I have to ask again: what is wrong with people? Did you see the news from Selden, NY late last week?
CNN.com is reporting on a raid carried out in Central Georgia at a home where they had received a tip that the owner was fighting as many as 60 dogs. Turns out they found 97 dogs, some with what appeared to be fight scars. Many were malnourished, and few had proper shelter or water.
The good news in all of this? A private investigation agency named Norred and Associates Inc. helped with the raid out of their founder’s love for dogs. From the CNN article:
Since the story broke about NFL player Michael Vick’s dogfighting ring, Greg Norred has been donating his firm’s time and expertise and his own money to rescuing dogs.
“I’m an animal lover. I’ve always been an animal lover. And in the wake of the Michael Vick case, I always thought there might be something I could do about animal cruelty, and with the type of business that I’m in and the resources that I have, it seems like dogfighting is the best vehicle that I can use to do something about animal cruelty.”
In the past two years, Norred’s team has volunteered for at least 16 raids. They’ve helped put 20 people behind bars and saved 200 dogs. Make that almost 300 after this most recent raid.
Kudos to the entire Norred team for their help!
To the rest of you: see what just one person can do when you set your mind to help?
Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!
Several news sources today had articles about the inappropriateness of keeping your dog chained outside.
Think about it: if you are using your dog as a guard for your home, how can he protect anything if he can’t get loose from the tree to which you have him tethered? And if your dog is a companion for your family, how much joy does he bring you (and how much joy does he have in his life) if he’s constantly outside?
I was trolling through google news today, looking for stories that relate to the dog world, and was thoroughly struck dumb at the contrast between the first two stories I found. You want the good one or the bad one first?
This is the second time recently that I’ve seen articles telling about police K-9 handlers leaving their dogs in a car in extreme heat, causing the death of the dogs. The most recent one was a handler in Nottinghamshire, England, who left two dogs to die in his personal car on the hottest day of the year, when temperatures reached 85 degrees. He may be prosecuted under Britain’s animal cruelty laws. This brings to mind a couple of questions.
Thanks to friend-of-the-blogger Pam for sending this to me. I hadn’t heard about Luttrell’s service in Afghanistan – sounds like he went through hell. I hope the people who did this are punished to the fullest extent, although I think most animal cruelty laws are not tough enough.