I didn't think I'd be blogging at this time of the night, with my head hurting and my body aching for sleep. I wish I wasn't. Shortly before I fed my bunnies their evening meal, I received word that the worst was happening, FC BC was being raided. By the time I came back, the news reports were already up, and people were already discussing it. For the most part, what I read in the comments was ARA's patting themselves on the back, congratulating each other.
Now, I'm going to reserve judgement on if the dogs should or should not have been taken. I honestly don't know, I never laid hands on those dogs, the full vet reports have not been released. Don't know what information can be trusted anymore. Take that as you will, I am neither for, nor against, those dogs being taken. I do not agree with abuse nor neglect, so if the were being abused or neglected, then they should have been taken. However I don't know if that was the case.
What I do know is that a group of people were trying to help him get things in shape. That the breeder was trying to get things better. That the breeder, for whatever reasons, wanted his dogs back.
People are calling this a puppy mill. I still do not think this is true. I think this man is quite possibly a hoarder, who didn't realize what harm he did to his animals. And because of that, I worry for his mental state at this point. I am honestly terrified that I will wake up to reports that this man has committed suicide.
This does raise a few questions, though, at least in my mind.
If the dogs were so bad off, why did the rescue and shelter not immediately have the worst dogs evaluated and present the case to a judge, to receive a warrant to have the dogs seized? Why leave them there for another 2 weeks, if the dogs that were taken were in such bad care.
Why are the people who harassed this man not being charged? Why were they allowed to call names, slander him, threaten him, wish harm upon him, harass and stalk him? Why were THEY never arrested?
Why was this man denied his human rights, and why do people try to justify the fact that he was denied his human rights?
This whole situation stinks to me, but the RARAs are out in droves, rejoicing, patting themselves on the back. Fighting is happening between breeders, regarding the situation, and once again, the RARAs are unified and the breeders are divided, so easy to conquer.
As much as I've hated blogging about this story, and watching it unfold, I fear that there will be a lot more blog posts about it.