Thanks to Bill Whiting for barking in this press release on what’s being done to bring Edna’s murderer to justice.
The following message was sent by “William Whiting”
To the members of the press and media outlets:
New information will be released regarding Victor Rodriguez, the juvenile of Nicetown charged with ‘terroristic threats’, ‘attempted robbery by extortion’ and a litany of other offences, following the ‘Edna’ animal cruelty case.
Rodriguez failed to show up at his pre-trial hearing on January 31st (Petition #830-07-12 under
the jurisdiction of Assistant District Attorney, Angel Flores) at the Youth Study Center. The court issued a bench warrant for his immediate arrest. Since then, Rodriguez has eluded Police.
In response to this case, a petition was created to Verizon and to Mayor Michael Nutter. The petition, which gathered over 5000 signatures, requested Verizon streamline its coordination with the Philadelphia Police and other law enforcement so delays in providing information would never happen again in cases of animal cruelty.
Verizon responded with a cover letter enclosed with 2 responses that were previously posted in the Philadelphia Daily News. This cover letter and responses put the blame for the delay on the Philadelphia Police and did not address streamlining its policies with law enforcement. The petition also requested Mayor Michael Nutter address this case by putting the pressure on the Philadelphia Police to find the individual(s) responsible and to find Edna.
A press conference is scheduled for March 5, 2008 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in front of the Verizon – Pennsylvania Building (1717 Arch Street, Philadelphia) to formally present the petition to Verizon and to Mayor Nutter.
Members of the press will receive a CD which contains the petition, letters to Verizon and Mayor Nutter, Verizon’s response letter, previous news stories in the Philadelphia Daily News and the Associated Press, and photos of Edna.
This case is being closely followed by Governor Rendell’s ‘Dog Law Advisory Board’, as well as the Pennsylvania SPCA and PETA, (who combined resources along with an anonymous donor to offer a $10,000 reward for information leading to a conviction of the person or persons responsible for this animal cruelty crime).