For Immediate Release:
November 15, 2022
Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382
Rockdale County, Ga. – Carrying signs reading, “Dogs Left for Dead in Extreme Heat” and “Dead Dogs Found in Deputy Tolbert’s Trash,” PETA supporters will hold a peaceful protest outside Rockdale County District Attorney Alisha Johnson’s office on Thursday, urging her to file cruelty-to-animals charges against Deputy Eric Tolbert of the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office. The action follows the release of evidence that three American bully dogs—a breathing-impaired breed—died in a shed on the deputy’s property as temperatures soared to 95 degrees with a heat index of more than 100 degrees. Following the deaths of the animals—named LaLa, Storm, and Luke Cage—Tolbert told an investigator with the sheriff’s office that he “trashed ’em.”
When: Thursday, November 17, 12 noon
Where: Rockdale County Courthouse, 922 Court St. N.E., Conyers
After Tolbert posted about the dogs’ deaths on Facebook, the sheriff’s office obtained a search warrant for his residence, where deputies found his assigned K-9, Aegis, confined to a squalid outdoor pen littered with moldy feces in nearly 100-degree heat. Tolbert has not been criminally charged, despite a push from the sheriff’s office to the district attorney’s office for an indictment.
“Officer Tolbert left dogs he knew were susceptible to heatstroke to die in his own backyard,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “Nobody is above the law, and PETA is calling on District Attorney Alisha Johnson to prosecute this officer for cruelty to animals.”
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview.