A concerned citizen saw this dog and, fearing she was being neglected, snapped a photo, posted it online and called animal control.
But the attempt to do good ended badly.
As it turned out, the family that owned her knew she had terminal kidney failure, and was letting live out her final days quietly at home.
All those who saw the picture, and went on to post nasty comments and threaten the dog’s owners, didn’t know that.
To make matters worse, the animal control department in Sparta, N.J., after picking up the dog, euthanized her.
This week, authorities in Sparta, in an attempt to stop the threatening and mean-spirited comments that continue to be directed at the family, issued an official statement to set the record straight.
The press release noted that the dog, Zoey, a Neapolitan mastiff, had been diagnosed with terminal kidney failure in April, and there were no veterinary options to save her life. Her owners, Roni and Elysia Amiel, chose to keep her home to live out her days among those who loved her.
On June 6, a neighbor who saw Zoey lying on the grass near the Amiel home took a photo of her and contacted animal control, believing that the dog had been abused or neglected.
“The investigation concluded that there was NO abuse whatsoever by the Amiel Family and they were only trying to make Zoey as comfortable as possible in her final days at their home,” the police press release said.
Because the dog wasn’t wearing tags, and the neighbor didn’t know who she belonged to, she was assessed at a local animal hospital and euthanized because of her poor health.
“The Sparta Police Department issues this news release not only to set the record straight on behalf of the Amiel Family but to also serve as an absolute warning that this department will not tolerate harassment to any of our residents and these matters will be aggressively investigated and brought to their logical conclusion.”
Posted by jwoestendiek October 26th, 2012 under Muttsblog.
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Shame on dogshaming.
If you haven’t heard of it, dogshaming is being described as a “new sensation sweeping the Internet” — though we see it as more evidence that the Internet needs a good sweeping.
Humans — supposedly a sentient species — are posting photos of their misbehaving pets, along with a sign outlining what bad behavior their dog participated in.
It’s all in good fun, of course, though we have our doubts whether the dogs being depicted would think so — any more than, say, your son or daughter would if you posted a photo of them and recounted their misbehaviors.
The Dogshaming Tumblr site displays those submitted — no matter how foul the offense.
Most often they are things like humping, puking, farting, pooping, burping, groin-scratching, furniture destroying or vicious behavior.
All things — we’d note — that human males get away with regularly.
Dogshaming had more than 115 posts within a week of its creation, according to the “Today” show website, Digital Life.
One report describes the site as “payback” — a chance for dog owners to get even with their dogs for whatever it is they did. In those rare cases where that’s really a pet owner’s motivation — as opposed to trying to be funny — we’d suggest maybe you’re not ready for a dog, or for children, or for seventh grade.
The creators of Dogshaming are not publicly known. Too bad, because we’d love to post their photos and put humiliating words in their mouths.
Whether their tongues are in their cheeks, or just dripping drool on the carpet, they apparently feel no guilt about it all. They just seem to want dogs to.
“If there is not a shaming element of your dog rehabilitation program, then it is doomed to failure, science has proven this,” they wrote in a post. That, too, is likely a joke.
Given the site’s popularity, it will probably get to the point, if it hasn’t already, where it’s humiliating dogs for profit.
Proving once again that no animal has more to be ashamed of than man.
Posted by jwoestendiek August 24th, 2012 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animals, behavior, blame, dog, dogs, farting, humiliate, humiliation, internet, misbehavior, owners, payback, pets, photographs, pooping, popular, puking, revenge, scratching, shame, shameful, signs, trend, tumblr