I got a call from Cheryl last week about Buster, a male pit bull her son found as a stray 4 months ago, and took in. When her son found Buster, Buster was so weak and emaciated he couldn't lift his head. At many times during his recovery, Cheryl thought Buster wouldn't make it -- but he did.
Over Thanksgiving, Buster was antagonized by one of Cheryl's small dogs, and Buster went after the dog. Cheryl's pre-teen daughter attempted to grab Buster, and in the process he bit her quite badly.
Since then, Buster has been in quarantine. In that time period, the ACO has been nothing but horrible with Cheryl, saying he wants Buster killed, and that he wants Cheryl to sign Buster over to him so he can euthanize Buster. Cheryl tried to push back, as did her daugther, since they both love Buster very much and didn't want him to suffer in the ACO's hands.
Recently, Cheryl told the ACO she wanted Buster back, and not euthanized. He said he would cite her to high-heaven and use all his resources to fight her. Cheryl said she doesn't have the money to defend this, so today, at 11:30, Buster will be euthanized.
As a last kick, the ACO said he will heavily tranquilize and muzzle Buster during the procedure. Cheryl called me this morning and I advised against this. I suggested, if she and her vet felt comfortable, that she didn't have to muzzle or tranquilize Buster, and that she could hold him as he received the injection. She agreed, and her daugther and she will be going to the vet in the next hour for the procedure and to let Buster cross-over painlessly and with dignity.
This breed is so misrepresented and hated by so many, as is seen in this ACO's behavior. While Buster was wrong to have bitten the girl and may have very well had a mental or physical disorder making it necessary for his euthanasia, he deserved all the love and respect Cheryl and her daughter could give him. Please say a prayer for Buster, and rejoice that he was be loved till his very last breath.
- December, 2004