What bothers me is the courts are treating Stitch like he's a bicycle or a piece of jewelry. I understand that we 'own' dogs but would you send your adopted child back to an abusive home? Probably not. So why would you send an animal that can't really defend itself back to an abusive owner?
In my mind, you wouldn't.
In short, the story goes like this: the Dexter family legally adopted Stitch when he was given to the family by the mother of a teenaged actress who couldn't take care of him. At the time of adoption, Stitch was a one year old pup.They took him in, cared for him, got him vaccinated, and gave him a loving home. They even had him chipped. Within weeks, the actress' adult boyfriend filed a police report that the Dexter family stole his dog. In a gesture of good faith, they brought Stitch back to the actress' mother for safe-keeping until they cleared up the matter. The boyfriend took the dog from the house and disappeared.
Two years later, Stitch was found in Nevada on the side of the highway- the Dexters were called. His collar had a disconnected number and the poor dog had cigarette burns in his skin. The family drove to Nevada from LA and brought Stitch home. The asshole boyfriend reappeared and started harassing the family. They went to court and played by the rules but the other side didn't. The actress lied under oath saying Stitch wasn't hers, he belonged to her boyfriend. The douchey boyfriend said he lost the dog about five times in Northern Cali and twice more in LA and also stated that the last time he lost the dog, he didn't bother looking for him because he figured Stitch would come back (idiot).
Stitch is a French Bull Dog - they can't survive in heat. They are the rare breed of dog that doesn't really go outside because of breathing problems and allergies.
|How could ANYONE harm this face???|
How can you help? Follow Stitch's story on Twitter, interact on Facebook, and GET PEOPLE TALKING! There are laws in Israel that protect animals from harm (we even arrest the assholes that abuse animals) but those laws don't really exist in the US. It's time for that to change. Hollye said it best
"Property doesn’t feel the pain of a cigarette burned into its skin. Stitch did."
What else did I do? I used my writing skills and contacted the following California State Senators: Sharon Runner, Fran Pavely, and Alan Lowenthal. THEY can change the laws!