Victory! No Plea Bargain for Crash the Dog’s Killer

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.

Take Action!

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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Jim Ven
Jim Ven2 years ago

thanks for the article.

Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

Anastasia Z.
Anastasia Z3 years ago

I hope he will get the hardest sentence possible

Lacey J.
Lacey Jo3 years ago

This is the best news, thank you :)

Bev Woodburn
Bev Woodburn3 years ago

So glad that evil Jonathan Edwards faces felony charges and hopefully he spends time in jail. He deserves more than a felony charge though. How many dogs has he deliberately murdered just for the thrill of the kill? Evil human monster. Evil at its worst.

Chloe Mccausland
Chloe Mccausland3 years ago

We'll done you did so well!!!
I would have done the same thing.
I admire you for what you did
R.I.P little crash
I hope that man rots and suffers in jail and I give my love to the other dogs that have suffered the same fate!!!
Crash would be proud of you!!!

Lucia De Neef
Lucia De Neef3 years ago


Jayne W.
Jayne W3 years ago

Congratulations to you Tracy Smith ... well done!!! My heart goes out to you, ... such a MINDLESS, HEARTLESS act!!! R.I.P sweet CRASH

Jelena Radovanovic
Past Member 3 years ago

These are the best news.Thank you.

Angela J.
Angela J4 years ago

Oh, that poor owner. I can't imagine losing my dog this way.