Here are still photos taken by my wife Anne C. Savage during last night’s memorial for Ace the pit bull from Detroit. Ace was reported to have been euthanized yesterday despite a court order NOT to. Click any photo to see more and larger versions at Anne’s blog. I encourage you to read her commentary on this situation. Here’s a snippet:
Here is video from tonight’s memorial for Ace the pit bull from Detroit (backstory HERE.)
About 150 local pet rescuers and animal lovers showed up to mourn the passing of Ace who was euthanized by the Detroit Animal Control staff. Based on the way things have played out, it seems pretty clear that Ace was actually euthanized almost immediately after entering the shelter and the DAC staff have been covering it up ever since. Ace was supposed to have four days before he was put to sleep (by law), but nobody had seen him once he entered the facility and, when the owner came forward to reclaim him, she was shown an entirely different dog than first seen in the photos.…
From Fox News Detroit:
He was nick-named “Ace” and has been at the center of a controversy surrounding his well being since the day he was found.
He was taken by animal control and slated to be euthanized. But people all over expressed outrage, demanding he be saved.
Late yesterday a judge issued a stay of execution, banning any pit bulls from being killed until a hearing next week.
However Fox 2 has just learned that Animal Control put ‘Ace’ to sleep.…
State Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer is on a tear lately. After dressing down Republicans for their passage of an anti-bullying bill that was anything but last week, today she read them the riot act for going on a two-week deer hunting season vacation when they have so much left undone.
The various groups working to save Ace and the other animals housed at the Detroit Animal Control (DAC) facility are having a candlelight vigil tonight in front of the DAC. As of this writing, over 620 people have said they will be attending. From the event’s Facebook page:
Thursday November 10, 2011 – 7pm-10pm
Outside of the D.A.C.
3511 West Jefferson Avenue, Detroit, MI
Bring a candle to light and one for a friend who might need one. This needs to be a PEACEFUL gathering of concerned citizens, to bring LIGHT to the fact… that there are people who support Ace and want to bring about positive change in the City of Detroit and want to do it peacefully and professionally.…
After an announcement last month about a similar agreement with the American Logistics Association, there’s more good news on the hiring of vets and their spouses today from First Lady Michelle Obama:
Leading Organizations Answer President Obama’s Challenge to Private Sector to Hire & Train Veterans and Military Spouse
Washington, D.C. – Today, in her keynote address to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Business Steps Up: Hiring our Heroes event, First Lady Michelle Obama announced that the International Franchise Association (IFA) which represents 1,100 franchises has committed to hiring 80,000 veterans and military spouses by 2014.…
A new report out today from Environment Michigan titled “Michigan’s Biggest Mercury Polluters” (pdf) shows that Michigan is tenth in the country for mercury emissions and has three of the top 100 most-polluting coal-fired power plants.
Their report shows that:
- The Detroit Edison Monroe Power Plant in Monroe emitted the most mercury pollution of any power plant in Michigan in 2010, releasing 660 pounds.
- The Monroe Plant ranked as the fourteenth most polluting power plant for mercury emissions in the nation.
- Three of the top 100 most polluting power plants for mercury emissions in the country are located in Michigan.
- Among all states nationwide, Michigan ranked tenth in terms of the total amount of airborne mercury pollution released by power plants – 2,253 pounds.
As I have written about in the past, Emergency Manager Joe Harris by-passed the normal process simply decreed that seven proposals be placed on the ballot for last Tuesday’s elections. These proposals would have altered the Benton Harbor city charter to reduce the number of City Commissioners and eliminated the ward system. In addition to the three I previously wrote about, he also included proposals to shift the responsibility for interactions with Department of Finance and Law from the City Commission to the City Manager, allow the City Manager to hire and fire the City Clerk , City Attorney, City Assessor, and City Treasurer.…
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