. News sources state that Good has given three separate explanations
for Jack's severe injuries. Good's trial resumes in court tomorrow, November
"The viciousness of abusing an animal must not go
unpunished," says PETA Director Martin Mersereau. "Area residents
have reason to be concerned. According to leading mental-health professionals
and law-enforcement agencies, perpetrators of violent acts against animals are
often repeat offenders who pose a serious threat to all animals, including
PETA is asking that the
defendant, if convicted, be sentenced to a period of incarceration, prohibited
from owning or harboring animals, and ordered to undergo a thorough
psychological evaluation, followed by mandatory counseling.
For more information, please
visit PETA's website HelpingAnimals.com. To view PETA's anti-violence
public service announcement featuring Inglourious Basterds star and Hostel
director Eli Roth, please visit http://www.petatv.com/tvpopup/Prefs.asp?video=eli_roth_violence_link_psa_peta.
PETA's letter to Dallas
County District Attorney Craig Watkins follows.
November 28, 2012
County District Attorney's OfficeFrank Crowley Courts Building133 N. Riverfront Blvd., LB 19Dallas, TX 75207
Dear Mr. Watkins:
is an international animal protection organization with more than 3 million
members and supporters globally. This letter concerns a case of cruelty to animals
that your office is handling involving Alexander Good, 27, of Grapevine. According to news sources, Good faces felony charges
stemming from an August 2011 incident during which he allegedly killed his
then-girlfriend's Chihuahua-mix dog, Jack. Reportedly, after Good was left
alone with the animal, Jack was found lying injured and unresponsive under the
bed; the dog later died from his injuries. Good has apparently given multiple
stories for the dog's condition, and we understand that there is some indication
that the dog was subject to systemic abuse at Good's hands. The defendant is
scheduled to appear in court on these charges tomorrow.
As you likely
know, mental-health professionals and top
law-enforcement officials consider animal abuse to be a red flag. The American
Psychiatric Association identifies cruelty to animals as one of the diagnostic
criteria for conduct disorders, and the FBI uses reports of animal abuse in
analyzing the threat potential of suspected and known criminals. The link between
animal abuse and interpersonal violence is undeniable, and the safety of the
community may depend upon a vigorous prosecution of this case.
On behalf of our thousands of
members and supporters in Texas, we respectfully ask that, if convicted and in
addition to serving a period of incarceration, Good be required to undergo a thorough psychological
evaluation followed by mandatory counseling at his own expense. Because
repeat crimes are the rule rather than the exception among animal abusers, we
ask that, if convicted, Good be
prohibited from owning animals (a common provision in such cases) for as long
Thank you for your
consideration and for the difficult work that you do.
Kristin SimonSenior Cruelty CaseworkerCruelty Investigations
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