The horrific death of a puppy recently led to protests outside the Warren County Courthouse as Chicago citizens sought “Justice For Cash.” According to Opposing Views, animal lovers were outraged when the dog’s brutal death made headlines.
It has been reported that a neighbor witnessed a man — identified as 24-year-old King Sami — kicking and stomping a pit bull-mixed puppy to death. The circumstances surrounding the puppy’s death, which happened back in May, are still scarce. But, what’s clear is that he’s now behind bars for the heinous crime he’s allegedly committed.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the neighbor contacted the police about the incident, and a warrant was issued for Sami’s arrest following the allegations. Sami, a Chicago native and recent college graduate, was charged with aggravated cruelty to an animal. On Monday, June 29, he was arrested during a routine traffic stop. Upon arrival at the courthouse, he was met by avid animal-loving protesters.
Several demonstrators who gathered outside the courthouse on June 30 with signs and posters of Cash’s last photo spoke shared their opinions of the puppy’s death with WQAD-8.
“How anyone could turn their back on an animal and do the damage they do to them, I will never understand,” protester Kathy Hutchings said. “This animal didn’t deserve this.”
Dan Porter, president of Western Illinois Animal Rescue, also spoke on behalf of protesters seeking justice for the innocent puppy. Many have reportedly agreed on what they hope will happen so Sami is punished for the puppy’s torturous death.
“Our big hope is that we get some justice for Cash, and we don’t wind up with a plea bargain on this deal,” said Porter. “Animal cruelty is a felony in Illinois, and if it is a felony it should be prosecuted that way.”
Sami is facing charges of aggravated cruelty to an animal, which is classified as a Class 4 felony. If convicted, Sami could face a maximum of three years behind bars and could be fined up to $25,000. He is also scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on July 21.
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