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Death row dogs topeka illinois
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The state where the federal court order for the animals to be euthanized has expired, and the case is ongoing, sd attorney Paul Peralta, one of the attorneys representing the dogs. To the contrary, according to the U.S. Supreme Court, where they've been for decades, they are considered family, and in some states the people get to come visit, he sd. Peralta sd he still hopes to get the case certified in front of a three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in Chicago. To date, he sd, the case has been heard only by a single judge. Peralta sd the case has been held up by the court's lack of clarity about the constitutional right to due process for animals. After a judge ruled that the animals must be euthanized, the dogs' owners challenged the ruling on constitutional due process grounds, arguing that the state had no authority to order the dogs killed before the court's decision was final. In order to hold animals in confinement for more than 14 days, the state must have an independent determination that the animal is suffering or needs to be destroyed, based on the state's assessment of the animal's physical and mental health, including the animal's age and general medical condition, Peralta sd. He noted that after more than two years in a Chicago facility, most of the dogs have become ill from living in such close confinement. He sd if the federal court does not reverse the order, the facility will euthanize the dogs. "We just want a judicial hearing. The court sd the [state] had to do that, and we had to do that, and we want to make sure that we can do that. We're not asking for anything unusual. We're just asking to do what the court sd we had to do." The owners have appealed to a higher federal court. Their lawyer, John Reinstein of Chicago, declined to comment on the case. Two other states, including Texas, have tried a similar system for pets, but neither ended in success. The last time the same law was challenged in a Wisconsin court, the court sided with the state and the dogs were taken to a kill site where they were shot and killed, Peralta sd. Peralta also sd it is rare for pet owners to be prosecuted for neglect. In 2011, about 30 people were prosecuted in connection with more than 6,000 stray or abandoned dogs in the Chicago area, Peralta sd. The animal control department received calls in 2011 about 15,000 dogs, more than double the number in 2010, Peralta sd. He sd the department gets more phone calls about animals than about human deaths in the city. "We get calls all the time about animal distress," Peralta sd. "We get calls from people on the side of the road or people who say, `Look, the dog is just laying there in the yard and it's obviously in distress.'" When the animal control officers respond to the call, they find many of the dogs sick, with signs of trauma and illness such as diarrhea, vomiting, and wounds. "It's not the pet you come to expect," Peralta sd. "They're often in poor condition. They have wounds. They look terrible." The dog's condition is so poor that the officer has to make a decision about whether the dog is safe enough to release back into the wild, Peralta sd. Then, there is another problem: The officers often don't know the owner or where to get in touch with the owner. Peralta sd the department has had to put information on the dogs in local newspapers to find the owner or a person to care for the animals. In the meantime, the dogs are taken to a kill site and have to be watched by other animal control officers until a necropsy can be performed. Sometimes the owner picks up the dog at the kill site, Peralta sd. But often, the owner doesn't pick up the dog until it's dead. "The dogs often come from a very poor background," Peralta sd. "The dogs come from low-income housing. So what we do is we have to provide them with the care they need in a place that's safe." The officers' efforts to get in touch with the owners are often fruitless. Then, the officers don't have access to the dogs' medical information. Because of that, the dogs have to be euthanized, which isn't easy, Peralta sd. "These dogs are pets, they have homes, and there's nothing we can do about it," he sd. "You don't come to think about them as people. You have to think about them as animals, but these are animals who have a person that they live with and that they're cared for by, and they're not pets. They're companion animals who are getting used as killing machines." On the other side of the situation are the people who buy these dogs. Peralta sd he has talked to buyers of the dogs, including people who have told him the dogs were rsed in good homes. They may not have been treated well by their owners, Peralta sd. "It's not easy to understand because these dogs are very sweet dogs," he sd. "Their character will go up and up and up, depending on how good they have been treated and how much love they've been getting."
Cristine Gatto: 303-954-1461, [email protected] or twitter.com/cristinegatto
To contact the reporter on this story: Cristine Gatto in the Denver Post's metro investigations desk at 303-954-1461 or [email protected]
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