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PETITION TARGET: New Haven State’s Attorney Patrick J. Griffin

UPDATE (3/28/2023): A judge has granted Derby permanent custody of Thunda, which will allow Shelton/Derby Animal Control to start making long-term arrangements for this innocent animals. Meanwhile, Singletary has been convicted on felony charges of  criminal possession of a firearm, risk of injury to a child, and first-degree conspiracy to commit malicious wounding or killing of an animal. He was sentenced to 33 months in prison for the animal cruelty charge. For the other two charges, he was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment, suspended after 33 months — meaning he’ll be free after those 33 months if he doesn’t commit any new offenses during that time — along with five years of probation. Perrin faced misdemeanor counts of conspiracy to commit illegal discharge of a firearm and conspiracy to commit first-degree reckless endangerment and felony counts of conspiracy to commit cruelty to animals and two counts of risk of injury to child. A judge accepted a request for accelerated rehabilitation — a pretrial diversion option — and told Perrin to do 18 months of unsupervised probation, during which she can’t own animals or firearms, according to news reports. Thank you to everyone who signed our petition; we’ll keep doing all we can for animals. — Lady Freethinker Staff


A young German shepherd had to have his leg and shoulder amputated after being ruthlessly shot twice, allegedly by his owners, in Connecticut.

One bullet shattered the dog’s front leg and another round embedded in his shoulder, according to News 12 Connecticut. Due to his gruesome injuries, the dog — now named Thunda — had to undergo an amputation and receive around-the-clock care at a veterinary center, whose staff added his road to recovery will be long. 

Police had received a call, allegedly from the dog’s owners, saying the injured animal appeared to have been hit by a car. An investigation involving surveillance footage and guns found in the people’s possession near the scene of the bloody incident led authorities to believe the callers, who deny they own Thunda, actually shot the dog, according to news reports.

Stranja Perrin, 28, and Anthony Singletary, 27, now face animal cruelty, firearm and child endangerment charges, according to media reports.

Intentional acts of brutality against animals must not be tolerated. Sign our petition demanding authorities treat this case with the severity it deserves, and call for a lifelong ban on having animals.

Anyone with information about the investigation is asked to call the Derby Police Department at 203-735-7811.