UPDATE: Sadly, Buck and Bill were put down late Thursday evening, according to the rescue effort’s Facebook page.
As I write this post, my heart is breaking.
Some of you may know about Buck and Bill– two Australian Shepherds that bit a 13 year old boy in December of 2012. (you read that right, over a year ago). There is all sorts of controversy surrounding this case- perhaps you remember the save rufus campaign? Well, that worked..
This time, it doesn’t appear the animal community is going to be as lucky.
Sadly, as I type, Karen Erskine, the dogs’ mom, has to say goodbye to her beloved animals. Her “kids” as she called them—(as we all call them, because that’s what they are). But.. she may have to say goodbye, standing outside the building, on the other side of a fence… She was told she’d have thirty minutes with them, would be able to hold them, and tell them she loved them, but sadly- that might have been taken from her. The controversy surrounding the case has spiraled out of control, and at the moment- they won’t even let her take their remains home for a proper burial. Can you imagine!? Your furbabies, being ripped from you, not being able to hold them as they die, and then not being able to take them home to bury?
Being from Bradenton, Florida, where this tragedy has taken over the city’s news- I’m embarrassed, and ashamed.
Now- before anyone goes crazy, and calls me names, or tells me I care more about animals than I do about humans.. (well, in some instances you’d be right), but in this case—the boy and his family are opposed to this. EVEN THEY didn’t want to see the dogs die- his father stated on National television that this was a “forgive and forget” situation. That’s when things get jumbled in my head, and I start getting teary, and my blood pressure rises.
I’m shocked that it’s getting as much publicity as it is—these are two Australian shepherds. They’re not pitbulls. Usually “dog-maulings” are only reported when it’s a bullybreed. Much like the save Rufus case, (he is a beagle), the publicity and support that ensued was amazing. It makes me proud to be part of such a community- but I’m still confused by it.
If you’re doing your research on dog bites right now- there is another parallel case, revolving around Mickey– a gorgeous white, pitbull mix that bit a boy for taking a bone away from him (slaps forehead).. in this case- the family of the child are DESPERATE for JUSTICE.. They want the dog euthanized. But instead- he’s being sent to a rehabilitation center for the rest of his life, is being neutered, and having his canine teeth removed (now, I think that’s a super weird verdict, but he gets to live, and will have a pretty damn good life—especially if he’s going to best friends in Utah*) So.. I can’t quite wrap my head around Buck and Bill.
I realize we’re in two different states. I realize it’s two completely different cases, but in these parallel situations, why are the outcomes so drastically different? Any insight into the differences in the outcome would be welcome..but please keep your comments polite. This is a family-(fur and otherwise)-friendly blog.
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