Why harassing and trashing the police won’t help accomplish anything!
So in light of recent events I’d like to update you with as much as I know regarding Sadie. What I have heard and how people have reacted.
Yesterday afternoon/evening I received a message at work from Sadie’s family stating that she had been shot in the face by a police officer. I then saw the photos. The full story was not released yet and I did not have it all. However my concern wasn’t the story. My concern was that Sadie was ok!
The same friend who messaged me contacted Stana from Recycled.Pits. Some of us are very fortunate to know Stana. She is the founder of Recycled.Pits and an angel for the rescue community. Stana didn’t wait to get answers to questions, she did was she always does. ACTED!
Sadie the shot pit-bull was immediately posted on Recycled.Pits page for donations. The officer that shot her had taken her to a local veterinarian office. We had an estimate amount for surgery and that was the first and only goal! No questions asked.
We did not expect to receive the amount we did as fast as we did. Stana immediately had placed Sadie under an account in her name. Taking all responsibility for the bills. Regardless if we received the donations or not, she took on the weight of that bill! You see why I call her an angel.
So a ton of people from out of state and a few local stepped up and got Sadie’s bill covered. I’m blown away by the generosity of strangers. It shows that the dog community is a lot larger then most people think or realize. I can’t think each and everyone of you enough. A woman I know personally who has a husband deployed in Afghanistan and three children at home and works as a dental assistant even donated $400.00 to complete Sadie’s bill. THAT IS COMPASSION!
We received a ton of comments regarding what the story was. As I understand everyone wants to know. I would want to know. However at the time the story wasn’t important. Not having it didn’t stop us from raising the money! So now I will explain to you what I know.
Sadie’s family told me that a cable company worker had left the gate open and Sadie managed to escape their fenced yard. Sadie was then reported by a neighbor to the local police department as a stray pit-bull running the neighborhood. I have heard countless stories of how this neighbor said Sadie bite her. I do not know the truth, as I was not there. However the story has changed multiple times and has even come down to Sadie destroyed the neighbors shoe but there was no skin damage. I just keep thinking how did the shoe end up in Sadie’s mouth unless Sadie was being kicked at.
The police officer then said that Sadie growled at him and he shot her. This is what I was told. This is hearsay. I was told that the officers then petted Sadie and were looking at her wound. Then they took her to the veterinarian office for help.
Such a mean dog that she let them look at her wound and then take her to get help…
I don’t know if Sadie bite someone. I wasn’t there. I know a Shepherd mauled me two years back. I know that it didn’t bite my foot. It went for my face and got my arm in the process, and then it continued to bite me on my back and butt and leg. Never once did it go for my foot… Nor did it stop biting. That was a vicious dog. I honestly can’t see a vicious pit-bull not breaking skin or going for just a foot then quitting. But hey… Again… Hearsay..
So this is the story I have for now. I apologize it is not more. I’m sure you all will hear more later as the story progresses. I have no doubt in my mind news will get a hold of this. Even though the countless news stations including Romeoville Patch’s Shannon Antintori who I handed my story to directly when the shepherd mauled me refused to report on it. Even with police report in hand. But since this involved a pit-bull I know it will surface. It always does.
What you choose to believe will be up to you. But unless any of us were there, we can’t know exactly what happened. That is the truth.
The only thing that mattered was Sadie and making sure she was ok. She was the victim here. Regardless if the owners were irresponsible and at error and if the cop was or the neighbor. None of that matters.
So when I called Stana about this I was furious. My first reaction was that when I was mauled it took several days before the shepherd that got me was even put under a required hold. However Sadie was shot same day on the spot. I wanted to yell at the officer. Stana, my teacher, my wisdom, said something to me that made me stop and think and changed my whole way of thinking.
“It doesn’t matter what the cop did. It doesn’t matter what we say or do. The cop won’t be held liable and this will happen again. The only thing that matters is that Sadie will be ok.”
I processed this. She was right.
So this is why I ask you to not call the police department and harass them or write letters. That is not accomplishing anything. That is simply putting them even more against our community.
What I ask is that you use this as a positive. Take control and let’s change things. How?
Simple. Start going to your communities board meetings! Start contacting your community’s government officials. Start demanding that police have better training on how to handle these situations with out using lethal force. Start demanding that pit bulls not be judged and if you are in a bsl area, fight it! If you aren’t start demanding that stop following a law that doesn’t exist.
The only way we are going to make sure this doesn’t happen again is to do something with brains here. Fight it the right way! Threats and harassment never accomplish anything. Let’s advocate better training and education. Let’s show the world our behaved pitties. GOOD OWNERS MAKE FOR GOOD STORIES. Let’s make the news report more good pittie stories and less bad.
Things won’t change if you don’t do this smart.
Keep donating to local animal rescues. People like Stana from Recycled.Pits need more help. They are the reason Sadie is alive. By helping fund them and keep them going we are one step closer to the main goal here. SAVING LIVES!
I am over 30k in debt from my mauling by a shepherd. My arm will never be the same. My work abilities will never be the same. I will probably never see a penny from anyone. No one will take responsibility for what happened to me. I bet you damn well if it was a pittie that MAULED me, my financial situation would be different. So I ask that instead of confirming what they already think that pittie owners are ignorant and naïve. I ask that you prove them wrong. Show them how smart we are. Show them that we can fight this legally. Make a difference in your community! No start is too small.
To donate to Recycled.Pits please either go to the Players for Pits page or Recycled.Pits page. You can also donate directly via paypal under the email address Recycled.Pits@gmail.com
I leave you with some photo's of the events that caused this blog. I in no way advocate for a dog that bites. I am left with a different life because of a vicious dog that mauled me. However I do not advocate for labeling a dog vicious simply because of its breed. That is where I draw the line.