A Minneapolis woman was forced to say goodbye to the dog that came to her rescue, when it was put to death by Minneapolis Animal Care and Control (MACC) on Saturday – despite a sanctuary’s offer to take it in.
Debra Peters said her pit bull, Putz, was only trying to defend her when it bit her ex-husband during a recent domestic dispute. The man spit in her face before kicking the dog. When he took a swing at Peters, Putz came to her defense, biting the abuser on the wrist and stopping him from attacking.
”(He) kicked Putz and I said, ‘What did you do that for?’ and he went to swing his arm at me and that is when Putz jumped up and got him on his wrist,” Peters said. “He was only protecting him[self] and me.”
Yet, Minneapolis Animal Care and Control determined the dog would not make a good pet during an evaluation, meaning it would be put down.
Two animal groups hoped the judge would allow a re-evaluation, but the judge declined. One group even offered to put the dog in a sanctuary and never adopt it out, but the city refused that offer as well.
"What does this tell us about other women who are in abusive relationships?" asked Claudia Beckman. "Dogs are our best friends, and they can be protectors."
On Saturday, the order was carried out, and the brave little dog who tried to save his owner, drew his last breath ... what a betrayal to "man's best friend".
One has to wonder why one dog is proclaimed a "hero" for defending his owner, while another is put to death ... was it the city the dog lived in? or was it the breed of the dog? or what? ... a very sad situation.
|♥ Rest in peace Putz ♥|
Read more here : http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/dpp/news/putz-pit-bull-death-row-jan-19-2012 and http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/dpp/news/investigative/pit-bull-put-down-despite-sanctuary-offer-jan-22-2012 . Photo courtesy of Fox9 News .