You never know when you can be a hero and bring justice to those who can’t speak for themselves. Now you can be one of the voices raised in the name of Baby, a dog who likely suffered repeated abuse at the hands of two brothers by signing a petition or two. The Care2 petition, Justice for Baby the Bulldog, has 149,308 signatures, close to its goal of 150,000.
The Care2 Justice for Baby the Bulldog is just one protest petition. As of March 31, 2016 at 11 p.m. PST, there were two different Change.org petitions. One by Alex Richardson-Lee is Aylesbury, UK to MP David Cameron which has 256,907 signatures (created on March 25) and another one Nicole Condell of Liverston, UK to the judge, the RSPCA and CPS with 746 supporters (created on March 26). Richardson-Lee also is sponsoring a GoFundMe campaign to provide funds for the RSPCA, but the campaign is not listed as a certified charity. More of your money would make it to the RSPCA if you donate directly because GoFundMe takes out a percentage for administration.
Baby’s case was brought to light when someone found the SD card with the footage of dog abuse at a supermarket, saw it and then turned it over to the RSPCA investigators. In the footage released by the RSPCA, two men are throwing a submissive white bulldog down the stairs. One man lifts the dog over his head while holding his scruff and a handful of skin on his rump before throwing on him down the stairs. The two attempt to make the dog scream. The dog is slammed into the dog headfirst into the floor and one of the men jumps down on the dog. According tot he RSPCA, the dog, named Baby, was euthanized three months after the video; she had lost use of her hind legs.
The two men, brothers Andrew and Daniel Frankish, 22 and 19, respectively, were sentenced to 21 weeks in prison which was suspended for two years; they will have a curfew for six months according to The Telegraph. The Metro also reported the two were also ordered to pay £300 ($430) in costs and banned from owning animals for life.
Baby’s final months and her tortured existence would not have come to light if a concerned citizen had not found the video, and then, turned it over to the proper authorities. Next time you find an SD card, flash drive, CD or DVD, you might pick it up and check it out. Maybe you can bring criminals to justice. Baby didn’t find salvation during her short lifetime, and, for some, it seems as it justice still hasn’t been served, but at least, she hasn’t been forgotten.