This abhorrent case of neglect and cruelty dates back to 2019. Though the mayor and animal control agency were contacted, nobody felt that the situation warranted charges...because apparently nobody felt that Tazi mattered enough.
Tazi's advocate lays out the timeline and details of what transpired:
He suffered through a hot summer, no food or water, and died in August/September 2019. I found his remains on October 17, 2019, because I smelled him.
The photo of him alive was taken in April 2019, shortly before a visit to the property by animal control. The property owner was contacted by animal control. The owner explained that the dogs were left at this empty property as guard dogs. And that was OK.
The photo of him alive was taken by a teacher who worked at the middle school NEXT DOOR to this house. That's right...teachers and parents drove past this dog, chained in the side yard, viewable from the street that leads to the school. Children walked past this yard on their way to school. Only one teacher spoke for him. She made numerous complaints to animal control and has written documentation of their contact with the dog owner.
The person responsible for Tazi's death must be arrested, charged, and punished. We need your signature today to make this happen. Please join us in seeking justice for Tazi.
City of Mobile Animal Control director Corrie Hoium, Chief Lawrence Battiste, Mobile Police Department, Mayor Stimpson
Update 3/10/2021: Animal Victory has been informed that Kyles has arraignment scheduled on 4/21/21 for his five charges of : Failure to provide food, water, and shelter, Improper disposal of dead animal, Failure to vaccinate, Failure to get license, Cruelty to dog/cat
Update 2/11/2021: Animal Victory has been in contact with prosecuting attorney Katriesa Crummie, and we have confirmed that she has received the petition. We are awaiting information about the upcoming court date and the petition will be updated with that information as soon as Animal Victory receives it.
Update 2/5/2021: Find the five charges/citations which Marcus Kyles is facing for Tazi's death at this link.
Update 01/29/2020: Marcus Kyles' arraignment was on December 16th, 2021. Today we sent 25,573 signatures along with our letter of intent to City of Mobile Animal Control director Corrie Hoium, Chief Lawrence Battiste, Mobile Police Department, Mayor Stimpson to get more answers. Read our letter here. No one at any of these offices has given us the courtesy of a reply or answer to any of our letters to date.
Update 12/11/2020: Today we sent 25,411 signatures to the City of Mobile Animal Control director Corrie Hoium. Read our letter here.
Update 11/30/2020: Today we sent our third letter and 23,980 signatures to Mayor Stimpson, Cheif Lawrence Battiste, and the Mobile County Animal Control Advisory Board. Read our letters here and here.
Update 11/19/2020: Charges have been filed against Marcus Kyles, the man believed to be Tazi's owner. Kyles is facing multiple charges, including cruelty to dog/cat, Failure to License, Failure to provide food/water or shelter, Failure to vaccinate, and Improper Disposal of a dead animal. Arraignment is scheduled for 12/16/2020.
Update 11/16/2020: We have not had a response from the Mayor's office or Chief Lawrence Battiste's office from the Mobile Police Department. Today Animal Victory sent a second letter to Mayor Stimpson and Chief Lawrence Battiste along with over 19500 signatures. Our return receipt letter and signatures will also be snail-mailed to the Mayor's office and Chief Lawrence Battiste.
Update 11/16/2020: Read our letter to Mobile County Animal Control Advisory Board here
Update 11/4/2020: Read our letter to Mayor Stimpson and Chief Lawrence Battiste here
*Individuals are presumed innocent until being found guilty in a court of law.