Skip to comments.Dog of Michael Vick's Leading Critic Dies in Hot Car (SPCA CEO Leaves Dog in Hot Car)
Posted on 08/27/2009 3:01:45 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Robin Starr has been an outspoken critic of NFL quarterback Michael Vick for leading a cruel dogfighting ring. Vick acted despicably, then served his time in prison.
But today Starr is dealing with a cruel twist of fate.
A 16-year-old family dog died in the back seat of her car last week after being left there for four hours on a hot day in Richmond, Va.
Let's be clear: By all accounts so far, this was an accident that could have been avoided.
Starr, the CEO of the Richmond Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, says she didn't realize the deaf and blind dog -- named Louie -- was in the car.
That's because her husband, Ed, had put the dog in the back seat but failed to tell his wife. The dog died of kidney failure.
Already, internet message boards are full of hateful comments about Starr. Some try to equate the accident involving her dog with the Vick dogfighting incidents.
There is no valid comparison at all, and people know it.
Vick knew exactly what he was doing when dogs were mauled or even killed during the dog fights at his home.
(Excerpt) Read more at voices.kansascity.com ...
"The ASPCA was deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of Louie, Richmond SPCA CEO Robin Starr's beloved dog, who died after accidentally being left in Ms. Starr's car for several hours on a hot summer day. The ASPCA truly believes that this incident was a horrible and unfortunate accident.
"Robin has dedicated her professional life to saving animals' lives. An outspoken advocate for the prevention of animal cruelty, Robin has worked diligently with her staff for many years to increase the shelter's adoptions and decrease euthanasia since becoming a no-kill facility a remarkable achievement for the animals at-risk in the Richmond area and a model for the entire nation. If a terrible tragedy like this could happen to someone like Robin, then it can truly happen to anyone.
"Certainly, the grief that Robin and her family must be going through right now is profound. Anytime you lose a pet, it's tantamount to losing a member of the family but it is hard to imagine the pain that comes with losing a pet in such a tragic way.
"While some might unfortunately call for Robin's resignation as a result of this horrible accident, it is imperative that we focus on the thousands of animals' lives that she has saved through her work with the Richmond SPCA. Louie's death serves as a tragic lesson animals should never be left alone in a parked vehicle, and pet parents must stay vigilant when it comes to their pets' safety."
About the ASPCA® Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first humane organization established in the Americas and serves as the nation's leading voice for animal welfare. One million supporters strong, the ASPCA's mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501 [c]  not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. The ASPCA, which is headquartered in New York City, offers a wide range of programs, including a mobile clinic outreach initiative, its own humane law enforcement team, and a groundbreaking veterinary forensics team and mobile animal CSI unit. For more information, please visit www.aspca.org.
Robin Starr needs to RESIGN.
When Robin Starr has resigned but this person in a hot car for the same duration and temperature to see what it’s like. I’m so tired of these HYPOCRITES!
First stories were that SHE forgot SHE put the dog there. How noble of her husband to take the heat.
Wasn't the dog who took the heat?
Perhaps the Philadelphia Eagles will take her.
He could be another NFL Quarterback
Behind a cute smile lies a dangerous mind!
How on earth can this happen if you care about your dog?? If I stop anywhere I leave the car on and the air conditioner on full blast, who knows I may have a heart attack of Scarlett Johannsen will want to take me to her penthouse.
I’d rather risk someone stealing my car then to have my dog suffer for even a moment in a hot car.
Awww...that poor dog.
The dog was 16 and that’s 112 in people years. Perhaps she felt her dog was no longer a contributing member of society. Maybe the dog already visited an end of life consultant. This is an example of cost cutting Obamacare in the dog world.
:( Poor dog. No sympathy for the owners.
Did she think this was a happy life for her pet?
HA HA Motherf*cker! < / eddie murphy > < /sarc >.
It’s not imhumane when we do it.
2 year ban from the NFL.
How can it happen?
It’s called a mistake. You simply forget the dog is in the car. Unfortunately this happens with infants also with equally tragic results. Before you go off like there is no excuse ask yourself, what safety device does my brain have that would prevent this if I got distracted? The answer is NONE, this could happen to you or anyone else.
How does one not know that a dog is in the back seat?
It could NEVER happen to me, never, ever. Just because stupid people leave dogs and infants in cars doesn’t mean I could.
People do a lot of stupid stuff that I will never, ever do.
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