By Lisa Spector, Juilliard Graduate, Canine Music Expert, and co-creator of Through a Dog’s Ear.
I had to blink and read twice when I read the headline on Dogster this morning. C-Jay, a three year old dog in Scotland, escaped from his yard after a visitor accidentally left the gate open and was found with a cat in his mouth. The cat survived, but sustained a broken jaw, femur and internal injuries. C-Jay’s owner Tracy Jackson was more than willing to pay the veterinary costs. But, damages were much worse than she expected. Dundee Judge Robin White ordered that C-Jay be euthanized, even though he had no history of aggression towards people or dogs.
In other words, the judge thinks that C-Jay should be put down for being a dog. If every dog with prey instinct were euthanized, very few of us would have the loving furry friend companions that are part of our canine households.
C-Jay’s owner and her teenage daughter are devastated. Even the cat’s owner thinks that C-Jay shouldn’t be killed. Administering a fine is understandable, ordering him to wear a muzzle in public is questionable, but the death sentence is severe and irrevocable. I’m very sorry for the injured cat, but the story leaves me wondering if the judge wouldn’t have ordered such a harsh order if C-Jay were a Golden Retriever or another large breed dog. But, C-Jay is a Staffordshire mix. On National Pit Bull awareness day, I wrote about the negative stigma attached to the breed and the monster myths about Pit Bulls.
What do you think? Should C-Jay be destroyed because he attacked a cat after he got out of his yard? Thanks for expressing your answer by voting and posting a comment. If you think Judge White should re-consider the severity of his sentence, please sign the petition.
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