Lala Kent Seeks Justice for One other Lala—a Deputy’s Canine Who Died of Heatstroke


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October 25, 2022

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Rockdale County, Ga. – After listening to {that a} canine named Lala—together with two others, Storm and Luke Cage—died of heatstroke in Georgia, Vanderpump Guidelines star Lala Kent despatched a letter on PETA’s behalf immediately, urging the Rockdale County district legal professional to file cruelty expenses in opposition to the canines’ proprietor, a sheriff’s deputy, who “trashed ’em” after they perished in 95-degree climate whereas confined to a crate inside a shed.

The canines had been American bullies, a breathing-impaired breed who’re twice as doubtless as different canines to undergo from heatstroke, and deputy and former Ok-9 handler Eric Tolbert admitted to investigators that he knew that they “don’t do properly out within the warmth.” But after the primary canine died on June 13, he apparently left the opposite two in a grimy shed whereas he went to work the following day. Upon returning dwelling, he discovered one lifeless and one barely clinging to life, however as an alternative of dashing the dying animal for emergency care, he instructed investigators that he “poured lemon juice in there.”

“As somebody who shares a reputation with one in every of these canines, their lingering finish struck a chord in me,” writes Kent. “It’s troublesome to think about the struggling that they endured, struggling to breathe, helpless and panicking, desperately attempting to flee their [crate], in that sweltering shed for hours.”

After investigating the canines’ deaths and discovering two different canines—together with Tolbert’s assigned Ok-9, Aegis—unattended in squalid pens on his property, the sheriff’s workplace eliminated Aegis, demoted Tolbert from his place as a Ok-9 handler, and really useful cruelty-to-animals expenses. An area choose has reportedly refused to assessment the proof.

Extra details about heatstroke in canines is obtainable right here, and PETA’s earlier letter to the district legal professional is obtainable right here.

PETA—whose motto reads, partly, that “animals usually are not ours to abuse in any approach”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For extra data, please go to or observe the group on Twitter, Fb, or Instagram.


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