Update: February 22, 2012
Thank you so very much for your support of Bongo and this petition. Based on the assessment of this case, the support of the two Albuquerque police officers that witnessed the cruelty and that have agreed to testify and this petition that was delivered by the DA Mr. Daniel Rislove, a jury trial has been scheduled on April 24, 2012. Mr. Rislove stated that receiving this petition brought more awareness to this case. We are reopening this petition to collect more signatures for the scheduled jury trial.
Petition: Please sign and share this petition.
Albuquerque, New Mexico: Albuquerque police were called to a motel on Monday January 16 to investigate a report of a disturbance. Upon arriving at the motel, officers found Baslio Gavilan disorderly and violating the motels no alcohol policy. Police informed Mr. Gavilan that he would need to leave the premises. Mr. Gavilan became angered and proceeded to pick up “Bongo” the puppy and throw the puppy in the air. Bongo landed on his head.
Gavilan’s girlfriend claims to be the owner of the puppy Bongo. Bongo is at the Albuquerque animal shelter and has been under observation. Thankfully, he does not appear to have any permanent damage. He is being held as evidence in this case.
We respectfully request that if found guilty, Baslio Gavilan be charged with the maximum penalty for animal abuse and that Mr. Gavlian be banned from owning animals. We further request that Bongo not be returned to Mr. Gavlian.
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