Monday, September 21, 2009

Dog Justice Poem and Petition for Larry Neal

I was so impressed with the zeal to enforce justice for pit bulls that I penned this poem, wishing that certain people counted as much as dogs in America with their right to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness protected like canine citizens:


Too bad you weren't a dog, my brother
In my heart, I cried
Many more people would care about you
And wonder why you died

You had no spots or floppy ears
You never fetched a ball
Instead, you were a human being
But poor, black, and flawed

You died in jail for mental illness
I know down in my heart
Your death would be investigated
If only you could bark

Dog deaths get swift justice
Their abusers are sent to jail
Poor Mama would have closure now
If you'd had a wagging tail

But you were made in God's image
And some day, I have no doubt
The mentally ill and American dogs
Will have at least equal clout

~ by Mary Neal, all rights protected

See the petition calling for DOG JUSTICE FOR THE MENTALLY ILL at this site:

VIDEO:  Dogs personified as the mentally ill, homeless and in prison

The DOG JUSTICE poem is available in three languages at:

Abuse feels like this to humans, too.

Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill

Larry Neal's Wrongful Death Website:

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