• Petition created in effort to have charges re-filed against vet tech who slammed dog


    ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Some Orange County residents are taking action against a veterinary technician who was caught on camera last year slamming a small dog against a wall.

    Many Channel 9 viewers expressed outraged over the story last year and again earlier this year when it was announced charges against Stephanie Stasse were dropped.

    On Wednesday, WFTV's Shannon Butler spoke to a woman who's supporting a petition to have the Orange County Sheriff's Office take another look at the case.

    As of Wednesday evening, the petition has garnered more than 1,700 signatures. Once it's complete, it will be delivered to the Sheriff's Office.

    In the video, Stasse can be seen pulling the dog by its leash and slamming it against the wall.

     She was initially charged with animal cruelty but last month the state attorney found there were issues with a key witness in the case. All charges were then dropped.

    Now animals lovers like Betty Coates have decided to sign a petition asking that the case be looked at again.

    "I saw (the video) on Facebook and I thought, 'This is outrageous. You can't get away with that,'" said Coates. "Animal abuse is not OK. I don't care if it's a dog, a cat, a hamster or whatever."

    Stasse told Channel 9 the video doesn't tell the whole story. In June, she said it was a vicious dog that had injured two people.

    "I think she should be prosecuted. You can't abuse a defenseless animal," said Coates.

    The petition's creator is expected to deliver the petition to Sheriff Jerry Demings after they have the signatures of 5,000 people.

    It may be tough, however, to get the sheriff to file charges as it was the state attorney, not deputies, who dropped the case.

    LINK: View the Petition

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