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Here’s the story again, since some people can’t see it. If a mod deleted it, feel free to message me telling me why.

Several days ago, a fellow fox owner and dear friend received an anonymous message through Tumblr threatening to report Vader as a vicious animal. Unfortunately, these threats are something nearly every exotic pet owner has experienced. Thinking it was just another internet crazy, she deleted the message. Like many foxes, Vader had never left his home property for anything other than a vet trip. One would assume in order to file a report, you would need some proof. Apparently that isn’t the case in North Dakota.

Last night, animal control officers and local police showed up at her door and, without a warrant, seized Vader. The reason given was that they had received an “anonymous bite report”. The person who physically took Vader was not a trained animal control officer, but rather a local cop. Wearing thick gloves, he cornered Vader and picked him up by the scruff of the neck. The cop had previously been advised multiple times on how to properly handle Vader (or any animal, for that matter) but decided to disregard the advice not only of his owner, but animal control officers as well. Out of fear, Vader bit his glove but did not puncture the material. Staff at Animal Control reported he was wagging his tail whenever he was fed and being friendly with everyone who interacted with him.

Vader’s owner made several calls to the North Dakota Board of Animal Health, Department of Health and local police department. All three assured her because they had no proof of punctured flesh in either incident, and that the cop had horrifically botched the seizure, Vader would be safe and they were just holding him to make sure he wasn’t exhibiting signs of any contagious diseases. A few hours ago, the police showed up with Vader’s collar. Animal Control had euthanized him without a hearing or proper medical screening, stating that they had evidence that the person from the Tumblr report had legitimately been bitten.

The “evidence” the animal rights activist from Tumblr submitted was a photo of an animal bite either doctored or taken straight from Google.

Board of Animal Health

Apparently the personal info of the organization may be a concern. So, I’m not going to post it here again.

http://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/1yl678/this_is_vader_he_was_euthanized_today_without_a/

How Tumblr got an exotic fox killed. »

bathsabbath:

corn-of-the-cob:

From reddit user /u/Aeviegh:

Several days ago, a fellow fox owner and dear friend received an anonymous message through Tumblr threatening to report Vader as a vicious animal. Unfortunately, these threats are something nearly every exotic pet owner has experienced. Thinking it was just another internet crazy, she deleted the message. Like many foxes, Vader had never left his home property for anything other than a vet trip. One would assume in order to file a report, you would need some proof. Apparently that isn’t the case in North Dakota.

Last night, animal control officers and local police showed up at her door and, without a warrant, seized Vader. The reason given was that they had received an “anonymous bite report”. The person who physically took Vader was not a trained animal control officer, but rather a local cop. Wearing thick gloves, he cornered Vader and picked him up by the scruff of the neck. The cop had previously been advised multiple times on how to properly handle Vader (or any animal, for that matter) but decided to disregard the advice not only of his owner, but animal control officers as well. Out of fear, Vader bit his glove but did not puncture the material. Staff at Animal Control reported he was wagging his tail whenever he was fed and being friendly with everyone who interacted with him.

Vader’s owner made several calls to the North Dakota Board of Animal Health, Department of Health and local police department. All three assured her because they had no proof of punctured flesh in either incident, and that the cop had horrifically botched the seizure, Vader would be safe and they were just holding him to make sure he wasn’t exhibiting signs of any contagious diseases. A few hours ago, the police showed up with Vader’s collar. Animal Control had euthanized him without a hearing or proper medical screening, stating that they had evidence that the person from the Tumblr report had legitimately been bitten.

The “evidence” the animal rights activist from Tumblr submitted was a photo of an animal bite either doctored or taken straight from Google.

Tumblr….really? I know there are a lot (a LOT) of fuckheads on this site but this is a new low. This is absolutely masochistic and is complete abuse of the anonymity system this site so graciously provides.

I don’t care who did it, I want to know why. I mean, congratulations! You won! The fox got euthanized! GG, bro(ette)! In my eyes, this has become honestly the ultimate scumhole of the internet (even /b/ is starting to fall behind). Anon hate, keyboard warriors, bigoted arguments, people who can’t admit they’ve done wrong, absolute NUTJOBS who somehow have the audacity to say they’re “for equality” and now this.

Honestly?

Really?

I’m fucking done with this site. No, really. I’m done with it. This is absolutely wrong.

Oh, before I forget, here’s a picture of Vader.

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This is disgusting. I can’t believe someone would be so reprehensible. I can’t even fathom what I would do if my best friend was taken from my home and killed because some cowardly asshole felt particularly self-righteous that day. Tumblr is the just fucking worst. I hope the owners decide to take legal action after their grieving period.

““First they came for the Communists,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t
a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I
didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a
Jew.
Then they came for the Catholics, and
I didn’t speak up because I was a
Protestant.
Then they came for me, and by that
time there was no one left to speak up
for me.”
Reverend Martin Niemöller (1945)”

http://www.unesco.de/c_humanrights/pdf/Foreword.pdf

corgis-everywhere:

justlikethemoonsheloved:

trappersthebluegoose:

autobot-lolo:

maythefoxbewithyou:

The police just came to my door and gave me the worst news of my life. My baby was euthanized today. They told me they had no information on the person who was “bitten”. All they acted on was a picture sent to them. My baby is gone because someone didn’t like us having him.  We won’t be on tumblr, possibly ever again.

