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Justice For Desmond Peaceful Protest

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 121 Elm St New Haven CT 06510  See map

Justice For Desmond 
New Haven Superior Court 
121 Elm Street

8:00AM 

Protesters will gather peacefully on the court steps today, asking the maximum sentence be given to 22 year old Alex Wullaert, for the charge of felony animal cruelty (). Desmond was surrendered by his owner to the New Haven Animal Shelter in January 2011, and immediately became a volunteer favorite. When Desmond was adopted a few months later, we were ecstatic. We didn't know that the young man who adopted Desmond was the original owner's ex-boyfriend with a history of violence, Alex Wullaert. Alex admits to beating Desmond so he didn't bark, locking him in the bathroom for twelve hours a day, and only feeding him a cup of rice a day. After a year of being beaten, and starved, Alex hanged six year old Desmond to death, threw his body in a trash bag, and dumped his body. Alex was charged with felony animal cruelty and littering. The community is stepping up to be the voice of a shelter dog who was loved, and mattered. Alex withdrew his application for Accelerated Rehabilitation, and is expected to refile. 

Alex returns to court Thursday, September 13th. Justice For Desmond asks you to join us peacefully at New Haven Superior Court located at 121 Elm Street at 8:00AM.  Please visit our facebook page www.facebook.com/JusticeForDesmond Inquiries can be directed to Micah Rapini via our facebook page.

