PETA Demands Jail If Puppy Killer Is Convicted
Posted in the Twiggs County Forum
#1 Jul 12, 2007
Dear Mr. Woody:
PETA is the world's largest animal rights organization, with more than 1.6 million members and supporters dedicated to animal protection. This letter concerns a recent case of cruelty to animals that your office is handling, involving Jason Allmon, 35, of Byron. Allmon faces charges stemming from his alleged fatal shooting of Zoe, an 8-month-old Siberian husky mix who belonged to Allmon's next door neighbors, the Smisson family. Allmon reportedly shot Zoe at least 12 times with a silencer-equipped handgun after she wandered onto his property. Mrs. Smisson -- who says she heard Zoe's cries and found her lying wounded in Allmon's yard -- reported to PETA that just before firing two bullets into Zoe's head, Allmon told Mrs. Smisson, "You had this coming."
Mental health professionals and top law enforcement officials consider the blatant disregard for life and desensitization to suffering evidenced by all forms of cruelty to animals to be a red flag. In fact, the American Psychiatric Association identifies cruelty to animals as one of the diagnostic criteria for conduct disorders, and the FBI uses reports of these crimes in analyzing the threat potential of suspected and known criminals. Experts agree that it is the severity of the behavior -- not the species of the victim -- that matters.
On behalf of our members and supporters in Georgia, we respectfully ask that, if convicted and in addition to serving a period of incarceration, Allmon be required to undergo a thorough psychological evaluation followed by mandatory counseling at his own expense. Because repeat crimes are the rule rather than the exception among animal abusers and given the violent and depraved nature of this crime, we implore your office to take every measure necessary to ensure that the defendant, if convicted, is barred from possessing animals for as long as possible and that all animals who may be in his charge are immediately seized.
Thank you for your diligence in this matter and for your time and consideration.
Peter Wood, Cruelty Caseworker
Domestic Animal and Wildlife Rescue & Information Department
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