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Denver kills 36 pit bulls<br><br>
George Kochaniec, Jr. © News<br><br><br><br>
Tami Bishop lost her fight to keep three-dozen pit bulls alive when the owner of the dogs gave them up to avoid jail. Above, one of the 36 pit bulls that were put down Thursday looks out from his kennel at the Denver Animal Control facility on Tuesday, May 30.<br><br><br><br>
By Sarah Langbein, Rocky Mountain News<br><br>
July 21, 2006<br><br>
Tami Bishop lost her fight to keep three-dozen pit bulls alive when the owner of the dogs gave them up to avoid jail.<br><br><br><br>
The dogs were euthanized Thursday night after Denver Animal Control received a court order to put the dogs down, the shelterâs executive director, Doug Kelley, said Friday.<br><br><br><br>
The dogsâ owner, Michael Padilla, entered into a plea agreement that would keep him out of jail. He also signed over ownership of the pooches to the city.<br><br><br><br>
"Iâd end up going to jail and still not getting the dogs back," Padilla said Friday. "I didnât have no choice. I got a family to feed and bills to pay. They steam-rolled me."<br><br><br><br>
Kelley said the dogs had to be euthanized because it was Padillaâs second pit bull offense in Denver where the breed is banned.<br><br><br><br>
But Bishop argued the city misinterpreted its dog ordinance and had other choices, including her offer to transport the pit bulls out of state with her own money.<br><br><br><br>
She was on a plane Friday afternoon and unaware that the dogs, including 13 puppies, had been killed. She only knew that the pit bulls were no longer at the shelter, she said in a voicemail message.<br><br><br><br>
On May 29, 38 pit bulls owned by Padilla were seized from a home in Denver. Padilla said he was moving from Texas to a new home in Adams County but stopped in Denver to pick up and move his ill mother.<br><br><br><br>
Neighbors complained the dogs were barking and crammed into cages on the property.<br><br><br><br>
Padilla was cited for cruelty to animals, animal neglect and violating Denverâs pit bull ban. The dogs were removed from his care, and two were put down because of illness.<br><br><br><br>
Padilla was also convicted in 2002 for having a pit bull in Denver. At that time, Padilla signed an affidavit promising not to bring pit bulls back into the city. If he did, the dogs may be euthanized, according to the document.<br><br><br><br>
And thatâs what happened Thursday, when they were given a fatal dose of sodium barbitol, which costs the city between $30 and $45 a bottle.<br><br><br><br>
"I feel like I let the dogs down," Padilla said. "I feel really guilty. My whole family is sick over it.<br><br><br><br>
"The law needs to be changed. This is ridiculous."<br><br><br><br>
Padilla was given a 90-day suspended jail sentence and a fine of $500, which was also suspended. Heâll be on probation for one year. If he receives anything other than a traffic violation, heâll be sent to jail, according to the terms of the plea agreement.<br><br><br><br>
Kelley said his employees are shaken up by the loss of the dogs. But he also said that itâs a relief because the dogs were there "way too long."<br><br><br><br>
"This is a really difficult thing for the staff," he said. "It tugs at your emotions. Itâs a tough day for everybody."<br><br><br><br>
Padilla disagrees, saying that he believes the city was set on killing his dogs, which were said to have a sweet disposition.<br><br><br><br>
"Thatâs how sick these people are," he said of the city and its pit bull ordinance. "They were happy to kill my dogs."<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/local/article/0,1299,DRMN_15_4861985,00.html" target="_blank">http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drm...861985,00.html</a><br><br><br><br>
Padilla said heâs looking into suing the city.
 

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I don't know what the hell he was doing with 38 dogs, but he's right. I'd love to see that law lifted.
 

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38 pit bulls sounds like dog fighting could have been the fate of these dogs, but who knows. if they were indeed fighting dogs, i'm glad they're in a better place now...
 

