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Support for Roxy
January 26, 2014 - Burt Angeli
Someone near and dear to me wrote this in defense of Roxy. She did not want this published. I thought otherwise. I could be in big trouble.
I wish I could have the eloquence of an Atticus Finch or Horace Rumpole or Shakespeare's immortal Portia.
But alas, I am almost at a loss for words to make my plea for a creature who is in dire need of mercy.
I am speaking of poor little Roxy, a pit bull cross dog who had been (I believe, most wrongly) deemed aggressive and is awaiting her execution.
The trouble is, I have walked Roxy on weekdays for nearly six months now and have watched her mature and become a very pleasant walking companion.
Indeed, over the past weeks, I have come to believe that with the training of a professional she could be an extraordinary dog. She loves people, and my walks are greeted with enthusiastic kisses.
I have had the pleasure of having six other dogs in my life and none greeted me with such affection and excitement. (And I believe, I have been a good "guardian" - walking my dogs several times a day and engaging in various playful activities with my canine companions.)
For the past three years, I have walked dogs at the shelter and quite frankly, I dread to think of the day she will no longer be there. Oh, if she were allowed to go to a shelter of rehabilitation I would be at peace.
But to know that this animal, so full of proper canine potential, would have her life so mercilessly extinguished, fills me with anguish.
And I am not alone in this. The consensus among the dog workers is that she is a most special dog and should be granted clemency. I ask that she be granted a reprieve — if for nothing else, please consider the morale of the volunteers at the Almost Home Animal Shelter.
You will forgive me if I paraphrase the great Bard and remind people of his oft quoted words on the quality of mercy which is not strained or measured but is ultimately from God Himself, and if I make reference to the great veterinary surgeon James Herriot, all creatures, great and small, the Lord God made them all — and there is one who is truly in need of that truest element of the Divine in Man - the gift of mercy.
And to revisit Shakespeare, who reminds us, that mercy is truly twice blessed — he that gives and receives are abundantly rewarded, I ask that such blessing be bestowed on poor Roxy for her good and the good of all who endeavor to find homes for unfortunate creatures and for the good of the entire area, lest we become and cold and callous community.
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