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To all the animal lovers :


Many of you know me by Amy Meekison , I'm from Canada , Vancouver BC . I've developed this website for people that want to help animals . There are many topics covered on this website for instance public awareness , for pets owners , rescuers and other general information that will interest visitors . 

Millions of dogs and cats die in the shelters every year , too many are dying . There are animals that are abused , neglected , abandoned or dumped in the shelters , and they just want a good loving home . 

I'm hoping that this website will point people in the right direction to try and educate the public , and we can move in a direction of positive change .

I have dedicated this website to Elijah , I'm hoping that from his example we can save more animals .

This for you Elijah ,
Thanks ,
Amy Meekison 

Elijah is dead.
 
Z. Alexandra Kelsey | Assistant to Marcy E. Kurtz, Chris S. Tillmanns and Gale Gattis | Bracewell & Giuliani LLP
alexandra.kelsey@bgllp.com | www.bgllp.com 

There is not really any information available about Elijah's life before April 21, 2010.  However, it's not always necessary to know exactly how something happened to understand that it did happen.   And so it is with Elijah.  His body was a map of his life and you could easily imagine where he had been.
 
How long would it have taken for a newborn, full of promise and trust, to learn that his heart-rending cries would never bring help and would in fact only prompt the neighbors to increase the volume on their television sets?  And when would this newborn begin to understand that a person who hears the sickening, pulpy sound of a massive body blow will only be horrified for a few seconds before rationalizing that every family has its issues and that things will sort out?  Day by day, Elijah's life enlarged to include more abuse. 
 
No one knows how Elijah was finally able to leave the situation he was in or how he made his way to an industrial area in Gardena, California, but this event was to be pivotal in Elijah's life.
 
On April 21st, as Elijah was walking the streets, a woman began planning her day.  We can imagine her in her closet, choosing the sandals she'd wear on a nice spring day.  She would have gotten in her car and set out on her route in that way so common to all of us: multi-tasking, planning forward events, enjoying a coffee and listening to a favorite CD.  Or perhaps she was wondering why Los Angeles County's April 21st awareness campaign for rape and assault was called Denim Day.
 
The ordinary nature of this particular Wednesday didn't last very long.  Our nice lady in the sandals happened to make her way to the industrial area of town and what she saw there will stay with her for a very long time.
 
How did she see Elijah at all?  And when she approached, would he have even lifted his eyes up to see her face?  Or would he have kept his gaze on her feet, watching for danger?
 
The average lay person will not often have seen broken bones piercing the skin.  For that matter, the average person will not have seen one body with multiple broken bones.  Emaciation is an image seen in the news, but in person it is more disturbing than television images can convey.  This is what Wednesday turned out to hold for this nice woman.
 
Out of an impulse to comfort and to help, this woman provided some food and water, and once that was gulped down, Elijah's fatigue and despair were such that he had no ability to interact with a human and simply covered his eyes and escaped from her in his sleep.
 
Determined to find aid for Elijah, this kind woman contacted the authorities. And it is at this point that she began to understand some things about our culture that she may not have known previously.  Certainly there is help for young victims of terrible abuse.  Not perfect, but there is a system to protect these tender ones.  This nice woman will likely have had no concept of just how vulnerable Elijah had always been, and she was soon to see how few rights he actually had.  Worse, she would see that his many advocates, people of fierce compassion, were powerless to change a system, which has no regard for victims in Elijah's population.
 
Elijah mattered to this woman, and he mattered to people all over the country who read his story and tried to create an outcome which would in some small part make up for all the sorrow and pain he'd had in his short life.
 
Elijah, however, was a dog.  And that is, as they say, a whole different kettle of fish. 
 
Elijah entered the California animal shelter system on April 21, 2010.  It is hard to piece together a picture of the humans who had allegedly been in Elijah's life and what they did or might have done, because the information available is not particularly clear. 
 
Some good part of the controversy about Elijah apparently consisted of issues about his temperament, alleging that he was aggressive.  To my knowledge, none of the information available publicly provides detailed evidence and/or reports on this issue or notes that any human living with Elijah had been harmed by him.
 
A Tibetan Mastiff is a large dog, and breed rescue information indicates sizes between 100 lbs. and 140 lbs.  Also, they are apparently not dogs with a passive personality.  So, one wonders about the temperament issue:  who exactly in this matrix of Elijah and humans was aggressive?  After all, this was a dog who was willing to go to sleep, making himself vulnerable, in the presence of a total stranger. 
 
There are so many tragic things in the trajectory of Elijah's life, which ended on June 10, 2010 in the shelter to which he was sent for care.  Our shelter system, charged with caring for animals in need, is flawed.  Our legal system provides very few protections for animals who are put in harms way by humans.  Our society–only now beginning to understand that those who commit violence towards animals also pose a danger to the human community–discounts compelling evidence on the animals' behalf. 
 
At the end, what we have is the story of a beautiful dog who was horribly abused by humans.  But the greater tragedy is that we live in a culture which makes a tremendous error in judgement in such cases.  On the one hand, the human abuser provides a story.  On the other hand, the hurt and broken animal can only stand and provide a silent "show and tell" testimony.  And, at the end of the day, our system chooses to cast its lot with the abuser, because we do not value animals enough to believe in them or to protect them. 
 
Elijah is an uncommon name in our culture for an animal companion, but perhaps our Elijah's name suited more than one would initially think.  Elijah is said in one wisdom tradition to have helped solve particularly difficult legal problems, and when conflicts could not be resolved, action waited for his arrival.  We had an Elijah.  We just didn't have any regard for him.
 
Elijah's life should have ended in a different way.  He was worthy of ascending into the heavens in a fiery chariot, just as his namesake is said to have done.  That he did not have a death worthy of him is not his failure.  It is our heartbreak and it is our culture's failure. 
 
Z. Alexandra Kelsey | Assistant to Marcy E. Kurtz, Chris S. Tillmanns and Gale Gattis | Bracewell & Giuliani LLP
alexandra.kelsey@bgllp.com | www.bgllp.com
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