I would like to thank you for taking the time to read our dire and desperate situation.
Our matter is URGENT in nature and can not be post-poned as innocent lives hang in the balance and is in a short time frame. This is our plea for help in seeking justice as it has alluded my family and I for the past 6 years of living at our current home. My family and I have suffered at the "hands" of extremely bigoted and vindictive neighbors Lesley K Miller (11405 Pheasant Creek Drive, Fort Worth TX 76244) & Belinda and Jason Walraven (11501 Pheasant Creek Drive, Fort Worth TX 76244), ever since they had found out that I was of Middle Eastern decent and Muslim by faith. My family and I suffered extreme psychological stress, property damages; resulting in I Rana, being diagnosed with PTSD, and my daughter suffering from extreme Anxiety condition. Racial slurs, and derogatory term of "Sand Niggers", "Devil Worshipers", "Terrorists" "practitioners Witch Craft", "Demon Worshipers" to state the LEAST.
My daughter and I have been called "turban head whores", dog fecal matter thrown at my daughter and I, and also rocks thrown at our windows, our property has been vandalized, plants killed, dogs threatened and antagonized, physically threatened with bats swung by Belinda Walraven and Lesley K Miller and her daughter Angela Miller standing watch smiling. My little daughter called a "demon seed", being physically threatened by Belinda and Jason Walraven's Bull Mastiff, with Belinda Walraven as the enticing him to attack and fake charge her, while she is on her bicycle just getting off her training wheels at the tender age of 7. We have witnesses that are willing to testify that their dog had already bitten a man unprovoked.
Prior to the first President Obama elections, Lesley K Miller and I were friends. She adored my dog Lilo and used to brag about how sweet-natured and loveable she is.
She even used to call whilst on vacation with her then boyfriend Giovanni, telling me that she just saw another blue pit bull but it wasn't anywhere near as cute and as beautiful as Lilo. Then the elections started and things became ugly very quickly. I started receiving hate emails about Muslims, radicals, about President Obama being secretly Muslim etc. I then reminded Lesley K Miller that I am middle eastern and Muslim and I also backed president Obama. At that point is where all the racial slurs, our property vandalism occurred and was told by her "they don't like the likes of me around here." Lesley K Miller and her sons have on numerous occasions vandalized our property and have been very aware that their previous dog Kooda, and current dogs are destroying the joint fence between both properties. In fact I have provided proof that we had contacted the subdivision HOA about her rotting out the fence along with pictures by her blocking the natural flow of rain water, by obstructing it with bricks thus causing to become structurally unsound. In that email I specifically state that it is HER dog that continues to a break it trying to get to my dogs and I end up fixing it in order to keep the peace between us strictly out of our own pockets.
Numerous upon Numerous police reports have been made about the constant and persistent harassment about these people were filed by us. To the point that the Federal Bureau of Investigation got involved for racial hatred crimes, unfortunately they only labeled them as psychologically unstable. NOTHING could be done until they PHYSICALLY ASSAULT me and/or us. Yet ironically the local Fort Worth Police department are quick to jump on any false and proven false accusations they file. When one unique police officer familiar with out situation was asked to be truthful in his opinion, should that tables had been turned and I was to commit 1/3 of the things I had suffered from their actions, and behaved like them where I would I have been by now, his exact response "JAIL".
These two neighbors have physically told other neighbors not to talk to us as we are awful, nasty people, and we medal in witch craft, we were muslim and worshiped in the devil. Those neighbors that were told this are willing to testify as well to what they have been told in court. This is blatant harassment and defamation of character under the Texas Penal Code.
The properties here in the Villages of Woodland Springs have Joint fences. With that it has lead to the recent event. DUE TO Lesley K Miller's NEGLIGENCE by blocking and re-diversion of the natural flow of water, thus causing the problem of the rotting out of the wood connecting fence, and upon the personal witnessing and statement of Fort worth Animal Control Officer Harley Davidson, "that even an small dog would have broken through it with no problem."
