|my "pigbull" Lazybone.|
I love pitbulls. I had a dog named Lazybone who unfortunately passed away in 08. He was the sweetest dog I ever had. A contradiction to the popular notion that pitbulls are dangerous. I wrote a post about it awhile back.
2 days ago I wrote a brief post about my friend's cry for help about a pitbull from NJ. He volunteers for this shelter called NJCAS (North Jersey Community Animal Shelter) and has a personal account on his interaction with the said dog and vouches that Amber is not a biter. Click this link to read the whole story.
Follow up on the story, "a local resident was denied to see Amber, or any dog...that's a public facility and the ACO is a public official"
This is odd unless, Amber has already been put down. Kinda reminiscent of Lennox, a pitbull looking dog from Belfast Ireland. Needless to say, Lennox met a tragic end despite a global outcry.
My friend said he sent an inquiry again to NJCAS about Amber's status and stated that he is a member of the public asking them, who are public employees about a dog, nothing else, and they must answer. Unfortunately, to no avail.
Instead this is what he got in his inbox:
The Borough Attorney for Bloomingdale, where the shelter is located, sent me a mild threat. My reply follows beliow. Here it is:==========================Dear Mr. TeodaroThis office serves as the Municipal Attorney for theBorough of Bloomingdale and it is in that capacitywe have been consulted about the aforementionedmatter. I have been provided with your recent emailsyou have sent to the Borough’s animal control officer.In particular your recent email states as. The whole world just might come down onyour head if you act hastily.Such communication is likely to make Lisa Perry, theAnimal Control officer, concerned about her safetyand candidly it is inappropriate . Accordingly it is theBorough’s responsibility that our employee has theability to work in a safe environment where there arenot any type of direct or indirect threats of physical harm.Therefore, on behalf of the Borough, in order to providea safe workplace environment , I am requesting thatyou immediately cease from emailing and communicatingwith Lisa Perry . In the meantime I will continue to monitorthis matter on behalf of the Borough and consider alllegal options.Very Truly YoursFred SemrauAttorney for the Borough of Bloomingdale.============================Fred:Get Real.I know my rights and I am quite familiar with the law.You don't scare me. If you feel Ms. Perry should work ina safe environment, then you get your head in the game.Evidently, you don't understand us who work with animalsprofessionally or in a voluntary capacity. Animal control andshelter work have their intrinsic psychological challenges andphysical dangers, much more so than working in a law officechurning out proforma letters.Hey, saber-rattling aside, we have a nice pit bull at the no-killshelter in Bergen County, would you be interested?Cheers,Ted