People in Grants Pass say they are shaken up by the level of violence against animals they have seen in recent months.

Today about fifty of those people gathered outside the Josephine County Courthouse asking for stiffer penalties for animal abusers. And both dogs and people came out to demonstrate.

"We're letting our DA and our Senator and our Governor and everyone else that's voted by us into their office that we're angry," says first time protester Elane Hertel.

She says she's angry the alleged suspects of the Josephine County Animal Shelter break in and subsequent killing of four puppies might not get the maximum punishment. Hertel says the punishment does not fit the crime.

"If they get away with this it will be children next or a grandma sitting in her house alone and helpless," she says.

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