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01 December 2012

Justice for Dunkin

I just read about and watched a radio announcer taking the call from a woman with MS who was pulled over, for no apparent reason, by the AZ State Police and was abused, handcuffed too tightly, put in a patrol car with the windows closed and no a/c.

They had approached her with at least one shotgun cocked and aimed at her and, later, approached her sleeping service dog, Dunkin, opened the door and chased the dog until he was killed in an unspecified manner.  I believe they chased him into traffic, but I couldn't find any clearer explanation than that.  The cops would not let her whistle or call out to Dunkin to come back and continued to chase him instead.  In fact, they threatened to gag her if she persisted in trying to save her little Dunkin.

They never apologized, nor compensated her for her loss and she is now suffering MS symptoms worse than before; as they were in remission to some degree before this traumatic event.

That's it in a nutshell.  This was two or three years ago, but the issue is still on the web and there is a movement afoot to create a "Dunkin's Law" which will educate police agencies and hopefully prevent other service dogs and their charges from being harassed by police in violation of the ADA.

I've seen too many of these cases where cops are so frightened of even the smallest of dogs, they shoot them because they're barking and/or protecting their charges.  They don't even attempt to harmlessly restrain the dogs or disable them in a more humane manner.  These cops are bullies and we can do without their "services," thank you.   In fact, they should at least be fired, but I think jail time would be more appropriate.

I write this because my main  passion is for animal rights, for the prosecution of anyone who harms, injured, tortures or otherwise abuses animals, whether wild or domestic.  My Facebook Wall is full of such issues, both upsetting and heartwarming, the latter usually the aftermath of the former.  Also, I often list dogs and cats that are about to be put down by various kill shelters in the hopes that, amongst others, we might locate someone who would be willing to donate to the care of the animals, offer foster care, adopt them and/or donate moneys for their transport to their new forever homes.

When I saw all the  posts from all over the country from rescue groups - some actually overseas - I thought I should find out if there are rescue groups where I live, in Ft. Lauderdale, and there are:  Cats Exclusive (at which I had one cat fixed,  years back, for a much reduced price than my vet would have charged) and GetALifeDogRescue. 

I was also impressed with Petco after asking them where they got their kittens and puppies to sell.  I discovered that they showcase animals from the two rescue groups mentioned above and for only short periods of time and they are rotated, as well.  Petco does not profit from these adoptions because the entire transaction, including the vetting of potential adopters, is done by the rescue groups themselves.

I'm now Following the Justice for Dunkin blog in the hopes of seeing justice done for this girl and her one-time service dog, Dunkin.    The woman's blog may be found at  Justice for Dunkin

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