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From a newsletter I receive:<br><br><br><br><br><br>
We have a new dog case from Tennessee, the state that earlier this year<br><br>
brought us the killing of Bullet. He was the dog shot upon bounding<br><br>
playfully out of a car while his innocent human family were being held at<br><br>
gunpoint. The police had left the car door open. After that shocking<br><br>
event made news across the country, there were murmurs that Tennessee law<br><br>
enforcement officers would be given sensitivity training with regard to the<br><br>
handling of animals. Clearly, that is yet to happen.<br><br><br><br>
The latest case involves a man who returned to his home to find it on fire.<br><br>
His dog, Bishop, was trapped inside. The firefighters refused to get him out<br><br>
till they felt they had the fire under control. The man risked his own life<br><br>
to save Bishop and was promptly arrested. He is facing charges of reckless<br><br>
endangerment and disorderly conduct. If convicted he could serve 13 months<br><br>
in jail or be fined $2500.<br><br><br><br>
(Note: Since Bishop is still alive - he wasn't shot by the police even<br><br>
though he was an unleashed pitbull - perhaps things are improving in the<br><br>
Tennessee police department.)<br><br><br><br>
The Today Show covered the issue this morning, Monday April 21. Jarrod<br><br>
Martin, the criminal who smashed the sliding doors on the balcony of his<br><br>
own house in order to get Bishop out, was interviewed by Matt Lauer.<br><br><br><br>
Lauer said, "When you got back, I understand you could actually see Bishop,<br><br>
the dog, throwing himself against the sliding glass door. What did you say<br><br>
to the firefighters at that time?"<br><br><br><br>
Martin told Lauer, "You know, I asked them to help free my dog. I knew he<br><br>
was wanting to get out. The fire must have been close, and he was anxious to<br><br>
get out. And I was pleading with them to help me get my dog out. And one of<br><br>
them made a statement that, you know, 'You can get another dog. Dogs die<br><br>
every day.' "<br><br><br><br>
Lauer described footage of Martin smashing the glass, grabbing Bishop, and<br><br>
the two coming hurtling off the balcony together to a safe landing.<br><br><br><br>
The Nashville police have released a statement and held a press conference<br><br>
on the matter, calling attention to the fact that Martin has a prior history<br><br>
of arrest for assault and robbery. Lauer brought this up in the interview,<br><br>
asking Martin why he thought the police had released this information.<br><br>
Martin has been instructed by his lawyer not to comment. Lauer's tone did<br><br>
not suggest that he thought the prior arrest record was relevant in this<br><br>
matter. He closed by saying, "We're going to follow this case."<br><br><br><br>
That is good news. Please let the Today Show know it is appreciated.<br><br>
Positive feedback for animal friendly coverage will encourage more.<br><br><br><br>
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Yours and the animals',<br><br>
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The fire dept said they were afraid of causing a backdraft, but after hearing that comment they made to him, I think it could have been a post hoc justification.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by epski</i><br><br><b>And one of them made a statement that, you know, 'You can get another dog. Dogs die every day.' "</b></div>
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You could say the exact same thing about babies.
 

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You could say it about anything. It simply reveals their ignorance and inhumanity.
 

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Thank you, epski, for posting this. I was going to, but could not get around to it.<br><br><br><br>
You need to understand a couple of things. First, the Nashville DA is the rich frat-boy son of a family fortune. He has run for office over and over <b>unopposed</b>. He is as political as they come. He feels the office is his by divine right. He is for kissing up to the politicians, not for protecting the people.<br><br><br><br>
Second, you need to understand that the worst thing you can possibly do in Nashville--yes, the <b>worst</b> thing--is to criticize the local government in any way. Yes, you can murder, you can rape, you can commit arson, you can rob, you can assault, you can molest children--none of these offenses really count for much. But if you <b>DARE</b> criticize the local government, politicians or government employees, then you go to the TOP of the list for prosecution.<br><br><br><br>
Third, while the firemen were standing around with their thumbs up their butts, this guy did their job for them. This made them <b>LOOK BAD.</b> See Item # 2 above.
 

