The above image isn’t Ape.
I was introduced to Ape by Josh who writes the Far North Kennel blog. He’s very passionate about spreading the word about the laws surrounding the killing of a police dog. In Washington State, it’s a felony to kill a police dog; the crime is treated with the same weight as killing a human officer…
“Police Dogs are awesome to watch. They are highly trained, methodical in their work and are stunning creatures. In New York, killing a police dog is now a felony. Here’s why.”
When I started Keep the Tail Wagging, I wanted avoid sad stories, but I haven’t done that – I’ve managed to keep them to a minimum.
- My story about a family who took their dog in to be put down, because she developed separation anxiety had a happy ending, because the family was talked into surrendering their dog instead and FurKidz 911 Connection was able to take and foster the dog until they found Breena a new home.
- My story about losing Riley to canine parvo virus had a happy ending , because we learned how vulnerable puppies are and we met Blue, a dog who has Riley’s spirit and is a welcome addition to our family.
- My story about the dog who was abandoned on a hike, pissed me off along with everyone else, but there was a happy ending, because the dog was rescued by dog lovers who came together to help and the owner was charged with animal cruelty.
And this story has a happy ending, because laws are changing and I hope to see that these laws expand to protect all animals.
Animal cruelty is a Class C Felony in Washington State and carries up to a 5 year prison term. To learn about the animal cruelty laws in your state, you can check out the State Animal Cruelty Laws page on the ASPCA’s site.