Monday, May 4, 2009
The trial of Linda Kapsa has been continued until July.
News report here.
You can link to the defense motion and the prosecution's response (as a PDF) from the Billings Gazette page. (I can't say enough about the caliber of the coverage that the Billings Gazette has provided. These guys are shoring up my faith in the Fourth Estate.)
Two more months of institutional life for the 250+ English shepherds (and the three pugs, the mongrels, the cockatiels, chickens and cats).
While this is not great for the adult dogs, most continue to make behavioral progress because county custody is so much better than their former lives. For the puppies -- it's all bad. Because the puppies could have had totally normal lives if they'd been released so they grew up in foster care and were placed in permanent homes at the appropriate age. Instead, they cannot be taken out of the perimeter that contains them as living evidence. Volunteers must work with them as well as they can in an environment that can only be varied so much.
For the volunteers and county workers charged with doing their best for these sentient beings qua items of evidence -- well, imagine running a marathon through rain, snow, mud, and abuse by the spectators on the sidelines, and just as you approached the finish line, depleted, exhausted, sobbing, but exhilarated -- a race official pops out of nowhere and moves the line ten miles down the road. (Oh, and there will be heat and bugs and elevated invective for the rest of the race.)
Update -- HT to Vikki in Sweden -- As if two more months was not enough: Today's Billings Gazette
And more, here.