Why do humans suck sometimes? We really can.
We can be so self-centered, so judgemental, wish ill-will for another, expect so much from anyone and anything while not giving enough ourselves. But why?
This beautiful Lady (that was her name) was an amazing soul.
She was the sweetest dog I had ever owned and so affectionate she was always right there by your side as you shoo her off to just put your shoes on. This Lady was deemed vicious by the court as she had been in a dogfight. She was accidentally let out by a child who did not close the door all the way and ran out to another dog (possibly to greet it) that was unleashed and unmonitored by its owner as they watered flowers in their front lawn not watching their dog.
It is unknown who started the fight, as no one say it happen even the owner who was watering their plants. The other dog had bite wounds in different spots and this is what lend to Lady's sentence of being declared vicious. Per the court, it did not matter who was the aggressor or where it started but that their was more than one bite.
Why do we expect an animal, even if protecting itself, to have the cognitive ability to only bite once OR to notify the police that another dog was an aggressor?
Why does a human get MULTIPLE CHANCES to redeem themselves with drugs, alcohol, abuse, and so on but a dog gets ONE SHOT and they better do it right OR they will become a prisoner in their own home being locked (yes, locked) in a cage with a "secure top," with the bottom going a about a foot deep, and needing a muzzle whenever stepping outside of its front door.
Where is that dog's second chance?
Where is that beings rehabilitation or community service?
We are so damn quick to throw anything away EVEN a BEING?
BUT if it's a HUMAN BEING then... "well, that's a different story"...
This dog didn't fail anyone. We failed her...
-her first owner failed her
-her second owner failed her
-I failed her
-the metro officer failed her
-the court failed her
-the city attorney failed her
-her neighbor... failed her
She didn't do anything wrong as a dog...
we as the "superior" species did, however.
With her many sentencing restrictions (and prior restrictions leading up to this determination) she was struggling with not being able to be a "free" being anymore. As a result, it was decided (one hardest decision of my life) to put this beautiful being down at the age of 3 yrs. old, as she no longer was going to be a free being but a prisoner in her own home and outside of it.
She was surrounded by her family that struggled to say goodbye but knew she was too good for this society we have created. She was too good for all of it.
After the vet gave her the painful shot of sedation before putting her down, warning us that dogs would bite because of the pain... she turned to the vet's face and licked her... "vicious." There was no dry eye from her family or the staff in the room as they stated this was the hardest "put down" they had ever had.
I am a FIRM believer that "everything happens for a reason" and though I can't find one right now, I might have to come up with one on my own. No dog or being should be thrown straight into something like that with no prior record EVER and we should think twice before deciding ANY beings life sentence, regardless of what kind of being it is.
That being was my family member and will continue to be.