Justice for Caesar!

$796 of $15k goal

Raised by 39 people in 25 months
Tony Gervasi  ISHPEMING, MI

Help us avenge our murdered pet and all of those mudered 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.
Please help our cause!
Thank all of you very much for the support.


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Justice 4 Caesar

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Karen Smith
24 months ago
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So So sorry about Caesar...

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Shellie Hochstetler
24 months ago
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Lucas they live in michigan out in the sticks, we have no ferel hogs so let's just call this what it is.. Bullshit

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Stacy Hammerle
24 months ago
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What is the officer's name? I want to ensure he is unemployed.

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Melissa Jasper
23 months ago

Ralph Kitchens you should read the story again, it wasn't cops, it was Department of Wildlife. Two wildly different things. I hate how cops are seen as bad guys these days...when they put their lives on the line for us every day. Please don't be an idiot.

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Melissa Jasper
23 months ago

I'm sad for you that you lost a pet. No one should have to go through that. Did you see the story about the vet that shot a family's cat with a bow and arrow and then proudly showed it on facebook? Some people just don't have a heart! Being an animal lover and having pets all my life, this story made me tear up, and I'm so sorry you've had to go through this tragic ordeal. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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Randy Tasker
24 months ago

so darn sad. Humans or pets there should be some damn common sense when an officer takes such drastic actions. I cannot believe this pet looked like a normal wild pig

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Ralph Kitchens
24 months ago

Cops are real pieces of filth. I could understand if he thought the pig was feral as that is a big problem in some states but all he had to do was say he made a mistake and thought it was a feral pig not make up BS lie and never apologize or even admit the mistake.

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Ed Tuinstra
24 months ago

Michigan has a feral pig problem - domestic pigs escaping into the wild and creating self-sustaining populations. These feral pigs have degraded huge regions of wildlife habitat, in many states. This is sad because the owners didn't know the state of affairs, not because the DNR acted in the interest of preserving our natural world.

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Becky Bilokur-Tobias
24 months ago

Do join us at FB Freeze Don't Shoot (our pets) there is a FB group in EACH State trying get the laws changed to protect our pets. https://www.facebook.com/FreezeDontShoot.JusticePagesUnited/posts/448948895255073

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Jesse Vial
25 months ago

Poor Caesar! This officer treated him like a wild boar and to be honest, the only wild pig I see here is this "officer". Do you have a picture of this guy or know his name? He really needs a serious psyche evaluation because this almost sounds like the horrible beginning to a Discovery ID episode...

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$796 of $15k goal

Raised by 39 people in 25 months
Created April 4, 2015
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Aymee Bullington
22 months ago

This story is sad on so many levels. I'm so sorry for your loss of a very beloved member of your family. I do hope that in some way he was able to be brought back to your family for a proper good bye. Hopefully, you can also make progress to change or reverse a law that seems very inept at best. I wish I could contribute more. Best of wishes to you!

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Pat Kellim
24 months ago
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I'm SO sorry for your loss. SMH.

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Anonymous
24 months ago
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William Boal
24 months ago

So sorry to read about Caesar-Another example of mans arrogance towards other species-(I now live in U.K. but was born in Grand Rapids)

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Erica Fischer
24 months ago

Sorry i can't donate much. I donate to too many things but I know every little bit counts everywhere. I wish u the best of luck :)

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Betty Parks
24 months ago

So sorry about Caesar! Please make this officer pay for his cruel act. Contact The Lexus Project or the Animal Defense League and see if they can help you!

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Corey Dalton
24 months ago

RIP Caesar

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Anonymous
24 months ago
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Liz Mahony
24 months ago

I'm sorry for you loss. Nothing can ever replace a pet who was killed so maliciously. I hope you raise enough money to raise awareness of this kind of injustice that has been running rampant all over the United States!

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tiffany rapp
24 months ago

I'm sorry he was a beautiful piggy

Karen Smith
24 months ago
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So So sorry about Caesar...

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Shellie Hochstetler
24 months ago
1
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Lucas they live in michigan out in the sticks, we have no ferel hogs so let's just call this what it is.. Bullshit

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Stacy Hammerle
24 months ago
1
1

What is the officer's name? I want to ensure he is unemployed.

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Melissa Jasper
23 months ago

Ralph Kitchens you should read the story again, it wasn't cops, it was Department of Wildlife. Two wildly different things. I hate how cops are seen as bad guys these days...when they put their lives on the line for us every day. Please don't be an idiot.

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Melissa Jasper
23 months ago

I'm sad for you that you lost a pet. No one should have to go through that. Did you see the story about the vet that shot a family's cat with a bow and arrow and then proudly showed it on facebook? Some people just don't have a heart! Being an animal lover and having pets all my life, this story made me tear up, and I'm so sorry you've had to go through this tragic ordeal. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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Randy Tasker
24 months ago

so darn sad. Humans or pets there should be some damn common sense when an officer takes such drastic actions. I cannot believe this pet looked like a normal wild pig

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Ralph Kitchens
24 months ago

Cops are real pieces of filth. I could understand if he thought the pig was feral as that is a big problem in some states but all he had to do was say he made a mistake and thought it was a feral pig not make up BS lie and never apologize or even admit the mistake.

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Ed Tuinstra
24 months ago

Michigan has a feral pig problem - domestic pigs escaping into the wild and creating self-sustaining populations. These feral pigs have degraded huge regions of wildlife habitat, in many states. This is sad because the owners didn't know the state of affairs, not because the DNR acted in the interest of preserving our natural world.

+ Read More
Becky Bilokur-Tobias
24 months ago

Do join us at FB Freeze Don't Shoot (our pets) there is a FB group in EACH State trying get the laws changed to protect our pets. https://www.facebook.com/FreezeDontShoot.JusticePagesUnited/posts/448948895255073

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Jesse Vial
25 months ago

Poor Caesar! This officer treated him like a wild boar and to be honest, the only wild pig I see here is this "officer". Do you have a picture of this guy or know his name? He really needs a serious psyche evaluation because this almost sounds like the horrible beginning to a Discovery ID episode...

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