CFN – That was Parrot. Parrot was an innocent victim of our society of irresponsibility and accountability. We live in a world where we simply make bad decisions with rarely an afterthought. A world where “I’m sorry” is far too often a get out of jail free card.
I own a Rottweiler. She’s an amazing dog that’s not only never hurt another person; she’s never hurt another animal. She’s been attacked and she’s bled and while she could snap the little dogs that have attacked her in two never even defended herself in anger. She’s an amazing creature; but because she’s a Rottweiler she’d be the target of any incident.
My girl is going to be 11 this year, but I knew the day I took her home at seven weeks of age that I would have to take steps to make sure that not only would she be safe, but that others would too . That took a lot of patience and training.
Not every dog owner does that. People think puppies are cute, and then we end up with shelters full of animals that have to be put to death. Again, responsibility and accountability. It breaks my heart as much as it probably breaks many of you reading this that animals are treated the way they are.
Rotties, btw, are the dog I’d recommend for anyone who wants to raise their children with a dog. They have insanely attuned protection instincts without being aggressive.
When I saw that picture of Parrot at the top of the page it broke my heart. I couldn’t imagine what this poor dog was going through. Dogs are not humans. They are not meant to be knelt on as Officer Fike was doing. It must have been excruciating. For poor Parrot to then be tossed down a flight of stairs and shot…..there simply are no words to share the emotions I feel. Even typing this is shaking me to my core.
What have we become?
In Europe dogs get around a bit more than here in Canada and the US. They have muzzle laws. It makes a lot of sense and when dogs are raised with muzzles, it’s like when I grab the leash in my house. It’s an exciting moment where my dog knows she’s going to go outside and adventure in the yard or on the rare times I will take her to public places.
Maybe it’s time to force dog owners to muzzle their animals when outside? I think it certainly might limit incidents like this one.
Fox TV Report in this LINK
Excerpt of police report in Parrot incident.
There are various accounts of what happened and this incident will play out. The Lucky Dog Animal Rescue that was fostering Parrot out filed a complaint against the 25 year veteran officer that murdered Parrot. There’s been an update and that an investigation of the officer will take place.
We have just heard from the DC office of police complaints and they have concluded their investigation. They have determined that Officer Fike was not justified in shooting Parrot, and have referred the case to the US Attorney’s office.
What happens now should be interesting. It won’t help Parrot. It won’t help the people that witnessed this. We live in a violent world where life is becoming less and less important to far too many people. We as a society have to make some decisions before the next “Parrot” incident isn’t to a dog, but to an innocent human.
If you want to learn more about Parrot click HERE to visit his tribute page. And if you’re considering getting a pet please consider that it’s a lifetime commitment; not yours, but the animal’s. And if you do decide to get a pet please consider adopting from a shelter and help make innocent animal’s lives better.
In the mean time Parrot’s plight has gone viral on the internet. Facebook and twitter are abuzz and the out rage from people are very clear.
What do you think about muzzle laws for dogs in public? You can post your comments below. You can also vote in our poll below.
UPDATE October 31, 2011
Here is the detailed complaint against Officer Pike from the Shelter including allegations that this was not the first time Officer Pike shot a dog.