This is heartbreaking and I encourage Vader’s owners to seek legal action when they are ready.
I normally don’t post about stuff like this in tumblr but this is a true injustice, not to mention incredibly illegal.
It’s after hours for this particular state’s animal and health department, but I encourage all of you to take a moment and call these numbers and express how wrong this is.
(701) 328-2655(701) 220 5194(701) 220 0092 (701) 202 6251 
Please be polite; the person on the other end of the line, odds are, is not the one who made the decision. They are representatives and they should be regarded with respect.

//Signal boosting.  I feel so horrible for Vader’s owners.  I agree with Autobot-lolo, be polite.  Don’t scream and curse and be belligerent.  Be firm, polite, and insistent, and ask for facts and citations (was there a police report?  Can a copy be purchased?). 
Don’t allow this go to unremarked.  This could be anyone’s pet, be it a fox, a German Shepherd, Doberman, or Pit Bull, or even a housecat or horse.  The police took Vader on the 20th, and he was euthanized on the 21st.  That’s very, very quick turnaround time, especially for a government agency.  I find it very worrisome, and that it sets a dangerous precedence.  Contacting the agencies will not bring Vader back, of course, but if all of us here on Tumblr can keep it from happening to someone else, I think that’s worthwhile.

This is so wrong. I am so sorry Tara I can’t even imagine the pain and grief you are going through. This just makes me feel so numb. This poor baby was ripped from his home and unfairly given a death sentence before he even has a chance to be defended. I hope legal action is taken and that whoever made this false report enjoys a special place in hell waiting for them.

Please, please, please signal boost this as much as you can. Call, email, write, whatever — just try to get some justice for Vader and his family. Unfortunately, it won’t reunite them but hopefully can prevent this from happening again.




“First they came for the Communists, 
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t 
a Communist. 
Then they came for the Jews, and I 
didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a 
Jew. 
Then they came for the Catholics, and 
I didn’t speak up because I was a 
Protestant. 
Then they came for me, and by that 
time there was no one left to speak up 
for me.” 
Reverend Martin Niemöller (1945)

corgis-everywhere:

justlikethemoonsheloved:

trappersthebluegoose:

autobot-lolo:

maythefoxbewithyou:

The police just came to my door and gave me the worst news of my life. My baby was euthanized today. They told me they had no information on the person who was “bitten”. All they acted on was a picture sent to them. My baby is gone because someone didn’t like us having him.
We won’t be on tumblr, possibly ever again.

This is heartbreaking and I encourage Vader’s owners to seek legal action when they are ready.

I normally don’t post about stuff like this in tumblr but this is a true injustice, not to mention incredibly illegal.

It’s after hours for this particular state’s animal and health department, but I encourage all of you to take a moment and call these numbers and express how wrong this is.

(701) 328-2655
(701) 220 5194
(701) 220 0092 
(701) 202 6251 

Please be polite; the person on the other end of the line, odds are, is not the one who made the decision. They are representatives and they should be regarded with respect.

//Signal boosting.  I feel so horrible for Vader’s owners.  I agree with Autobot-lolo, be polite.  Don’t scream and curse and be belligerent.  Be firm, polite, and insistent, and ask for facts and citations (was there a police report?  Can a copy be purchased?). 

Don’t allow this go to unremarked.  This could be anyone’s pet, be it a fox, a German Shepherd, Doberman, or Pit Bull, or even a housecat or horse.  The police took Vader on the 20th, and he was euthanized on the 21st.  That’s very, very quick turnaround time, especially for a government agency.  I find it very worrisome, and that it sets a dangerous precedence.  Contacting the agencies will not bring Vader back, of course, but if all of us here on Tumblr can keep it from happening to someone else, I think that’s worthwhile.

This is so wrong. I am so sorry Tara I can’t even imagine the pain and grief you are going through. This just makes me feel so numb. This poor baby was ripped from his home and unfairly given a death sentence before he even has a chance to be defended. I hope legal action is taken and that whoever made this false report enjoys a special place in hell waiting for them.

Please, please, please signal boost this as much as you can. Call, email, write, whatever — just try to get some justice for Vader and his family. Unfortunately, it won’t reunite them but hopefully can prevent this from happening again.

“First they came for the Communists,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t
a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I
didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a
Jew.
Then they came for the Catholics, and
I didn’t speak up because I was a
Protestant.
Then they came for me, and by that
time there was no one left to speak up
for me.”

Reverend Martin Niemöller (1945)

““First they came for the Communists,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t
a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I
didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a
Jew.
Then they came for the Catholics, and
I didn’t speak up because I was a
Protestant.
Then they came for me, and by that
time there was no one left to speak up
for me.”
Reverend Martin Niemöller (1945)”

http://www.unesco.de/c_humanrights/pdf/Foreword.pdf