Animal abuse cases are everywhere. Whatever they make us feel, we shouldn’t be passive towards them. There are no excuses for looking the other way, especially when we witness so many happy endings thanks to those who act. Changing a situation is possible. These days so many things can be done— even if you can’t give a home to one of the abused animals, you can at least help spread the word. One of the advantages of social media is it’s a possibility of turning a simple event into a viral one in a matter of hours.
This is one of those stories. Janette González received a picture from a friend in which we see three Pit Bull puppies huddling around their mother in a backyard in Pico Rivera, California. All of them were literally skin and bones. She called the authorities to report it as a case of animal abuse but she knew this wouldn’t be enough to help the dogs, so she shared the picture on Facebook and Instagram with this note:
“ATTENTION!!! Everyone this is a case of neglect. I called animal control already but this needs more attention. A friend took this picture about an hour ago and this is the address where these poor babies are: 8912 Coffman and Pico rd. Pico Rivera ca. I have so much pain in my heart right now, I don’t know what else to do but out these horrible people on blast. Help make this go viral. Something needs to happen”
This case not only went viral thanks to González, but it went all over the news. She got interviewed and regarding her social media initiative she said: “I just don’t want a small fine, a slap on the wrist-type of thing, I want to make sure that there is some sort of justice“.
Since she posted the picture a week ago, it has been shared more than 20,000 times. The four Pit Bulls plus other five dogs (including two German Shepherds and one Chihuahua) have been removed from the residence and an animal cruelty investigation has started. There is no information about the owners.
The nine dogs are now recovering at Southeast Area Animal Control Authority (SEAACA) in Downey. Unfortunately, there is no detailed information on their current state and it won’t be available until the investigation is complete. They are considered evidence and they are refusing to talk to anyone requesting information. We can only hope they are at least in better shape than in the residence where they were rescued from. The only thing we know is that once the investigation is over, the dogs can finally go to rescues, adoption shelters and find a proper home.
González’s initiative didn’t stop with the posted picture. She created a Facebook group— Pet Lives Matter CA— to keep the pressure on this case. They want to let SEAACA know that they are not done, that they are keeping a close eye on these dogs and that they need to care for them properly.
They even organized a protest, March against animal cruelty, in front of the premises on Saturday where the dogs were to let the world know that this is not an acceptable situation and that animal cruelty should stop once and for all.
This story teaches us that there are always ways to fight animal abuse. A simple picture can make a difference. Just please, don’t look the other way.