- Target: Office of the Prosecuting Attorney Nicholas Hermann
- Sponsored by: The Patrick Movement Indiana
Torture or mutilation of a vertebrate animal; killing a domestic animal
A person who knowingly or intentionally tortures or mutilates a vertebrate animal commits torturing or mutilating a vertebrate animal, a Class D felony.
(5) "Torture" means:
(A) to inflict extreme physical pain or injury on an animal with the intent of increasing or prolonging the animal's pain
STARVATION: Experts in the animal care field can attest to the great length of time it takes an animal to starve to death, and the great pain and cruelty the animal is subjected to during this time. This is cruelty in its most severe form, and must be punished as such.
On October 23rd 2010 Evansville, IN police were summoned to a residence in the 1600 block of South Morton avenue following neighbor complaints of a foul odor coming from the home. Upon entering the home police discovered the decomposing bodies of 2 dogs locked in their kennels and another dog and puppy were discovered in the basement. It was determined that the animals had been deceased for at least 2 months due to starvation and dehydration. The owner of the home, Latiese Jovan Reed had not been seen by neighbors for several months as well her landlord reported that her utilities had not been paid for several months indicating that the home and animals had been abandoned by Reed.