I really thought I did a post on this because of my outrage but apparently I didn’t. Since I wrote and launched a petition today I thought I’d share. Maybe after reading one of you might have some insight as to what would cause college students to commit these egregious acts (there are (2) more cases within the post)…
Luke Stribling, 20, of Orange County, Florida is a student majoring in Jazz at the University of Central Florida. He also willingly and maliciously beat, punched, kicked and tortured his 17- week- old Shiba Inu puppy named Julian to death. He was arrested on September 30, 2016 by the Orlando County Sheriff’s Dept for “tormenting, mutilating and ultimately killing his 17-week-old Shiba Inu puppy, Julian“. Deputies arrested Stribling on (2) charges of animal cruelty under Florida Animal Cruelty law: 828.12. Cruelty to animals and booked into Orange County Jail on both felony counts of cruelty to animals. Although the extended period of abuse took place last summer, authorities had to wait for the necropsy results to become available before they could charge. Incidently, a necropsy (same as an autopsy but usually refers to animals) takes at best (3) days but at least he was charged.
For those of you not familiar with the Shiba Inu breed I’ve hyperlinked. The abuse started long before little Julian’s death on June 26, 2016. At the time of death Julian was 17-weeks-old and would have weighed approximately 8-10 pounds.
Luke Stribling originally brought Julian to the East Orlando Animal Hospital on June 12, 2016, where he told the veterinarians that Julian had fallen down a flight of stairs and had trouble walking for two days. According to a statement by the examining vet, during the examination Julian literally shook because of severe pain which prompted the veterinarian to ask Stribling why he let his dog suffer for two days with a broken leg; Stribling did not respond to the question. Suspicious of Stribling’s behavior, the vet staff performed a full body MRI scan and found several other fractures all over Julian’s tiny body. Julian was also nervous in Stribling’s presence which indicated signs of abuse. Based on Julian’s pain and fear, the medical findings, and Stribling’s evasive answers, the clinic staff notified Animal Services. Unfortunately, there wasn’t enough evidence to seize Julian and he was released back into Stribling’s custody.
I’m having an issue for lack of a better word with the absence of intervention reported in the media because nearly every mainstream outlet has a slightly different spin. For example, if Animal Services did not have enough evidence to intervene, what does Click Orlando mean in their article dated September 30:
Records show Stribling took a four-hour course on responsible pet ownership at Orange County Animal Services earlier this month. He also paid a $256 fine.
On June 26, Luke Stribling brought the deceased Julian to a different animal facility, Waterford Lakes Animal Clinic, still wearing the cast on his tiny leg. X-rays found Julian had a fractured rib, sternum and abdomen and had been beaten to death. Waterford Lakes Animal Clinic contacted Animal Control. Upon questioning by investigators, Stribling admitted that he “hit and kicked the dog multiple times because he was frustrated” with Julian for urinating in his student house.
A necropsy indicated the puppy suffered severe internal injuries, traumatic lesions including a hemorrhaging eye, liver and brain and head injuries.
Stribling’s friends told investigators he punched and kicked Julian for urinating inside his University of Central Florida-area apartment. So a tiny, defenseless puppy suffered prolonged abuse and trauma because this pathetic waste of oxygen failed as a responsible pet owner? He was negligent and incompetent in housebreaking Julian and for that reason alone the puppy endured endless abuse.
This is the third college male in the US that has recently been in the news for abusing an animal. A football player at Baylor University in Texas abused his own dog to the point of making it scream in pain and the video of the abuse went on Snapchat! His punishment to date? He had to sit out (3) football games. Yep, next Michael Vick right there.
The other football player abused his neighbor’s dog, Luca, who he was supposed to be watching. The 42 pound dog was bleeding and the student just opened the door and let him run off. The owner located her dog because of an urgent plea on social media. Luca had to have emergency surgery because his jaw wasn’t broken ~ it was shattered. He lost (6) teeth and had numerous stitches. At least his college has suspended him from playing football.
Both of the football players are over 6’ tall and over 220 pounds. Luke Stribling appears to be of slight to regular build. Oh yes! In his LinkedIn profile he lists that he cares about “Animal Welfare”.
One doesnt have to be an animal lover, a vegan, vegetarian or even an animal activist to reaize that the death of an innocent puppy at the very hands of the person who was supposed to love and take care of him is inherintly wrong. Any person with an ounce of humanity will surely agree that it takes a dark and evil mind to inflict such torment, pain and death upon an innocent puppy.
My words to Stribling if given the opportunity?
Malevolent as you are to the world, I am surprised you actually have friends.
If you feel that Julian the puppy deserves justice, please sign and share my petiton.
✦Links to the other (2) petitions are included with my pictures with text that I tweeted but I’ll add then below just in case.
BaylorUniversity TX Ishmael Zamora 💙Justice4Rottie💙
Missouri State Breck Ruddick 💙Justice4Luca💙
Let’s see the weasel one more time!