Justice For Shayla

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Raised by 249 people in 30 months
It is with a broken heart that we, at Rescue Dogs Rock Animal Rescue, are finally able to tell you of the passing of one of our most precious dogs. On March 12, 2016, Shayla - the beautiful soul rescued from the streets of North Philly by Temple Students - was tragically killed. Today, we are asking for your help in giving her senseless death meaning as we embark on the legal battle to seek justice for Shayla. 

It was during the “polar vortex” back in January when Shayla was found - starving and freezing - on the campus of Temple University by several college students. Her sad face and defeated demeanor quickly stole the hearts of all those who saw her story circulating on Facebook. She even gained the attention of Fox 29’s Dawn Timmoney, who also joined in the search for a rescue group to take her in.  We became that rescue group and the search for foster began.  We did not know anything about her past. But we could tell it was a life where humans before have failed her. Despite this, you would never know it given her sweet and gentle disposition. No longer would she feel fear of human touch. No longer would she be alone - unloved or uncared for. Never again would she know pain, abuse, or neglect. She was safe. And she knew it. 

Shayla was moved into foster care and thrived. Common things like toys or a bed were all new to her. Being part of a family - with all it had to offer - was all so wonderful. Belly rubs, foster siblings to play with, going for car rides - she loved it all. She was moved from her first foster home due to one of the other dogs being elderly and having a new foster dog in the home was too much for a senior. She was just as loved in her second foster home but her foster dad had major surgery that made having a foster dog a lot to take on while recuperating. A third foster stepped up - Jonna Amentt - and she was everything we could have wanted in a foster. She said and did all the right things that a rescue wants to hear and see. She was screened, like all our fosters are, and was approved. On Thursday, March 10th, Jonna picked Shayla up and brought her home. 48 hours later, Shayla was dead. 

On the morning of March 12th, Jonna contacted me to tell me that her live-in boyfriend, Tom Kasee, had an issue with Shayla and was threatening to take Shayla to the shelter. IMMEDIATELY, we started the process of finding another foster. We were successful in finding actually TWO people who were willing to take her. I continued to contact both Jonna and Tom by both text messages and phone calls well into the evening with very little response. Desperate, I finally called the Montgomery County SPCA to advise them Tom Kasee was threatening to bring Shayla there and, if he were to do so, they were to notify me immediately. I was put on hold multiple times before finally being told that Tom Kasee had called the Horsham Police Department, who, upon arrival, shot Shayla while she was chained on a lead inside a 6ft fenced in yard. I was told that she did not die right away and was then transported with Tom Kasee and the shooting officer to the Montgomery County SPCA. It was there - almost 2 hours after she was shot - that she was euthanized. 

There aren’t words to describe how horrified and devastated we are. Our hearts are shattered knowing the promises that were made to her when she was first rescued - that she would never be afraid, unloved, or in pain were all broken. We are left asking “Why?”. What possible purpose could her short life and tragic death have? As more and more details of that day become known, we now believe that Shayla’s life - and death - most certainly did have a purpose. That even though we were not able to save Shayla, we can now help bring about change that will prevent this from happening again. Perhaps, in that, we can find peace in all of this sadness. In losing Shayla, we are saving another. 

We have retained legal counsel and have filed complaints against Jonna Amentt and Tom Kasee. We also filed complaints against the Horsham Police Department and the Montgomery County SPCA. This is going to be a true David vs Goliath battle. And it will be an expensive one. Unlike the Horsham PD or the Montgomery County SPCA, we do not have unlimited funding and big fancy lawyers. We are a small, all-volunteer rescue made up of people just like you. Even though it seems overwhelming to take on, it is not an option to walk away. We simply cannot ignore the injustice that was done. We have started a legal chipin to help us with the incredible legal fees we are facing. In the upcoming months, we will be having multiple fundraisers, in Shayla’s memory, to not only help us raise money, but to raise awareness. We are asking for your help. Donate if you can, attend fundraisers if you are able, but most importantly - SHARE OUR STORY. It is a tragic one but one that MUST be told if anything positive is to come from it. So please, share it. Everywhere and anywhere. Help us give her a voice. 

We are aware of the emotion that surrounds a story like this. But we are asking that everyone please refrain from any threats of violence or direct name calling against Tom Kasee, Jonna Amentt, the Horsham Police Department, or the Montgomery County SPCA. Any comments like that will be removed. While we can understand your outrage, we must protect ourselves as well. Some of the pictures attached are graphic, so please be aware. But in looking at ALL of them, not just the graphic ones, it will be immediately obvious as to why we are fighting for her. Look at her face - how content and at peace she was. How trusting she was. She did not deserve to die like this. No living being does. 

