Many of you have heard the tragic story of Buster, a Stafford-shire Bull Terrier, currently the focus of a fierce legal battle to decide whether the dog is allowed to live, or committed to die. Well, circumstances have taken a surprising twist.
Story of Buster the Dog- The Beginning
If you want to catch yourself up, here is a link to my first installment- ‘Should He Live or Die? Buster’s Story’.
4-26-2016 The tragic victim of poor circumstance, Buster the dog was forced to feed off the corpse of his deceased owner to survive. Labeled a menace by police, condemned by his own owner’s family, and sentenced to death by judge and jury, Buster’s grim fate was all but decided.
You see, Buster (supposedly) became aggressive after the incident. Or at least that is what Merseyside Police would have you believe.
James Cullen, representing Merseyside Police, told the at Liverpool Magistrates Court there was a “real risk that this dog, if rehoused, could harm a human being.”
– The Telegraph
Unfortunately, Cullen was bitten by the 35 pound Staffordshire Bull Terrier as he attempted to handle Buster.
Liverpool Magistrates Court below.
Of course, he’s not going to tell you how he ‘held the squirming dog down, applying pressure (not an advised handling technique for any dog, let alone a fearful one), as the anxious Buster struggled to free himself’. Police won’t tell you of their ‘illegal search and seizure’, which was passed off as ‘seizure of evidence’ by District Judge Wendy Lloyd (who also sentenced the animal to death earlier this month).
What these people fail to realize- Buster’s actions were natural, and should have been expected from the frightened dog, almost any dog in a similar situation. Who knows how long the pack animal was forced to live alongside his deceased owner, who he so depended upon for survival? Do we honestly know what kind of toll that would take? The reality of the situation is- Buster, at the time, was a frightened, fearful animal; his world thrown into chaos. Human rationale is a silly thing to expect from any dog at the best of times; the situation warranted a higher degree of caution than clearly was used.
Experienced veterinarian, Dr. Mugford (video below) was hired to inspect Buster, a test which the dog passed (dismissed by judge Lloyd as an inadequate inspection)
- Video by Liverpool Echo
Buster’s Miracle – The Story Continues
So, despite overwhelming community support for the dog, the judgement was passed; Buster was to be destroyed.
However, members of Fresh-fields Animal Rescue Center and the Senior Staffy Club weren’t finished; the war wasn’t over. They yet had a hand to play in the game. Together, the organizations lodged an appeal, offering Buster a temporary reprieve pending another legal hearing.
The ‘euthanasia’ sentence set for Buster the dog has been postponed a little while longer. Stay tuned for updates as Buster’s story progresses!