Animal Victory Petitioners
Penny & Janelle
Our Mission is to raise awareness of animal cruelty crimes through the use of petitions which are presented to officials and the authorities to help secure strong punishment at sentencing, with the ultimate goal of bringing animal abuse to an end.
Our Vision is to create a humane world where all animals are treated with kindness and respect.
Animal Victory Petitioners publish breaking news and create petitions to persuade government officials and prosecuting attorneys to enforce severe punishment for animal abusers. Your signatures and/or donations allow us to provide support using our collective voice or funds, to legal advocates fighting for tougher penalties for animal abusers across the world.
What do we do with your signatures? We will keep the petition running for as long as we can to gain as many signatures as possible. We monitor the story as it evolves to determine when the case is going to court. At that time, we send the signatures to the appropriate authorities, prosecuting attorneys, judges, decision-makers, and anyone else including news outlets, involved or handling the case.
What do we do with your donations? Animal Victory is not a 501 c (3) organization. We are a for-profit business that operates similar to a non-profit with a social mission. https://www.animalvictory.org/about When we launch a petition we use any donations received to publish and promote the petition to gain more signatures for us to use to persuade the authorities and/or officials involved, to enforce strict punishment on the animal abuser, along with any business expenses, including our work, that is required of us. Animal Victory then donates a portion of net profits to various petition campaigns, animal welfare agencies, animal rights groups working to change animal abuse laws, and when possible towards specific rescue groups and/or individuals on a case by case basis.
As of November 2019, the PACT Act was approved, meaning all 50 states now have enacted felony penalties for certain forms of animal abuse. However, there still is no federal ban on animal cruelty and torture. Furthermore, just because an abuser is charged with a felony, it doesn’t mean they are going to get the maximum jail time associated with a felony. Trying to ENFORCE the appropriate “felony” punishment charge can be very difficult. Many courts are underfunded and overwhelmed with cases. Because of this, oftentimes they get plead down to a lower chargeable offense to not have to go to trial; (it saves resources.) Therefore most of these abusers get off with a slap on the wrist-perhaps some community service and a small fine. Before long they are back to abusing animals. The purpose of the petitions is to create pressure on the authorities, prosecuting attorneys, and judges to not follow the lesser offense practice. In all cases, it’s impossible for authorities to ignore the fact of thousands of signatures and comments they have been presented with from a petition. This is the only way we can get people to stop abusing animals. By using our collective voices to enforce the maximum punishment.
Why do we put our time and energy into these petitions? It really is simple. We are tired of animal abusers getting nothing more than a slap on the wrist. We want our collective voice to be heard by judges and officials, and we want animal abusers to take notice - things are changing! Many areas of the nation are taking animal cruelty cases more seriously, but pitiful sentences are still being doled out.
Robert “Bo” Benac III and Michael Wenzel were facing felony cruelty charges after a horrible video surfaced in 2017 showing them dragging a live shark behind their fishing boat. Both men accepted plea deals which reduced their felonies to a misdemeanor and they were sentenced to a mere 10 days behind bars for their cruel crime.
A Michigan man, accused of killing seven puppies, managed to skirt jail time altogether. Instead of putting Quintay H. Donald behind bars, Saginaw County Circuit Judge Andre R. Borrello sentenced the accused puppy killer to probation and a small fine.
And Debbie Rohloff recently pleaded no contest to charges stemming from the death of her golden retriever, Kaylee, who was left inside of a parked car for three hours. The young dog suffered an agonizing death from heatstroke, but Rohloff got a slap on the wrist - no jail time, just probation, and some community service hours to be completed at an animal shelter.
We want animal abusers punished for their crimes. We are tired of paltry sentences that fail to send a message to other potential animal abusers. Studies prove that animal abusers are more likely to engage in domestic violence and general violence against people. Judges have the opportunity to put these violent people behind bars and not return them to society with nothing more than probation and fines.
Please Note: At times we may end or pull a petition prematurely from our platform as the story unfolds. If new evidence is presented, indicating that an accused person is actually innocent of the crime for which they are accused, we will end the petition with an update about the new facts which have emerged.
Founder, Chief Executive Officer
Founder of Animal Victory, and Founder and Executive Director of American Red Lion Disaster Fund; a non-profit organization with a mission to reduce the number of abandoned animals during major disasters. American Red Lion has earned great nonprofits badges since its inception as well as the gold seal of transparency from GuideStar, one of the nation's leading nonprofit rating organizations. They have recently been certified as one of America's Best Local Charities.
Chief Operating Officer
Founder, Journalist & Freelance writer for over a decade, Penny has contributed animal-related content for Examiner.com, Shelter ME-TV, Pet Rescue Report, & FIDO Friendly Magazine. Her popular National Animal News Facebook Page boasts over 600,000 followers.
Michelle collects the information needed to connect with the authorities based upon our petition requirements. She follows each case and stays in touch with the police, attorneys, and or judge until the case is complete keeping accurate notes and details needed to help us effectively utilize our petition with your signatures and comments. Michelle is also training to be a veterinarian's technician.
Janelle and Penny are animal welfare professionals and petitioners who have been working tirelessly for a combined 20 years to raise awareness about animal abuse. These dedicated and determined women value animals over profits; they will continue to create timely petitions to persuade government officials to strengthen punishment for animal abusers.
Why? Because they are appalled by the horrific cruelty that sick people inflict upon innocent animals, and they are fed up and disgusted by the lack of punishment that animal abusers receive.
"We need tougher penalties for animal abusers and we're going to get it. We can no longer sit back and watch our animals suffer in pain and be abused; we just can't." Janelle & Penny
American Red Lion has earned the Great Nonprofits Badge since its inception as well as the Gold Seal of Transparency from GuideStar.