It's kind of amazing to look back at the not-so-distant past and think, wow, look how far we've come.
Juust over a year ago, a Superior Court judge in in North Carolina ruled that 127 'pit bulls' that were confiscated from a dog fighting operation in Wilkes County North Carolina should all be killed. Adult dogs, nursing puppies, all of them. Dead.
And while the dogs died -- with no opportunity for an evaluation - the Humane Society of the United States watched and said it was the right thing to do.
That seems so long ago now, as two recent cases have shown exactly how far we've come.
The first case is one that was in Kent County, MI, where several dogs were confiscated from a cruelty case this past summer and were slated to be killed. However, the Humane Socity of Kent County had been holding the dogs during the trial and thought that many of the dogs were adoptable. So they hired a lawyer, filed an affidavit and argued to let the dogs live. Not only did they win the lawsuit, the dogs were front page news in Grand Rapids, MI.
Meanwhile, in St. Louis, the Fox Affiliate there ran a feature story on the photos that were taken of a very large bust of dogfighting ring in 8 states involving more than 400 dogs.
The dogs from this raid were given a fair evalutation also -- and many have been found homes.
The stories provide a great example of just how far we've come when it comes to our view of dogs that are pulled from horrific conditions. Where, not that long ago, we just systematically killed the dogs -- regardless of their temperaments, we now, just two years later, are giving the animals a chance. We're realizing that they are the victims in these cases.
They are victims.
They are worthy of a fair evaluation.
They are individuals, with each one worthy of its own evaluation.
And you know what else we're learning? That these dogs are thriving in their new home environments.
My, how far we've come.