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PETITION TARGET: The Prosecuting Attorney for the City of Sandusky, Assistant Law Director Lynne Gast-King: [email protected]

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PETITION TARGET: City of Sandusky Prosecutor Lynne Gast-King

UPDATE (1/18/2023): Prosecutors of Erie County let us know this case has been transferred to Huron County Prosecutor’s Office. The next hearing is scheduled for 1/26/23. Thank you to the thousands of supporters who signed our petition demanding justice for Chapo. We will continue to follow this case. —Lady Freethinker staff


Locked in his owner’s hot car as “punishment,” Chapo the pit bull scratched his paws bloody in a desperate attempt to escape, the New York Post reported.

His attempts to escape failed, and Chapo died of the heat. 

Police in Sandusky, Ohio, arrived at the home of 58-year-old Mouheb Ashakih after a concerned neighbor reported the dog trapped in the car, according to the official police report. The neighbor had tried to intervene and convince Ashakih to free her dog, but she reportedly said, “I don’t care. I want him to die!”

When police arrived, the outside temperature was 81 degrees Fahrenheit. They discovered the poor animal lying lifeless in the backseat of the vehicle, the windows shut tight. There was blood on Chapo’s paws and in the vehicle, according to the police report.

Ashakih was charged with felony animal cruelty after she told officers that she had locked Chapo inside the vehicle to punish him for attacking one of her other dogs, who have been removed from her home for their safety.

Sign this petition urging Sandusky Prosecutor Lynne Gast-King to prosecute the perpetrator to the fullest extent of the law for this heinous and fatal act of cruelty against Chapo.