The owner of a silver fox, reared as a family pet, has revealed her devastation after the animal was taken away and euthanised. Vader was destroyed in Minot, North Dakota after an anonymous bite report was submitted to local police.
It’s easy to reblog a story and feel sad about it for a day, and then move on. We’ve all done it. But for Vader’s owners, this isn’t just a story that popped up in their newsfeed for a few days. They have to live with the loss of their pet forever.
I don’t want Vader and his story to just fall through the cracks. I checked out his blog and it’s password protected now. I am looking for updates on the case. If anyone hears anything, let me know.
Ultimately, this isn’t just about one fox - it’s about all our pets. There needs to be changes made in law enforcement to keep our pets safe. If someone says (falsely) that your dog bit them, what is going to happen to your dog? What can you do to defend your dog? In Vader’s case, it was his owner’s word against an anonymous complainant, and the police sided with the complainant.
Plus, there is a serious need to raise awareness and understanding about the fact that animals will bite you when they are cornered or scared. More importantly, they will bite children who play too roughly or are abusive (whether that child is intentionally doing it or not). They’ll bite because they are stressed, not just because they are aggressive. Until we can all get on the same page about the multitude of reasons why a fox, dog, cat, ferret, etc. might bite, and treat those cases differently based on the circumstances, all our pets are at risk of being labeled “aggressive,” being taken, and being euthanized.