Three dogs in Tulsa will probably die because of what their owners trained them to do.
Officials at the Tulsa County Sheriff’s office are recommending three dogs owned by Donald Seigfried and Diane Whalen be euthanized because they are aggressive. Law officers found dozens of homemade movies of a woman performing sex acts with dogs. They confiscated the tapes and the three dogs in the home. Seigfried and Whalen face felony charges of crimes against nature in connection with the tapes. So now law enforcement says the dogs are too aggressive and must be killed.
That is offensive – almost as offensive as the crimes Seigfried and Whalen are accused of committing.
Dogs – like people – can overcome trauma. They can be rehabilitated, trained and given a second chance at life. The perfect example: the animals rescued from Michael Vick’s dogfighting ring. Of the 49 dogs saved, only one was put down because it was too aggressive. Those dogs were trained to bite, fight and kill. In the year since they were saved, they’re being rehabilitated and adopted throughout the country. One is a therapy dog in California. Some are living with other dogs at a sanctuary in Utah.
Tulsa officials have a chance to make things right.
They should find a reputable rescue organization willing to work with these pups. The situation is horrible for everyone involved. We don’t like to think about animals being abused, and this issue in particular is difficult to stomach. But now is the time to make the tough choice: fix the problem. Don’t kill these dogs because of what they were trained to do.
- Staff Writer Carrie Coppernoll