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Charles Donoghue, Chief of Police, Watertown (NY) Police Department, [email protected]; AND media contact: [email protected]

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PETITION TARGET: Chief of Police Charles Donoghue of Watertown (NY) Police Department

UPDATE (1/3/2023): We sent our petition, signed by more than 35,000 people, to the Watertown Police Department. Thank you for everyone who spoke up for this innocent dog and his heartbroken guardian! Unfortunately, we were not able to get any additional details about this case despite multiple checks back. —Lady Freethinker Staff


Beaten, stabbed, and burned, a former service dog suffered grievous injuries at the hands of unknown assailants in Watertown, N.Y.

King, a collie-pit bull mix, was found mutilated in a garage a few blocks from his home, three days after he went missing. He had a fractured skull, severed tail, slashes in his side and multiple other bruises and injuries.

“He was in the worst shape I had ever seen a dog,” said his guardian, Iajah Hughes.

Police said they suspect the damage to King was intentional —  a crime that could result in a felony charge under NY animal cruelty laws.

Hughes, who suffers from PTSD, said King helped him through “every monumental period” of his life — including after watching his best friend get shot in the head.

This innocent service dog deserves justice. The person who brutally assaulted and injured King must be found and held accountable.

Sign this petition urging the Watertown Police Department Chief of Police Charles Donoghue to use all available resources to find and arrest King’s abusers before more animals are hurt or killed.

This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information should contact the Watertown Police Department at 315-782-2233 or via email at [email protected].