Sign: Justice for Puppy Thrown in Dumpster to Freeze to Death in Sub-Zero Temperature

Sign: Justice for Puppy Thrown in Dumpster to Freeze to Death in Sub-Zero Temperature

Missy the puppy was less than 6 months old, yet someone heartlessly threw the helpless dog away in a dumpster in below-zero temperatures in Gilette, Wyoming -- left to suffer as she slowly froze.

Missy, a hound mix, was trapped in the dumpster, rolled up in a heavy air mattress and unable to escape. She would have likely frozen to death in minutes had passersby not heard her whimpers in the early hours of the morning. Sadly, severe hypothermia had already set in, and Missy is now being treated by veterinarians. It is not known whether she will live or die.

Missy's owner, 24-year-old Manuel Rodrigues, was identified thanks to a Facebook post by the Gillette Police Department, and is now awaiting charges.

Sign this petition to urge Campbell County prosecutors to treat this case with the severity it deserves, and send a message that such cruelty to animals will not be tolerated. The sentence must fit the crime for this heartless act, and this man must never be allowed near an animal for the rest of his life.



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585 Comments

  1. Virgil

    Let’s see a real prosecution and the maximum sentence possible for this creep, instead of the usual slap on the wrist! We need tougher laws and vigilant enforcement.

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  2. natashaissad

    let that asshole freeze 2 death see how he likes it

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  3. sherry trimai

    what a careless irresponsible act

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  4. lisa

    i have a cat named missy who is a rescue along with her abandoned brother, now living the soft life with me and 2 spca cats plus 2 dogs and 2 hens. all but the hens tend to sleep with me. when i got the 2 abandoned kittens i told them they had hit the jackpot to be rescued by me! please let us know if this missy will survive!!

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    • Anonymous

      Bless your heart. I have 16 house cats and 2 dogs all rescued. I love your hens. Do they stay in the house too? I have always wanted to have a pet chicken but live in town. Thank you for all you do.

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  5. Anonymous

    These cruel people’s gets big punishment

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  6. Trish knull

    Isn’t this enough for our government at all levels to create and enforce animal
    Abuse laws

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  7. D.A.

    Hey, I propose we leave Manuel Rodriguez to freeze to death in a dumpster. Anyone with me?!?!

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    • lisa

      imho abuse shd not generate more abuse, even for bastards like this. then we are no better than he is. see my ideas below. these people need to pay a fine, be EDUCATED, BE STOPPED FROM EVER OWNING ANOTHER ANIMAL, but really folks, we can’t go around murdering people for being assholes. we can be better and we can show them how to be better, fine them, educate them, and stop them from abusing anyone inc animals again. doesn’t this make more sense than us murdering people too?? let’s not perpetuate the cycle of abuse. imagine what his family wd do to animals after learning he was murdered this way ? just makes it worse, people. creates still more abusers. teach them, fine them, stop them!

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      • sherry trimai

        yes he needs to be repoted and fined and do the time for the crime

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    • Jennifer bong

      When punishing the individual please consider this may not have been the first act of abuse only the first time caught. Please take into consideration that one who hurt animals has the ability to hurt small children and it is, Only the start to their behavior. As I know you being a DA would have learned in Psychology 1 and 9, this behavior progress. How will you sleep if he does not get the max time and the call comes in that you could have prevented… Sent from a Mother, Wife, Nurse, and Parent to a disabled child. Please let God Guide you with your discussion you have on any plea.

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      • Sandra hodges

        Dump him and let him freeze/starve to death or lock him up and thow away the key cos god weren’t around to protect that poor little mite

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  8. Chris

    This is an act of cruelty by human trash~ put him away!!!

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  9. Karen

    Mindless, Evil so called person, they shouldn’t have got the dog in the first place and the poor defenceless dog doesn’t deserve to be treated like this it’s too easy to take it to an animal shelter instead!! would rather torture the poor pooch. They deserve to rot and I do hope they get what’s coming to them?
    I hope the dog gets better and finds a lovely home and finds out what true love is like.

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  10. Karen

    What goes through people heads they have a very warped mind and don’t deserve a life!!! If they didn’t want the dog 1 they shouldn’t have got it in the first place, 2 they could have took it to an animal shelter or something similar.
    Don’t torture these poor defenceless animals cruel and pure evil. Glad the dog was found before it was to late and I hope the owner gets what’s coming to him or her.

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  11. P. Sheldricks

    What a disgrace this person is.

