My name is Jacque Johnson. You don’t know me, but I have a vested interest in the outcome of one of your rulings today. You see, I was fortunate enough to spend time with the most amazing dog I’ve ever known. He was named Ray by one of the people who was evaluating him after he was rescued. Tim said he named him after Sugar Ray Leonard, because he was a scrappy little fighter. Ray, RayRay, Raynman, Ray the Vicktory Dog. By any name he was a dog who was made to love people.
Ray was rescued from a notorious dog fighting operation. He was damaged by his time of abuse, mostly emotionally, but also physically enough that the results ultimately took his life. But under the PTSD of being forced to live a horrific life on the end of a chain, was the shining soul of an incredible dog. A dog who became my heart dog.
I know in my heart that among the dogs you are ruling on today is another Ray. Or another Turtle, our other dog rescued from dog fighting. A dog who was forced to fight. Who is covered in scars. Who is under-socialized and frightened. But who wants nothing more than a couch and a home and a family.
Dear Judge. Please…I’m not saying all of these dogs might be safe or should be saved. What I am saying is they deserve individual evaluations by people who know game bred dogs. Please do the right thing……