The fate of a stray pitbull mix, who wondered into an Ace hardware store in Detroit, Michigan last Friday, is still in question. The emaciated mutt was sent to Detroit Animal Control where, after a four-business-day hold, he was scheduled to be put down. The reason: policy dictates no pitbull is considered adoptable.
BSL (Breed Specific Legislation) is a hot topic among animal advocates. It amounts to nothing more than racial profiling. The swift response of so many animal advocates to the rescue of this pitiful pup is inspiring. The dog — now called Ace — has a Facebook page asking for help. A Care2 petition was started several days ago that has garnered over 10,000 signatures thus far.
Rapper Hush Carlisle and Detroit Dog Rescue are also speaking up for Ace. The Detroit City Council submitted a resolution to save Ace at a meeting Tuesday night. “It seems like a simple request. If we can make sure that we are not liable for what happens with the dog if we were to transfer it to this rescue league, then why is that such a big deal?” said City Council President Charles Pugh.
The problem remains because the city’s Department of Health is sticking to its decision. Tereasa Michalak, an animal advocate fighting for Ace’s life, told Fox News, “They [Animal Control] told me they would not be breaking any of the procedures that are currently in place, that they will not release any kind of pit bull, including Ace.”
Good News and Bad
The good news is that late on Wednesday, a Wayne County judge signed an injunction prohibiting Animal Control from killing any pitbull that resembles Ace until a hearing which has been set for November 16.
The bad news is many are now concerned that it is already too late for Ace. They believe he may have already been killed. Nitta Moses believes the dog dubbed Ace is really her dog, Dodo, who was stolen from her yard three months ago.
But even more concerning: Moses believes the dog shown to her at Animal Control is a different one from the dog she saw on television called Ace. She feels that Animal Control has already killed Ace and they substituted a different dog that looks similar so as not to admit the killing has already occurred.
What raises more suspicion is when a reporter from Fox News asked Animal Control for a photo or video of Ace — to put people’s fears to rest — the request was refused.
Tonight a candlelight vigil is being held outside of Animal Control in Detroit. So far, more than 650 people have signed up to attend. Let’s hope it is not too late for the pooch called Ace. Care2 will keep you updated with Ace’s status as news is released.
Want To Help?
Email Detroit City Council members to ask then to save Ace.
- Council President Charles Pugh
- Council President Pro Tem Gary Brown
- Loretta Davis at Department of Health
Photo of Ace from Facebook