Anti-cruelty memorial to be held in West Haven to honor burned dog

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WEST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– A memorial is being held on Sunday for the dog that was set on fire in the parking lot of a West Haven beach last month.

This anti-animal cruelty memorial for Brooklyn, the late Yorkshire Terrier, is being held on Sunday from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the Sandy Point Bird Sanctuary at 3 Beach Street, in West Haven.

On July 4-5th, Brooklyn was found burned in the parking lot of Sandy Point Beach. Brooklyn’s owner, Latrice Moody, and her boyfriend, Maurice Jackson, are currently facing charges in the incident.

Related: West Haven woman accused of helping burn dog to appear in court

Meli Garthwait, the founder of Green Fur Kidz, Inc. said, “If you are in anyway shape or form abusing your dog I do believe it should be a felony.”

Green Fur Kids Inc. is holding the event and would like to also honor West Haven Police Department’s Detective Wolf, who was dedicated to solving the case. Organizers are asking that you bring a thank you card or a letter for Detective Wolf to be put in a box and given to him.

You are also asked to bring a picture of your dog with the card or letter as a thank you to West Haven Police for protecting their 4-legged citizens.

Related: Suspect faces judge on Wednesday in West Haven burning dog case

While the event is by and for animal lovers, they ask that dogs be kept at home so that the focus can be on the memorial.

However, you are welcome to bring any signs to honor Brooklyn’s life or to show your stance against animal abuse.

Margie Valente said, “I think the memorial will justify some of what happened and hopefully make people think before they do stupid things.”

Green Fur Kidz is also fundraising to create a six-foot statue in memory of Brooklyn.

Marie Rosa told News 8, “It is sort of like a symbol of humanity. I think it’s a beautiful thing.”

Garthwait added, “The statue will be something in memory of the dog but also a way to let the community know that this kind of thing won’t be tolerated and won’t be forgotten.”

Parking in the sanctuary is $1.50/hr payable by card but car pooling is encouraged.

For more information or to RSVP to the memorial, click here.

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