Jan 152009

In February, Pat Patrick and Emily Dennis were arrested on charges of dog fighting. Ostensibly damning evidence was also seized—treadmills, antibiotics, etc. Their animals were rescued from their enclosures by the humane society and taken to be put in other small enclosures.

Numerous media stories talked about the glorious rescue of these dogs by the heroic humane society.

Over the next few months, virtually all of the dogs were killed by the humane society.

Nine months later, both defendants were acquitted because there was no compelling evidence that they had fought their dogs.

The day after Patrick and Dennis were acquitted, HSUS presented their 2008 Humane Law Enforcement Awards to the persons responsible for this raid.

I have no idea if these people were fighting their dogs or not. No idea if their dogs had good lives or not, and I am certainly not defending anything they may have done to harm the dogs.

What I do know is that the dogs were taken and killed before their owners even got to present their case in court. And no restitution was paid, no apology offered. Quite the contrary, awards were given out for those involved. And that simply terrifies me. That means the HSUS can raid anyone they want and seize their dogs. Their evidence could be something as specious as the fact that you spent thousands of dollars to purchase a treadmill to help exercise your beloved dogs.  Sure, you may be proven innocent in the end, but your dogs will have been traumatized, over-vaccinated, hacked into, or just plain killed…

 January 15, 2009  Posted by at 9:23 am Tagged with: , , ,

  3 Responses to “Dog Fighting Busts and Due Process”

  1. Yup…that scares the heck out me!

  2. I have a great big problem with the HSUS anyway..but this is truly just one more reason why.

  3. A 4 mo old red nose pit bull puppy and 2 other pure breed looking hounds came to my place out in the country in Dec. No one in this area (I checked all over) claimed them. A man finally took in the two hounds but I chose to keep the puppy. I don’t agree that all Pit Bulls are dangerous, bar none. The puppy, R.B., is so loving, smart, eager to please and just a really special dog. In my opinion, he was abused in the past and chained up too. I have lots of cats and he loves them, licks them, plays with them and they like him too. He gets too rough and almost hurt my oldest cat before I could calm him down. Today he killed another one of my cats. I truly think he does not intend to hurt them and realized today about blood. I don’t have the knowledge or skills to train him and I don’t want any other pet to be hurt. The wrong owner could ruin this dog so easily or use him for fighting or other cruel things. I want him to go to a trainer that knows what their doing and knows about Pits. He could truly be special in service of some sort. Of course if my neighbors know that he did kill, I’m afraid they could seize him and destroy him.

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