You may be familiar with the recent disturbing viral video depicting an alleged Boise, Idaho, resident sporting boxing gloves while repeatedly and powerfully punching a German shepherd in the face. One of the punches connects with such force that the dog yelps in pain, and the abuser exclaims, “I hit him so hard I felt that through [my glove]!”
Idaho code § 25-3504 clearly prohibits cruelty to an animal, which is defined in subsection 25-3502 to include “[subjecting] an animal to needless suffering or [inflicting] unnecessary cruelty.” Please note that malicious intent is not required per (5)(c), nor is injury to the animal victim. However, despite an investigation by a competent humane agency, prosecutors are declining to file charges, citing “insufficient evidence,” according to news sources. What more do they need? PETA has contacted the Boise City Attorney’s Office seeking clarity but has yet to hear answers. Now it’s your turn!
Using this contact form, please contact Boise City Attorney Jayme Sullivan and urge her to reconsider this decision. Once you’ve taken action, be sure to forward this alert to all your contacts.