After being shot and killed on his own lawn, Crash the dog is finally getting the justice he deserves. His killer, Jonathan Edwards, will not be issued a plea bargain. His owner, Tracy Smith, fought hard to see that Edwards be charged to the full extent of his crime, and her efforts paid off.
A huge thanks to the Care2 members who signed our petition. This victory for Tracy and Crash would not have been possible without your support.
Crash was outside of his home when a car came speeding by. Startled, Crash began barking and running alongside the car, which turned out to be Edwards’, in the front lawn. In response, Edwards shot Crash with a 9mm bullet. Crash was able to make his way towards the porch after being shot, and this was Smith’s last sight of her beloved pup before he passed.
When questioned why he shot Crash, Edwards exclaimed, “The devil thought it was right.” It was later revealed that Edwards had a penchant for random shootings, having killed other dogs and fired into neighborhood woods with children nearby.
Animal cruelty charges were brought against Edwards, yet the potential for a plea bargain ignited Smith’s call to action. While she and her neighbors were in mourning for Crash, Smith knew she had to target Halifax County District Attorney Melissa Palfrey to ensure Edwards would not plead guilty for a lesser charge.
Through the support of her neighbors, Smith later learned that Edwards would indeed face felony charges for his senseless act of animal cruelty.
Crash can now rest a little easier knowing there were thousands of animal advocates fighting for justice.
Smith created a Care2 petition to strengthen her cause, and in the process, garnered support from individuals across the globe. You can further support animal rights by creating a petition of your own.
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