Cruel Dog Starving Case

A San Francisco woman has pleaded guilty in federal court to felony animal
cruelty after locking her dog in a closet to starve to death. Raija
Hossainy had moved out of her apartment in June 2001, leaving her dog tied
inside a closet without food or water. Worried neighbors called the police
over a month later, when they noticed a foul odor emanating from the
apartment. When investigators arrived, they found the dog's dead body
inside the closet, which had been held shut with weights. They also found
scratch marks on the inside of the closet door where the dog had tried to
escape. The case is being heard in federal court because it occurred on
federal property.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Write to U.S. District Judge Maxine Chesney, asking her to impose the
maximum possible penalties against Ms. Hossainy– $20,000 fine and three
years incarceration. Emphasize that the deliberate, calculated cruelty
exercised by Ms. Hossainy speaks of a severely disturbed personality. Send
your letters to:

The Honorable Maxine Chesney
United States District Court
Northern District of California
450 Golden Gate Ave., 16th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94102

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