I’ve said many times that to be a stray dog on our nation’s city streets is to be a dead dog walking. Never has that statement been truer than what I’ve seen time after time in St. Louis. It’s hard enough to survive extreme temperatures, starvation and illness. Add to that betrayal and cruelty at the hands of human beings with guns, and you’re as good as gone. I’ve been rescuing animals for the better part of my adult life, and I’m still so deeply troubled by the rampant abuse of gun violence I see often. It’s overwhelming. The violence just seems to be spiraling out of control, and the dogs always seem to get caught in the crossfire, if they weren’t already the direct target.
I think of Shep, OP, Boomer, Chiquita, and Martini just to name a few of the gunshot victims I rescued. I think of the fear and pain they suffer. How do we get the guns out of the hands of animal abusers? It haunts me to the core of my soul.
I live with a special dog I rescued who was shot 12 times, strangled and tossed in a dumpster, my inspiration, now named OP. Read OP’s rescue story here: http://strayrescue.org/extension He is paralyzed, but he’s doing great and is a happy boy. He is my constant reminder that we all have to do so much more to end this horrific abuse. From reporting the crime to asking our courts and legislators to step up, it is time to take a stand.
Stand with me, beside me and let’s be their voice. Share our abuse hotline 314.771.6121 ext: 255. Get involved. When I went to trial for one horrific abuse case, the courtroom was packed with supporters. The Judge sentenced the abuser to our current maximum under the law, four years in prison. If the courtroom was empty, I doubt if the maximum sentence would have be given. Please fund our mission so we can continue to save these poor dogs
Love and woof, Randy
Every dog shown in this collage, survived because of you.