By Sloane Quealy-Miner
UPDATE 7/13/11 – Polar is dead. Unjustly killed by the state of VA.
Apparently breedism, the canine equivalent to racism is still running rampant in Virginia though this time I am not speaking about Osbourne Park High School. I am speaking about Polar, the American Bulldog. American Bulldogs fall under some pit bull bans as they can be considered a “pit bull type” dog. Pit bulls are unjustly stereotyped as “vicious”, “killers”, and “dangerous”. For this reason I feel the authorities think they can get away with unjustly killing Polar with no repercussions.
Polar is a deaf dog “suspected” of being involved in the death of an infant though no one knows the details surrounding the death. The child was left unattended on the floor with Polar who by the way has no history of aggression of any kind. It is not clear how the child died. Some reports claim the dog must have bit the baby causing death. However the child might have also died from positional asphyxiation and then the dog tried to move the baby after the fact causing a bite. But because the parents were negligible in leaving the child without supervision, we do not know. Coincidentally Polar’s “owners” who were visiting the baby’s parents from out of town when the tragedy occurred will no longer speak and have left town.
Everything, including the investigation of this case by Virginia authorities raises questions and is suspect. Why is the dog facing death when it is unclear what happened? Why have the parents of the baby not been charged with child neglect? Why have the “owners” of Polar not been charged with child neglect? The dog is being blamed and held accountable for the stupidity of the people. I am sick of animals paying the ultimate price for the mistakes of humans. Place the blame where it belongs.
Numerous animal professionals as well as advocates around the country, including a pit bull rescue have offered to take Polar into official rescue. There was a vigil last night outside of the Chesterfield Animal Shelter where Polar is awaiting to be handed her fate.
Polar cannot speak. It is up to us to speak for her. We must do right by her and fight for her life. It cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt that Polar did anything wrong. She is a victim in this too! PLEASE repeatedly contact the Chesterfield authorities and let them know the nation is watching! If not you, who? If not now, when?
Please also visit the Save Polar Facebook page, which is run by the family that would like to adopt Polar! up!
CONTACT CHESTERFIELD AUTHORITIES Block of emails: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; Dupuist@chesterfield.gov; Stegmaierjay@chesterfield.gov; MincksJ@chesterfield.gov; firstname.lastname@example.org;
Governor:Robert F. McDonnell 804-786-2211Fax: 804-371-6351 email@example.com
Lt. Governor:William T. Bolling 804-786-2078 Fax: 786-7514 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sheriff: Dennis Proffitt 804-748-1261 Fax: 804-717-6338 email@example.com
Police Department staff handling the case: Colonel Thierry Dupuis, Chief of Police Dupuist@chesterfield.gov 804 748 1266
Jay Stegmaier, County Administrator Stegmaierjay@chesterfield.gov 804 748 1211
Jeff Mincks, County Attorney MincksJ@chesterfield.gov 804 748 1491
Mike Kozak, County Attorney (deals with Animal Control cases) firstname.lastname@example.org 804-748-1491 Commonwealth Attorney (state, deals with criminal cases)804-748-1221
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