Kim is a sweet little 5-year-old Jack Russell Terrier. She lives with her beloved human, Mr. Rogers, in Ireland, where they enjoy a peaceful life together. Rogers is 85 years old and describes Kim as his "best friend." Every night, she sleeps at the foot of his bed, and during the day, they treasure going on walks together.
For five years, Kim never showed any aggression towards anyone, and was perfectly amiable. Then on one unfortunate day, while out on a walk, she nipped at a woman's leg. Now that woman is demanding Kim be killed - and she doesn't care that she'd be breaking an elderly gentleman's heart in doing so.
Sign the petition to demand Irish authorities step in and prevent Kim's impending euthanasia!
Kim has never bitten anyone before - not before this event, and not after. Yet that doesn't matter to the woman involved. According to information from Twitter, the woman has a history of demanding dogs be euthanized for bites. She's apparently been involved in multiple animal bite cases before. In all previous times, it seems she successfully forced the deaths of the other pups.
We don't want dogs to be allowed to run around biting people. But surely there are other options besides taking away an animal's life and breaking her human's heart over just one mistake. In fact, Mr. Rogers has approached the woman on four different occasions, seeking to find other solutions. He's offered, for example, to hire construction workers to build better fencing around his property, muzzle his pup, and even hire a dog behavior specialist to work with Kim. But the woman has shown no willingness to compromise.
The extreme stress of fighting for his best friend's life has put tremendous strain on Mr. Rogers's health. As he explained, "I have a heart condition, and I have a pacemaker fitted." But because of all the emotional turmoil, he reports: "I am unable to sleep, especially in the early morning." On top of that, his doctors recently discovered that his heart has been physically struggling on days when he goes to court over this incident.
In other words: euthanizing his dog could literally break his heart. Why would anyone do that to him or Kim?
Luckily, Mr. Rogers and Kim have supporters who are fighting to protect them. The comedian and actor Ricky Gervais recently tweeted about their ordeal, trying to raise awareness. And a GoFundMe campaign is working to raise money to help Mr. Rogers build a new fence and install a security system. That way he can prove to Irish courts that he is doing everything in his power to prevent future bites. We must join our voices together with theirs!
Irish officials have the power to intervene in order to help Mr. Rogers and save his dog. Sign the petition to demand they take immediate action to save Kim the Terrier from death!