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For Mercy's Sake, April 23,2007, the One-Year Anniversary of Mercy's Death,The 10-Month-Old Pit Bull Puppy Was Doused With Gasol

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UPDATE - WEDNESDAY, APR 18, 2007 - MERCY TRIAL DELAYED UNTIL AUGUST 6. 2007, The trial of DeShann Brown, who is charged with third-degree felony in the animal cruelty case involving the burned dog Mercy, has been postponed until August 6. 2007.


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Lucky Children A (104)
Thursday June 14, 2007, 1:47 am
Poor Mercy.
How many to be tortures and massacred.

Aggie M (44)
Thursday June 14, 2007, 3:42 am
I think they are trying to postpone this case out of everyone's memory so this killing bastard can walk! It has worked for years and they will keep using the tactic until it is no longer effective. We need to find a way to keep the pressure on them. Maybe when they realize that Mercy is not going out of anyone's memory, but getting even more thought as a result of their screwing around, they will act and do it with the harsh punishment that we all are crying out for. If Texas can be convinced to make an example of Brown, maybe it will get better for the animals in their state. They seem to be the most dangerous place for pit bulls right now!

Nadia Donato (476)
Thursday June 14, 2007, 5:27 am
If you haven't yet, please go here to sign Mercy's petition targeting the DA's office:

Also, this petition: We the people, ask that a legislation be enacted which shall be named “Mercy’s Law”
Please sign here:

Marcy M (97)
Thursday June 14, 2007, 8:14 am
This makes my heart ache...Noted and petitions signed. This is outrageous.

Past Member (0)
Thursday June 14, 2007, 8:41 am
he should be in jail for life for this most heinous crime and at that they should be charging him with the crime it is....TORTUROUS MURDER!!!!!!!!
WE will not foget...and we show NO mercy for this monster!.....

Samantha O (374)
Thursday June 14, 2007, 8:58 am
This poor soul.I feelfor her every time I see this picture or hear this woeful tale and extreme anger for the evil filth who did this and deserves to taste his own medicine.

Dana S (0)
Thursday June 14, 2007, 9:29 am
I hope this #@!$%& goes to HELL! That's where all people that are cruel to animals will go. These creatures were put here on earth to be our friends, defenders & pals. Why do people want to treat animals so cruel? And just because they are "animals", they have a soul and they have feelings too....this also makes my heart ache.

Sharon B (0)
Thursday June 14, 2007, 10:11 am
I have never been able to undrstand how some people can commit such horrible acts of violence. What is sad to me is this man will not receive a sentence that is truly fitting to his crime.

Patricia rommers (33)
Thursday June 14, 2007, 10:35 am
So very sadly noted and I signed both the petitions. I hope and pray that the Justice System will not be lenient in any case of animal cruelty and will give a harsher sentence to deter any other person that would want to commit such a heinous crime.

Rachel R (121)
Thursday June 14, 2007, 12:41 pm
This guy should go to jail for life, he deserves to rot in prison.

PrimaAWAY B (1278)
Thursday June 14, 2007, 3:01 pm


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PrimaAWAY B (1278)
Thursday June 14, 2007, 3:02 pm

Senator Allard, as a veterinarian you know more than most people that animals can feel pain. The animal cruelty laws in this country are extremely deficient. Here is an example. In Denver Colorado, a 16 year old boy and a 17 year old boy set a cat on fire and threw him out of a moving vehicle. The cat suffered 3rd degree burns over 40% of his body. He underwent a series of operations to save his life. His left rear leg and his tail had to be amputated.The two boys pled guilty to the crime and were sentenced to only 2 days in jail, a $500 fine and 18 months probation.

Across the country, there are cases upon cases like this one where animals are brutally tortured for sadistic pleasure and the perpetrators get little more than a slap on the wrist. You have the power to change this by introducing a bill that makes torturing, maiming, or killing a domestic animal a federal offense, punishable by a mandatory jail sentence.

Animals aren't the only victims of these heinous crimes. Many of them are owned by people who love them and regard them as family members. Statistics show a strong correlation between animal cruelty and violent offenses against people, such as serial killings, rapes and murders. A tough federal law to punish and deter animal cruelty would not only benefit animals, it would help people too.

We urge you to support a bill to make aggravated animal cruelty a federal offense that carries a mandatory prison sentence of no less than five years. Without such a law there is no deterrence for the criminals who commit these horrible acts and there is no justice for the victims, either animal or human.