Which leads us to our current situation. My car had broken down on the day of August 11 2012 in Arlington Texas. So August 12 2012, a Sunday, I had left to get my car and a friend who has no experience with dogs came to my house to let my dogs out to do their business.
I had stressed to him to put them back in. He forgot. Lilo and Stitch were playing out side and went through another rotted out part of the fence and into Lesley K Millers back yard. She was as per her statement in her backyard with her dog. Please remember that Lilo knows her, and she does Lilo as both played together before. Lesley K Miller claimed that she was in fear that Lilo was going to attack her. NOT TRUE Lilo remembers her very well; she claims that she got her dog which was in her back yard to go into the house and so did she. The backyards here are very small, and dogs are very agile. If she was to have been "charged" as so she claims both dogs would have been by her before she had the chance to get in the house! She called the police and animal control claiming she was attacked then changed her story to feeling threatened. She nor her dog were hurt, scratch, bit, and nothing on her property was damaged. Animal control came to remove both dogs from her property, but she had opened her gate and let them out. I had come back from Arlington to find animal control informing me that my dogs are loose, I had run around my backyard to look for places where they may have dug and nothing was found and I saw they went through the fence between the two properties. Where it had been replaced the 8 months prior!
I was told by the Animal Control officer I was being given a ticket for Lilo being at large, and NOT BECAUSE SHE WAS DANGEROUS OR EVEN VICIOUS, SHE SPECIFICALLY SAID THOSE WORDS. The Animal Control Officer stated that Lilo DID NOT show any aggression what so ever! I ended up driving around and enlisted the help of neighbors in finding Lilo who was let out stitch was in my backyard. Needless to say we found her. I had contacted Officer Harley Davidson and asked him what to do as I have never been in this situation.
He said take pictures of the fence provide evidence that the issue was brought up to the HOA and he said I had a 'fighting chance' due to her negligence. I was later informed that Lesley K Miller had filed an affidavit stating that they attacked her and she was threatened. I asked again what do I need to do and he said we had to wait on the DA to make a decision as to whether he was going to take the case or not. He did. The DA talked to Lesley K Miller ONLY and not once did I get a phone call or letter from him.
Our court date was set forth on Thursday, September 27th 2012 at 3:00 pm at Fort Worth Municipal Court No. 9, 3741 S.W Loop 820, Fort Worth TX, in Judge Benita Harper's court.
I had brought all the evidence with me and had an attorney present. NEITHER the DA or JUDGE saw my evidence of proof, nor have taken a moment to talk to me. BOTH the Judge and the DA were outside the court room talking about personal issues prior to the case hearing. During the court hearing the judge DID NOT look at my evidence nor did the DA. Animal Control Officer Harley Davidson was put on the stand, and was asked if he had witness any aggressive behavior from both dogs, whilst in HIS custody and he said, " NO Not At all, they didn't exhibit ANY." He later stated that he deals with aggressive animals on " a daily basis and both dogs DID NOT EXHIBIT ANY TYPE OF AGGRESSION" he later stated, that he "checks on them on a daily basis and plays with them". The court took a brief recess and that is where I went to the public restrooms and I saw the DA talking to Lesley Miller and holding her hand. He did not talk to me during that time either. Court resumed and not too long after that point Judge Benita Harper ruled that my dogs where "Dangerous". I asked for an Appeal and was informed I had no right to one!
This is a GROSS VIOLATION OF MY CONSTITUTION RIGHTS! I was NOT GIVEN a fair chance at fighting my case and I was NOT GIVEN the chance to show the burden of proof even though I had tried to present it. THE ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICERS STATED THAT THE DOGS DID NOT HAVE ANY AGGRESSION DID NOT SHOW ANY AGGRESSION
DURING THE WHOLE TIME THEY WERE IN THEIR CUSTODY! Later we found out that this has NOT, REPEAT NOT been the first time that this Judge and DA have done this in fact Below is an email we had received from one attorney. I want justice
From: Randy Turner
Date: Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 5:17 PM
Subject: RE: Appeal Dangerous Dog Ruling in Fort Worth?