Linda September 13, 2012 at 02:21 AM
If only people cared as much about other people that are seriously injured or killed like innocent clerks in convenience stores. I am not saying this wasn't a terrible crime but are we now immune to violence between humans?
sam September 13, 2012 at 03:09 AM
Linda, it's a proven statistic that most animal abusers are human abusers as well. So this is no insignificant thing.
Mary Bielek September 13, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Sam, You are so right! I saw a man beating a dog and I reported him and NOTHING happened. The dog was still there. He beat the dog again only this time worse and I didn't see it but another neighbor did. This person would not report the crime so I tried to but since i didn't see it they would not do anything. One week later he molested his stepdaugher. If the mother was not stupid and opened her eyes to his violent nature her child would never have suffered at this mans hands.
SolarPete September 13, 2012 at 12:36 PM
If I were to see someone beat a dog or any animal I would step in to stop it. U doing nothing solves nothing yet u report it hoping someone else stops the dogs pain. Put yourself in the dogs paws How would u feel if a human saw the beatings and they did nothing
Mary Bielek September 13, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Linda, People here do care about violence/crimes committed whether it is to an animal or a human. This is a case where an innocent dog was tortured for a year and then murdered. These people were personally connected to THIS dog and want to see this man punished for the crimes he committed to this poor innocent dog. People have voices, dogs do NOT!! The justice system works for crimes committed against humans but sadly in most cases anyone committing a crime against an innocent animal walk away with a slap on the hand, community service or a fine . I personally think punishment for murdering an animal should be the same punishment that is given to a human who harms a human. We, animals and humans,all feel pain and have the same emotions!!!
L. Bell September 13, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Linda did you know that most people that are violent against humans start with animals? Do some research. These people were personally involved with Desmond and the abuse this poor animal went through is beyond what I can wrap my head around. He already tried to strangle his girlfriend who has his child. Remember one thing, a child or animal cannot dial 911. I am proud to be part of this and these people are loving and caring. Praise their efforts instead of judging them because the victim was not human.
L. Bell September 13, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Linda did you know that most people that are violent against humans start with animals? Do some research. These people were personally involved with Desmond and the abuse this poor animal went through is beyond what I can wrap my head around. He already tried to strangle his girlfriend who has his child. Remember one thing, a child or animal cannot dial 911. I am proud to be part of this and these people are loving and caring. Praise their efforts instead of judging them because the victim was not human.
Mary Bielek September 13, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Solar Pete, I am a 120 pound woman and he is a violent drunk. When this beating happened I had my 80pound black lab with me and he is dog aggressive to outside dogs but not with the dogs we have here. I had labs. I did yell out hey and he looked up and stopped hitting the dog. The dog was not crying and walked fine so I the went home and called animal control. Your soluion to the problem would be temporary. He might have stopped there on the spot and then gone home and beat the dog some more.What did u accomplish by stopping it there?? NOTHING!! I tried to get the dog away from the abuser using legal channels. There have been multiple times where 2 or 3 crusiers went to that house for domestic violence. I knew better then to approach HIM! I tried to talk to him once when he tied his dog up for hours on end an got no where talking. When he animsal control did not help I took it one step further. I found out which resuce they adoped him from and contactd them. Long story short. The dog went back to the rescue and is SAFE and HAPPY. Your way just stopped that one beating!I stopped all his future beatings! My calmness and thinkng this out rationally got him out SAFELY! I did not give up nor walk away from a dog in need! U should not pass judgement onM#E without all the facts!
Sorry about the dog but, September 13, 2012 at 03:10 PM
http://www.nhregister.com/articles/2012/09/11/news/new_haven/doc505006d9e3f62627763677.txt Where were the protesters for this case. No one standing on the steps. No one holding signs. A 9 year old girl was left handcuffed and tortured for worst than this dog. You all say that people who harm people start out by hurting animals. If you look at the statistics people who are abused as children grow up to abuse, hurt and kill others. These statistics tower those of the animal abusers. I gues its just more popular in our culture these days to publicly stand up for animals instead of children.
Mary Bielek September 13, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Please excuse the spelling errors! U made me angry and I could not type. The dog was ok so I did the right thing. I stopped all future beatings by getting the rescue to take the dog away from that family. I would NEVER just give up on any dog that was being hurt. I have two rescue dogs that were abused by previous owners. I love dogs and always try to follow appropriate channels to save them!
Lulu September 13, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Sorry about the dog but were you at that Court hearing holding up signs for that little girl? Perhaps you should advocate for that case and start a protest. Clearly what has happened is awful but if these people have decided to protest on behalf of Desmond it is there RIGHT. YOU HAVE NO RIGHT telling people that they should stand up for children and not a dog WHEN YOU YOURSELF ARE DOING NOTHING.
David Hasselhoff September 13, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Blah blah blah. Lulu I bet that the dog killer does more time than the dad who tortured his 9 year old. It will only confirm the above statement of how society does what's "popular" not whats just.
Nicole Ball September 13, 2012 at 08:01 PM
The New Haven Register's Jennifer Swift has just reported that Alex Wullaert pleads not guilty and his case will move to pre-trial, Oct. 30. http://nhregister.com/articles/2012/09/13/news/doc50520df540b14009270943.txt
Pem McNerney (Editor) September 13, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Thanks Nicole!!
sam September 13, 2012 at 08:34 PM
NOT GUILTY???? He admitted doing this! Another way for the lawyers to make a ton. I hope he has to pay his attorney for the rest of his life AND goes to jail as well. Civil society should have no use for this kind of scum!
Bill Fasula September 14, 2012 at 04:57 PM
I'm curious if all the protesters are Vegans.
sam September 14, 2012 at 09:41 PM
And your point is..........?????????????
Bill Fasula September 15, 2012 at 12:49 PM
I wonder if people feel it's ok for someone else to kill the animal and eat it. Animals ARE a lower form of life and equal to a human life.
Linda P September 15, 2012 at 10:13 PM
I will stand up for animals and be their voice until the laws are changed. This is not some third world country that lets dogs roam the streets and bet on their fighting skills (well, maybe some areas of Connecticut are...re: the dog fighting). We are supposed to be compassionate people, yet so many abuse and kill innocent animals. As for the child who was abused...I believe so many people are very sad this happened to this poor little girl. I hope the justice system will give the animal step-father the maximum sentence. And if the State's Attorney is on the ball...they will give him the max. But you see, the court room will be packed with people who will testify against this beastly man. Child Advocates, Attorney's and family members will speak up for this unfortunate child. Who is going to do the same for the abused animals? You??? Feel free to join us on the 30th of October.

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