The video footage is difficult to watch. A boy can be seen holding Bella up against a wall, yelling in her face, and hitting her head. The abuse is being video taped and nobody intervenes on Bella's behalf. This behavior is frightening and appalling. What is happening when the camera is not recording?
The troubling video was circulated widely on social media in late June and after being submitted to the authorities, Bella was seized. It was reported that the boy in the video would be facing charges - but justice for Bella appears to have fallen flat. On June 27, information was released that the investigators found "no proof" of abuse, and Bella was sent back to her home.
Please sign the petition - it is imperative that the authorities know that we care about these victims of cruelty. A letter and your signatures (along with your comments) will be sent to Investigator Fesperman of the Animal Cruelty Unit at the 5th Precinct. We want all animals removed from this household and we want the family to be prohibited from owning pets in the future!
Final update 8/4/2020: Today we spoke with Wesley Wittig, the Executive Assistant District Attorney with the Fort Bend County Justice Center. Mr. Wittig assured us that although the details of this case are not publicly available (because the person involved is a minor), the case is not being swept under the rug. According to Mr. Wittig, the District Attorney is investigating the case, as is Child Protective Services. The officials are disturbed by the video and they are doing their utmost to bring the situation to an acceptable conclusion. However, no updates will be provided to the public because the boy in the video is a minor. Mr. Wittig understands the concerns expressed by those who signed the petition and he is sympathetic to the people who are concerned for Bella's welfare. Currently, Bella remains with the family (because the veterinary exam did not reveal signs of physical harm). If at some point she is removed from the home, Animal Victory will be among the first to be informed.
Update 7/20/2020: We have sent 36,944 signatures and comments to District Attorney Brian Middleton and District Attorney Tyra McCollum to be forwarded to Texas Child Protective Services. Read our letter here.
Update 7/02/2020: We have sent 32,885 signatures and comments to District Attorney Brian Middleton and District Attorney Tyra McCollum asking for them to consider this as an animal abuse situation so Bella can possibly legally be removed from her home.
Update 7/01/2020: The case has been handed over to two District Attorneys (Ray Cordes and Brian Middleton). We are continuing to send the petition, with updated signature counts, to county officials and we are also sending it to Child Protective Services, which we have learned is investigating.
Read our letter to DA Brian Middleton
Read our letter to DA Roy Cordes here
Update 6/30/2020: We have sent 24,023 signatures to the office of Wayne K. Thompson today.
Update 6/29/2020: Read our letter to the investigator here along with over 16,000 signatures
Wayne K. Thompson, the Constable, has acknowledged our petition and letter. We will update everyone with information as soon as it becomes available.