Animal lovers and welfare activists are demanding that a dog that survived a six-story fall this summer be allowed to live, despite calls to euthanize her.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) said last June officers found a 1-year-old, brown and white pit bull mix named Oreo at the foot of a Brooklyn building with two broken legs. The dog had been beaten by its 19-year-old owner and thrown off the roof of the six-story building, the Associated Press reports.
Though Oreo has been physically rehabilitated, the ASPCA announced plans to euthanize her because of unpredictable bouts of violent aggression.
On Friday, protesters rallied outside the organization’s building in New York City, insisting the organization spare Oreo’s life.
"The aggression thing is a dumb excuse because all dogs can be worked with," Emily Danks, a protester and self-described animal rescuer, told the news source.
Claiming a wealth of experience handling dogs like Oreo, the ASPCA considers the pit bull’s aggressive behavior to be a public safety risk and has stood by its decision.
Oreo’s assailant, Fabian Henderson, has pleaded guilty to aggravated cruelty to animals and is scheduled to be sentenced on December 1.