In the moments when I feel that this seems like an impossible battle….


When I feel like we cannot possibly “slay” the giant that we face….


I remember this:  To say nothing....to do nothing....changes nothing. So for her, we press on.

#JusticeForShayla

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Our legal battle began only days after Shayla was killed.  We have retained Bermen & Asbel as our attorneys.  To date we have put out nearly $9000 so far in legal fees and we are far, far from over.   We are asking for donations (which are tax deductible) in any amount to help us with the extensive fees we will be incurring as we fight for Shayla.
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This week, I enter into the final depositions in the lawsuit I have against the Horsham, PA police Department and also two separate individuals in the shooting, torture, and death of one of my beautiful rescue dogs, Shayla. On Sunday nights, when I meditate, I set my intentions for the week. Of course tonight all of my thoughts and focus were on the upcoming depositions. As hard as I tried to redirect myself, my mind kept coming back to that. Finally I stopped resisting and just channeled all of my energy and thoughts to my beautiful Shayla. I let my mind just go. In remembering, I cried and felt my heart break all over again
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There is a legend about living beings with heterochromia or "Ghost Eyes" - where they have one brown eye and one blue. It is said that they can see into heaven and earth at the same time. Angelic presences can be seen through their blue eye and earthbound presences through their brown eye.

Someone named Josette posted about this under the original posting about Shayla's death. I had never heard this before and I took immense comfort in this. Both on the night Shayla died and the day after, I spoke to 2 different animal communicators. I was - and still am - haunted by the terror Shayla endured in her final moments. Knowing that she suffered for 2 hours in horrible pain, petrified....alone....constantly plays in my head. They both told me that animals have the ability to leave their body right before their death. It's as if they are spared that final terrorizing moment. I was told by both that Shayla left her body as soon as the bullet struck her. That angels came down and scooped her up and she was completely surrounded by love. The 2 hours after that - her soul, her spirit - was not here. It was just the shell of her body.

I want to believe this with my whole heart. I want to believe that she could see into heaven as that dreadful moment approached. That as she watched the evil in front of her unfold, she was also looking into the faces of the angels who were waiting to catch her. That as she was carried away - the hatred that surrounded her dissolved away - and she felt no fear, no pain....only love.

‪#‎JusticeForShayla‬
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Before. Then after. A picture says a thousand words.

Amazing what love and compassion can do, isn't it?

Even though she is gone from us physically, we will continue to be her voice. For her - and for the others - so that her death will not go without meaning. On March 12, 2016, as we were on our way to pick her up, Shayla was shot by the Horsham Police Department as she sat tied on a lead inside a 6ft fenced in yard. She survived almost 2 hours before finally being euthanized at the hands of her foster's (Jonna Amentt/Jonna Marie) boyfriend, Tom Kasee at the Montgomery County SPCA. Without our knowledge and without our consent.
How can u help us as we fight for ‪#‎JusticeForShayla‬?

* SIGN OUR PETITION! Montgomery County DA Stephanie Cauffman declined to prosecute Amentt and Kasee on criminal charges. A petition has been started to voice our opposition to this decision.
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/263/377/289/justiceforshayla/?taf_id=26127991&cid=fb_na

*FOLLOW SHAYLA'S PAGE! Go to Justice For Shayla on Facebook to keep current on our fight as well as see pictures and videos of our sweet girl.

*ATTEND OUR FUNDRAISERS! We will have various fundraisers to help us raise funds for our legal fees. These will range from t-shrit sales to actual events.

*DONATE! A chip-in has been started to help us raise money for our legal fess that climb each day. We have accrued about $9000 so far and we are just beginning this fight.

www.gofundme.com/JusticeForShayla

*SHARE HER STORY! Even if u can't participate in a fundraiser or donate to her chip-in, u can SHARE her story. Getting the public involved is the only way we can bring about change so that this doesn't continue to happen. With each supporter, our voice gets louder and louder.

***We are asking that everyone please refrain from any threats of violence or direct name calling against Tom Kasee, Jonna Amentt (Jonna Marie), the Horsham Police Department, or the Montgomery County SPCA. Any comments like that will be removed and the person will be banned from our pages if it continues.***

To say nothing....

To do nothing....

