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Dozens rally for justice

On Tuesday, as many as 50 people rallied outside the Brevard-Seminole State Attorney’s Office in Viera demanding that prosecutors push for tough sentencing of Christine Abrams, if she is convicted in the cruel death of her German shepherd, “Ella.” Abrams is accused of abandoning the dog in a locked kennel without food or water. She reportedly told police that she left the dog because she was moving and her new roommate didn’t like dogs. Tragically, she is only facing two misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty.

The protestors also delivered petitions with close to 5,000 signatures asking that prosecutors upgrade the misdemeanor counts to felony charges. The State Attorney’s office has responded by claiming that their hands are tied by how Florida’s cruelty statute is written. “Ella died a senseless, tragic, painful, slow, horrific death, and [her owner] Christine Abrams was charged with misdemeanors,” protestor Pam Mistyhn told the Orlando Sentinel. “The laws need to be changed. The punishment needs to be stricter.”

5 Responses to “Dozens rally for justice”

  1. on 17 Apr 2009 at 3:02 pm jason williams

    Anti-Animal Abuse Group Rallies for Victims
    April 13, 2009 : 1:58 PM
    Join Crestview Kitty Group in Panhandle of Florida

    Jason Williams organized a local community group called the “Crestview Kitty Group”- their focus is to raise awareness about animal abuse cases in the area and make sure the public and prosecutors know that violence against animals is a serious crime. They have already staged 2 successful rallies in front of the Crestview Courthouse. Their goal is to get the word out about these horrific crimes and let the judicial system know that the public is taking violent crimes against innocent victims very seriously.

    They have an upcoming rally on April 21st from 12:00 to 3:00 pm at the Courthouse in Shalimar. This rally is in reference to the Shawn Thayer case - the person responsible for a Destin dog’s death.

    There is a second rally on April 23 from 8:30-11:30 am at the Crestview courthouse to show support for the feline victims of James (Decatur) Lee.

    Jason is looking for like-minded citizens, who are outraged and want to do something about animal abuse. To support their cause you can just show up and join them during their demonstration. They have received national attention for their efforts, and are gaining momentum. They want the panhandle of Florida to be recognized for its beautiful beaches and happy-go-lucky people, not remembered for acts of animal abuse in their community.

    Get Involved!
    Those who are interested in joining the group can contact Jason directly. And you can just show up to the rallies and show you support!

    Rally Against Animal Abuse –

    Shawn Thayer in court
    April 21, 2009
    12:00 – 3:00 pm
    Okaloosa County Courthouse (Shalimar)
    1250 N. Eglin Pkwy
    Shalimar, FL 32579
    (850) 651-7200

    James Lee in court
    April 23, 2009
    8:30 – 11:30 am
    James C. Ward Okaloosa County Courthouse (Crestview)
    Suite 204
    101 James Lee Boulevard East
    Crestview, Florida 32536
    Telephone No. (850) 689-5730

    For more information please contact Jason Williams at 850-424-6851 or email him at jaydestin@gmail.com

    posted by Denise LeBeau, Best Friends staff
    image by Clay Myers, Best Friends photographer

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  2. on 30 Jun 2009 at 5:01 pm PAM SMITH

    Hello Jason, I met you on your jub in Destin and we discussed animals. I want to start a group in Dublin, Ga. I need your advice on how. We just had two horrific deaths occure this week. I’m
    not going to take it anymore but I really don’t know where to begin. I certainly will appreciate your pointing me in the right direction.
    Pam smith

  3. on 24 Sep 2009 at 9:38 pm joy weiss

    There was a kitty abuse protester rally in front of the Okaloosa courthouse today where people were carrying signs about stopping kitty abuse, I asked what it was about, was told it was about a case where a homeowner chased some kitties out of his yard with a broom. Now, my daughter owns a cute little puppy, we take it to the vet, make sure it has it’s immunizations, make sure it has a flea collar, make sure we have it on a leash when we take it for a walk. Hello, can’t cat owners do this? Or do property owners have no rights at all now? Since when are animal rights more important than property owner rights? First off, where was the poor kitties owner? Hmmm? How come they were not in the kittie owners yard? Hmmm? Nine will get you 10, they had not had their shots, they probably weren’t even wearing a flea collar, and there definately was no leash on them with their owner at the other end were there? But the property owner is to blame???? Since when? When I stated this to the protestor she told me to shut up, guess she feels I don’t have any amendment rights to free speech, only she and other kitty owners do right? LOL I wonder if the home owner had any lawn furniture that the kitties did their business on? I know I’ve had, and you can’t get the smell out of it either, had to throw the furniture out. It’s not a case of the property owner being in the wrong, it is a case of the pet owner not being considerate of his neighbors that possibly have sunk lots of money into maintaining a beautiful lawn, a pretty garden and their cat is tresspassing on the homeowners property in the first place. Please, has this world gone nuts now? And to protest something like that with what is going on in this country with our elderly and handicapped citizens, now that, is something to protest about.
    Joy Weiss

  4. on 25 Sep 2009 at 6:13 pm Judy Althouse

    Remember this case? James Decatur Lee? He admittedly killed unwanted kittens with a broom and brazenly admitted his crime to the police upon his arrest. He acknowledged he would have killed the mama cat and the other kittens if his daughter had not interceded allowing them to escape.
    Mr Lee has been granted at least 6 continuances and now finally has decided to plead not guilty and take this case to a jury trial. He is scheduled to appear in the Crestview Courthouse on 9-29. The Crestview Kitty Group has appeared every single time Mr Lee was scheduled to appear.
    Please join our group on 9-29 @8:30 Am for more information you may contact Jason @ Jaydestin@gmail.com or you can visit the website for more info and the latest on the newest case we are following. Please join us in a rally to bring justice to people that have no regard for animals and also to help enlighten the public to the fact that animals are not disposable and are not to be tortured and killed. Thanks and I hope to see you at the rally Be Free…..Judy www.crestviewkittygroupckg.weebly.com

  5. on 01 Jul 2010 at 3:49 pm Aubrey Morris

    Want to be involved in making a diffence. Where do I start?

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