Lani Elizabeth Taylor was asked to look after her dying grandmother's two dogs. Instead of caring for the pups, Taylor let them die a slow and agonizing death by starvation. The veterinarian who performed the necropsy on the dogs' bodies stated that they "suffered severely until they passed."
The veterinarian report also states:
"Based on the photos of the scene there was no food or water present, but also no feces/urine in the kennels where the canines were found. Trapped canines will ingest their own feces/urine in order to survive for as long as possible to survive."
Taylor's grandmother had asked for the dogs to be cared for while she was in hospice for cancer - if Taylor was unable to care for the dogs, she was to find them new homes or take them to a shelter. Instead, she put them in cages and let them die a slow, painful death.
Please join us in asking for Taylor to receive the maximum sentence for her cruel crime. Taylor does not deserve a plea deal and she should never be allowed to own a pet!
Individuals are presumed innocent until being found guilty in a court of law.
(Note, the image of cages for illustration purposes only)
Final update 1/13/2021
Animal Victory received the update copied below:
The Defendant pled guilty to the offense on December 17, 2020. She was convicted of the felony offense of animal cruelty. Her prison sentence was suspended and she was placed on community supervision for 5 years. The Defendant was very remorseful for her behavior and has been in voluntary lockdown treatment for her mental health and drug issues.
We are disappointed with the outcome and are committed to continuing to fight for substantial punishments for animal cruelty crimes.
Update 11/16/2020: Animal Victory sent a third letter to Attorney Joe Gonzales along with over 30,840 signatures and comments. Read our letter here.
Update 11/05/2020: Animal Victory has been advised that the 226th District informed court date is scheduled for Dec. 14th. If you have not yet signed the petition, please do so now! We need your support to convince officials that Taylor must NOT be offered a plea deal and that she needs to be prohibited from ever owning pets in the future. Your voice matters, please do your part by letting the judge know that we care about this case!
Update 05/25/2020: Animal Victory sent additional signatures and comments totaling 16,098 signatures and comments to Attorney Joe Gonzales
Update 02/04/2020: Read our letter to Attorney Joe Gonzales here