Target: Autauga County District Judge Joy Booth
Goal: Save ten fighting dogs from being euthanized after they were rescued from an abusive dog-fighting operation
Ten fighting dogs that were recently rescued from an abusive fighting operation may now be put down due to a petition that was filed by the county’s animal control officer. The document requested that all the animals be euthanized for reasons which have not yet been made public. Urge the Autauga County District Judge, Joy Booth, to save these dogs from being killed at the Prattville-Autauga Humane Shelter.
The deputies in rural Autaugaville, Alabama, that confiscated ten mixed breed pit bulls from the operation also found two additional dog cadavers in a wooded area. The live animals were discovered chained around a shabby fighting pit and many were severely malnourished with open wounds from bites and scratches. It is not known how long the dogs were made to fight, but it is clear that they were cruelly treated and subjected to frequent torture.
Now that the dogs have been rescued, the local animal control is endeavoring to kill them. For reasons that were not openly stated, an animal control officer submitted a petition asking that all of the dogs be put down. It can be assumed that he believes housing them at the shelter will prove to be difficult, or perhaps that the local community perceives them to be a threat to public safety. In response to the petition, Judge Joy Booth claimed that she would soon file a formal order with a decision to either put the animals down or take other action.
With encouragement, Booth may choose to give these animals a second chance.
Because fighting dogs are frequently and successfully rehabilitated, there is no logical reason to put them down now that they have been rescued. Many organizations, including the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), work tirelessly to treat former fighting dogs and relocate them to loving homes. With a bit of effort, the Prattville-Autauga Humane Shelter can surely find such a place to rehabilitate these ones. It would be cruel to do otherwise.
Urge Judge Booth not to euthanize these dogs, but to show compassion by sending them to a rehabilitation center instead.
Dear Autauga County District Judge Joy Booth,
You recently received a petition requesting that ten rescued fighting dogs be put down at the Prattville-Autauga Humane Shelter. I vehemently oppose this suggestion and urge you to show compassion to these innocent dogs by relocating them to a rehabilitation center instead.
Fighting operations are not only cruel, but also illegal, and victims of crime should not be punished for being mistreated. This would be an outrage. These dogs are innocent and they deserve to live with loving families who will help them recover. Please grant them this second chance at life.
[Your Name Here]
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