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How sick is that. The man was arrested for saving his dogs life!<br><br>
Yes that man certainly should have been rewarded rather then arrested. We should all be so lucky to know someone who would risk their own life to save one of an animal. But the men who are trained and paid pros at it just sit back and do nothing. If that had been one of their children in there and they wanted someone to help them how would they feel if they were told. Just have another child, people die everyday. As far as Im concerned the wrong person was arrested!!!!
 

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<a href="http://www.wsmv.com/Global/story.aspS=1240530&nav=1TcRFKnR" target="_blank">http://www.wsmv.com/Global/story.asp...0&nav=1TcRFKnR</a><br><br><br><br>
Dog Rescuer: National Fame and Possible Jail Sentence<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Dog rescue gets national attention<br><br>
Fiery dog rescue brings big debate<br><br><br><br>
Nancy Van Camp<br><br><br><br>
April 18, 2003<br><br><br><br>
The Nashville man facing charges after breaking through a police line to save his dog from a burning building is gaining national attention.<br><br><br><br>
4 Discussion: Dog Rescue<br><br><br><br>
Overnight fame is shocking to Jarrod Martin. The Today Show wants him. Maury Povich wants him. Our Channel 4 viewers are calling and e-mailing their opinions. People are calling from other states, wanting to know how they can help Martin.<br><br><br><br>
On a more sobering note, Martin now realizes he could go to jail for taking matters into his own hands to save his dog. He could serve up to one year and one month in jail.<br><br><br><br>
How it Started<br><br><br><br>
Jarrod Martin says firefighters assured him the apartment fire Wednesday night would not reach his apartment and would not reach his dog. But Martin was worried.<br><br><br><br>
"The situation got worse. They were out of water. I heard the guy yell, 'We're out of water.' He's up there (saying) 'We ain't got no water.' The fire was getting bigger. They wasn't containing the fire no more. It was just getting bigger as time went on." He says he waited 30 or 40 minutes before taking action. Breaking through a police line, he jumped over a second floor balcony and busted the sliding glass door to his department, releasing the dog from the apartment. The dog, Bishop, jumped to safety. And Martin jumped to safety right behind him. The rescue happened in a matter of seconds. The crowd cheered the success. Then police put handcuffs on Martin.<br><br><br><br>
Jail?<br><br><br><br>
Now Jarrod is worried again. Charged with two misdemeanors, the reality is sinking in that he could go to jail.<br><br><br><br>
"I didn't know I was going to jail...I just thought, they're just trying to get me not to do it, and stay away from the fire. I didn't really think they was going to arrest someone for saving their dog-- you know-- I didn't." Martin thought he would just pay a fine, and go on with his life.<br><br><br><br>
He's worried about his family.<br><br><br><br>
"If I go to jail for one minute, we'll lose everything we have. Nobody's here to support my family but me."<br><br><br><br>
Public Support<br><br><br><br>
I told Martin how viewers have been responding to his story.<br><br><br><br>
"At the station, we're getting e-mails. We're getting telephone calls. People from Texas have called us and they're telling us they want to help with your legal fees."<br><br><br><br>
"Man, I hope it doesn't come down to that," replied Martin. "I wasn't expecting this. That's great. It's nice that people out there do have dogs like I do. I'm not the only one. I'm sure a lot of people would have done the same thing-- put in that situation-- especially with your kids watching their dog die. So I think I did the right thing."<br><br><br><br>
Channel 4 viewer Rex White from Hermitage sends an e-mail: "While I appreciate rules, laws and the authority of police officers, and while I think, yes, they had the right to arrest him, it needs to be dropped. Everything isn't always black and white, and I think there are a lot of pet owners who would have done the same thing."<br><br><br><br>
Law Enforcement Position<br><br><br><br>
But the police department is very firm in it's position that Martin could have caused an explosion by breaking the glass.<br><br><br><br>
"What he did was put everyone there in jeopardy," said Don Aaron, Metro Police Spokesman.<br><br><br><br>
An Attorney's Point of View<br><br><br><br>
We asked Attorney Jim Weatherly to analyze the case for us. Weatherly says he understands the law enforcement stance, but believes Martin has a good chance of winning.<br><br><br><br>
"There are plenty of people who would view a pet certainly on the same plane as a family member," he said. "And if you put yourself in that place and think of a loved one or even a pet that you've devoted a lot of time to and you feel very close to, you understand why he did what he did-- and what motivated him to do it. Does that mean he should be prosecuted criminally? I certainly don't think so, but ultimately, that's something for the judge or jury to decide."<br><br><br><br>
Weatherly says there are a few things in Jarrod's favor.<br><br><br><br>
A.) He acted out of love-- rather than some malicious intent -- in a moment of crisis<br><br><br><br>
B.) The fact that no one was injured.<br><br><br><br>
C.) And the fact that public sentiment seems to be very much on his side, therefore, a jury would likely be on his side, as well.<br><br><br><br>
Not in Martin's favor-- the fact that these are serious charges and jail is a very real possibility. The charges are reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct. (Weatherly says police could have chosen some lesser charge, but they obviously weren't inclined to do so. In fact, Don Aaron confirms police had even considered felony charges.)<br><br><br><br>
Would he do it Again?<br><br><br><br>
Martin still says-- even if he should go to jail-- he believes he did the right thing.
 

