Petition Update 3/22/20: Unfortunately, despite Bradley James Chism’s “No contest” plea to the animal cruelty charges he faced, the case ended with a judgement of “adjudication withheld”, which is special sentence in which the judge orders probation but does not formally convict the defendant of a criminal offense. Mr. Chism was fined $582 but faces no other punishment. It is a shame that Mr. Chism’s case did not end with a sentence more fitting to the crime.
PETITION TARGET: Florida State Attorney Bruce H. Colton, 19th Judicial Circuit
A Florida man neglected his two-year-old dog so badly that the animal faded away to nothing more than skin and bones. The dog was chained in the yard without any food or water and looked like a walking skeleton by the time help arrived.
Animal Control Officers in Okeechobee County, Florida, found the dog – named Frog – in the backyard. He was extremely emaciated and dehydrated and later tested positive for heartworm.
The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office arrested 26-year-old Bradley James Chism for the crime and charged him with animal cruelty. He remains in custody with a $500 bond.
Chism could spend up to five years in jail and receive a $5,000 fine if convicted.
If local sheriffs hadn’t rescued Frog, he would likely have starved to death in Chism’s care. This sweet dog is lucky to be alive and deserves a good life.
We must speak out to save other dogs from this cruelty.
Sign this petition urging State Attorney Colton to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law and ensure Chism can never have an animal again, so no more dogs suffer like Frog did.