This is Caesar…
A pet pot-bellied pig, who was shot to death by a DNR officer on April 2nd, 2015. Please read this family’s story and share.
Help us avenge our murdered pet and all of those murdered before ours. Here is our story.
On Thursday April 2nd, 2015 our house pet miniature pot bellied pig, Caesar, went missing. My girlfriend Brandy and I, our 3 month old baby boy, our two dogs and our piggy live way out so we were never worried about letting the animals out on our property. Caesar wanders our property and grazes on nice days as happy as can be eating grass and rooting.
We yelled for him and shook a box of cereal (usually food noises get him moving) but nothing. The ground was soft still so we were able to follow his hoof prints down our driveway onto our dirt road.
To our shock and disgust, we found a puddle of blood and short drag mark several feet off of our property line. No piggy though. There were no other animal tracks so we knew he hadnt been attacked. We were clueless so we took to Facebook hoping someone would have information on weather someone might have hit him with a car and taken him to the vet or anything, we were worried sick.
On Friday the 3rd, a Department of Natural Resources officer (game warden, conservation officer, whatever name you want to give him) pulled up and knocked on our door. We figured he had information so with excitement, Brandy answered the door asking if he knew anything about the pig. The man responded “Actually, I am responsible for the missing pig…” Not knowing what he meant, we asked. His answer being, “He came out of the woods at me running at a trotting pace and I felt threatened so I shot and killed him”. Jaws dropped in disbelief, tears and anger flew. Not very nice things were said (as someone would expect when you tell them you just murdered their family pet for no reason at all).
The man then began to change his story to “I was following orders” rather than the lie he first told about Caesar running out of the deep snow woods and charging him. (Caesar was about 15″ tall with legs that are about 6″ long, 30lbs. Not much bigger than a Boston Terrier.. can you see an animal of that geometry charging through the snow or being a threat at all?.. not to mention the man was in his TRUCK! ) So I knew he had no true remorse for what he did. Pulling the trigger without thinking or identifying the target as an officer with 15 years experience. He was several feet off of our property line and right next to a “Safety Zone” sign, also very very close to our house with our family and animals . I asked for his body and he told me that we could not have him and that he is going to be sent to the USDA for testing like a wild rabid animal! We cant even have the poor baby’s body to lay at rest on our property that he loved. I got his superior’s information and had him leave.
As you see we are in a horrible situation. We are begging for the body back so we can lay the poor baby to rest. We have a family pet murdered and no answers. We are contacting attorneys and state officials seeking representation and answers. There are many horror stories out there of pets being wrongfully murdered by people that have no heart and should not have the authority to make that decision. To make a true difference so no one ever has to go through this kind of pain and the poor animals have a fair chance at life, we need as much publicity as possible. We need the right people to see and enough of them so this doesnt get swept under the carpet like so many before. We want to make a different. Doing so is not going to be cheap. We are here asking for funding to help our fight:
-We need to fight to get his body back so we can get our own necropsy (animal autopsy) done so we can prove that he was shot in cold blood and not actually charging him.
-We plan on fighting the Department of Natural Resources and whoever else it takes to get laws changed on these types of things. They need to be held accountable for their own actions. It will not be a short battle, but we are not going to give up.
-We want to ensure that current officers are trained further so they are able to tell the difference between a threat and a pet. We want to fight to get rid of the ideas of free shooting of pigs that they were cruel enough to put into action. (In Marquette County where we live, in the last 4 years, there has been one sighting of a wild pig, and he was causing no trouble. Just being a wild free animal is enough for the DNR to want them all dead. This is not right.)
Attorney costs will start piling up very soon and we need your help to make this difference. Every bit counts. Anything above the attorney costs will be put toward the effort of changing these cruel pointless laws and the retraining of the people put in charge of maintaining our precious outdoors. Change is a necessity.
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Thank all of you very much for the support.
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Justice 4 Caesar
Interesting enough I was at a meeting last week in which a representative from the Attorney General’s office told a group of us on Thursday, that it is the Michigan Attorney General’s job to defend the DNR when it is sued. Being concerned I asked “who defends us?” The response was we need to hire I own attorneys. So tax dollars pay for the DNR to be defended and “We the People” need to help Caesar’s family, because the DNR has an unlimited budget for legal fees. Meet me under the liberty shares this family’s story to shed light on why standing for liberty is important. If we do not stand for others, there will be no one to stand for us!