To: Thomas Soluri
Dear Mr. Soluri:
First let me say how sorry I am to hear about your experience in Judge Benita Harper’s court. I have had similar experiences with her and, I regret to say, I am not surprised at the outcome in your case.
Unfortunately, there is no right to appeal a dangerous dog determination in Fort Worth. In my opinion the Fort Worth dangerous dog ordinance is unconstitutional and there is a good chance it could be struck down if a person had the time and resources to sue the city in district court. However, this would cost thousands of dollars in legal fees. Other than suing the city in district court there is nothing else you could do.
The Animal Law Section of the State Bar of Texas is going to introduce a bill in the Texas Legislature in the upcoming session that will give people the right to appeal these dangerous dog determinations.
I am sorry I am unable to be more helpful.
Now I am having to find ways to get my beloved dogs out and I am a single mother. This all occurred because of the vindictiveness of one very bigoted and vile person. Now 2 innocent lives are going to be lost if I don't get them out. HOW is this fair I ask? There is a history of hatred towards us from these people, and now my dogs are gone. My daughter is heart broken, I am heart broken. If it is not hard enough being a single parent, now I am restricted where I can live and where I can take my dogs. I don't have the funds don't know where to get the funds, most of my money when to my radiation treatments; and now I can't afford that and I have to get my dogs, my family, my little family. I am pleading for help, pleading for the hands of justice just this once to work for us. I am pleading for someone to help. This is the United States of America where justice was supposed to be fair, where humans had rights, as well as animals. I ask you where is the justice here? Other cities give you the right to appeal why not Fort Worth?
North Richland Hills, Texas, Code of Ordinances >> ARTICLE VII. - DANGEROUS DOGS >>
ARTICLE VII. - DANGEROUSSEC. 14-215. - APPEAL FROM MUNICIPAL COURT.
ANY APPEAL OF THE DECISION OR ORDER OF THE MUNICIPAL COURT SHALL BE MADE WITHIN 20 DAYS IN THE SAME MANNER AS APPEAL FROM CIVIL CASES ORIGINATING IN THE JUSTICE OF THE PEACE COURTS OF THE STATE. THE MUNICIPAL COURT SHALL ORDER THE APPELLANT TO POST SUPERSEDE BOND PAYABLE TO THE CITY IN AN AMOUNT NOT LESS THAN $10,000.00. THE FORM OF THE BOND SHALL BE AS PRESCRIBED IN THE LAWS PERTAINING TO CIVIL APPEALS ORIGINATING IN THE JUSTICE OF THE PEACE COURTS IN THIS STATE. THE APPELLANT SHALL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE COST OF APPEAL.
(CODE 1975, § 4-235) DOGS 
So now I am asking for help. I need Help. This is gross injustice and abuse of power on Judge Benita Harper's and the DA's part. Neither the Judge Harper or the DA gave us a chance to plead our case and provide our evidence or present our witness. THIS IS NOT JUSTICE! I was not given the right to a fair and unbiased trial, as per court documents and her previous record the decision was already made prior to the court session!
Any other dog that has been labeled as a dangerous dog has either attacked a human or another animal. LILO & STITCH did NEITHER! It is based on one woman's testimony with no other witnesses and that has NO PHYSICAL INJURIES OF ANY SORT, ON HER OR ON HER ANIMAL, BUT BECAUSE SHE FELT "THREATENED"; A WOMAN WHO HAD A PROIR HIDDEN, SELF SERVING AGENDAS. Also about Laws that are too vague, and are open to exploitation by people like her.
I want my dogs back, WE want our dogs back! With NO LABELS, LABELS THAT THEY DID NOT DESERVE!
Thank you for taking the time to read our heart break.
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