Ernest Dempsey — Justice demands that when somebody abuses a living being, be it human or animal, the abuser be punished and the victim provided protection and care. But we see, sadly, that if the victim is a dog of pit bull breed, the law is nowadays put in effect in the reverse—robbing the victimized dog of its life after it has suffered at the hands of people. This is the story of Prada, a 4-year-old pit bull mix who’s been caged at the Metro Animal Control, Nashville, TN, for over one year. And she will be euthanized on Monday, 13th of February.
Sentenced on Friday, February 3, 2012, to death via euthanasia, Prada was taken into custody in January 2011 after she broke loose and got into a fight with two dogs, one after another, outside her house. In none of the cases, however, was Prada responsible for the attacks nor did she show aggression of a sort that would prove her a dangerous dog.
After the first incident with a neighbor’s dog, Prada’s owner Nicole Andree called the police to seek help with getting control of Prada. But the police did not show up for at least an hour-and-a-half—a dangerously long time for a situation involving dogs, and a stressed and frightened Prada ran away in a place that was strange to her. On the way, she got into a fight with a German Shepherd whose owner failed to control it.
By the time the police arrived, Prada had been beaten with belts by a group of men. Wounded, stressed, and frightened, Prada needed to be with her owner. But she was handled by the group of angry people who had wounded her and they chained her to a tree. Nicole rushed to help her after calling the police but was stopped from doing so by the people, yelling and hovering there in highly aroused states, and then by the police that arrived late and let Prada remained chained there for 4 hours! During this time, Prada was barked at by a bunch of other dogs, adding to her fright and stress.
The wounded Prada ultimately broke the chain in desperation and ran toward the dogs let to bark at her. Here the police came in action and tasered Prada, wounding her more and it took another hour for the animal control to arrive and take the abused dog into their custody. Since then, she has undergone repeated trials and all appeals to save her have been ignored or turned down. To ensure she does not miss the death row, Prada was labaled ‘dangerous’ by the animal control staff on the basis that she once attacked a dog in the shelter. Why they failed to keep her and the dog from coming into contact is something the authorities wouldn’t like to explain.
It is strongly believed by all who know about her case that Prada has been denied a fair trial. The woman who allegedly got bit has said twice in court that she was bit by her own dog, not by Prada. This is also confirmed by the bite report. Even Billy Biggs, Field Operations Manager for Metro Animal Control, has sworn by affidavit that Prada is not aggressive as he has witnessed her behavior around a variety of people during her incarceration. Yet, the breedist bias of the authorities has influenced the court into labeling Prada as a vicious dog that deserves death.
Prada, by objective accounts, is innocent, but she will be executed because she is a pit bull. Police and people abused her; animal control staff wrongly labeled her dangerous; and the court of law did opposite than doing justice to her. Who will save Prada when her captors are all bent on seeing her dead? Who but the voice of people will save this victim of abuse from imminent death like that of other pit bulls caused by the breedist crackdown on canine life in many states of America!
An online petition started to save Prada through public support is still receiving signatures of caring souls and all those who believe in justice are being asked to sign the petition as well as write to the authorities and media to not let humanity down by snatching Prada’s life for simply being a victim; for doing so will be the death of justice.