by Lisa Stahr
I’ll be honest, this was a tough show for me, personally, to do today.
Like you, I’d like to think that dog fighting a la Michael Vick, animal hoarding, and puppy mills are rarities in the United States–and certainly not things that happen anywhere near where I live in the San Francisco Bay Area. But as today’s guest, Bruce Wagman, an attorney with Schiff Harden and an expert in animal law, pointed out, these things do, in fact, go on everyday in America and right under our noses, right where we live.
The conditions these animals live in are worse than anything you could imagine: living, breathing, eating, sleeping in crates so filled with urine and feces that it burns out their eyes and disintegrates the pads of their feet. Their injuries and wounds are left untreated. They’re used as bait, pulled apart by dogs who are bigger, stronger, faster. And maybe worst of all, they have absolutely no hope for a normal life.
Please, as difficult as it might be, listen to Episode 6 of Special Pets, Special Needs. And then make a difference in the lives of animals who are living–this minute–in these deplorable conditions by making a donation to the Animal Legal Defense Fund at ALDF.org. Your donation, large or small, will save an animal’s life. And if you mention Scout’s House when you make your donation, we will match every dollar you contribute with one of our own.
Many of us define ourselves by our love for animals. But we cannot call ourselves animal lovers if we don’t do something to stop this. Now.
Please help us shine the light on these most special of “special needs” pets. It could have just as easily have been your pet in that dog fighting ring or in that box.