Sally Jane, the French Bulldog seized from convicted animal abuser and puppymiller Elvin High, has been returned to the man who allowed her festering sores to become infected to the point that she required immediate veterinary intervention. Judge Farina, who acknowledged receiving many, many letters about Elvin High's sentencing, some of them from FBRNetwork News readers, felt no compunction to follow the pleas of the public nor even the sentencing advice of the prosecutor, who asked that High be prohibited from owning dogs for 2 and a half years. It appears that, as Dickens so astutely pointed out, "the law is a ass."
This judge, and others of his kind, are simply not attuned to the wave of outrage and disbelief that is sweeping the country as more and more people learn of our nation's willingness to turn a blind eye to the suffering and horror inflicted upon many hundreds of thousands of dogs in the puppy mill or "commercial breeding" industry.
Here is a link to the article describing Judge Farina's ill-considered decision.
In other puppy mill news, The Oprah Winfrey Show will be airing a report on puppy mills on Friday afternoon. Lisa Ling has put together a show on the topic, and it is timely and, we hope, one of the most effective ways of informing and educating the US public.
Let us hope that Judge Farina and others who are in a position to make decisions and pass sentence on animal abusers watch the program and learn something.
Those of our readers in the area of Lancaster County may wish to set aside Sept 20 and plan to attend Puppy Mill Awareness Day at Intercourse Community Park in Leacock Township, PA.