Ernest Dempsey — The execution of the death-row dog Tony in Clifton, Arizona, has caused an outrage on social media, primarily on Facebook, where voices supportive of Tony are asking for dismissal of the concerned judge—Grace Nabor—from her position. A petition has also been launched against the said judge whose decision to deny an appeal of Tony’s stay of execution is being seen as senseless and outrageous.
Accused of killing a small dog in the neighborhood, in November last year, Tony was declared dangerous and the matter went to the court. There was not enough evidence to prove that Tony either killed the smaller dog or that Tony was a threat to the public. On the contrary, the vet who examined the fatally injured dog reported that it had been killed by deep puncture wounds. Now this something Tony couldn’t have done because, as his owner argued, of his broken teeth. For this reason, Tony’s owner and supporters were hoping that a stay of execution will be granted so as to allow a thorough investigation of the case before a final conclusion is drawn.
However, on June 18, Judge Grace Nabor ignored the need for acting considerately in this case and simply ordered Tony to be euthanized. The owner family, amidst tears of helplessness and loss, were allowed a moment to say the final goodbye to Tony, and he was executed shortly afterward. The picture of Tony’s owner giving him the last hug brought many supporters to tears. Can justice be that killingly cruel?
Tony’s execution not only gave his family and supporters to grief but aroused in them an outrage against the position of authority which did the very opposite of serving justice. Will the children in the family ever be able to trust or respect a judge again? Maybe not, neither will those thousands of voices that had been crying for a fair trial. Now these voices are asking for Judge Grace Nabor’s removal. As some of Tony’s supporters on Facebook noted, the said judge is an elected official and may not even know enough about what law requires or what justice demands. Since she was elected by these people, how could she ignore their voices, sentiments, and their trust in her?
The petition launched for removal of Grace Nabor can be signed online at http://www.causes.com/causes/784419-test-campaigns/actions/1661799 and it seeks 50, 000 signatures in the next 50 days. Tony is gone, but not forgotten, and those who did him wrong may see it one day and hopefully will realize that killing a helpless animal is infinitely far from acting humanely and serving justice