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    August 20, 2009

    Holland & Muirden Attorneys at Law
    J. Jeffrey Holland
    1343 Sharon-Copley Rd
    P.O. Box 345
    Sharon Center, Ohio 44274

    Dear Mr. Holland,

    I understand that you are in charge of prosecuting Liz Carlisle, the Petland employee accused of drowning two rabbits at the Akron Petland store. If Ms. Carlisle is indeed guilty of this heinous charge, on behalf of the thousands of House Rabbit Society members across the country, I would like to ask that Ms. Carlisle be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

    As a representative of House Rabbit Society, the nation's largest rabbit rescue and education organization, I am all too familiar with stories in which young people torture and kill rabbits. But this story is about more than a young woman who, evidently in conjunction with her boss, exhibited unspeakable cruelty to two defenseless animals. It also should serve as a warning to the friends and family of people who so easily can turn on -- and inflict cruelty upon - domesticated animals.

    Humane educators, crime-prevention organizations and psychologists have for years known of the connection between the abuse of animals and violence toward humans. Cases of serial killers who started out their careers torturing animals have been well documented, and we see this especially among young killers, such as teen killers like Kip Kinkel, Andrew Golden, Luke Woodham and Michael Carneal. All of these boys tortured and mutilated animals before turning their guns on their classmates and teachers.

    While it is indeed unusual for a young woman to display such cruelty, it should not mitigate the seriousness of her alleged crime, nor the possible future actions of a person who could do such a thing. Letting Ms. Carlisle get away with this crime would send a message that not only is the abuse and torture of an animal OK (as long as it is carried out by a young person with no criminal record), but also that abuse such as this is always an isolated incident. As criminological and sociological studies indicate, it most likely will not be.

    Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need further information or clarification on anything covered in this letter. Thank you so much.


    Margo DeMello, Ph.D.
    House Rabbit Society

    House Rabbit Society is a non-profit rescue and education group.
    We welcome your feedback and appreciate your donations. Please join today!