PETITION TARGET: Shasta County District Attorney Stephanie A. Bridgett
UPDATE (3/9/2021): The Shasta County Criminal Court system found Xaviera Kayli Ferguson guilty of one count of felony cruelty to animals and sentenced her to the county jail for 2 years, as well as a lifelong ban on owning or possessing any live animals. We applaud Shasta County for holding Ferguson acountable and for taking measures to help protect other animals from the horrific abuse endured by Ferguson’s then-8-month-old puppy. We’re also very happy to report that Caballo has been adopted and is living happily in a forever home. Haven Humane CEO Mark Storrey told Lady Freethinker his shelter transferred Caballo, for the dog’s safety, to another trusted rescue in the Bay Area where he was quickly matched with and adopted by his new family.
UPDATE (2/26/2021): This petition was updated on February 26, 2021, to show that the suspect pleaded no contest on May 8 to make the story as factually accurate as possible.
In a shocking act of blatant animal abuse, a camera captured an innocent young dog being viciously kicked, beaten and bitten by a woman outside someone’s home in Redding, Calif.
The appalling home surveillance footage shows the dog reluctantly and timidly following the woman on a leash as she approaches the residence. Erratically, the woman launches into a brutal assault against the eight-month-old puppy, dragging the animal around and repeatedly striking him.
Ferguson pleaded “no contest” to the charges — a term in the legal world that means she admitted the truth of the alleged crimes without saying she was “guilty” — and now faces up to two years in the Shasta County jail and three years in prison, according to local news.
The individual responsible for battering this helpless dog must be held accountable for her actions.
Please, sign this petition urging Shasta County District Attorney Stephanie A. Bridgett to show that animal cruelty will not be tolerated by charging the perpetrator for her actions and prosecuting her to the fullest extent of the law.