Graham William Reid's appalling acts of cruelty were discovered thanks to a Sugar Land veterinarian who went to the authorities after becoming suspicious about the deaths of Reid's young felines following appointments to treat a variety of terrible injuries. The authorities arrested Reid on April 28 - he is charged with four counts of cruelty to non-livestock animals.
Court records outline the multitude of injuries these kittens suffered before dying. The kittens, who were kicked and bludgeoned, sustained broken bones, broken teeth, cut tails, and bloodied toes. Reid took the grievously injured kittens to various veterinary clinics in the area for treatment, and then allegedly told staff that the felines died later.
According to court records, Reid attacked the kittens during times of stress and frustration - he said that beating the kittens made him "feel powerful." The records indicate that this man attacked one of the kittens with a metal workout bar and another with a scratching post. Yet another cat died after Reid viciously attacked it with a litter scoop that was used like a hammer. Imagine the fear and pain that these kittens suffered - these acts of violence must have strong consequences!
This man worked at the Fort Bend Independent School District - he was in a position of authority and influence for youth, and this is what was happening behind closed doors. The Fort Bend ISD issued the following statement:
"We have been made aware of a disturbing animal cruelty allegation against a teacher who is no longer employed with the District. We are unable to comment further as the matter involves an ongoing criminal investigation. Please know the safety and security of our students is our top priority and we are taking steps to safeguard the emotional well-being of our students by making well-trained counselors available to the teacher's former students."
Though Reid is no longer employed with the school district, there is a chance that he could be in a teaching position in the future if the courts do not forbid him from doing so. We want your signature to help us persuade the court to hold this man FULLY accountable for his actions. We want to see him receive the maximum sentence for each charge, AND lose his ability to teach. He must also be prohibited from ever owning another animal.
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Individuals are presumed innocent until being found guilty in a court of law.
Update 7/27/2021: Animal Victory has sent 6,1150 signatures to Prosecuting Attorney Karey Sopchak.
Update 6/15/2021: Animal Victory has obtained court information regarding the State of Texas vs Graham William Reid:
Case Type: Adult Felony - Filed by Indictment, on 5/24/2021. Location: 240th District Court
Charges: Reid, Graham William Statute Level Date
1. CRUELTY NON-LIVESTK ANIM:KILL/POISON/SBI 42.092(c-1) Third Degree Felony 12/16/2020
2. CRUELTY NON-LIVESTK ANIM:KILL/POISON/SBI 42.092(c-1) Third Degree Felony 01/12/2021
3. CRUELTY NON-LIVESTK ANIM:KILL/POISON/SBI 42.092(c-1) Third Degree Felony 01/22/2021
4. CRUELTY NON-LIVESTK ANIM:KILL/POISON/SBI 42.092(c-1) Third Degree Felony 03/03/2021
The first court appearance was scheduled for 6/14/21, but it has been rescheduled to 8/2/2021.