MEDIA ALERT – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
EVENT: Protest and Demonstration at the Home of June Wiggins-Hercules of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, NY to Demand that She Be Arrested for Animal Cruelty for Two Dogs Left Out in Blizzard.
DATE: January 29, 2016, starting Friday evening 8pm.
WHO: NoKill-NewYork.Org, host, phone (845) 856-7366, Kate Riviello, President.
WHERE: Home of June Wiggins-Hercules 1035 President Street, Crown Heights, Brooklyn, NY.
Last year, as reported in The NY Post, Kate Riviello of nokill-newyork.org filed a lawsuit against the NYPD for not enforcing animal cruelty law for a dog named Jake left outside all winter in Staten Island. That lawsuit was tossed out in Superior Court for “lack of standing” with the judge stating that the activists did not personally suffer. Riviello contends that common sense should have prevailed and the perpetrators of leaving dogs outside to freeze in the winters of NY should be arrested.
According to precedent setting case law in NY state, a doghouse should have insulation, be off the ground, have a flap and the dog should have a constant source of water 24/7. Since Wiggins-Hercules was found in violation with the senior dogs howling into the night and a neighbor videotaping for evidence, the group contends that she should be arrested. Riviello states that it is a misdemeanor to allow a dog to suffer in extreme inclement weather so as to sustain physical injury and extreme stress.
The group will stand outside of the house and hold signs, wear red, chant, and videotape an educational video with the contemplation of a lawsuit to be filed against the NYPD.
UPDATE 2/3/16: We will be posting the video of the protest where we slept outside this house for ten hours in 24-27 degrees at night. We have activists on the lookout at 3am when neighbors state that they hear the dog howling every night. Most importantly, we are going forward with the lawsuit to have Wiggins arrested and the remaining dog seized.