The words of Heart of Gold Pit Bull rescue:
I had to let Ivory go this morning (while she was under anesthesia). There was so much necrotic tissue that it was not possible to amputate her leg and be able to close up the wound. Her injuries, rotten flesh and the sepsis - too much to overcome. Someone fought her for 4 years and when she got infected and started to die, they dumped her. She was wagging her tail this morning and ate a hearty breakfast. She had two good days at Berclair. She knew kindness. She was medicated for her pain. She was warm. She was clean. She was loved. At least she died surrounded by people that loved her. Thank you Sue and Chuck for being there with me. Run free Ivory!! Until we meet again...
Your life was brief. Only four years. And all of them spent experiencing the worst that humanity has to offer.
You were forced to deliver litter after litter of puppies, and certainly mourned as they were torn away from you for a fate likely as bad as the one you lived.
You were forced to fight for your life, over and over. Until finally, you became so injured and so ill that they tossed you aside....sentencing you to a lonely, freezing street death.
And yet you gave humanity one more chance. You did not want to die alone. You crawled into our lives seeking help.
In the few days we knew you, we briefly caught a glimpse of the loving pet you could've/should've been had destiny been kinder. With each blink of your patient brown eyes, with each step of your John Wayne swaggering walk, and with each "thump" of your wagging tail as the vet tenderly cleaned your bleeding wounds....we grieved for the life you led.
Yet, despite the best efforts at the hands of a caring veterinarian and staff, sometimes the horror of the past cannot be overcome. Your deeply and badly scarred body bore witness to this truth.
And so we caressed you as we bid you farewell. Finally... you felt human hands on you that cared. Hands that loved.
It was our honor to serve you, Ivory. And it is in your memory that we will champion and serve others like
At the time of this writing I am roller coastering through many emotions. I received the notice that the dog in the accompanying picture had to be put down during surgery that was intended to save her life. I see this carnage, I read the account and then I read through all the posts regarding states and local governing bodies considering breed bans. It makes me ill to know that there is a majority in control of our society that considers it acceptable to hold these dogs responsible for their own torture.
Ivory was found as a stray in the Memphis Tennessee area. I can guess what her life has been without reading the account of the two days, the only two days, she has been loved and cared for by Heart of Gold Pit Bull Rescue. It is not a leap to assume she was a cash cow for some backyard breeder aka scumbag that bred her from her first heat cycle until she could no longer produce the pocket change needed for whatever activity her puppies were funding. When her cash value declined she was thrown into a fighting pit to earn whatever she could but sadly when a female Pit Bull has been bred to the point of having her body depleted of all vigor, she is not much good as a fighting dog either. At that point, she will either die a horrendous death or simply be thrown away like Ivory.
Ivory suffered before being found. She had nasty wounds that were allowed to become so infected she already smelled dead. Chances are her body would have been found and disposed of without a glance backward by some city worker if Hearts of Gold had not intervened. Just another dead Pit Bull and no one cares that the monster responsible for this is still engaged in criminal behavior and still free to torture more dogs. Instead, we see more and more bans and restrictions placed on these dogs. How can anyone, even non-Pit Bull lovers, find this acceptable?
This is not exclusive in our metro areas. It is common place in every little burg in our nation. People are outraged over breed bans but where are they when a call to address it is issued? People are scared because of misinformation and a media promoted image of what these dogs have been promoted as being but where is the force professing to know and understand these dogs when begged to stand up and do something? They are sitting in the safety of their homes waiting for someone else to do something. They are nowhere to be found when the hard work needs to be done.
We have the huge national groups dropping money left and right, that has been funneled away from our local shelters and rescues, for causes that they feel are necessary to promote their own agendas. That is fine for them. It keeps the focus off the real problems in our streets and the thousands of dogs dying due to an image they themselves spent decades promoting. Where is the Humane Society of the United States when it comes time to rally support for laws that protect this breed and hold those responsible for these acts of cruelty accountable in our courts? Oh of course, they are offering a reward for information but while they manipulate legislation in our states, they do nothing to promote laws protecting these victims.
I am very unforgiving of the HSUS for their role in the plight of the Pit Bull. I remember them appearing on the Oprah Winfrey show with a stressed Pit in a carrier two sizes too small telling the nation about what killing machines these dogs are. This attitude did not change up until the time they called for the death of the dogs pulled from Michael Vick's compound of horror and the public sentiment turned. They very quickly changed their tune and now their representative's brag about how they themselves are Pit Bull owners. Well guess what, it takes more than that to change your image in the minds of those of us that have endured your sensationalized promotion of the genocide of this breed.
Missouri is not famous for stepping to the forefront in the legislative arena. This state truly is known for sitting back and waiting to see what is going to be popular in the other states....show me. In reading through the list of pre-filed bills for the 2013 legislative session, I see multiple bills addressing age limits of people in tanning beds. Do we really have to have a law that says it is not alright to let someone six years old lay in a tanning bed? Is this really more important than the torture of animals for profit? Apparently it is because there are no pre-filed bills addressing dog owner responsibility or protecting a dog breed from the bigoted prejudice of ignorance. Where are the lobby groups professing to care about our companion animals? Where are you now HSUS?
When I tried to gain support for legislation demanding generic dog laws from Missouri's lobby groups, I was met with the attitude that it was tried and failed from lack of support. Where are the owners professing to love their dogs so much they would never allow them to be confiscated? You say you would fight for your dogs but when called on for action, you are not to be found.
Well I am personally sick of watching this carnage and if I have to be alone in this fight, then so be it. But I have no intention of watching this needless death and torture without doing something. My soul bleeds every time I have to witness unnecessary death but I get angry when I know those responsible for these crimes are free to walk away. I see the hopelessness in the eyes of these dogs and then hear the outcry for their demise from the public and am ashamed of the human race. What has happened to humanity that they can close their eyes to this suffering?
To Donna of Hearts of Gold and all the rescuers that must face this nightmare every day, my heartfelt apology for what you must being going through, I send you my love and prayers. Part of that prayer is that people will wake up and finally take a stand against this evil. May 2013 be the year that sanity rules and the torturers of these dogs take a step closer to hell!
Go with God dear Ivory.....