How can someone already waiting trial for animal abuse be allowed to keep more dogs that end up meeting the same tragic destiny - death? Animal abuse is not taken serious in our city and finally we have a case that I pray brings justice to Ricochet, Dodie and Un-named. Finally a case that is being taken seriously.
The first incident took place off South Grand, January 27th, when Stray Rescue, the police and animal control all received calls about a pregnant dog that had her stomach sliced open from the neck to her legs with her organs hanging out and also appeared to be mauled. The abuser stashed her in his house but luckily the officer went in and grabbed the dog and brought her to Stray Rescue for emergency surgery. I stood there and watched our vet do everything to save her, she died and so did a small piece of me. It was horrific.
I knew that our city wouldn’t do anything, they never have. I called Pam Walker, Director of Health and friend to Stray Rescue; she made sure charges were brought against this evil man. Now it is pending trial. I never thought to ask if the other dogs were still there. I assumed they were taken away for it did look like fighting dogs remained and in crap conditions. I realize now that what I think is cruel and needs to be prosecuted is objective to authorities, unlike how they place such a singular importance when handling human on human crimes- this has to stop! Research shows so many parallels with animal abuse and violent crimes, domestic abuse to serial killers but remains at the bottom of the list for prosecutors, police and our city. My frustration is constant.
Fast forward to last week - the same man, the same address and similar scenario. This time one dog was mauled to death and another (Ricochet) scurried under a car. Terrified, he lunged at the police officer and the animal control officer who then shot him in the face. I don’t like it but I also don’t blame the police for having to do this when it is to protect them. Ricochet was rushed to Stray Rescue for emergency care.
We have to have a zero tolerance in our city for animal cruelty. I will be watching this case like a hawk and this monster of a human being better not get a fine and/or a hand slap; he needs to be behind bars.
Ricochet is stable and recovering. While the vets were working on him I stood there petting him. He was gentle and sweet, which is why I know he acted out of fear at the crime scene. I can also tell his past looks as if it was one of being in a fighting ring.
He will make someone a wonderful companion, he may never like other dogs but man oh man that sure isn’t his fault.
Ways to help:
1) Share this story and ask for your local leaders, aldermen and police that you want animal abuse taken seriously.
2) Donate to the Stracks Fund so we can continue to save these innocent companion animals in our Trauma Center. They deserve a second chance. Please click here to donate to The Stracks Fund.
Woof and love,