|Dre, the doggie in need of help.|
I came across this article today. I wasn't searching for it, but it caught my eye and I read it. I believe when you care, and then you act in accordance with that heart felt care, something good comes from it.
I am well-aware that police have been and are over-stepping their bounds concerning our civil rights a lot lately. Search YouTube. The videos are grossly abundant. It is easy to see that not many people speak up about it. And some people that would, decide not to because they're scared. (Which is a great motivation for this situation to occur.) Shooting and killing innocent people, breaking down the wrong doors and killing those inside, and killing people's pets that bark... this is all leading somewhere. They aren't directed or allowed to do this for our benefit, that is apparent to anyone.
Dre is a dog that was let loose by accident, by a child, and then once captured, it was named vicious (no doubt from its looks alone) and will be killed tomorrow unless we, as a society that is proud of our civilized ways, step up and say, enough. Take the dog back home.
"Take the dog back home."
Here is a background piece:
Here is a copy of my letter. Copy it for yourself and send it if you'd like. I called already and left a message which said I would send a letter and post it for others to use if they wanted. His email is at the bottom.
Dear Police Chief Blackhurst,
I write to you now on behalf of a creature you have in your possession and plan to have killed, Dre, the dog. It is an unfortunate day when we citizens have to come together in unity to defend our rights against those who are employed to protect our rights. And it is equally as sad that we have to remind authorities of what common sense calls for and what real threats and dangers call for. As I do not know you personally or professionally, I will not point the above to you directly, but to police as a collective force. 'Within reason' has lost close to all valid meaning in these current times. And, excessive force is dismissed too easily.
Dre, a dog, unfortunately let astray by a child, barked in a way that was deemed threatening. This is completely subjective and facts should be submitted to the public at large before your department kills this dog. I'd also like to bring up an important point- man has trained, applauded and relied on the behavior such as a dog's bark throughout the history of domesticated dogs, including the police force. We have become a paranoid society when we first react to a dog barking by calling the police, especially when this dog was only vocal and did not inflict physical harm on one individual. This dog could easily be returned to the owners and I believe our civilized society would be content about this. We are not a country that arbitrarily shoots and euthanizes pets because of barking or inconsequential actions. We are more sophisticated than that and it is a source of American pride that we treat creatures in respectful ways. In fact, this is all we are asking. Treat this family, including their child- who will suffer from thinking this is their own fault, and their beloved pet with a respectful action of returning Dre home immediately.
It appears that a lack of education consumes our nation when it comes to dog breeds. The "pit bull" is often mis-recognized and in effect wrongly labeled with being a viscous animal. The "pit bull" is not by nature a viscous dog. Man has to put forth an extreme amount of energy to make them that way. On the contrary, the American "Pit Bull" was our mascot dog through WWII and was in most households used as a nanny dog.
All in all, I recognize that your leadership here could set an amazingly positive example of what police stand for, and that is to work on behalf of the people, their families, and their heart felt, legitimate concerns. There is no place in a healthy society for power-driven or ego-driven action that produces discord with citizenship and police force. Please, Chief Blackhurst, step in and save what some consider precious. It is our right to have a home with family, including pets- this is the pursuit of our happiness. We depend on you.
This dog represents a lot.
Thank you for your time.
(This has already gotten national attention. I live in Georgia. And I wasn't looking for this story.)
firstname.lastname@example.org is his email address.
Barking is a dog acting like a dog. This is unreasonable. If you reached out, I thank you so very much!