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Sunday, January 27, 2013

PLEASE sign this petition for CAPTAIN.

Captain was a two year old German Shepherd dog who was discovered on July 18, 2012 wrapped in a bloody sheet and left in a dumpster in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. When Captain was found he was emaciated, and had also been stabbed and brutally beaten with a heavy chain and baseball bat, being rendered quadriplegic and with brain hemorrhaging. Despite the best efforts of those caring for him, Captain passed away from cardiac arrest shortly after being rescued from the dumpster.

Brian Whitlock, Captain's owner, was charged with "wilfully causing unnecessary pain, suffering, or injury to an animal" contrary to Section 445.1(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada. Captain suffered horribly at the hand of Brian Whitlock, who displayed absolutely no remorse for this crime as evidenced by the fact that he tossed Captain, who had been beaten, stabbed, and starved, but was still living, into a dumpster and then disappeared for days afterward. What was done to Captain cannot be described as anything but a violent offence, and prior to being charged with animal cruelty, Mr. Whitlock was also charged with criminal harassment. That Mr. Whitlock is charged with these two offences is a testament to the well-documented fact that those who abuse animals may also become violent toward humans and thus pose a risk to society. Therefore, we respectfully petition for the following:

That the honourable sentencing Judge in the Provincial Court of British Columbia apply the maximum penalty available under the law for this offence, which is 5 years in prison. That the court also, in accordance with Section 447.1(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada, "make an order prohibiting the accused from owning, having the custody or control of or residing in the same premises as an animal or a bird" for the rest of his lifetime. Further, that the court, in accordance with Section 447.1(1)(b), "on its own motion, order that the accused pay to a person or an organization that has taken care of an animal or a bird as a result of the commission of the offence [in this case, the British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals] the reasonable costs that the person or organization incurred in respect of the animal or bird."


The petition was created for my friend -Charlene Myers.
Many thanks to everyone for the support. Jayne

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