Ernest Dempsey – Whatever happened to ideals of justice? This question can best introduce the latest turn in the fight for life by the abused pit bull Prada whose owner was ordered by the court, on February 28, to pay thousands of dollars in a bond for appeal. At least $17, 000 are needed immediately to save Prada’s life from destruction by the authorities and this money is meant only to file an appeal and put Prada on trial again. No guarantee that she will be safe at the end of the trial!
Looking at Prada in her cage, her prison at the Metro Animal Control in Nashville, TN, you see a pit girl who was abused horribly by people, labeled ‘vicious’ by the authorities whose lies were caught on tape, and sentenced to execution for some reason we may never know. Prada’s hope for returning to a life she deserves has once been failed again by the law – the law humans make with or without a modicum of sense.
Still, Prada is alive, and there are people fighting for her life – fighting for humanity and sense to prevail over injustice and prejudice, and now extortion.
Prada’s ‘animal army’ – as they call her supporters on Facebook – is now going to appeal once again to the city mayor Karl Dean whose official page says “”Nashville needs to be a city for families.” Mr. Dean may well know that like all pets, Prada’s someone’s family – an owner who has been sucked dry of money and spirit by the parasitic animal control authorities, and now by the court that is supposed to be fair, at least theoretically.
Mr. Dean may also not find it hard to agree that if a law asks you to pay or see your family killed, it does not remain law anymore – it becomes extortion, a state of slavery where the price of blood is money. Prada’s supporters are trying to collect donations to save the dog from being put down.
But what the authorities, and particularly the court, need to realize is that this form of extortion will bring the entire system of justice down to earth in the city and may spread out of it. Will other animal control and courts not learn how money was wringed out of people emotionally tied to the life chained by a government facility?
When somebody takes away your child by force and asks for money, threatening with consequences, we call it kidnapping for ransom – a heinous crime. What do you call those who take your dog and ask for money, threatening with consequences? We’ll let our respected mayor answer this question, hoping he will understand the point.
Upholding the effort to save Prada from senseless killing, Tia Torres of the famous reality show Pitbulls and Parolees has stepped forward to take Prada in as a pet. But the Metro Animal Control has denied her Prada’s adoption. And why would they adopt the dog out? After getting paid in her name and failing to prove her vicious, their best anti-pit move rests in letting the dog die for unavailability of funds to save her.
The final message of Nashville to its citizens — “Pay, or we kill what you is dear to you!” Is this the end of it then? Has Nashville defined the terms of living in its bounds? If this is so, then don’t be surprised when you hear of protest on Prada’s Facebook page where voices are calling for the public to refuse to accept such extortion, to stop going to the city’s Convention Center, and that the music industry of Nashville should join this cry for justice. For how could one live in a city without justice!