PETITION TARGET: Christopher R. Becker, Prosecuting Attorney for Kent County
UPDATE (10/13/21): Kent County Prosecuting Attorney Christopher Becker told Lady Freethinker that he will do all he can to hold this individual accountable.
“We have filed a charge of cruelty to one animal, and the dog was removed from the home last week when the owner was arrested on that charge,” Becker said. “We are doing all we can to assure Higgins is safe and taken care of.”
We will continue to follow this case.
In a horrifying video, a terrified dog cowers down in front of a man who then punches him multiple times before lifting him up and walking away.
A shocked eyewitness recorded the upsetting incident in an industrial area of Grand Rapids, Mich., not far from the abuser’s employer, Fide Freight.
“Yesterday, we learned of the disheartening situation that took place with one of our employees,” said the company in a statement posted to its Facebook page. “Acts of this measure are not acceptable and should come with repercussions.”
The company said the man has been fired. He has also been arrested.
Prosecutors say they plan to charge Jon Robert Wilcox, 25, with an animal cruelty misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to 93 days in jail, a $1,000 fine, and 200 hours of community service, according to ABC 13. However, penalties in such cases can be increased, depending on the severity of the injuries inflicted on the animal.
The dog is at the Kent County Animal Shelter, where he will be examined by a veterinarian to determine the extent of his injuries.
Sign this petition urging Christopher R. Becker, the prosecuting attorney for Kent County, Mich., to prosecute this man to the fullest extent of the law, and send a message to all who might consider taking their aggression out on innocent animals that this behavior is unacceptable.