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On April 23, 2009, John Delahaye decided that his mastiff, Winchester, needed to be put down. Delahaye did not have a car to transport the 3 year old dog to the vet. Without asking to borrow a car from a neighbor or calling for a taxi, Delahaye fired five nails into Winchester's head. When Winchester did not die from the nail-gun attack, Delahaye killed him by stabbing him in the neck with a knife and smashing him over the head with a sledgehammer.

Animal welfare campaigners agree that it is one of the most severe cases of cruelty they have ever seen. Instead of being sent to jail, John Delahaye was given a suspended sentence for brutally murdering his three-year-old dog. When asked if he regretted his disgusting actions, Delahaye responded by saying that he was right in killing his "favorite dog" because "that's how they do it on farms". Delahaye alleges that he grew up with relatives who routinely shot dogs on their farm, and says that he "didn't think of calling a pound". Apparently, he was fed up with his "favorite" dog because it barked at neighbors and escaped from his yard.

John Delahaye told reporters that when he shot Winchester with the first nail, the dog screamed in pain. When another four nails to the head left Winchester immobilized and crying for help, Delahaye dragged him into the house and stabbed him in the neck with a knife. As the young mastiff lay dying, Delahaye picked up a sledgehammer and fatally smashed him over the head.

Delahaye pleaded guilty to knowingly causing unreasonable pain to an animal and was sentenced by Latrobe Valley Magistrate's Court to three months in jail. Delahaye quickly appealed against the severity of his sentence. The judge reduced the punishment, directing that the sentence be suspended for 12 months, while banning Delahaye from owning domestic animals for three years. RSPCA manager Greg Boland was shocked that the crime did not result in jail time.

Urge the Magistrates' Court to uphold their jail sentence for John Delahaye, and to ban him from owning domestic animals for life. Any person who would do such a despicable, monstrous thing to an animal deserves time behind bars. And people who are violent against animals rarely stop there. Studies show that people who abuse their animal companions are more than likely to abuse their children, spouse, and others.

Sign this petition to let the Magistrates' Court know that suspending the sentence of this cold-blooded murderer is dangerous and wrong. John Delahaye deserves to be behind bars, and he cannot be allowed to own domestic animals. He does not need the opportunity to commit more deplorable actions of violence.

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  • 13 November 201550. Kaitlyn Washington
    that makes me so f***ing sick. shoot him in the head see how he likes it
  • 08 August 201549. Taylor M
    I support this petition
  • 28 November 201448. Ashley W
    Thats just evil.He should never have a animal EVER. He had no reason to do this.I thought america was better than this.Give him a 10 or 20 year sentince and no more animals for the rest of his life.
  • 18 November 201447. Eric B
    I support this petition
  • 13 November 201446. Birken M
    I support this petition
  • 10 August 201445. Gelisa R
    I support this petition
  • 31 May 201444. Maryfrances E
    Absolutely selfish, inhumane, total lack of compassion and absolutely cruelty. The only way someone like this to respect other life is to teach him by punishment. Like putting your hand on a hot stove, you remember and you don't do it again. Punishment ne
  • 09 April 201443. Anastasia B
  • 23 March 201442. Samantha A
    I support this petition
  • 11 February 201441. Emily O
    That's horrible! I just read it and this is the first time I've heard of it, so I'm crying!
  • 29 November 201340. Dylan M
    I support this petition
  • 27 November 201339. Violet P
    I support this petition
  • 16 November 201338. Heidalina V
    What he did was incredably disgusting and this man should not be able to own pets ever again.If this is how he treats them to put them down,imagine how he treats animals when their not sick...
  • 10 October 201337. Ashley W
    I support this petition
  • 28 July 201336. Yevgenia Todd
    I support this petition
  • 16 July 201335. Angela W
    Rot in HELL John Delahaye
  • 10 June 201334. Kimberly C
    I support this petition
  • 24 January 201333. Casey R
    I support this petition
  • 10 December 201232. Kayla Turner
    I support this petition
  • 04 December 201231. Catherine S
    I support this petition
  • 04 December 201230. Ella B
    I am appalled by this man's cruelty towards his "favorite" dog. Don't let this kind of thing happen to another innocent animal!
  • 18 November 201229. Sean S
    I support this petition
  • 17 November 201228. Al C
    Eat My Shorts
  • 07 October 201227. Shan M
    I Don't Get How People Can Just Over Look This...
  • 17 June 201226. Al C
    eat my shorts
  • 04 June 201225. Anhelica G
  • 19 January 201224. Leanne G
    I support this petition

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