This is a story about Hank Plotts a lovely Pitbull/Husky mix puppy who was not even a year old yet, and his father Craig Plotts from Mishawaka, Indiana an Iraq War Veteran. I came across this story on Instagram, there were many people (and pets) protesting, so I talked to the Pomeranians and we decided that we needed to protest and share Hanks story! This article moved me so much, so I decided to share Hanks life.
Hank was in his own backyard and was not muzzled at night, Craig’s neighbor videotaped Hank during the night. It was so dark they had to use a bright flashlight to even see Hank! The neighbor walked the fence in the dark getting Hank all upset and shining the light in his eyes. Hank was just simply protecting his property as ANY of our dogs would do. Due to the neighbor taunting him, Hank was biting the fence and barking, something ANY dog would do, and the neighbor said Hank was being “aggressive” he threatened to turn the video into the Humane Society because Hank wasn’t muzzled.
Apparently he followed through with his threat. Craig was given a citation about the dog being in the fenced in backyard and not muzzled. There was court hearing in which Craig was not properly informed about due to the late hours he works at Memorial Hospital as a Medical Technician. The Humane Society notified Animal Control who then came to Craig’s house and took Hank away from his home. The Humane Society held the poor puppy and would not let Craig get him back. With the help of a lawyer he even tried to delay the euthanization date and even found a licensed 501c3 agency in Middlebury, IN willing to take Hank. The Humane Society still refused to give Hank up. They refused to even work with or talk to the agency. Hank was put to sleep on 5/21/12, and even worse news to come! Craig wanted to put his baby to rest with a burial and try to get some closure about this situation, but the St. Joseph County Humane Society would NOT even release Hank’s lifeless body, not even to the Palmer funeral home.
To read more about Hanks story please visit http://www.change.org/petitions/justice-for-hank Here you can sign a petition for Hank that nearly 10,000 other people have signed too.