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That is sickening... why kill a dog based on what breed it is? I find it sick that a lousy streotype is killing so many poor animals.
 

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"Padilla was cited for cruelty to animals, animal neglect and violating Denver's pit bull ban."<br><br><br><br>
Ok, so this guy was cited for cruelty to animals, and then they kill all of his dogs? Denver is one f***ed up city. How is killing an animal not cruel?<br><br><br><br>
They have many other stupid laws here too. Mostly just to squeeze every dime out of you they can. They ignore important issues because those might effect city cousel members, so they need "token" problems to divert the peoples attention away from the real problems.
 

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Denver's law is ridiculous.<br><br><br><br>
But, it is completely that owner's fault that those dogs were euthanized in this case. What the hell was he doing with 38 pit bulls in Denver? Padilla knew damn well that he was breeding dogs that were banned. And you can bet money he was breeding them for fighting. He was not up to any good, and if he had lived anywhere else in the United States the same fate would likely have transpired. It's *******s like this Padilla guy that push cities into creating breed bans. And all he got was a slap on the wrist. It's disgusting.
 

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Some Of mikes dogs were over 100 pound these dogs were not bred for there gameness. The media in colorado has twisted Mike's case from every angle they only live to capture the bad of the breed. We never hear about the good of the breed and that only helps fuel BSL . The animal shelter who took these dogs abused them them dogs after month in the shelter these animals were not properly taken for some came in there weighting over 100 pounds and were anorexic after only a month, it's obvious they didn't care of these animals becuase of the breed, a couple pups died a Gruesome death after not being well taken care for. There was Orginazation trying to take these dogs out of the Hitler's camp but had no luck, Im also member of the Msn group were some us knew Mike and we have been following this story since Day one, we even were calling the media to do a follow up on the Mike's ordeal to let them know that these dogs were being mistreated but had no luck since the media is against every pit bull owner, But the funny is the media want to give Mike an Interview now that his poor dogs were put the sleep, but mike denied them. Mike has also got his fair share of Negativity from Some us in the Community, he know that was stupid of him to stop by his in-laws house, but he did not have anyplace to go since his house wasn't ready for him to move in.... alot of these gamedog breeder may argue that his dogs are not pit bull because theyre bred for there massiveness but if you ask me we are all in this together we it comes to fighting BSL. can someone email at <a href="mailto:D[email protected]">[email protected]</a> a good friend of the Pit bull Msn Group.... did a Tribute For mikes dog I would like to share this Video with you all but it does not let me post links since im new to this group ... thanks<br><br><br><br>
By the way 17 were adults and the rest pups as little as 8 weeks to 6-4 months .. R.I.P to the 38 innocent lives
 

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Just to clarify--I meant he was right about the ban needing to be lifted. Otherwise, there's nothing right about owning 38 dogs and especially since they were pit bulls, it makes one wonder what he was doing with them.<br><br><br><br>
Djtexas, since you knew him, what was he planning to do with that many pits?
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Djtexas06</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Some Of mikes dogs were over 100 pound these dogs were not bred for there gameness. The media in colorado has twisted Mike's case from every angle they only live to capture the bad of the breed. We never hear about the good of the breed and that only helps fuel BSL . The animal shelter who took these dogs abused them them dogs after month in the shelter these animals were not properly taken for some came in there weighting over 100 pounds and were anorexic after only a month, it's obvious they didn't care of these animals becuase of the breed, a couple pups died a Gruesome death after not being well taken care for. There was Orginazation trying to take these dogs out of the Hitler's camp but had no luck, Im also member of the Msn group were some us knew Mike and we have been following this story since Day one, we even were calling the media to do a follow up on the Mike's ordeal to let them know that these dogs were being mistreated but had no luck since the media is against every pit bull owner, But the funny is the media want to give Mike an Interview now that his poor dogs were put the sleep, but mike denied them. Mike has also got his fair share of Negativity from Some us in the Community, he know that was stupid of him to stop by his in-laws house, but he did not have anyplace to go since his house wasn't ready for him to move in.... alot of these gamedog breeder may argue that his dogs are not pit bull because theyre bred for there massiveness but if you ask me we are all in this together we it comes to fighting BSL. can someone email at <a href="mailto:D[email protected]">[email protected]</a> a good friend of the Pit bull Msn Group.... did a Tribute For mikes dog I would like to share this Video with you all but it does not let me post links since im new to this group ... thanks<br><br><br><br>
By the way 17 were adults and the rest pups as little as 8 weeks to 6-4 months .. R.I.P to the 38 innocent lives</div>
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Please... Why was he BREEDING pit bulls in a town that openly bans them? You can't tell me that he actually cared about his dogs. There is no way. He knew what was going to happen. He was highly highly highly irresponsible and completely at fault for what happened. Don't try and make him out to be a victim. The victims are the dogs that your friend irresponsibly bred. It's reprehensible and he's lucky to have gotten off so easily. His dogs should have been sent to rescue, and he should have been locked up. This case really has nothing to do with breed specific legislation it's about irresponsible breeders.
 

