PETITION TARGET: Jefferson County, Pennsylvania District Attorney Jeff Burkett
Heartbreaking footage of the deer’s painful final moments shows the injured buck lying next to a tree as a young man repeatedly kicks his head and laughs, while another teen films and laughs along. The terrified deer desperately kicks his front legs in an attempt to flee, but is too weak to even stand.
In another, equally-disturbing video, the laughter and assault continue as the person filming steps on the deer’s neck while his friend grabs the animal’s antlers and stomps him to death. He then rips an antler from the lifeless deer’s bloodied head.
One of the attackers posted the gruesome footage on Snapchat, and an outraged viewer passed it along to authorities. Although the suspects were identified and are under investigation, no charges have been filed.
The individuals responsible for this disturbing crime must answer for their actions. Sign this petition urging Jefferson County District Attorney Jeff Burkett to call for a major intervention to prevent the suspects from harming anymore animals.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission urges anyone with information related to the video(s) to contact the Operation Game Thief Hotline at 1-888–PGC-8001 or the Game Commission’s Northwest Region Dispatch Office at 814-432-3187.
PETITION UPDATE 1/12/20: The Pennsylvania Game Commission has filed charges against Alexander Brock Smith and a 17-year-old juvenile male. Each suspect faces two felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty and two felony counts of conspiracy to commit aggravated animal cruelty, as well as several other misdemeanor and summary counts. This is an excellent step — now, we must urge the prosecutor to call for a fitting sentence that includes intensive psychological treatment and intervention to save future animals from such cruelty.