I came across a disturbing article on Facebook today.
Putz, the dog was defending his mistress from her ex-husband. The ex-husband had already kicked Putz and had rolled up his fist in order to hit his ex-wife when Putz intervened, biting the man on the wrist.
Putz was then impounded and Minneapolis Animal Care and Control assessed Putz and deemed him dangerous and suggested he not be returned to his owner.
An animal rights group became involved and offered to have Putz sent to an animal sanctuary where Putz could live his life without the possibility of being re-homed. Despite their best efforts the judge involved in the case disregarded the offer and ordered Putz be put to death. Putz was euthanized on Saturday.
I don’t think I have the words to express the outrage I feel at this miscarriage of justice. A dog was protecting his mistress from harm, had he been a truly vicious dog (as MACC said) this dog could have done a lot of damage to the ex-husband, instead he simply bit him on the wrist preventing serious harm to his mistress and for his loyalty and love, he was murdered. Surprisingly the ex-husband’s record of domestic violence wasn’t taken into consideration.
I fully believe most dogs don’t bite without provocation and in an instance of a dog bite all circumstances should be taken into consideration. I can’t believe in this day and age stuff like this still takes place.
It scares me to think that my dog could be killed just for protecting me. What scares me even more is I don’t know what to do to stop this Salem Witch mentality.
I will start by signing the petition to bring justice for Putz, if you’re interested you can find the petition here.
I will also do some research and see if I can find out the name of the judge who ruled on the case and drop him/her a line with my thoughts. I do know if I lived in Minneapolis I would probably be picketing somewhere.
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