Saturday, March 05, 2005

Pro-Life Groups Call For Dog's Death

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(03-05) 08:08 EST WINCHESTER, Va. - Pro-Life Action League, Pro-Life America and other anti-choice groups today demanded the death penalty for the Shar-Pei dog implicated in the shotgun death of 43-year-old Raymond Poore of Winchester. (See And The NRA Has Declined Comment below.)

Investigators say Poore was killed in January after being shot in the abdomen with a hunting rifle. While police have concluded that the death was caused by the gun accidentally discharging as Poore used it to beat the dog, anti-choice groups and the National Rifle Association (NRA) believe it was an act of murder.

"The Shar-Pei breed is known to be prone to violence," said Mary Smithers, a Pro-Life America spokesperson. "This was a God-fearing man, whose life was cut short by this vicious animal."

Kooter James, of the Pro-Life Action League, was more direct: "We believe in the solemn preservation of life, even if it means an unconstitutional infringement on a woman's rights," he said, his voice choking with emotion. "But this dog deserves to die for this clear act of homicide."

Police would not confirm anti-choice reports that Bailey, the two-year-old dog, was found with incriminating powder burns on her paws.

"We can't comment on an ongoing investigation," said Luke Badura of the Winchester Police Homicide Unit. "But I will say that it would be unusual for an animal with no thumbs to be able to pull a trigger."

Meanwhile, a spokesman for the NRA commented only that this is not an example of lax gun laws causing a needless death. "That's the same old liberal response," NRA spokesman Tom E. Gunn said. "Remember, guns don't kill people; overindulged, pedigree dogs kill people."