Dog Slowly Suffered And Died On The End Of A Chain: Demand Investigation And Charges!

Published: February 01, 2021 at 08:52 AM Author: Penny Eims

An unforgivable act of cruelty took place in Mobile, Alabama, and we are demanding an investigation and charges! The dog you see in this photo (Tazi) was left to suffer and die a slow and agonizing death at the end of a chain. Though animal control was notified of the situation, the dog’s despicable owner spun a story about Tazi being a guard dog and no further action was taken.

Tazi suffered through the heat, and the cold – without food, without companionship, until the day that he laid down beneath a structure and died. This is utterly unacceptable and we need your signatures to convince law enforcement to do a thorough investigation and recommend charges against Tazi’s owner!

This abhorrent case of neglect and cruelty dates back to 2019. Though the mayor and animal control agency were contacted, nobody felt that the situation warranted charges…because apparently nobody felt that Tazi mattered enough.

Tazi’s advocate lays out the timeline and details of what transpired:

He suffered through a hot summer, no food or water, and died in August/September 2019. I found his remains on October 17, 2019, because I smelled him.
The photo of him alive was taken in April 2019, shortly before a visit to the property by animal control. The property owner was contacted by animal control. The owner explained that the dogs were left at this empty property as guard dogs. And that was OK.
The photo of him alive was taken by a teacher who worked at the middle school NEXT DOOR to this house. That’s right…teachers and parents drove past this dog, chained in the side yard, viewable from the street that leads to the school. Children walked past this yard on their way to school. Only one teacher spoke for him. She made numerous complaints to animal control and has written documentation of their contact with the dog owner.

The person responsible for Tazi’s death must be arrested, charged, and punished. We need your signature today to make this happen. Please join us in seeking justice for Tazi.


City of Mobile Animal Control director Corrie Hoium, Chief Lawrence Battiste, Mobile Police Department, Mayor Stimpson
Update 8/8/2021: Animal Victory has learned that Marcus Kyles failed to show up for court on 8/4/2021, where he was set to be arraigned on charges. According to WKRG, the judge is giving him one more chance to appear, and sending officers to serve him the court summons in-person, before issuing a warrant if he fails to appear again at the Sept. 1, 2021 scheduled court date. Animal Victory also learned that city officials have enacted an ordinance that restricts the amount of time that a dog can be tethered. Read more about the ordinance at this link.

Update 7/21/2021: Animal Victory has sent 31,198 signatures and comments along with our petition letter to attorney Katreisa Crummie.

Update 7/09/2021: Animal Victory has learned that the next scheduled court date is 8/4/2021 at 1:00 p.m.

Update 3/10/2021: Animal Victory has been informed that Kyles has an arraignment scheduled on 4/21/21 for his five charges of Failure to provide food, water, and shelter, Improper disposal of dead animal, Failure to vaccinate, Failure to get a license, Cruelty to dog/cat

Update 2/11/2021: Animal Victory has been in contact with prosecuting attorney Katriesa Crummie, and we have confirmed that she has received the petition. We are awaiting information about the upcoming court date and the petition will be updated with that information as soon as Animal Victory receives it.

Update 2/5/2021: Find the five charges/citations which Marcus Kyles is facing for Tazi’s death at this link.

Update 01/29/2020: Marcus Kyles’ arraignment was on December 16, 2020. Today we sent 25,573 signatures along with our letter of intent to City of Mobile Animal Control director Corrie Hoium, Chief Lawrence Battiste, Mobile Police Department, Mayor Stimpson to get more answers. Read our letter here. No one at any of these offices has given us the courtesy of a reply or answer to any of our letters to date.

Update 12/11/2020: Today we sent 25,411 signatures to the City of Mobile Animal Control director Corrie Hoium. Read our letter here.

Marcus Kyles has been investigated and charged.

Update 11/30/2020: Today we sent our third letter and 23,980 signatures to Mayor Stimpson, Chief Lawrence Battiste, and the Mobile County Animal Control Advisory Board. Read our letters here and here.

Update 11/19/2020: Charges have been filed against Marcus Kyles, the man believed to be Tazi’s owner. Kyles is facing multiple charges, including cruelty to dog/cat, Failure to License, Failure to provide food/water or shelter, Failure to vaccinate, and Improper Disposal of a dead animal. Arraignment is scheduled for 12/16/2020.

Update 11/16/2020: We have not had a response from the Mayor’s office or Chief Lawrence Battiste’s office from the Mobile Police Department. Today Animal Victory sent a second letter to Mayor Stimpson and Chief Lawrence Battiste along with over 19500 signatures. Our return receipt letter and signatures will also be snail-mailed to the Mayor’s office and Chief Lawrence Battiste.

Update 11/16/2020: Read our letter to Mobile County Animal Control Advisory Board here

Update 11/4/2020: Read our letter to Mayor Stimpson and Chief Lawrence Battiste here

* Individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


Dog Slowly Suffered And Died On The End Of A Chain: Demand Investigation And Charges!

39 signatures = 0% of goal

39 Kit Dugan Sep 18, 2021
38 Sabine Fontaine Sep 18, 2021
37 Teri Paszotta We need tougher laws, more judges with balls to hand down stiffer sentences & justice to those affected by sick abusers of animals in our communities. It's going on in your city and those that prey on the most vulnerable are WEAK COWARDS & THE LOWEST, POOREST EXCUSE OF BEINGS WALKING THIS EARTH! Sep 17, 2021
36 sherry mainquist This owner, AC,MPD,Mayor and the Chief are ALL to blame for this dogs death!!! How do you sleep at night? Knowing full well you are to blame for his death!!!You all need to be chained up in the heat with no food or water and the cold with NO shelter or companionship!!! till you lay down and die!!! You ALL MURDERED him!!! because of your stupidity!!! His life mattered!!! but you didn't care!!! Sep 15, 2021
35 Ann Freeman Sep 15, 2021
33 Debbie Westerkamm Sep 14, 2021
32 astrid suchanek Sep 13, 2021
31 Carol Jackson Sep 13, 2021
30 Kennedy Roop Sep 12, 2021
29 Sophie Emlek Sep 09, 2021
28 Dodie Harrison Sep 08, 2021
27 Ilana Karapetyan Sep 08, 2021
26 Shelli Tucker Sep 08, 2021
25 Carol Jackson ALABAMA is a few years behind Sep 08, 2021
24 Jan Anderson Sep 08, 2021
23 Melissa Curtis Sep 07, 2021
22 Damiano Giustina Sep 07, 2021
21 Kelly Lagace Sep 03, 2021
20 Brenda Hammond Sep 03, 2021
19 Jean-Marie Bussolari Taking mattered! All animals do! Sep 03, 2021
18 Penny Greer Sorry low life animal abusers! Why don't you pick on somebody who can fght back ! I had rather fight anyone than my defenseless pets and believe me you would have a fight from my hell over my 2 dogs! You ain't shit compared to to my pets! Any animal abusers I a animal abandoner ain't shit! Sep 02, 2021
17Anonymous Sep 02, 2021
16 Cecilia Lalinde Aug 29, 2021
15 lara balser Aug 29, 2021
14 Daniel Pawlowski Aug 28, 2021
13 John Santos Aug 27, 2021
12 Corinne Brown Aug 27, 2021
11 Veronica Miazga Aug 26, 2021
10 Teresa Corner Aug 24, 2021