Justice For Pit Bull Duct-Taped And Beaten
Justice For Pit Bull Duct-Taped And Beaten (he survived)
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Pamela Jean Games-Neely, Prosecuting Attorney for Berkeley County
380 West South Street, Suite 1100
Martinsburg, WV 25401
ph: 304-264-1971; fax: 304-263-6092
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Dear Prosecuting Attorney for Berkeley County:
I urge rigorous prosecution in the case of Randall Siford, Jr. and
Breshannon Devereux, two Berkeley County men charged with felony animal
cruelty for allegedly abusing a three-year-old pit bull.
In mid-November, Berkeley County Animal Control and city police found the
dog, named Ice, chained in an attic. The skeletal dog’s mouth had apparently
been sealed with duct-tape. Ice had gaping facial wounds and obvious signs
of cruelty and neglect. Statements made to police reveal the dog had been
battered and lived in pain for weeks.
I respectfully ask the Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney to seek maximum
penalties allowed under West Virginia animal cruelty laws. Please request a
five-year prison sentence for each offender, along with associated fines.
I understand that if Siford and Devereux are not convicted, Ice will go home
with them. This is no different than sending an abused child back to her
abusers. Siford and Devereux should not only be denied custody of Ice, but
also barred from contact with animals in any context. Both men ought to
undergo psychiatric evaluation and therapy.
Animal abuse signals a dangerous predator. Repeat occurrences within 24
hours — such as Ice’s repetitive beatings — depict predatory behavior
associated with premeditated violence, according to ASPCA animal behaviorist
Randall Lockwood, who regularly consults with cruelty investigators, law
enforcers and mental health professionals.
Findings from a 2006 Animal Law Enforcement Academy workshop in San Diego
show 40% of persons convicted of child abuse admit they abused animals and
30% convicted of rape confess to prior animal abuse. “Animal cruelty…is
not a harmless venting of emotion in a healthy individual; this is a warning
sign,” FBI Supervisory Special Agent Allen Brantley has stated.
Please protect Berkeley County citizens from lawbreakers who display
potential for recurring violence. Furthermore, think about Ice, an innocent
who endured agony at the hands of Randall Siford, Jr. and Breshannon
Devereux. The only real justice for Ice is a new, safe and loving home.
SOURCE OF INFORMATION / REFERENCE LINKS
Dog locked in attic, mouth duct-taped, starved – Martinsburg, WV ((US)US
Justice for Ice
NEWS VIDEO: Animal Cruelty Arrests: Duct Tape Used To Close Dog’s Mouth
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