Victory! Parole Denied for Convicted Animal AbuserPosted by Stephen Wells, ALDF's Executive Director on February 16, 2011
Russell Swigart’s parole was denied! Thank you to everyone who signed the petition and wrote letters to the Kentucky Parole Board encouraging that convicted animal abuser Russell Swigart’s parole be denied. More than 15,000 signatures were collected on the Change.org petition since our alert was sent last week – sending a clear message to lawmakers that animal abuse is a crime that should be taken seriously.
Charged under Kentucky’s “Romeo’s Law” after breaking into a former co-worker’s home and brutally stabbing two of her cats to death, Swigart was sentenced to a 12 year prison term in December 2009. He has served two years and five months of that sentence, and the Kentucky Parole Board will reconsider parole for Swigart in two years.
The cats’ owner, Bridgette Wright, spoke with the parole board on Monday and asked that Swigart serve his full 12 year prison term.
Swigart broke into Wright’s condominium in September 2008 after sending her threatening text messages. Armed with an eleven inch knife, he brutally killed her cats, Piggy and Mr. Frank. Wright was out of town on a last-minute business trip and received text messages from Swigart saying, "You should get home and clean up the mess. Piggy & Frank have seen better days. I just stabbed your cats to death. Piggy put up a good fight, but Frank went out like a b****."
Thank you for taking action to keep convicted animal abusers behind bars!