The commenter wrote:
OH my achingheart. Pops looks just a little like JHenry...the Ed Faron pitty puppy that I nursed back to health only to have HSUS demand I bring him back to be killed.
That devastated me, and I started looking around for any info on the caretakers of the Wildside dogs, and I happened across this posting on Best Friends' web site. The story about ruined me.
I can't even imagine how devastating it must have been for these people to have to watch those dogs suffer like that--in the care of a "humane" agency--and then have to surrender the dogs they grew to know and love to be killed by the authorities. It boggles my mind.
It also boggles my mind, by the way, that Best Friends used that story to promote its own agendas. The piece is littered with references like this:
Click here to read how Best Friends is working with the Humane Society of the United States to forge new policies for dogs seized from dog fighting kennels!
There were also antiquated policies at work which had a hand in not giving these dogs a chance. However, thanks to collaboration and a coalition this is all changing!
[Sheila] is extremely grateful to Best Friends and the animal welfare coalition that is opening up the dialogue for sustainable change in the treatment of dogs seized in dog fighting busts!
How You Can Help
• Support the work of Best Friends outreach, Give the Gift today
• Join the Stop BSL Community on the Network: Click here
• Check out 10 Things You Can Do If You Suspect Dog Fighting: Click here
I hate to be such a cynic, but I can't help but feel like Best Friends may be exploiting this situation to its own benefit. I mean to post a story like that, pour on the tear-jerking details, then conveniently remind people throughout the piece that Best Friends is the good guy trying to force change, so please give, give, give and support, support, support! It's kind of crass. And callous. And it puts a really self-congratulatory spin on a situation that many of us feel is not resolved and is not better and is not meaningfully changed in any way, compared to what it was 3 weeks ago.
Because as of now, nothing has actually changed. No policy is set in stone and the HSUS hasn't promised to stop condemning our dogs. All we have is an "interim" policy in place to "recommend" some things and a "summit" scheduled for April at which HSUS will "examine issues related to the disposition of fighting dogs."
That's a lot of squishy language. So good for best friends for opening up the dialogue, but the group better not pat itself on the back too hard till we see what actually comes of this.