Davey’s Voice, a Santa Barbara County 501(c)3 nonprofit founded in 2015 to honor Davey, a five-month-old puppy who had to be euthanized after enduring ongoing torture by his owner.
Davey's case has drawn nationwide attention due to the severity of the repeated abuse inflicted by 19-year-old Chinese national Duanying Chen. Although Chen pleaded guilty to two counts of felony animal abuse, he served only six months of a year-long sentence in county jail. The crime was discovered when Davey was relinquished to a local veterinary clinic by Chen's girlfriend with multiple broken bones, significant infections and burns over 80 percent of his body. The medical team worked for two weeks in hopes that Davey could survive with some mobility and quality of life, but the damage from his torturer was so extensive that a decision was made to end his young life.
A march was organized to honor Puppy Davey and to speak out against the imposition of lenient sentences for violent criminals who harm animals. In the community of Santa Barbara, CA, nearly one thousand citizens turned out to march and express their dissatisfaction with the response of the justice system to this heinous crime against an animal who had no voice. As a result of the public outcry, Davey’s Voice was formed to speak out for future victims of abuse, and to educate the community so another animal does not have to suffer in silence as Davey did. Davey’s Voice supports projects and programs that promote animal welfare, reduce suffering, and save lives. Davey’s Voice advocates for harsher laws and stronger legislation against animal abuse. We pledge to make Santa Barbara the most animal responsible county in California and continue our mission throughout the United States and beyond.
The 1st Annual Davey's Voice Film Festival
An evening of Animal Related Films
The New Vic Theatre - Santa Barbara, CA
January 13th, 2018
More details coming soon!
Calling All Filmmakers!
The Davey's Voice Film Festival is your chance to showcase your work. Our purpose is to bring awareness to all aspects of animal life including celebrations, hardships and the relationship between the humans and animals. To learn more about submission rules, visit our festival page here!