PETITION TARGET: Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office
When Chance was dropped off at Chicago animal control last Monday, the emaciated dog’s eyes were rolling back into his head as he lay lifeless with a heavy chain still wrapped around his neck.
Chance had suffered multiple seizures, and his blood sugar, sodium and blood pressure were all unstable. Due to long-term neglect, Chance’s skin and coat were tinged yellow from urine and he had multiple abrasions on his paws and limbs.
Originally named Hannibal by the owners who so terribly neglected him for the two short years of his life, the skeletal dog was renamed Chance by rescuers at Fetching Tails Foundation. He was immediately rushed to the veterinarian to see if they could save him. However, he was simply too far gone, and while vets tried their hardest to save Chance, sadly, he did not survive.
Chance’s owners now face animal cruelty charges for the suffering they brought upon him, and it is imperative that the courts make it clear that this treatment of an animal is not acceptable. Sign this petition to urge prosecutors to call for a fitting sentence that includes a lifelong ban on ever having an animal again.
PETITION UPDATE 9/24/20: On September 23, Oscar Thompson, III received a modified probation and was approved for release from jail. Mr. Thompson was arrested on violation of his probation in July and had been in Lee County Jail for 105 days on no bond. At the plea hearing, Thompson was credited with the 105 days and the judge ruled that he would be eligible for early termination of supervision. Thompson was convicted and sentenced in March to five years of probation which included the prohibition of pet ownership. Thompson violated his probation in July, included living with someone who owned animals, false reports of where he lived and moving without first receiving approval.