Changes nothing.

‪#‎ShaylaStrong‬ #JusticeForShayla
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We want to thank everyone for the incredible outpouring of support in our seeking ‪#‎JusticeForShayla‬. And also for the donations towards our legal fees. We promise that we will make known any and all details of this case as we are given permission too. We know it is frustrating to not know the intricate details. Believe me - we wish we could tell ALL of it. But we are in the very beginning - and delicate - stages of litigation so we absolutely must abide by what our legal team (We have retained the firm of Berman and Asbel located in Media, Pa) is telling us.
Thank u for sharing her story. We have gained the attention of several journalists and also a radio station. An article was posted on the online paper, The Examiner. We have spoken to both Lucy Noland and Dawn Timmeney of Fox 29 and they are willing to do a story when the time is right.
We invite u to "like" our page Justice For Shayla to be kept up to date on any proceedings, updates, and fundraisers. If u wish to donate towards our legal fees, u can do so here:
www.gofundme.com/JusticeForShayla
Please understand that we have ALREADY spent about $9000 in fees and we have a long way to go. We deeply thank all that donated.
Again we are asking that there be no name calling or threats of violence towards Jonna Amentt, Tom Kasee, the Horsham PD, or the Montgomery County SPCA. Any posting like that will be removed and the person banned if it continues. ***If someone has a true genuine question or cancer, please contact us directly at RDRanimalrescue2014@gmail.com or message us on here.***
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Cindy A Shipp
30 months ago
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This is so sad. I will never in a million years understand why these type monsters feel the need to resort to violence. The rescue said they were taking her back why murder her. Murder is Murder and those that are responsible for her MURDER need to face the same sentence as they would if the murder was walking on 2 legs instead of 4

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Debbi Hart
30 months ago
1
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I can not begin to express how much my heart bleeds for Shayla, I pray her death will show this world it needs to stop. We have lost our way as human beings to allow this to continue.

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Sherry Varraso
30 months ago
1
1

I'm sorry, but if the Horsham Police Department, Tom Kasee, and Jonna Amentt don't want to be "called names," maybe they shouldn't murder innocent animals. Just a thought.

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Lisa Morrow
30 months ago
1
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This is so HEARTBREAKING!HOW AND WHY WOULD ANYONE DO THIS TO HER?My opinion the officer that shot her should go to prison for a long time also should Tom n his girlfriend.She should of taken this poor innocent dog to SAFETY!Then the fact she laid there at spca without medical treatment to try to save her life..as if no one cared.Then they KILLED HER!PLEASE GET REAL JUSTICE FOR HER!THIS JUST HAS MY HEART TORN AND BROKEN!!

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Francie Traschen
30 months ago
1
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blaming the victim (comment below) i'm sure shayla did nothing at all.. shayla isnt an "it" or a "he".. she's a beautiful innocent soul whose life was filled with pain bcs of humans and humans were responsible for this horrible tragedy.

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Terry Costanzi
30 months ago
1
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God bless Shayla.

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Libby Phillips Pinner
18 months ago

Is there an update to Shayla's case?

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Cynthia Becerra
19 months ago

Any update on the lawsuit? Shayla deserves justice!

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Hannah Honey
19 months ago

What's happening with this lawsuit? It's been over a year. Has it been settled? What courthouse was it heard in, if any?

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Zaile Emari
25 months ago

Contact Animal Legal Defense Fund and tell them about your situation. They do pro bono work sometimes.

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Frank Cioffi
30 months ago

what was their excuse ? Why did they do this??

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Brenda Peremes
30 months ago

That must be bringing you as much comfort as anything possibly can in this unthinkable situation. Shayla certainly knew you loved & cherished her. I love the "ghost eyes" statement.....We are all pulling for you!!!

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Debbie Waits Warren Jones
30 months ago

This just breaks my heart, RIP Shayla

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Tanna E. Freeman Berg
30 months ago

I am sickened beyond words over this. I simply do not understand. Why did they shoot her??? Why??? Why not shoot the jerk who tied her up??? Why was the woman so weak as to not tell the boyfriend to get the hell out??? It is as much her fault as anyones. Ugh...i hate it when women feel they need a man to define them...and don't have the backbone to stand up for what is right. Ggggrrrr. Rest in peace sweet Shayla.

