Today is a special day. It is twelve months since Oscar found his freedom – again. For those of you who don’t know Oscar’s story, I will try to summarise what can only be described as a nightmare start to his little life.
Oscar was one of a number of dogs who was rescued from a puppy factory in central Victoria where they had been neglected to the point they required urgent veterinary care.
The list of ailments the dogs suffered was extensive, including: severe matting (the dogs had to be sedated in order to shave their painful matted fur away from their skin); ear infections; gum disease; and rotten teeth. Once their matted fur was shaved it was evident that painful grass seed abscesses covered their bodies. The dogs were so severely malnourished their irritated skin was like paper and they were grossly underweight.
Days later and still recovering from surgery, Oscar was returned by authorities to the very people who failed to provide veterinary care, and neglected all their dogs, including Oscar. They have never been charged with cruelty.
Deb Tranter was the angel who took Oscar and the other dogs away from the puppy farm to be treated. As you can imagine, she was horrified and disgusted when they were returned to the farm, and she was in fact charged with theft.
From that day, she began the Oscar’s Law campaign to have puppy farms closed down, the perpetrators charged and to stop puppies being sold in pet shops.
She and her supporters have campaigned tirelessly for the cause; organising rallies on the steps of parliament house, media campaigns, fund raisers and so many other events to raise the public awareness of the plight of these poor dogs.
On July 9th 2011, 18 months after being returned to the puppy factory Oscar was saved once again by Deb. His recovery has been gradual, given the psychological and physical trauma he has endured for the first 5 years of his life. Oscar is now living happily with Deb and is safe but there are still thousands of ‘Oscars’ hidden away on factory farms treated as breeding machines to supply the pet industry.
Today is a day to thank Deb and her supporters for the campaigning she has done, and although she is a superwoman, she can’t do it all alone. Public pressure needs to be put on politicians and law makers to make puppy farms illegal and to have harsh penalties imposed on those who flaunt the law, inflicting cruelty and neglect on our innocent animal companions.
It is only by way of spreading Oscar’s story to friends and family that we can create a huge wave of public outcry that cannot be ignored. There are still so many people who are ignorant of where the ‘cute’ and ‘designer breeds’ come from that are sold in pet shops all over the country. Do not condemn them, help us educate them.
Oscar’s story must be told over and over so that we don’t forget what the poor little fella has suffered at the hands of our fellow human beings. And to remember that there are amazing people like Deb Tranter and her supporters who are fighting for those who cannot help themselves .
Please support Oscar’s Law in whatever way you can – donate via their website, purchase some wonderful merchandise for you and your dog, put a sticker on your car, or simply tell Oscar’s story to at least 2 other people, and ask them to do the same.
The Power Is In Our Hands!
Thank you for taking the time to read Oscar’s story – now it’s time for you to act!