PETITION TARGET: San Bernardino County District Attorney Jason Anderson
UPDATE (8/12/2021): Lowell Arthur Miller has been sentenced to 120 days in custody on a misdemeanor animal cruelty charge.
Miller pleaded “no contest” — a legal term meaning he accepts conviction but does not admit guilt — to the charge. He’ll serve his term on weekends in the sheriff department’s work release program at the Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center, according to The Press Enterprise.
The Sierra Lakes Golf Club had contracted Miller to remove coyotes from the Fontana Golf Course but ended that agreement after news covered a report of Miller shooting a coyote in a trap multiple times in the head with a pellet gun, over the course of two minutes, according to news reports.
While we appreciate the prosecution, we urge prosecutors to do more to show that animal abuse and killing will not be tolerated.
We thank the more than 38,000 people who signed our petition, demanding accountability for the death of this innocent animal, and we will continue to fight for animals everywhere.
—Lady Freethinker Staff
Trapped in a cruel leg-hold trap and shot over a dozen times with a gun, a helpless coyote suffered a slow and agonizing death at the hands of an animal removal “specialist.” Captured on camera at a golf course in Fontana, Calif., the shocking act of animal cruelty lasted several excruciating minutes, according to NBC Los Angeles.
A couple who lives nearby heard the terrified coyote yelping in pain and witnessed a sight so disturbing and heartbreaking that it made one of them cry.
“It was so bothersome that when I went to work I was in tears,” resident Jadat Griffith said.
Investigators identified the man who brutally shot the coyote as Lowell Miller, the owner of a local wildlife removal company. Lowell reportedly killed the animal using a .22 caliber pellet gun, which is not equipped to kill an animal of that size, causing the coyote needless pain and suffering.
This so-called “removal method” is illegal in San Bernardino County, and Miller has been charged with animal cruelty. He must be held accountable for his actions.
Sign this petition urging San Bernardino County District Attorney Jason Anderson to prosecute the perpetrator to the fullest extent of the law, showing that animal cruelty will not be tolerated.