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  12. Hope Robertson

    So cruel! What else has this monster done?!

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  13. Carolyn

    The authorities need to make sure this thing isn’t allowed to get another animal. Shelters should be notified. Would be nice to be able to flag him should he try to get another dog or other animal from someone in the community. A drivers license should be marked or something this is why if you are selling or giving an animal away you need to get references. Preferably from a vet or other professional.

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    • lisa

      shelters vets and police shd all have names and photos of these abusers, like mug shots. he should be made to do COMMUNITY SERVICE AND MADE TO UNDERSTAND THE SUFFERING HE CAUSED. i think abusers should be made to go to like ‘traffic school”but to educate abusers, not just punish them. ask them to put their hands in ice water and see how long they can stand it and to imagine having their whole body like that. make them understand how cats and dogs both aid disabled and elderly in hospital visits etc, and that dogs do search and rescue etc. then make them write an essay on how animals help us, how being kind helps us all, how being abusive degrades us, and to list the other options a person has with an unwanted animal. i think classes like this shd be all over, like traffic school or drunk driving etc. if you just make them suffer they will hate aminals more; make them also understand how being abusive also hurts US, and that they need to learn kind alternatives. make them understand the consequences of their acts, see the alternatives, then pay a heavy fine!

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  14. jayne

    What is wrong with these so called people. If you don’t want the dog then give him to somebody who does its not hard. Word just fail me. Bastard is too much of a good word for him. PLEASE do the same to him.

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  15. FANNY

    When will this cruelty to animals stop. This is so horrifying. Do not have a pet if your going to torture them. I pray that Missy recovers and JUSTICE IS DONE. The world is (has) gone crazy. LORD

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  16. Roxanne Dolan

    It could have at least been left at the doorstep of a nursing home or a person that already has dogs and that takes care of the ones that they have!!

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  17. El

    Please do not let him off with a slap on the wrist, too many stories like this because punishment is a joke

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  18. Joan

    Totally agree. This makes me sick to my stomach . There should be a large fine and jail time for anyone that miss treats any animal.

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  19. Alpina Chilton

    Cruelty to animals will not be tolerated.

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  20. Kimberly Guarneri

    Throw the book at the bastard! Or let some of us handle his punishment . praying for a. Full recover for. Beautiful baby girl

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  21. Deena Kershner

    That guy should be thrown into a dumpster and left to freeze to death. How sick can people be?

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  22. Margo

    What the hell is wrong with some people, if they didn’t want the little thing then take it to a shelter or rehome her, the poor little thing didn’t deserve that, cruel beyond words, hope missy pulls through and finds someone to love and protect her ????

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  23. S. Kuperberg

    YOU ARE A SUB-HUMAN BASTARD PIECE OF SHIT.
    HOW DARE YOU DO THAT TO A BEAUTIFUL ANIMAL?

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  24. S. Kuperberg

    I hope your SUB-HUMAN ASS gets murdered because you SHOULD NOT HAVE been born

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  25. Regina Golden

    PROSECUTE MANUEL RODRIGUES…GIVE HIM A SEVERE SENTENCE FOR WHAT HE DID TO AN INNOCENT DOG….HE’S SCUM SHOULDN’T BREATHE THE AIR…

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  26. Nancy

    Let s put him in a confined place where he can’t get out and experience what that would be like!!
    I hope and pray she makes it and gets a second chance to a good loving home!

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  27. Leigh W.

    Many other humane options available. He chose cruelty that should be punished.

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  28. Teresa

    I am unable to sign these damn things

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  29. Nilda

    ALL ABUSERS OF INNOCENT HELPLESS Defenseless AND VOICELESS CREATURES FROM GOD SHOULD BE STOP AND immediately punishment IN JAIL for long periods of years thats brutality IS UNACCEPTABLE AND Unlawfully DISGRACEFUL AND RIDICULOUS TO DO THIS TO INNOCENT HELPLESS Defenseless AND VOICELESS CREATURES FROM GOD. SIGNED

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  30. Natalie

    Please God help this poor little innocent puppy in her time of need. May this man get what is coming to him, i think a prison sentance would be far too good for this evil monster!!!

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  31. Catherine A. Lynn

    Thank you for your leg work finding idiots with animals, that they use for torturing innocent, beautiful creatures that GOD made.

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  32. Sonya

    What an utter bar steward!! He deserves the extreme sub zero temperature so he knows how it feels, I agree with everyone on here, like for like should be his punishment!

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