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Charges Filed In Magistrate Lead to Protests By Animal Rights Activists

By Staff | Dec 19, 2018

Individuals hold signs and protest outside of the Tyler County Magistrate Office on Dec. 18.

Animal rights activists led by local resident Brenda Tucker protested in front of the Tyler County Magistrate Office early on Dec. 18 in regards to allegations against Wyatt Kemp, 19, of Tyler County. Kemp was arrested and charged on Dec. 4 with two felony counts of cruelty to animals.

Tucker said the protests were not just about Kemp’s alleged crime, but the protests were also about ensuring the courts uphold and enforce the laws regarding animal cruelty.

The protesters explained that, upon research, they found the laws state that anyone who tortures, mutilates, or kills an animal is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, shall face jail time and be issued a fine. Thus, Tucker said she’s demanding justice in the case.

“We’re not here to hurt anyone,” she said. Tucker and the other protesters maintained they just want animals to be protected.

Tucker said the protest was organized to ensure that this matter is not “swept under the rug.” She and other protesters said they wanted to spread the word, in order for future cases to be brought to justice properly.

A woman holds a sign demanding "Justice for Sadie & Bear." (Photos by Maddisen Eidel)

The investigation regarding the allegations against Kemp is still ongoing. Although protesters are convinced of his guilt, Kemp has maintained his innocence and pleaded not guilty to two felony charges of animal cruelty.

On Tuesday afternoon Tyler County Magistrate Mary Dotson said a motion, made by the defense, to continue the case and wave the time period for the preliminary hearing was granted. The case will be rescheduled for a later date.

Protesters standing outside of the Tyler County Magistrate Office encourage drivers to honk for their cause.