"Is the United Kingdom losing the right to call itself a "Nation of Animal Lovers"- and is the United States right behind them? Major media giants CNN, BBC, SKY News fail miserably in covering a story that people want to hear"...
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the ways its animals are treated." Ghandi
Shame on you Northern Ireland
Shame on your bureaucracy
Shame on Northern Ireland for the neglect and cruelty inflicted on an innocent at the hands of a government agency
Shame on you Northern Ireland..your sadness as a nation for the whole world to bear witness...
These are just some of the hundreds if not thousands of comments, and statements being written in blogs, social networking sites, and feeds in support of this dog's tragic tale. The media attention is gaining momentum and starting to multiply at an alarming rate in aide of an innocent dog's life.
The life and dog in question belongs to "Bruce", a young, once-healthy and fit Staffordshire Bull Terrier who was living happily with his family in Northern Ireland.
His crime? None other than being a victim of his own appearance and physical characteristics. Bruce has never shown aggression, attacked, bitten, or so much as growled at a human or animal.
His sentence? Bruce is condemned and scheduled to die at the hands of the Northern Ireland government agency regulating animal welfare and public safety, at a time of their choosing.
On September 19, 2007, A family's once quiet and peaceful world was shattered when council officials seized and confiscated Bruce, their pet, for being an alleged "pit bull type".
Bruce was taken and isolated to a government operated kennel, while his owner was taken to court for owning a banned type of dog under the Northern Ireland's Dangerous Dog Law.
Neglect, mistreatment, animal cruelty at the hands of a government agency
Since his incarceration in September of 2007, two years have now past and Bruce's owners have been granted only two visits during this time.
According to his owners and photographed evidence taken during these visits, Bruce's care is questionable and distressing, to say the least. His once healthy proportioned body is now dangerously underweight. Where he once had muscle mass, he now has bones showing. His once beautiful fur, now shows open skin sores, and scarring through out it. His nose and muzzle, show evidence of a large gaping sore festering with infection that will not heal.
But, most tragic of all is that this dog once had a lively, wagging tail so evident of his affection, sadly it is now amputated due to infection.
Tucson Dogs Examiner