Target: Peter C. Schwartzkopf, Delaware House Speaker
Goal: Protect animals rescued in dogfighting raids from being automatically killed
Victims of dogfighting have endured unthinkable cruelty at the hands of humans and deserve to be fairly assessed so they can have a chance at rehabilitation. Sadly, Delaware state law automatically labels them as “dangerous” instead, a judgment which often leads to their death. However, Delaware legislators have proposed a compassionate new measure that would give these dogs a second chance.
Delaware is one of only 13 states that still unfairly discriminates against fight-bust dogs, according to Best Friends Animal Society. Senate Bill 245 (S.B. 245) would require that all dogs seized in dogfighting raids be evaluated before the decision is made to euthanize them. Best Friends Animal Society proved that not all dogs involved in dogfighting are beyond saving when they took on the responsibility of rehabilitating 22 traumatized dogs from Michael Vick’s infamous dogfighting ring. Many of these dogs have since been successfully adopted by families who love them despite their troubled past.
The proposed legislation also prohibits the heartless people involved in the original criminal activity of dogfighting from later “adopting” the dogs they cruelly forced into the dogfighting world. This is a common sense addition to the bill that ensures no animal victim will ever be forced back into the situation from which they were originally rescued. In addition, S.B. 245 allows animal shelters that take in these dogs to receive funds for costly rehabilitation efforts in a timely manner, ensuring these organizations can continue their lifesaving efforts in the future. Urge Delaware government representatives to show compassion to the victims of dogfighting by supporting S.B. 245.
Dear Mr. Schwartzkopf,
Delaware is one of only 13 states that still unfairly discriminates against animal victims of dogfighting. These dogs are automatically labeled as “dangerous” without the support of behavioral assessments and many are unjustly killed as a result. Humans forced them to suffer through unimaginable cruelty and they deserve to be fairly assessed to see if rehabilitation is possible.
Senate Bill 245 (S.B. 245) would require that all dogs involved in dogfighting be fairly evaluated before a decision is made to euthanize them. Not all fight-bust dogs are too aggressive to be saved, which Best Friends Animal Society demonstrated when they took in 22 traumatized dogs from Michael Vick’s dogfighting ring for rehabilitation and successfully adopted out many of them since. Victims of dogfighting deserve a second chance to be assessed before they are automatically killed.
The bill also prohibits the people involved in the original criminal activity from later “adopting” the same dogs that were taken from them, a common sense addition that further protects animal victims from being forced to reenter the cruel world of dogfighting. Further, the bill allows animal shelters who take in fight-bust dogs to be given funds for expensive rehabilitation efforts in a timely manner so they can continue their compassionate, lifesaving work. I urge you to show compassion for victims of cruelty and give them the opportunity for a second chance by supporting S.B. 245.
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