A Pitbull mix named Prada has been imprisoned at a Nashville, TN pound for more than one year after attacking another dog. Her owner has been battling to save her life via the courts. Prada is supposed to be kept isolated because the city contends she is vicious and may have an airborne fungal disease. However, Metro AC has reportedly allowed her to get into fights with other dogs twice. One of the fights occurred in an area where there were no cameras or witnesses. But a fight which happened in August 2011 was caught on security camera. Be warned, it’s disturbing to watch – not because of the actions of the dogs, who appear to be unscathed after the event but because of the actions of the trained professional handler. The worker is depicted violently punching and kicking the dogs. I was able to withstand the snippet at the beginning of the video piece but had to shut it off when the longer version is played later. The city defends the violence in the video:
“I think if you look at a dog attacking another dog, our animal control officers are trained by the National Animal Control Association and the [Humane Association of the United States] has recognized our efforts on behalf of animals and today, is actually bringing us six dogs from an out-of-county felony cruelty case so we provide care for these animals while the criminal case is being handled,” [Metro Public Health Department spokesperson Brian] Todd said.
Really? This is how NACA trains its members to deal with dog fights? I assume the reference to the Humane “Association” is actually HSUS. And the fact they they are bringing 6 court case dogs to this pound is supposed to be some kind of endorsement I guess. Because we all know HSUS only drops off dogs at the finest killing facilities in the land.
Prada’s owner is due back in court on February 20 for the next legal step in the fight to allow Prada to be released to an experienced sanctuary.