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Beat His Dog and Buried Him Alive, Could Not Be Saved, TAKE ACTION
4 years ago

Beat His Dog and Buried Him Alive, Could Not Be Saved, TAKE ACTION


Animals  (tags: abuseAnimalCrueltyanimalrightscrime,crueltydogsslaughtersufferingsadnessprotection ) 
 Monique - 1 day ago - facebook.com 
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4 years ago

Please take a moment of your time to contact the St. Joseph County Attorney in Indiana and the Superior Court demanding that justice be served for a dog that was beaten then buried alive.What is most appalling is the man beat the dog so severely then he and his son buried it! The dog was later found after a report was made by a neighbor they heard a dog being beaten and the dog was found buried alive. It had to be put to sleep due to its injuries. Here is the news story. 

Updated: 5:22 AM Oct 20, 2010 

Court date set for man accused of trying to bury dog alive 

South Bend, IN 

A court date has been set for the South Bend man accused of beating his pit bull nearly to death. 

Posted: 9:16 PM Oct 19, 2010 Reporter: Sarah Rodts Email Address: sarah.rodts@wndu.com 

A court date has been set for the South Bend man accused of beating his pit bull nearly to death. 

Forty-year-old Gerald McKinney is facing animal mutilation and animal cruelty charges. 

Police say last month he beat his pit bull "Bootsie" at his girlfriend's home when the dog got aggressive. 

Then, police say McKinney tried to bury the dog alive in the yard with the help of his son. 

McKinney appeared in court on Tuesday. His initial hearing was set for the following Tuesday. 



PLEASE CONTACT MICHAEL A. DVORAK - ST JOSEPH COUNTY PROSECUTING ATTORNEY 

EMAIL : tom@dvorakprosecutor.com 

Michael A. Dvorak 

227 W. Jefferson Boulevard 

South Bend, Indiana 46601 

(574) 235-9544 

Mr. Dvorak is running for re-election f.y.i. 



PLEASE CONTACT THE SUPERIOR COURT URGING THE JUDGES TO GIVE THIS MAN THE MAXIMUM PENALTY 

Superior Court 

(574) 235-9893 

Fax (574) 245-6601 



SAMPLE LETTER FOR YOU TO SEND: 



Dear Attorney Dvorak and Judges of the Superior Court: 



We are extremely appalled at the actions of Gerald McKinney whose case is currently pending in your jurisdiction and we urge you to refrain from offering Mr. McKinney any plea bargains and that the maximum sentence be handed down for his actions. Mr. McKinney "allegedly" severely beat his dog and, with the help of his own son no less, buried the dog ALIVE! The dog was later found by police and had to be put to sleep due to the severity of its injuries. As I am sure you are aware, people that are capable of this type of violence towards an animal are very likely to perpetrate these actions on a human. Please do not give this man a slap on the wrist and send him on his way. He is going to claim the dog became "aggressive" to try to justify his actions. Irregardless of his claim, beating an animal within an inch of its life and burying it alive is not the solution. It is likely when faced with the horrific nature of his actions by police he made this claim only to have some justification for the intense brutality he inflicted on this poor animal. There are many other ways he could have dealt with an aggressive dog if indeed that was even the case. Please make sure that St. Joseph County sends the right message that animal abuse will not be tolerated and that the justice system and prosecuting attorneys will ensure this is the case. Thank you for your time. 

Sincerely, 

Maximum charges and penalties for Gerald McKinney for dog abuse
4 years ago

Gerald McKinney of is being charged with mutilating an animal, a Class D felony, and animal cruelty, a Class A misdemeanor after he beat his pit bull "Bootsie" at his girlfriend's home in St. Joseph County, Indiana when the dog supposedly became aggressive.

Then, police say McKinney tried to bury the dog alive in the yard with the help of his son.  The dog was underneath two heavy blankets and "barely breathing."  One of the dog's eyeballs was missing, and its face was bloody and distorted from the bat strikes.  The dog tried to get up when police llifted the blankets that covered the dog, but it could not stand due to broken ribs and legs.  South Bend Animal Control officers decided the dog's injuries were too severe and the animal was put down.
McKinney tried to bury the dog alive in the yard with the help of his son.

Just as we will not accept violence being committed against people, we cannot allow animal torturers to walk our streets unpunished.http://www.change.org/petitions/view/maximum_charges_and_penalties_for_gerald_mckinney_for_dog_abuse

4 years ago

I did take action on this issue by calling all the numbers provided and asking for the maximum penalty for this a-hole.  Thanks for posting something and giving resources for me to take action on this issue.

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