Kalena Mallon with Faith, the dog who saved her life
Like everyone , I am a sucker for stories of heroic dogs who save the lives of their people. Even more amazing are those mystery dogs who seem to appear out of nowhere, just in the nick of time…
But not all heroic dog stories have happy endings – not if you live, like I do, in a province or state with BSL (breed specific legislation).
From the Brantford Digital Journal –
Mallon credits a stranger named Faith with keeping her alive after she passed out due to a rare heart condition on a busy road in Brantford, Ontario.
In June of this year, Kalena Mallon, 30, suffered a mini stroke because of her heart condition and suffers low blood pressure seizures.
Mallon said during a phone interview that she was walking on the side of the road near her Brantford home when she passed out. The young woman was in serious danger but none of those who saw her laying in the road came to help until one stranger risked their life.
Faith is a 10-month-old Pit Bull mixed breed puppy. She stood over Mallon as the cars zoomed by honking their horns protecting her. Mallon’s husband was at home and heard the commotion. When he saw his wife’s helpless body laying in the street with only a puppy looking out for her he ran to her aid. Once safely at home Mallon’s husband gave her medicine to revive her.
“I had never seen Faith before,” Mallon said quietly, “It was as if she appeared out of heaven.”
Faith, the name that Mallon gave her hero canine stray stayed by her side for three hours.
You’d imagine that Faith, the hero Pit Bull, would be up for a medal, or a commendation. You’d be wrong – after all, this happened in Ontario, where Pit Bulls are banned. What Faith was facing, instead, was execution.
Mallon’s husband called the SPCA’s emergency line to see if anyone was missing their pet. The SPCA informed the family that they could be facing a minimum $5000 fine and a minimum of 30 days in jail for housing a stray said Mallon. The SPCA said that they didn’t deal with strays at night and to call the police.
A policeman came to the home an hour and a half later.
“At first he was scared of Faith but then she jumped up and licked him in the face,” Mallon laughed, “After that the officer kept calling her a sweet, good dog.”
Because of the law he had to take her away. Mallon stood crying as the car holding her hero traveled down the street.
Mallon said that the SPCA is mad at her for trying to save Faith’s life.
“The SPCA is mad at me for trying to find Faith a new home. They told me that if I step on their property they will have me arrested for trespassing,” Mallon said adding that the agency claims that Faith has been aggressive with other dogs. Mallon was allowed a visit with Faith where she witnessed Faith playing with other dogs and that she was not aggressive then nor at the Mallon home on Saturday.
Please note that it is the SPCA – the Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals – who are being a bunch of pissy little bitches about Mallon’s efforts to save Faith.
How dare she try to stop them from killing a dog? Who does she think she is, some kind of animal rescuer?
Good grief. It’s bad enough we have to live with this stupid law, without having our Humane Societies practically chomping at the bit for the chance to enforce it.
Mallon’s attempts to get politicians to intercede for Faith have been fruitless – apparently, they grow their politicians stupid in Brantford, because who doesn’t want the chance to be known as the guy who saved the hero Pit Bull puppy? Someone needs to get these guys a new press agent for Christmas – better yet, get Brantford some new politicians (and Ontario a new government, while you’re at it).
Thankfully, an outside rescue group has now stepped in, and is making arrangement to get Faith out of Ontario. Her life, at least, will be spared, but she won’t be there the next time Mallon needs a miracle, and those of us who live in Ontario will be one ‘miracle dog’ the poorer.