Sign the Petition
The Federal Law We Propose:

The Companion Animal Protection Act
Declarations of Purpose:

There is abundant evidence that there is a nationwide problem of intentional acts of violence and cruelty against companion animals. The vast majority of offenders do not receive adequate punishment. Most of those who have committed violent acts of cruelty have been given probation, community service, a small fine or no punishment at all. At present, the state laws carry only maximum sentences which means that there is a ceiling on the punishment and the offenders can easily be let off the hook. We propose a federal law that imposes a mandatory minimum sentence for intentional acts of cruelty and violence against companion animals.This law is designed to prevent, deter and punish anyone who commits a violent or sadistic act against those species traditionally classified as companion animals, as defined in Section 1 below.


1) Companion Animal: All animals commonly thought of as pets including, but not limited to, cats, dogs, horses, rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, pet birds, and aquarium fish.

2) Cruelty: Any act committed by a person with the intention of causing pain, injury or death to a companion animal including, but not limited to, mutilation, torture, rape, sodomy, setting on fire, burning alive, kicking, hitting, punching, strangling, tail pulling, dogfighting, use as bait or food for other animals, stepping or stomping on, poisoning, smashing against walls or concrete or other hard surfaces, decapitation, amputation of limbs, removal of internal organs, skinning, removal of ears or tails or eyes or other body parts, and spraying with caustic substances.


Cruelty to companion animals as defined in this Act will carry a mandatory prison sentence of not less than 5 years and up to a maximum of 25 years without possibility for parole. A second conviction will carry a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 10 years and up to a maximum sentence of 50 years without possibility for parole.


Sample Letter

1234 Address
Washington DC, 12345

Dear Representative/Senator Full Name,

Anyone who has ever witnessed abuse of a domestic animal knows that reporting it can be a frustrating and hopeless process. Those rare cases that make it to court it often result in a fine that wouldn’t cover the cost of the vet treatment for the abuse.

But I believe that these instances of animal abuse should be a concern to more than just those who love animals. Those who abuse animals do not exist in a vacuum or restrict their violent behaviors to animals. Studies reported by animal welfare groups like the American Humane Society show a well-established link between those who abuse their families, and those who abuse their animals. Furthermore, children who are victims of abuse may themselves become animal abusers. Dog fighters are also well linked to organized crime and other violent activities. Most serial killers started their killing sprees with animals.

I’m writing to you because I believe these violent criminals deserve more than a slap on the wrist, a small fine or short jail sentence. I believe that anyone capable of such cruelty to another living creature will not stop with their pets and other people's pets. I believe these people deserve harsher punishments.

And with that in mind, I urge you work towards harsher sentences and stricter punishments for these violent criminals.


Your Full Name


Customizing your letter: A form letter is better than no letter, but a customized letter is even more effective. Here are some thoughts on how you can customize your letter.

Make it personal, speak of a personal experience with animal cruelty

Cite a recent case of animal cruelty in your area that you believe was not properly handled.

Specifically reference the animal cruelty laws in your state, and why they are inadequate.



Sam K (38)
Thursday June 14, 2007, 3:51 pm
look `at his pitiful little eyes .. makes my heart ache.

Theresa Chartrand (69)
Thursday June 14, 2007, 6:44 pm
What the living crap is wrong with the judge,the guy didn't postpone the dogs life,but wants to postpone his sentence,I hope some in jail gets this low life!!

Jennie B (14)
Thursday June 14, 2007, 8:07 pm

Nadia Donato (476)
Thursday June 14, 2007, 10:26 pm

Mara G (411)
Friday June 15, 2007, 10:16 pm
Noted. Thank you Esther.

Dusty K (1339)
Saturday June 16, 2007, 2:51 am
noted Esther. Thanks for posting. Letters have been mailed, petition signed. Love and Light, Dusty

Susana C (79)
Saturday June 16, 2007, 4:48 am
Noted Esther! Little puppy... Soo sad, soo sad!!! :'(

Pamela Salomon (255)
Saturday June 16, 2007, 7:07 am
Awww, the poor baby. I feel so bad for him. I love all kinds of dogs.

Donna B (13)
Saturday June 16, 2007, 7:27 am
This article was so disgusting to me. It's so sad that more, actual really- tough penalties don't apply to animal abusers! Poor little puppy! I'd sure like to see extremely huge fines imposed for anyone who commits such a crime, with mandatory mental health assessment and a mandatory sentence of in-patient teatment for 30 days, at least--for the FIRST offense. ( and the individual prohibited from ever "owning" any animal, or getting near to any animal unless "truly rehabilitated"

Aggie M (44)
Sunday June 17, 2007, 12:15 am
Here you go folks, give this a try! I was so sure of my own ability to pic out the pit that it blew me away when it was about my fourth choice before I got it right! This is part of the pit's problem, they get blamed for everything, pit or not! We need to find a way to challange the news people when they blame a pit for some vicious attack! Have fun, try the test! Maybe using this would help stop the cruelty that I blame on the press to a great extent!

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