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Campaign to save dog that killed poodle at pet show

In an unusual show of support, animal lovers from the UAE and beyond have launched an online campaign to save Trip

  • By Sharmila Dhal, Senior Reporter
  • Published: 00:00 February 16, 2012
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Animal lovers in the UAE have come together for the Save Trip campaign
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  • Animal lovers in the UAE have come together for the Save Trip campaign.

Dubai: In an unusual show of support, animal lovers from the UAE and beyond have launched an online campaign to save Trip, the American Staffordshire terrier which is in detention at the Dubai Municipality for killing poodle Pluto at the Dubai Pet Show on February 3.

"Our ‘SAVE TRIP' campaign on the social media is a photo petition against any move to put an end to Trip's life," said Ragini Nagu, a 21-year-old Dubai-based artist who spearheaded the campaign through her blog ‘In Conundrums'. "His owners swear by his pleasant nature and claim Trip acted in self-defence. Unfortunately, the penalty for Trip's behaviour could be death," said a message on the Facebook page which recorded 500 ‘Likes' in the first three days.

"We urge all of you to take a picture with the sign ‘I want to SAVE TRIP' and use it as your profile picture on Facebook, Twitter or/and any other networking website. This way, you will be taking a strong stance against Trip's misfortune," the message said, adding, "We acknowledge that Pluto's death was tragic and send our condolences to the dog's family, but blood for blood is never the answer. The solution could be as simple as a muzzle, a little training and a firm grip on the leash when taking your dog outdoors," the Facebook page said.

About 60 pictures have so far been posted on the page. "Life+death is in God's hands. Who are we to pass the death judgment on Trip?" read a placard.

"The court had a hearing on Monday and we are told a final decision will be taken soon. We hope for the best," said Nagu.

Comments (3)

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  1. Added 12:14 February 16, 2012

    Please save Trip. I don't think he deserves to die.

    Andrea, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 10:28 February 16, 2012

    http://www.facebook.com/InConundrums#!/InConundrums Amazing Campaign!!!!

    R0ch, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 08:25 February 16, 2012

    I do agree that blood for blood is never the correct solution and yet I wonder how I would feel and react in both owners place. I have pets too, so I know how it feels to lose a pet. At best if imported was imported, then the family can it back home. However, please don’t kill Trip. You will not accomplish anything by killing the animal. Instead, put tough fines on owners who don’t muzzle their dogs and stop dangerous breeds from being imported into the UAE.

    Susan, dubai, United Arab Emirates

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