Animal abusers in ‘Shark Case’ going to court today

Tampa (WTFF) – Michael Wenzel and Spencer Heintz are scheduled to be in court this morning for a disposition.

Both are facing trial for two counts of Aggravated Cruelty to Animals, which is a 3rd degree felony. Wenzel was also charged with a 2nd degree misdemeanor for violating FWC regulations F.S. 379.401 (2) (a).

Robert Lee Benac is facing the same Aggravated Cruelty to Animals and FWC violation charges, but he signed a waiver of appearance last month, so he won’t be in court today.

All three men pleaded not guilty back in January. Full Story »

Letter to State Attorney: Shark Dragging Incident

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A formal decision from the 12th Judicial Circuit State Attorney is expected by mid-August as publicly announced by assigned Assistant State Attorney Andrew Van Sickle to the shark dragging incident. But still NOTHING has been done. Four men allegedy dragged a shark going at super high speeds while the still-live black tip sharks body was beating against the unforgiving waves. This story has gone viral in numerous media outlet all around the globe. A few of these animal abusers doing this sick shit for mere entertainment have had a history of wildlife and animal abuse. Yet they are still not locked up, fined, or prosecuted. It is time to demand justice once again as our peaceful weapon is information. We want answers as a community. We want answers now!!!

Below are four Letters addressed to our State Attorney by county. PLEASE PRINT AND MAIL TO THE CORRESPONDING ADDRESS. (You can also copy and paste this letter and email it using the link below)

EMAIL: (www.sao12.org/about-us/email-the-state-attorney). On the email form, for the Case No., trying using the FWC’s case number FWSW17OFF012872, given to us in an email.

SARASOTA LETTER:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1UcvkSl7FrlMAkJRfw1c3klSGqmBRvFNu7Ogl6jWvtwA/edit?usp=sharing

BRADENTON LETTER
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1O7PNpr7JA9b2Ca_lQkNFbmxWefqOh5I4NYm_QPikYwM/edit

VENICE LETTER
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_jwf8nqrfa78ttrn0beOodYpmg42_Boht9UTvB9-3uo/edit

DESOTO COUNTY LETTER
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1yxM19ckxma2Xe6OODm7YBu5TGQ_ZM5u01Poh3zs_i78/edit

Thank you to a fellow animal advocate who penned the above letters. I will keep her anonymous as per request. However, please do modify and personalize as you wish. Thank you warriors!

‘Shark Dragging’ Petition Delivered to Ed Brodsky

We have officially delivered our petition to Ed Brodsky and Andrew Van Sickle of the 12th Judicial Circuit. They refused to meet with us in person, but news agencies filmed as I handed the 250,000+ signatures to the receptionist who agreed to deliver our message. The delivery location was the Manatee County Building at 1112 Manatee Ave W. Bradenton, FL 34206.

I cannot express how much gratitude I have for everyone who showed up. It was wonderful meeting you all as we delivered this monumental document. Thank you Stand Up Bark Back SRQ for your incredible skill in dealing with these situations, and for all the work you do. Thank you to all the media who came out today: ABC 7, SNN 6, Bay News 8, News Channel 8, Bradenton Herald, and more.

Thank you everyone who signed this document, shared articles, called the FWC, and kept this incident under public scrutiny. Our collective energy has broken through the intangible restraints of cyberspace and manifested into a force that cannot be denied. Full Story »