Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Vigil in NC

Cross Posted:PaxParabellum
Is is a bit late, but I just happened to click on to Best Friends and found this. I couldn't believe that people would just kill 145 dogs and puppies because they were discovered at Dog-fighting kennel.

Candlelight Vigil to Honor Victims of Wildside Kennels
February 27, 2009 : 5:39 PM
North Carolinians Urged to Attend and Support Changing Dog-fighting Laws

By Best Friends Staff

The recent mass euthanasia of 145 dogs, including about 75 puppies, prompted a candlelight vigil to honor the dogs that were destroyed after being seized from Wildside Kennels—a North Carolina dog-fighter’s breeding operation.

Organizers hope lawmakers will enact change to guarantee dogs seized from dog-fighting operations will have the opportunity to be individually evaluated, rather than being automatically deemed “dangerous” and destroyed.

Concerned citizens and representatives of animal rescue groups from across the state are planning to attend.

Vigil Location and Time
Date: Wednesday, March 4
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Bicentennial Mall
16 W. Jones St.
(near the North Carolina General Assembly)
Raleigh, NC
Google Map

Vigil Highlights
• A bell will toll 145 times in memory of each dog.
• As a bell is rung, a collar will be placed in a circle.
• Song: Wayfaring Stranger, by Shelia Carlisle, noted North Carolinian blues singer
• Meet Phantom: “Ambassador Pit Bull” and some of his friends
• Handout: “I’m a Lover Not a Fighter” postcard featuring Leo rescued from the Michael Vick Bad Newz Kennels, now a certified therapy dog.

For more information about Wildside Kennels and North Carolina’s dog-fighting laws:

• Time Is Running Out For Dogs Seized In Dog Fighting Case

• Court Order Issued to Euthanize Seized Dogs

• Policy Change Heaven Sent

How You Can Help:
• Please do not let something like this happen again. Residents of North Carolina, please contact your state Senator, Representatives to request a redraft of North Carolina Statute NC 67-1 - 4.1 (a)(1).

• Find your state legislators here by inputting your zip code + 4 (scroll down page, right hand column).

• Insist that the following language from North Carolina Statute NC 67-1 - 4.1 (a)(1) be removed from the definition of “Dangerous Dog.”

- “Any dog owned or harbored primarily or in part for the purpose of dog fighting, or any dog trained for dog fighting.”
- Remind your legislators that all dogs are individuals and should be evaluated as such, not lumped together by group or breed.

It's a damn waste that the authorities decided it was bet to kill all those dogs.

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