Wilkes County, NC - Last week in Wilkes County, animal activists, including the North Carolina Chapter of Best Friends, held a vigil in front of the General Assembly hoping to change minds and give pit bulls seized in dogfighting raids a chance to be rehabilitated. The vigil comes several weeks after Wilkes County euthanized 145 game-bred pit bulls -- despite Best Friends' effort to stop the process -- seized in the December raid of Ed Faron's Wildside Kennels.
It appears Pamela Hay of Best Friends is wearing a Wildside Kennels cap during the vigil. Why would Hay or any activist dawn the cap of a convicted dogfighter?
In February, Faron pleaded guilty to 14 counts of felony dog fighting. After his conviction, a judge ruled that state law defines dogs as "dangerous" if they are involved in a dogfighting operation and must be destroyed. Some animal groups had offered to place the dogs (not to take ownership of the dogs), but none were present at the hearing when the judge was considering their fate. The groups may have been too busy planning for a "televised" vigil instead.
Faron is legendary in the tightknit circle of dogfighters, as well as the author of what some call the "dogfighter's bible." If you have yet to read excerpts from this book, "The Complete Gamedog: A Guide to Breeding and Raising the American Pit Bull Terrier," please do now so that you can understand how dogfighters talk about their dogs. Only then can you recognize the paradox of Best Friends and other animal activists wearing Wildside Kennels hats.
For the safety of people and pets in our communities, DogsBite.org does not support the rehabilitation of fighting dogs for the purposes of "family pets." Faron's dogs were top of the line, multi-generational game-bred dogs. Authorities reported that the puppies were already showing aggression. In all of the "hoopla" regarding Faron's dogs, it seems activists forgot that a dogfighting godfather was convicted -- instead, they wear hats emblazoned with his logo.
02/18/09: Dogfighting 'Godfather' Ed Faron Pleads Guilty to Felony Dogfighting
02/16/09: "Bonita" Merchandise by Best Friends is Swiftly on the Way
01/23/09: Best Friends Steps into the Ed Faron Dogfighting Bust to "Save" Unstable Dogs
12/12/08: Edward Faron of Wildside Kennels Has Been Charged by Authorities
11/10/08: Best Friends Announces the Vicktory Dog Wine Collection
11/03/08: Flashback: Best Friends Animal Sanctuary Refuses Care of Pit Bulls