By Sloane Quealy-Miner
STOP CHRIS GETTY AND SALINA, KS FROM MURDERING THESE DOGS
CALL TO ACTION
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On October 23, 2014 Jo Ann Morgan’s two dogs named Celeste and Maicee escaped their family’s yard after the gate was left open after a trash pick-up. It was not noticed the gate was left open until the next morning, when the dogs were let out as the family got ready for their day.
A few minutes after they got out Morgan discovered the yard was empty and immediately began looking for the dogs. Unfortunately the dogs were picked up by animal control in a nearby parking lot and taken to the city shelter. When Morgan contacted the shelter she was told the dogs would not be released due to their perceived breed and the current breed specific laws in Salina, Kansas.
Morgan was then told that she would be charged with harboring dangerous dogs. However, Morgan reports that she was also informed that if she signed over the rights of her dogs to the shelter, the prosecutor would drop the charges for harboring dangerous dogs. She refused to sign over the dogs after being told they would be killed.
Celeste and Maicee are currently being held as evidence and there are multiple criminal charges pending against Morgan. These dogs have harmed no one and have done nothing wrong.
Morgan’s chances of ever having her dogs back in her home are slim to none. Even if DNA tests proved the dogs are not “pit bulls” few, if any, confiscated dogs make it out of the shelter alive. Just look at the case of Lucey in 2009. The city of Salina, KS, with the help of veterinarian Dr. Atherton attempted to kill her for being a pit bull. Her owner fought back and proved through DNA Lucey was not a pit bull. Shockingly, officials came back to the family claiming that DNA tests were not reliable after the vet responsible for breed identification, Dr. Atherton, got a DNA test on his own dog and didn’t like the results. Dr. Atherton is notorious for bad identification practices, and has, in at least one case, identified a pure breed dog (not a banned breed) as banned because of the dog’s teeth structure.
A third dog, a Catahoula dog also faces death at the hands of the Salina, KS shelter. This dog has UKC registered parents with documentation. The city is trying to claim that the Catahoula is also part pit bull based only on the fact that the dog has what’s called a scissor bite (When the inner side of the upper incisors meet the outer side of the lower incisors during a bite). Cats and even Chihuahuas also have scissor bites so someone please explain to me how this is even allowed as a justifiable reason for holding this dog.
All three dogs have rescues, fosters, professionals located outside the city willing to take the dogs. Even by the city’s own laws the Catahoula should never have been seized as the dog, along with his guardian were visiting and do not even live there. The city ordinance allows pit bulls to visit within city limits for up to 48 hours. This dog should be returned the owner.
It is clear to me that Chris Getty and the Salina, KS city officials are set on killing Remi, Celeste and Maicee. It is of no matter to them that the dogs they have seized have done nothing wrong, or even that one of them (Remi) is already proven not to be a pit bull.Through their actions the officials have proven themselves to be morally bankrupt, hateful individuals with no ethics.
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Stories about pit bull attacks are tragic, but isolated incidents. Those stories are blasted all over the news, but it’s stories like the ones linked HERE below that people never hear about. These are the stories of pit bull heroes – the dogs who selflessly defend their families from heinous crimes, save other animals from certain death, and pull their human guardians to safety in times of danger. Stories about pit bull bravery and heroism are by themselves powerful arguments against breed specific legislation.