Saturday, February 23, 2008 2:55 PM
Last weekend, a beautiful mother dog was shot to death in front of her 4 nursing puppies in Edgard, Louisiana, a rural community about 45 minutes from New Orleans. All of the puppies were rescued and are receiving care, but when the news of this random act of violence was reported over the internet more than one hundred individuals from around the nation contacted us offering to help. The unprecedented level of interest in this case allowed us to reevaluate our investigative approach to solving these crimes. We saw this outpouring of support and interest as an opportunity to use the resources and skills of individuals from all over the country to help us investigate these crimes and help us change the public policies that often diminish the worth of animals.
Louisiana, like many other states in the deep South, is steeped in a culture that is calously indifferent to the suffering and/or death of animals. Often, these types of crimes go unreported, and law enforcement agencies rarely devote sufficient resources to investigating these complaints.
However, with your help, we plan on changing this attitude and approach. Our humane agency has launched a new initiative in solving crimes involving animals called the Rapid Response Animal Abuse Team. If people join our efforts, participate, volunteer, and send us the necessary resources, we plan on:
- visiting crime scenes en mass, interviewing potential witnesses, and educating neighborhoods and communities on the problems associated with animal abuse.
- offering investigative training workshops to enforcement agencies and members.
- establishing a reward fund as an incentive for witnesses to come forward.
- networking with public and elected officials to support and strengthen our efforts throughout the state.
With these goals in mind, we urge you to join us this Sunday, February 24, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the very site where this wonderful nursing mother of 4 puppies was fatally shot. We will observe a moment of silence and lay flowers on the site of the shooting. Next, we will don t-shirts and pass out flyers in the neighborhood. For our own safety and protection, since this shooting occurred in a high crime neighborhood, we have hired a former police officer to escort us.
If you cannot attend, you can still make a difference. Register to join our Rapid Response Animal Abuse Team and/or make a donation on our website Humanela.org or send in a contribution for our Reward Fund to P.O. Box[masked], New Orleans, 70174.
What: Rapid Response Animal Abuse Canvas Operation
Where: 125 E. 9th Street, Edgard, Louisiana, 70049
When: 1-3:00pm on Sunday, February 24, 2008
Contact information: Jeff Dorson,[masked]