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ACTION ALERT: Letters to Judge Viviano - Greenwood Sentencing 8/20

From: Pam
Sent on: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 1:02 PM


Meetup Members,

Good news. The Greenwood Goat wins in court!

Dennis Jones, owner of Greenwood Pets (Warren, MI) pled guilty to felony charges of Animal Abandonment and Cruelty yesturday at the Macomb County Circuit Court related the ill pygmy goat seized by animal control last summer. Sentencing will be on August 20th, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. RSVP to attend.

The goat had not urinated for three days and needed an emergency operation to fix the blockage. Thank you 4 Paws 1 Heart for helping this goat survive and rehabilitate!


Please take a few moments to send a hard copy letter to Judge David Viviano who will be following sentencing guidelines and will consider public concerns. This is the time for us to speak up for the animals and ask for a tough sentencing. My sample letter is below. You can make yours short and to the point. Make sure you include the case number [masked]FH)

16th Judicial Circuit Court
Macomb County Court Building
40 N. Main St.
Mt. Clemens, MI 48043

Honorable Judge David Viviano,

On behalf of Puppy Mill Awareness Meetup, I am writing to you regarding the case involving Dennis Jones owner of Greenwood Pets & Plants (Case[masked]FH Animal Abandonment and Cruelty). In light of the this careless neglect and the suffering that the animals in the store have endured, I urge you to ensure that this crime is fully punished—with sentencing conditions upon conviction that include meaningful jail time, psychological counseling and a permanent ban on contact with animals.

According to reports, Jones is accused of failing to provide veterinary care to a young pygmy goat discovered by Warren officials with a urinary blockage which is painful and life threatening.

Michiganians have no tolerance for animal abuse and want those who commit such gratuitously violent acts against animals held accountable. The cruelty involved in this case is severe and demands accountability.

The connection between animal cruelty and human violence is well documented, and those who abuse animals pose a significant threat to public safety. Studies show that animal abusers are more likely to engage in domestic violence, to have been arrested for other violent crimes and drug offenses, and to engage in other delinquent behavior. And in this case, Jones apparently also has a history with violations of the law.

Strong, carefully considered sentencing that includes incarceration, psychological treatment, and a ban on pet ownership is the most effective available tool for reducing recidivism and interrupting the cycle of criminal behavior.

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