Hand4Paws would like to inform all all the 12,644 supporters that gave a voice to Phoenix that today we celebrate a victory for animals! The maximum penalty has been given to one of the two teens that attacked him. Each person that made up the prosecution team defending Phoenix are heroes and deserve all of our love and respect for the victory attained today. The judge sentenced Adell Zeigler to two years in prison plus banning him from owning an animal for 7 years. He will start serving this sentence in the month of October of 2013. Right now he is still in jail because of other charges. It may not be enough time or punishment that he received compared to the torment that Phoenix lived through. The Judge gave maximum sentence and it is a step in recognizing that animal cruelty and abuse will be punished.
Thank you to the staff of Buffalo Small Animal Hospital for saving Phoenix’s life. This is your victory! This is a victory achieved by Phoenix. Thank you to the guardian angel and now human companion of Phoenix… He survived, he has the heart to forgive humans and still trust in the goodness and kindness of those around him. This is a victory for animals in New York. Today, human law has favored on a non-human animal. They are sentient beings that deserve for us humans to care for them and protect them. Bravo to all that signed, shared, tweeted and gave a voice to little Phoenix.
While in jail, Adell Zeigler has been boasting via phone that he is now famous because of what he did to little Phoenix. He has no remorse; he shows no respect for life, he is a criminal and even District Attorney Frank Sedita called him a sociopath. The time passes fast and he will be out of prison, please share the article and petition so people know his name and his face. Those that hurt animals will hurt humans.
In the interview done today with Adell’s lawyer, Ann Nichols, expressed reproach for those compassionate people that wanted to adopt Phoenix and to the people that signed the petition and sent letters, we would like to extend a word of respect for taking the job of defending the person that is known for such a horrible crime. We are very sorry that the child protection services and those that are in government to protect the innocence of children failed Adell Zeigler.
Here is the article that came out today with the information of the case. Please be sure to watch the video.
Teen learns sentence for puppy burning | WIVB.com http://www.wivb.com/dpp/news/crime/teen-learns-sentence-for-puppy-burning
For the original petition link click here: https://www.change.org/petitions/honorable-city-court-judge-of-erie-county-court-justice-for-burned-puppy-phoenix