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Monika Swain
30 months ago

Poor,poor dog this is really sad and heart breaking,poor dog did not deserve this,there should be better laws put in place for animal abusers,they get off far to lightly.This made me cry,poor dog.xx

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Curtis Larson
30 months ago

I have never understood why people, usually men, feel so threatened by some dogs. Jealousy? Insecurity? All of the above? If he was so threatened by Shayla, he had a perfect out; she was going to be re-fostered, so why kill her. May you rest in peace, Shayla, and run and play with your friends at the Rainbow Bridge.

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Bernadette Zeoli
30 months ago

My heart hurts for this baby .. sleep in peace beautiful

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Susan Canales
7 months ago

I hope all responsible are held accountable. RIP baby girl

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Kimberly Zola
7 months ago

I pray God will work on the heart of the judge and make a super strict price to pay for anyone who abuses an animal ! God Bless these poor babies And Give the Abuser the punishment they deserve

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Wanda Harris
10 months ago

Why could such a human not have waited a few hours...please go forward to prosecute.

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14 months ago
Cindy A Shipp
30 months ago
4
4

This is so sad. I will never in a million years understand why these type monsters feel the need to resort to violence. The rescue said they were taking her back why murder her. Murder is Murder and those that are responsible for her MURDER need to face the same sentence as they would if the murder was walking on 2 legs instead of 4

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Debbi Hart
30 months ago
1
1

I can not begin to express how much my heart bleeds for Shayla, I pray her death will show this world it needs to stop. We have lost our way as human beings to allow this to continue.

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Sherry Varraso
30 months ago
1
1

I'm sorry, but if the Horsham Police Department, Tom Kasee, and Jonna Amentt don't want to be "called names," maybe they shouldn't murder innocent animals. Just a thought.

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Lisa Morrow
30 months ago
1
1

This is so HEARTBREAKING!HOW AND WHY WOULD ANYONE DO THIS TO HER?My opinion the officer that shot her should go to prison for a long time also should Tom n his girlfriend.She should of taken this poor innocent dog to SAFETY!Then the fact she laid there at spca without medical treatment to try to save her life..as if no one cared.Then they KILLED HER!PLEASE GET REAL JUSTICE FOR HER!THIS JUST HAS MY HEART TORN AND BROKEN!!

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Francie Traschen
30 months ago
1
1

blaming the victim (comment below) i'm sure shayla did nothing at all.. shayla isnt an "it" or a "he".. she's a beautiful innocent soul whose life was filled with pain bcs of humans and humans were responsible for this horrible tragedy.

+ Read More
Terry Costanzi
30 months ago
1
1

God bless Shayla.

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Libby Phillips Pinner
18 months ago

Is there an update to Shayla's case?

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Cynthia Becerra
19 months ago

Any update on the lawsuit? Shayla deserves justice!

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Hannah Honey
19 months ago

What's happening with this lawsuit? It's been over a year. Has it been settled? What courthouse was it heard in, if any?

+ Read More
Zaile Emari
25 months ago

Contact Animal Legal Defense Fund and tell them about your situation. They do pro bono work sometimes.

+ Read More
Frank Cioffi
30 months ago

what was their excuse ? Why did they do this??

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Brenda Peremes
30 months ago

That must be bringing you as much comfort as anything possibly can in this unthinkable situation. Shayla certainly knew you loved & cherished her. I love the "ghost eyes" statement.....We are all pulling for you!!!

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Debbie Waits Warren Jones
30 months ago

This just breaks my heart, RIP Shayla

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Tanna E. Freeman Berg
30 months ago

I am sickened beyond words over this. I simply do not understand. Why did they shoot her??? Why??? Why not shoot the jerk who tied her up??? Why was the woman so weak as to not tell the boyfriend to get the hell out??? It is as much her fault as anyones. Ugh...i hate it when women feel they need a man to define them...and don't have the backbone to stand up for what is right. Ggggrrrr. Rest in peace sweet Shayla.

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Monika Swain
30 months ago

Poor,poor dog this is really sad and heart breaking,poor dog did not deserve this,there should be better laws put in place for animal abusers,they get off far to lightly.This made me cry,poor dog.xx

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Curtis Larson
30 months ago

I have never understood why people, usually men, feel so threatened by some dogs. Jealousy? Insecurity? All of the above? If he was so threatened by Shayla, he had a perfect out; she was going to be re-fostered, so why kill her. May you rest in peace, Shayla, and run and play with your friends at the Rainbow Bridge.

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Bernadette Zeoli
30 months ago

My heart hurts for this baby .. sleep in peace beautiful

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