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ACTION ALERT: Animal and Child Neglect Go Hand in Hand!!!

Animals  (tags: animal abused, animal cruelty, child neglect, horrendous conditions, crime )

- 3591 days ago -
Allegedly training dogs for fighting at his home, Lennis Stephens faces felony charges of child neglect as well as animal cruelty. The reported deplorable conditions of his property made it dangerous and uninhabitable. Stephens' five-year-old daughter


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Simone Duffin (1462)
Tuesday August 18, 2009, 10:56 am
What You Can Do
Letters may be written to your state legislators, encouraging them to consider ALDF’s First Strike and You're Out law. Note concern for the prevalence of animal fighting in your community and your expectation that law enforcement agents be well-trained and supported by meaningful legislation. Forward-looking sentences are crucial to effective animal fighting interventions - not only for the sake of the animal and child victims tied to a current case, but as a means of frustrating the chronic cycle of criminal abuses which animal fighters embrace.

An arraignment date is currently scheduled for August 26, 2009. Locals are encouraged to support the prosecution by attending court proceedings as the case progresses. (Always contact the Court to confirm court dates as they are subject to change.) Read ALDF's tips for attending a criminal court proceeding.

Court location and information:
Clerk of the Circuit Court, Criminal Division
Volusia County Justice Center
251 N. Ridgewood Avenue
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Phone: 386-239-7750
Case Numbers:

Jamie L (195)
Tuesday August 18, 2009, 11:01 am

Rhonda Maness (580)
Tuesday August 18, 2009, 11:40 am
Thank you!

Thank you for taking action! Together, we are winning the case against cruelty.
Thanks Simome

Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Tuesday August 18, 2009, 12:44 pm

Mia H (285)
Tuesday August 18, 2009, 1:04 pm
Action taken and forwarded. Thank You, Simone!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday August 18, 2009, 1:35 pm
Anytime there is abuse in any form in the family there is always a trickle down effect.
If the parents of some children slap each other around in front of their children they think it is fine to hit other people or animals because that is what they see and they think it is normal.
Just take a look at Michael Vick he was brought around with dog fighting and killing animals that didn't perform so he continued it for the rest of his life but in my eyes he should have known better but he kept making a lot of money at it and enjoyed the money but that is a case that is out there and obvious.
I can never forgive me for what he did because when you become an adult and know right from wrong but you have to excercise it.
Another problem that nobody has even discussed is there are so many children who grow up without a father or mother all of their lives and they have no connection to anyone. They just survive but that is not enough they need loving from both mother and father to know that they are connected and have a full life.
So they have this deep anger and they take out on innocent animals that have no way of defending themselves against this person who twice their size.
The more bastard children there are in this country the more the anger grows that is why it is so important to have a mother and father with the same last name so the children know who they are connected to. I know some people out there are going to angry at me but I just want all of you to think about that before you react to what I have said.

Tierney G (381)
Tuesday August 18, 2009, 1:40 pm
Signed Thanks Simone

Past Member (0)
Tuesday August 18, 2009, 4:47 pm
Done/thanks Simone

Gemma H (48)
Tuesday August 18, 2009, 8:40 pm
Noted & action taken ~ Thanks Simone

Past Member (0)
Thursday August 20, 2009, 3:32 am
carol h you sound like your perfect. it would be nice if children grew up with both parents but you know what lady that for what ever reason dosen't always happen. my dad was shot and killed when i was 3months old. my mom remarried when i was 6yrs old and went on to have 3 more kids. so there are alot of reasons why kids don't have both parents. i would never call a child no matter what a bastard but i would call an ignorant lady like yourself a bitch. sorry miss simone, done.

Kay F (550)
Friday August 21, 2009, 6:26 am
Done, thanks Simone.
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