Despite the wonderful news of the adoption of Tala, who had deformed front legs which we thought would hinder his adoption, I have been in a terrible mood all day. No, not because of the two puppies that were dumped, nor the mistreated braque brought in by our cruelty inspector.
What has really made me angry an article in this morning’s La Depeche concerning Kitty. She, if you remember, was brought to the SPA in a terrible state at the end of May. A journalist came to the SPA to speak to me about this yesterday, as Kitty’s owner had contacted La Depeche to inform them that she is taking us to court for fraud because we are refusing to return her dog.
On the basis that we have clear proof of the dog’s mistreatment (photographs and a veterinary certificate), I was at least a little bit hopeful that the newspaper article would be favourable towards the SPA and our desire to save mistreated animals. However I should have known better, especially when I told our side of the story and the journalist said “Oh, but that is not what the dog’s owners told us”. Well, what a surprise? Who goes to the press and says “I have been neglecting my dog for years and now I want it back so I can neglect it some more”?
I also tried to explain to the journalist that it is not in our interest to keep a dog that has a good home. We already have too many unwanted dogs. He left this bit out, of course. I apologise if any of you are members of the Fourth Estate, but at the moment I have a very low opinion of journalists.
Kitty had an abscess in a tooth that had become so infected that she has a hole underneath her eye. Fur so thick and matted that she could not walk. Why do people who treat their animals like this even want a pet? If she had put in as much effort to her dog’s well-being as she is in trying to get her back, Kitty would not be in this mess.
Tonight I am very low, and I fear the worst for Kitty. The Brigitte Bardot Foundation has been contacted as has the Association Stéphane Lamart. Both have promised to support us and we hope that this helps keep poor Kitty safe.
Please publicise this as much as you can. And if you have any ideas as to how to help, please get in touch!
For you French speakers, here is a link to the article, in all its glory. The woman is named, but not shamed.