Quick Summary: The laws are only as good as the people who enforce them. Please help us ensure that the laws that protect animals of Texas are enforced. Please email the D.A. and urge him to prosecute.
Keith Meredith tied a dog to a tree and then methodically beat the animal to death while it cried out in pain. The D.A. could have very easily charged and prosecuted Meredith himself. However, it appears the D.A. took the case before a grand jury in an attempt to avoid prosecuting Meredith. Meredith claimed to have killed the dog in self defense, but the animal was tethered when bludgeoned. Self defense is a defense to 42.092 ONLY when there is a legitimate danger. That was not the case here.
Please send a polite but direct email to the D.A. (copy the media listed below with this same email) summarizing your position and requesting that Keith Meredith be prosecuted. (Please do NOT cut and paste as that will get little, if any, attention from the intended recipient. Please use your own words.)
Van Zandt District Attorney, Chris Martin
Please CC the media in your email:
Julie Vaughan, Editor
Please send the following request in your own words:
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