Executing the victims of animal cruelty
Having convicted dogfighter Ed Faron of cruelty to animals, Wilkes County, N.C. officials, as planned, proceeded to execute about 145 pit bulls — both those seized from Faron’s Wildside Kennel operation and the puppies born in the months before his case came to trial.
If that’s not hypocrisy, what is? In the case of Wilkes County v. Ed Faron, Faron will serve his time and get out of prison, even the paperwork will be maintained in dusty courthouse archives, but the dogs were instantly terminated. When do we execute the victims? When the victim is a pit bull.
Few people see that irony more clearly than Shelia Carlisle — a dog lover, blues singer, and Facebook friend of mine who was one of the few volunteers allowed to help care for the many dogs taken from Wildside Kennels.
“It’s so crazy and insane that there’s just a blanket rule to kill all these dogs. When we look back on this we’re going to say that our attitudes were prehistoric,” Carlisle said.
Carlisle got involved with pit bull rescue when she adopted her dog Phantom, who has dogfighting in his past as well, if his scars were any indication. “Phantom may have been a fighting dog, but now he’s like a brand new puppy. He came to me with no doggy social skills, and he seems to be learning how to play, not be afraid and just be a dog for the very first time in his life. I believe with all of my heart that the authorities are dead wrong when it comes to blaming and then killing the victims of the dog fighting bloodsport…the dogs.”
Carlisle recounts the efforts those caring for the Faron dogs went through in a story on the Best Friends website.
The seized dogs were taken to an undisclosed location at the beginning of December and held for months as evidence in a warehouse, where dozens of puppies were born. After Faron pleaded guilty to the charges, all the dogs were destroyed, as the judge said the state’s dangerous dog law required.
Carlisle reached out to Best Friends, the Utah animal sanctuary that took in and rehabilitated many of the Vick dogs. Best Friends tried to file an injunction to halt the executions, but was told it was too late. Best Friends, the Humane Society of the United States, and other interested organizations plan to hold a meeting in April about coming up with a new policy for animals seized in raids of dogfighting operations
With the Faron dogs, unlike as in the Michael Vick case, there was no attempt to evaluate the dogs, no attempt to look at other options.
And based on what she saw of the dogs, Carlisle says, that is a shame.
“Once they learned to trust us, they quickly came around, it was obvious these were good dogs. You could pick up a young dog or puppy and he would put his paws around your neck and would love to be held and hugged.”
“Knowing now that pit bull dogs are seized from dog fighters only with the intention of killing those dogs without even giving a single one of them a chance, sickens me,” Carlisle said. “The dogs are the victims and should be saved … not doomed.”
(Photo courtesy of Best Friends)
Posted by John Woestendiek February 26th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
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