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kpickell, he was not breeding pit bull in denver get that through your head,<br><br>
He has nowbody to blame but himselft for stopping by Denver, he was moving from Texas to Colorado an area where they are not ban. This case has everything to do with BSL if it wasn't for BSL then this wouldn't of happen. Yes I do believe it's his fault but they had him steam rolled so he had a plea bargain instead of 9 yrs and 35,000 worth of fines, I think the Denver city just tried to scare mike padilla and he cracked thats why he did the plea bargain ordeal, I have seen rapist and Murderers do less time for serious criminal acts, the victim are the dogs these dogs looked up to mike for Guidance and Protection and he failed them ....<br><br>
My anger is toward him Mike and The Denver City for both of there Stupidity ...
 

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To answer to your question mike is a breeder, alot us have told him in vulgar language "why in the hell did you have so many dogs"..<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Can someone Email I would like to post the Video Tribute to these Poor Animals but it doesn't le me <a href="mailto:D[email protected]">[email protected]</a>
 

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This case has everything to do with BSL if it wasn't for BSL then this wouldn't of happen.</div>
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This wouldn't have happened if this guy hadn't been breeding them, and breeding so many. I don't care what town you live in, if an animal control catches you with 36 unregistered animals that you are not taking care of, they're going to confiscate those animals. It just happened in a town near where I live (where there is no BSL) 24 pit bulls were confiscated and 18 of them were euthanized. <a href="http://www.etruth.com/news/NewsStory.aspx?id=379679" target="_blank">http://www.etruth.com/news/NewsStory.aspx?id=379679</a><br><br>
It all boils down to the same situation... an irresponsible owner breeding dogs for ill purposes, and the dogs are the ones that have to pay the price.
 

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I just realized how hard headed some people can be, how in the hell you're going to tell me this isn't a BSL case, If the Animal control went to his home they would see Healthy dogs none of his dogs were abused and there intent were not for any illegal puposes. It's his own fault for stopping by his in-laws but to say it's not BSL you out of whack , the dogs were not being breed in Denver he just made pit stop and cost him dearly, all the dogs were inside the cages when they were being transported Denver does allow ...<br><br><br><br>
They could of easily told him to leave, all the dogs were in cages none of them were outside they were still in his trailor, I have read that the city allow dogs to be transferred if you make a stop in Denver... They used his dogs as bait for the Pit bull ban .
 

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Certainly BSL was the focus of the conviction. But the neighbors didn't complain because he had pit bulls, the neighbors complained to animal control because the dogs were "barking and <b>crammed</b> into cages". This is foremost a case about an irresponsible dog breeder, keeping dogs in poor conditions, with numbers way beyond his means, and ultimately even if he had gone to a city with no BSL the dogs still would have and should have been confiscated by animal control.
 
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