Friends and dog lovers,
This is Stitch, a male French Bulldogwho is living the great life with a great family.
But he hasn’t always been so lucky. And on June 7, 2012, A California judge will decide if Stitch will remain in a loving and safe home or if he will be returned to a life of neglect and mistreatment.
Bottom line: they need us. Stitch and his family need us to stand up for them and this is how we can do it:
- Reach out to everyone we know in all of our networks and ask them to sign the petition, Don’t Let the Courts Take Stitch Away From His Family!
- Ask the people in our networks to SHARE the petition with the people in THEIR networks!
- Contact our friends in the media and ask them to do a story on Stitch.
- Ask our friends in and around the Los Angeles, California area to show up on June 7th and help them fight for Stitch outside the courthouse.
Here’s the story on Stitch from his human Mom:
“Three years ago, we adopted a sweet little dog named Stitch. The woman who owned him told us his sad story. Stitch had been passed around to several people in his first year of life – a group of young kids who were part of the Hollywood club scene. The woman’s teenage daughter had ended up with Stitch, but the girl was wild and out of control, partying, disappearing for weeks at a time with her adult boyfriend.
Stitch had been locked in the teen’s room for days without sunshine or exercise, having to relieve himself on the carpet. The daughter had taken him to a wild party where he had become so distressed that he jumped through a pane glass window to escape. And eventually, in their care, the dog ended up abandoned in the middle of a highway 10 hours away in Nevada City. With a cigarette burn on his neck.
We wanted to give Stitch a stable, happy home. We adopted him, microchipped and licensed him and got his necessary shots. And then we fell completely in love with him.
Soon after, the teenage daughter’s adult boyfriend began calling our home, harassing us, telling us the dog was his and to return Stitch to him. He even filed a police report against us for theft. After much drama – too much to recount here, the boyfriend sued us last year for more than $25,000, accusing us of theft and intentional infliction of emotional distress on HIM.
Although this man has no legal documentation or paperwork of any kind linking him to Stitch, and we have all the legal paperwork and proof, we’ve still had to defend ourselves in court. For the past two years we have been fighting this with our attorney, specialist in animal rights, Jill Ryther. It has drained our finances, and maxed out our credit.
In June of last year, the unthinkable happened. WE LOST THE TRIAL. THE JUDGE RULED BASED ON LOST PROPERTY STATUTE, equating Stitch to a bicycle. It doesn’t matter if an owner neglects or abandons an animal. It states that no matter how the owner treated the “property”, it has to be returned to the original owner. OUR STITCH IS NOT A BICYCLE! For the full story click HERE.
WE IMMEDIATELY APPEALED. We also filed a petition for Stitch to stay with us during the appeals process.
In November of last year, after a six month court battle, we were given the right to keep Stitch in our custody temporarily during the appeals process. Here’s the story. While we are in the third year of this fight, Stitch is a happy, healthy little guy who hikes daily, goes with us to tee ball games and is adored by all the neighborhood kids.
On June 7th, 2012 the appeals judge will decide whether Stitch says with us, or goes back to the guy who lost him FIVE TIMES, the guy who waited days before even looking for Stitch because he “figured he’d turn up: (his words in court). Of the original group of kids who once owned Stitch, two have been in rehab, and one died of a drug overdose.
All we want is for Stitch to have a safe life where he is loved and cared for. We know he belongs with us.
Our appeals hearing is set for JUNE 7th,2012 1:00pm, in downtown Los Angeles appeals court. This is our opportunity to show the courts that we are invested in OVERTURNING this law which considers our pets nothing more than property- like a bicycle or a stereo, with no regard for safety and wellbeing. PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD in all your animal communities. If tons of people show up to this hearing, and we get media attention, the court will see that this is a matter of public concern. HELP US SAVE OUR STITCH– and in return, the law may save your pets one day.
Please pray and think good thoughts for us!
THANK YOU!Troy and Hollye”
If this story doesn’t make you livid then you are dead inside! Stitch and his family don’t stand a chance without our help. So I BEG each of you to PLEASE TAKE ACTION! Please do each of the above 4 steps NOW!
In order to pay off the debt that the family has accumulated from spending thousands of dollars on legal bills, Stitch and his family are selling pretty much everything they can. If you are able to make a contribution to help them, please do so here. 100% of your purchase will go towards Stitch’s legal fund. If you’d like to simply make a donation without a purchase, I know they would be thrilled! You can donate here.
Thank you in advance for taking a stand for Stitch!!! -Juli