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That is so fcked up! That stuff about the backdraft is baloney, they would have broken the glass in an instant if it had been a human trapped on the other side...<br><br><br><br>
ARGH! Things like this make me SOOOO mad...
 

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OK. So a guy saves the life of his dog, risking his own life. This is the kind of guy who would go down as a hero in pretty much anyone's books. If someone risked their life to rescue a baby, a dog or a cat, they would be a hero. So why is this guy being treated like a criminal? I sincerely hope that the court tells the people who think this guy should be arrested that he isn't a criminal.<br><br><br><br>
I think this is utterly insane. Bureaucracy gone mad. This guy wan't trying to create a backdraft. He was trying to save his dog.
 

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There would be no way that I could just stand back and watch one of my animals risk a fire. This is such a disgusting story.
 

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I'd have done the same thing for my own pet. I'd have probably done the same thing for someone else's pet. This is ridiculous.<br><br><br><br>
I think it comes down to too many people viewing pets as property instead of sentient family members. No way in hell would a firefighter have left a person in there.
 

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<a href="http://www.wtvf.com/news/0304/24/charges.htm" target="_blank">http://www.wtvf.com/news/0304/24/charges.htm</a><br><br><br><br>
City May Drop Charges Against Man Who Saved Dog<br><br><br><br>
NewsChannel 5 learned Thursday afternoon that all charges were expected to be dropped against a man who rescued his dog from a burning apartment complex.<br><br><br><br>
Jarrod Martin jumped up onto the balcony of his apartment, bashed in a window and rescued his dog.<br><br><br><br>
Metro police immediately handcuffed Martin and took him in to custody, citing him for reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct.<br><br><br><br>
Sources told NewsChannel 5 that Martin, his attorney and Metro Police have hammered out a preliminary agreement that, barring any last minute changes, all charges against Martin will be dropped.<br><br><br><br>
The misdemeanor charges could have brought Martin up to a year in jail and several hundred dollars in fines.
 

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This is an instance where publicity and public outrage have done some good! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/carrot.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":vebo:">
 

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The question is...<br><br>
what if the next person disregards the orders of firefighters and causes a backdraft which leads to another death?<br><br><br><br>
I would hope if that happens the person would be charged with manslaughter.
 

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If he goes to jail, who cares for the dog?
 

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If he goes to jail, who cares for the all the other animals trapped in fires?
 

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skylark, it'd be taken to the humane society. held for 2 weeks, then put up for adoption for usually at least a week. pit bulls, maybe not that long.
 
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