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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

The Barking Lot (06/13/09)

The Barking Lot

The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of this just in
Written by my lovely wife, Jennifer and me.  It opens with the weekend dog walking forecast followed by the main blog from dog lover, Jennifer. Then it
s DOGS IN THE NEWS and our close. Enjoy!

We grade the weather outlook for taking your pet outdoors. 

TODAY:  Cloudy skies with rain in the morning, giving way to sun in the afternoon. High of 67.  "B"

SUNDAY:  REVISED FORECAST- Partly cloudy. High of 77. "A"


Our  weekly dog blog always tries to be informational, and we also want to feature as many positive, uplifting, emotional stories about dogs as possible.

As we frequently mention, the news isn’t always good. This week is a perfect example. The SPCA of Texas is offering a $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for the skinning and killing of a Cavalier King Charles spaniel. The dog was let outside to go to the bathroom and was abducted. Bonny was found in a field across the road from his owner’s home.

We have written about the case in the Green Bay area of a man putting the dog of an ex-girlfriend in an oven.

Recently, a pit bull was set on fire in Baltimore. Though rescued by a police officer, the dog still had to be euthanized.

Why do we include such disgusting, horrible, arguably offensive stories with all the warm, fuzzy, funny, inspirational tales? They are legitimate news items. And they illustrate that there are bad people who do very bad things who need to be caught and punished swiftly and severely to send the proper message to other would-be hooligans.

The Baltimore pit bull story raises a compelling issue. The outcry from the public was overwhelming. Thousands of dollars were raised in donations to try to capture the evil, twisted person(s) responsible.  Shaking her head in utter disbelief at all the attention was Veda "Pat" Allen. As the Baltimore Sun reports:

“When her 22-year-old son was shot in the head in 1992 in what city police said was a motiveless crime, she wonders, where were these people with their outrage, their tears, their checks?

I think it's very disheartening when a dog's life is more valued than that of a human,’ says Allen, who still lives in the crime-riddled Northwest Baltimore neighborhood where her son died and leads a victims group called ‘SAVE,’ Survivors Against Violence Everywhere. ‘Twenty-six thousand dollars to find out who murdered a dog? Where are our priorities?’”

Allen’s argument is well-taken. Generally speaking, in my many years in the news business, it seems that a story involving the abuse of a poor, defenseless animal is never short of a host of outraged sympathizers. However, that’s not always the case when the victim is a child. Will the courtroom be more filled when the Green Bay guy who killed the dog in the oven makes an appearance or during a Green Bay court hearing of child neglect, abuse, kidnapping? How about a child left inside a hot car?

If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you love animals. No one wants to see any pet maimed or worse yet, killed. The life of a dog or cat, obviously, doesn’t elevate to the status of a human life. (I’m sure you’d get plenty of arguments from devout animal lovers who feel certain pets are far better than certain people. On that specific point, I’d have to agree).

Thank goodness it doesn’t have to be a case of either or, that there are good-hearted souls who care about the very needy among us, the two-legged variety or four.

Read more in the Baltimore Sun. 

Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the past week. We start out right where we left off, the pit bull story in Baltimore. Two teens have been charged. And letters keep coming into the newspaper.

This is one of the biggest dog stories in recent times. A dog dies after alerting the family to a fire.

Did police have to shoot this dog?

I shot your dog barked.

So, what you got there, pooch?

Does your unemployed dog need help with a resume?

Baby is gone, but not forgotten.

Never complain about your job. You could have this one.

This dog got stoned.

Would you cuddle with a pet ash pillow?

Hey, it's summer. How's about giving that dog of yours a beer?

Hey, doesn't Paris Hilton have dogs? How does Paris take care of them?.

Is your dog's shampoo safe?

And from today's comics section...

That's it for this week. Thanks for stopping by. We close with a video checklist for adopting pets.


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