Friday, September 17, 2010

The One with the Disgust

I know this is two posts in one day but I couldn't believe what I've just read.

I don't even know what to say about this. It happened a few days ago but I'm just catching up on my doggie news now. It's unbelievable. I'm disgusted by the complete ignorance displayed and ashamed that I live so close to such a place.

That said, I know these things are happening in many towns and cities across the country. This issue hits a bit close to home considering my baby sister, Phoenix, who is 20 pounds of doxie-mix was almost tased on our back deck by a sheriff's officer at 7:30 a.m. on a Sunday last year. My mom is still livid about those circumstances. Thankfully, that turned out fine in the end. Things were not so for Parrot and for so many dogs out there.

How do we stop these preventable tragedies?

22 comments:

  1. Oh that was horrible! It's partly because he was a pittie, I'm sure, but also partly because some humans are just scared of dogs and when those humans have guns it's not good. I hope you don't mind my leaving a long comment because I want to tell you something that happened to Blog Mom. Way long ago - like almost 40 years ago - she was home alone with her baby daughter late at night. She really thought she heard someone trying to get in the back door. Maybe it was just the wind, but she got nervous enough that she called the police. She'd never done it before but those noises really sounded like an intruder to her. She had a black Labrador at the time who probably would have at least protected the baby since she acted as nanny to her, but Blog Mom wanted someone to check things out. The police came and the dog barked. Just normal barking because they'd just come into her house. No teeth baring or other agression. She was a typically friendly, loving everyone kind of doggy. One of the police men said, "I wouldn't want to have to shoot your dog." Well, Blog Mom told him that there never would be a reason for him to hurt that dog, thanked them for coming and hurried them out and never, ever called the cops again no matter what noises she might have thought she heard. And as long ago as that was, she never forgot that when she was a young mother and scared and called for help she got a threat on one of the greatest dogs (not counting us, of course) she'd ever had the privilege to own. So, no one here was too surprised by this story is all I'm saying.

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  2. This is absolutely sickening! I signed the petition.

    Your disgusted pal, Pip

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  3. Zona - We read about this a few days ago and were terribly sad and appalled that this kind of thing goes on. Thanks for the link to the petition - we signed. Hopefully, it will do some good. Thanks for posting.
    The Road Dogs

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  4. I will never understand the cruelty of humans.

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  5. Very disturbing to see this happening so many times.

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  6. This is just a terribly sad story. We'll be traveling past that area and now I'm not so sure I want to stop in Washington D.C. like Treat, Hawk, Blueberry and Lilac have all done. I'll just stay in the car, thanks!

    Bunny

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  7. I've been following this on the local news and hope that the truth is found and justice is also found for what I agree is a very disturbing event!!

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  8. I read about Parrot a few days ago with great sadness, it seems to be happening far too often nowadays. Please don't take offence but it does seem to me that law enforcement officers in the States are getting a little trigger happy when it comes to dogs. I ma just thankful that the majority of our police officers do not carry guns. The area I live in has a very high percentage of Staffies ( the dog of choice for local lads who wish to appear 'hard' ), if our officers had guns I suspect we would be hearing this sort of news over here as well. Society as a whole seems to perceive Pitties and dogs of that ilk as all bad when it is quite the reverse in my opinion. Any dog can be mean or vicious if not raised well be it a pittie or a Yorkie.
    It just saddens me to my core that yet another poor dog has been senselessly slaughtered ( sorry but that is the only word for what was done to Parrot ). My thoughts are with his carer and I have also publically signed the petition.
    Thank you Zona as I did not know of the petition.
    With sadness but love to you and your family
    Mollys Momma Tea
    x x

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  9. We are too sad to khomment -

    Just wrong - wrong wrong wrong -

    Hugz&Khysses,
    Khyra

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  10. What a horrible tragedy~
    we signed the petition...

    Also, we are sorry to hear about Phoenix almost getting tased last year~ (we did not know this)

    We are truly at a loss of words how things like this can happen...

    Hugs
    IzZY, Josie and Anakin Man

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  11. Hi Zona,

    This is just so wrong - it's basically murder and we find it hard to believe it's happens.

    One of our best pals is a staffie - we love her to bits! She's SO affectionate and loving and we enjoy playing with her but her owner is so aware of the prejudice against this breed so always takes her for walks very early to avoid most people and is always getting ready to put her back on her leash if he sees anyone he doesn't know in case they kick off about just seeing a staffie running around. Sometimes that's all it takes, the dog doesn't have to have done anything, just be there and people start shreiking and carrying on - it's such a shame.

    We hope the world is able to change.

    Schnauzer snuggles - JD and Max.

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  12. Hey Zona Girl.

    So sorry about this. Especially sad from a police person. Sometimes I know they really do have to protect themselves or others from bad doggies who have been tortured and taught to be mean, but sometimes they get confused. Sometimes humans can just make mistakes and sometimes they can just be mean. I hate to hear about a bad cop. Hopefully word will spread that not all big dogs are bad.
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge

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  13. We just came by from the blog hop. Your post is very sad. I hope justice is served.

    I signed up to follow your blog because I read through lot's of it and would love to be friends!

    Kisses,
    Emma Rose

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  14. Barbara said...
    I will never understand the cruelty of humans.


    ^^^ Totally agree!

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  15. poor Parrot, i signed the petition, i hope they do the same to the officer as he did to Parrott, i just hope he remembers Karma's a B*^ch!

    Jenny

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  16. I read this a few days ago. I feel utterly sick to my stomach every time I think about it. Even if you take out the part about how Parrot was ABUSED before he was shot - the fact that this officer fired his weapon in a large crowd should be enough to relieve this officer of duty pending investigation. What if the bullet had ricocheted and hit a child?

    Police officers all across the country need to be trained in how to deal humanely with animals. This officer overreacted, pure and simple. He clearly had Parrot subdued and made the decision to escalate it. It's just horrible all the way around.

    Thank you for letting people know about this.

    Hugs!
    Amber

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  17. Oh my Lord. What is this world coming to? This is very shocking. Mom is gonna go straight away to that petition link.

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  18. I don't understand it. The county where we live pit bulls are illegal. Life's not fair.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Oskar

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  19. wonder if they are related to Michael Vick
    Benny & Lily

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  20. miss zona,
    this is just awful. me and asa and mama don't even understand what this police officer was thinking. parrot was senselessly killed, and we hope that an investigation will bring this police officer to justice. we think it's about time that police officers get training on how to humanely handle doggies cuz some of them are out of control and just fly off the handle for no reason at all.
    rest in peace, parrot. you went to the bridge way too soon. :(
    *woof*
    the booker man

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  21. Yes, I read about this when it happened and saw the news. Terrible. I'm still really upset by it all...

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