Momentum is growing for the demand of “Justice for Toby,” a once starving puppy rescued from a burning trash pit in Afghanistan by a U.S. Army Captain that found a good home in Texas merely to be shot and killed by a neighbor this month.
As of the posting of this article, 17, 703 people have signed the Justice for Toby Petition website at thepetitionsite.com asking for the Wilson County, Texas to provide justice and protect the frightened children of the owner of the dog. The Justice For Toby Facebook page has received 8,323 likes and 240 tweets have gone out over Twitter.
According to one source involved in the case who has "been attempting to get the police report (14-02095), Wilson County is refusing to provide anything but a short synopsis of the call in (dog shot by neighbor)."
"Wilson County Sheriff's Office is refusing to release any police report, despite the report OBVIOUSLY having been written," said the source. "At this point, I am almost certain they are rewriting this police report to calculate the reasons why they will not move forward with this case. I was in the room while Rachel Ries (the owner of the dog) provided the video taped statement to the investigator (who also seemed to cut off Rachel a couple times, telling her that the information she is about to say isn't relevant--when it was and had to do with the shooter having been drinking before shooting the gun)."
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“This issue has over 8,000 facebook likes, and thousands of shares,” the source continued. “It also just appeared in the examiner. I understand this might be "old news"--but the news that is current is that Wilson County is refusing to release a police report.”
“And you might want to know why....it does not customarily take this long to get a copy of a reporting officer's report. It has been over a week,” the source said.
The source has “the pathology results of the dog, and it shows pictures, that the dog was shot at over 20 feet away, and it was a high caliber gun. But the Sheriff's Office does not want this information.”
According to witnesses, the neighbor, Michael Coulter, who previously threatened owner Rachel Ries about her “white dog,” was the person who had been drinking on April 12, 2014 when he killed Toby.
Ries, 39, brought Toby home to La Vernia, in Wilson County, a small town about 30 minutes southeast of San Antonio, Texas. Toby was a friendly dog according to all accounts by friends, relatives and neighbors.
On April 12, at about 7:15 p.m. Wilson County Deputy Manual Perez was dispatched to the Ries home after a 911 call reported the neighbor shot her dog.
According to Festa, Deputy Perez indicated they would “not file charges because the man was defending his property.”
“The deputy also stated that he smelled alcohol on the man’s breath when he interviewed him,” claimed Festa. “If you are noticeably under the influence in Texas it is not legal to discharge your fire arm.”
Rachel Ries “kids are afraid to go outside. This is no way to live,” said Festa. “She needs our help.”
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