Target: Chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, Todd Spitzer
Goal: Thank politician for helping repeal innocent husky’s death sentence.
The court order to have a family pet euthanized was repealed after much public pressure and a helping hand lent by the Chairman of the OC Board of Supervisors, Todd Spitzer. The dog will be sent to a sanctuary instead. The four-year-old husky-mix named Karma was impounded in May after her owners were arrested for domestic violence.
Karma, a healthy young husky described as “gentle” by her owners Joshua and Tiffany Ogle, never showed signs of viciousness or aggression. She was also a registered therapy dog helping her owner with PTSD. Yet the director and chief veterinarian of the OC Animal Care center Dr. Jennifer Hawkins decided to euthanize the husky as a genetics test had found her to have wolf ancestry two or three generations back. Because of breed-specific legislation, it is illegal to own dogs that are part-wolf in certain states, despite this law being illogical as most dogs retain a small incidence of wolf gene.
After Karma’s story went viral on social media, supporters of her cause asked Todd Spitzer for help in saving the dog. Spitzer called an emergency board meeting and asked Superior Court Judge Corey Cramin to reconsider his order that Karma be put down. Cramin overturned his previous ruling and allowed for Karma to be taken to a sanctuary for wolf-mixes in North Carolina. Thank Todd Spitzer for listening to Karma’s advocates and helping to save her.
Dear Chairman Spitzer,
Thank you for using your political position to help save an innocent husky-mix named Karma. Despite being a healthy and gentle animal and registered therapy dog helping her owner for PTSD, Karma was held at OC Animal Care and ordered to be destroyed.
This ruling came after it was found that Karma was part-wolf from a distant ancestor. This unfair breed-specific legislation almost cost a gentle animal her life, despite her having done nothing wrong.
I would like to thank you for listening to the public’s plea to save the husky, calling an emergency board meeting and thereby convincing Superior Court Judge Corey Cramin to overturn his earlier ruling that Karma be put down. Thank you for showing that breed-specific legislation is flawed and for saving Karma the husky’s life.
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