We're not sure what a Mutatoe is (we think it's an endearing nickname for Meeshka's sibling?), but it was kind of Meeshka to include us Funny Farmers in their list of those who support justice for Bear Bear. As Meeshka said, those blogs are just a small example of the outpouring of concern and support. You can read the list and the funny Mutatoe snake incident here.
The investigation into the shooting of Bear Bear in a public dog park by a law enforcement officer who obviously knows zip about canine behavior, even though he owns a German Shepherd, should be completed soon.
We received this email comment on our post yesterday and were asked to post it: PetLover says: That cop and city would get their butts sued off if that happened to my dog. I've helped do it before with the wife claiming damage to her hubby's function to work and their relationship. That gets around the property value of the dog opening up a wide case for damages.
Meanwhile,Alasandra and the Cats posted a few other incidents of officers shooting family pets for no reason. This is a trend that has got to stop! One link is to a video of a dog chained to a truck that showed absolutely no aggression while police wandered around and an officer stood in the road with a gun trained on the dog. The dog tried to run away when an officer attempted to use the catch pole. A NATURAL fearful response. When the frightened dog was under the officer's control, he shot the dog. The dog lay on the ground WAGGING his tail and the evil impersonator of a human being put a bullet into the dog's head. (You can read the story, but we advise you not to watch the video. It will make your blood boil.) But Artemesia, Scylla, Socks & Fenris did a good post on the subject of police shooting pets Sunday. Bear Bear's death is not an isolated incident. You can read ASS&F's post here.
Jan can remember the terror of being home alone late one night with the drapes still open, when she saw a group of police officers rush directly in front of the window and pound on her door screaming, "police, open up!" And before her knees could buckle or the dog could bark, a quieter voice said, "We've got the wrong apt." And they were gone. But what if they'd rammed her door, burst in and shot the dog she had then?
On another occasion, she was sitting outside reading when a group of police officers rushed a nearby apartment, rammed the door and burst inside. Right behind them were 2 Animal Control Officers, each with a catch pole. They expertly caught the Doberman Pinscherwith and walked him back to their truck, one on either side, without a whimper and without violence. And that was a dog deliberately trained to be aggressive and attack. The tenants sold drugs and they used the Doberman to protect them when they made drug deals - in the apartment, in the parking lot in the middle of the night, or wherever. They even used the dog to threaten tenants and management. (Unfortunately, that dog was back home in a day or two.)
A family pet is not a trained attack dog. Friendly, innocent animals are being killed for no reason, other than that 1) some officers are violent by nature and a policeman, fireman, or other public servant is just as likely as any other citizen to commit domestic violence or animal abuse -- having a gun and a badge just makes it easier for them to abuse/kill "legally" - and 2) law enforcement agencies are derelict in providing training for ALL personnel in how to deal with animals without unnecessary violence.
And on the lighter side.... We don't need to understand the language to laugh at the animal antics in this video. We hope you enjoy it.
If the video doesn't play, click here.
Have a purring and tail wagging day.