Sacramento, California

On Wednesday, June 24, thirty-three concerned animal welfare activists and community members filed into Department 36 of the Sacramento Superior Court to listen to the evidence against Willie B Turner on animal cruelty charges.  After 2 months of postponement  we were finally going to hear the state’s case. Many of us had become deeply sickened by the initial news reports that a small, young, tan – colored, female puppy had been burned alive in front of the  Oak Plains Masonic Lodge in Sacramento, California. Only the grey-white ash, bones and a liquified plastic square with metal gate remained as a patch on the sidewalk. The crime took place in the early morning hours of January 21, 2015.  Responding Fire Captain Shani Cornell told WNKTVU news that  ” I’m very emotional about this and I am going to start crying again. Yeah, it’s hard. I did most of my…

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