1/29/10 – KINSHIP CIRCLE – NOW ONE LIST…ONE VOICE FOR ANIMALS
Victory: Guilty! Karley’s Killer Faces 4-Year Jail Term
UPDATE, 1/26/10: Former L.A. County assistant fire chief Glynn Johnson Is guilty of felony animal cruelty for fatally battering 6-month-old German shepherd mix Karley with a 12-pound rock outside his Riverside, Calif. home on 11/3/08. Karley’s shattered jaw and other wounds led to her euthanasia.
YOU WERE HEARD: Karley’s brutal murder struck a chord with Kinship Circle followers, who wrote/called/emailed the Riverside County District Attorney’s office, police and fire departments with a unified demand: Terminate Johnson’s job. Book and prosecute him to the fullest extent allowed by law.
Your persistence helped turn a sluggish case into an arrest and charges. Your diligence shed light on the long-term repercussions of animal violence.
WHAT DO WE DO NOW? Johnson is scheduled to stand before a judge for sentencing on March 8, 2010. A Kinship Circle member and lawyer states: “Communication sent to the judge in reference to a case is considered ‘ex parte communication’ and is prohibited… In fact, a judge may even be forced to recuse him/herself.” We’ll update you if comments become appropriate. In the meantime, please thank the Riverside County District Attorney’s office. Each cruelty case that seeks maximum felony penalties sets a precedent for the next one.
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Rod Pacheco, Riverside County District Attorney
4075 Main St.; Riverside, CA 92501-3707
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William Ernest Robinson
Riverside County Deputy District Attorney
4075 Main St.; Riverside, CA 92501-3707
ph: 951-304-5400; fax: 951-304-5405
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Dear Riverside County District Attorney’s Office:
Thank you for recognizing the gravity of former L.A. County assistant fire
chief Glynn Johnson’s illegal abuse of an animal. Johnson’s 1/26/10 guilty
verdict could not have happened without your diligent prosecution.
As you know, Johnson fatally battered a 6-month-old German shepherd mix,
Karley, with a 12-pound rock outside his Riverside, Calif. home on 11/3/08.
An unleashed Karley had sprinted across Johnson’s yard. As he tried to
contain her by her collar, she defensively injured Johnson’s thumb and
wrist. A witness saw Johnson beat Karley repeatedly, shatter her jaw, and
slam her with a rock until nearly dead.
Violence is violence, whether victims are human or nonhuman animals.
Offenders like Johnson, who blame their victims, are often “repeat
offenders, resistant to intervention,” notes ASPCA’s Randall Lockwood,
Ph.D., a consultant to investigators, law enforcers and court officials.
Your pursuit of maximum felony animal cruelty penalties not only brings
justice for Karley, but sets precedent for the next Karley. I sincerely hope
Glynn Johnson receives the full 4-year prison term at his sentencing on
3/8/10. Any updates your office can provide are appreciated.
Animals in Haiti need you — now and tomorrow.
Haiti’s Minister of Agriculture tells us that 100,000 dogs were vaccinated pre-quake, out of an estimated 500,000. Where are they? Animal aid groups on the ground continue to help some, as they search for more.
ONE THING IS CERTAIN: Groups united under IFAW and WSPA’s leadership as the Animal Coalition Of Haiti (ARCH) want to leave the animal infrastructure better than they found it. That means funding is still needed for:
Mobile Clinic Relief / Vaccine Delivery / Temporary Vet Clinics
Dog population and control study / Monitoring and Evaluation
On-Site Project Manager / and more…
WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE… in a country with acute and long-term needs. Rather than watch Haiti resort to the dog culls we’ve seen in China, here is our chance to educate, vaccinate and support Haiti’s young veterinarians.
Kinship Circle has pledged time, volunteers and dollars to Haiti animal aid. Please help us be there for them — now and tomorrow.
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