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Lala Kent Seeks Justice for One other Lala—a Deputy’s Canine Who Died of Heatstroke

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October 25, 2022

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Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Rockdale County, Ga. – After listening to {that a} canine named Lala—together with two others, Storm and Luke Cage—died of heatstroke in Georgia, Vanderpump Guidelines star Lala Kent despatched a letter on PETA’s behalf at present, urging the Rockdale County district lawyer to file cruelty costs in opposition to the canines’ proprietor, a sheriff’s deputy, who “trashed ’em” after they perished in 95-degree climate whereas confined to a crate inside a shed.

The canines had been American bullies, a breathing-impaired breed who’re twice as probably as different canines to endure from heatstroke, and deputy and former Okay-9 handler Eric Tolbert admitted to investigators that he knew that they “don’t do effectively out within the warmth.” But after the primary canine died on June 13, he apparently left the opposite two in a dirty shed whereas he went to work the subsequent day. Upon returning dwelling, he discovered one lifeless and one barely clinging to life, however as a substitute of dashing the dying animal for emergency care, he informed investigators that he “poured lemon juice in there.”

“As somebody who shares a reputation with one in every of these canines, their lingering finish struck a chord in me,” writes Kent. “It’s tough to think about the struggling that they endured, struggling to breathe, helpless and panicking, desperately attempting to flee their [crate], in that sweltering shed for hours.”

After investigating the canines’ deaths and discovering two different canines—together with Tolbert’s assigned Okay-9, Aegis—unattended in squalid pens on his property, the sheriff’s workplace eliminated Aegis, demoted Tolbert from his place as a Okay-9 handler, and really useful cruelty-to-animals costs. An area decide has reportedly refused to assessment the proof.

Further details about heatstroke in canines is out there right here, and PETA’s earlier letter to the district lawyer is out there right here.

PETA—whose motto reads, partly, that “animals will not be ours to abuse in any method”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For extra info, please go to PETA.org or observe the group on Twitter, Fb, or Instagram.

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