Bear-Bear memorial: A recap
Thursday evening people gathered for a memorial at the Quail Run dog park in Severn where Bear-Bear was shot on Monday by an off-duty federal officer. Tiffany Greco, who attended, agreed to summarize events for me and take some pictures. Tiffany fostered Bear-Bear when he was first rescued -- she's with Tails of the Tundra Husky rescue. Some very interesting ideas came out during the evening, including the possibility of renaming the park after Bear-Bear... and that there were young witnesses in the area at the time of the shooting...The recap is in her words, verbatim:
So pretty much the afternoon started off pretty gloomy with some threatening storms and about halfway through we got some thunder and downpour, but everyone stayed through it!
When I got there, there were a few people discussing the incident and their general opinions about it. Mostly being that this man acted recklessly and their general outrage over how the case was handled.
I also found out from the president of the recreational committee for Quail Run, Art, that they would be having a meeting next week to discuss what action Quail Run will be taking in response to this incident. It was also brought up that they will be voting on re-naming the dog run after Bear-Bear.
Joan Harrison from Leopold's executive office was there representing him and chatting individually with people.
By 6:30 there were 3 police officers, about 50 people and lots of huskies!
One of the biggest questions/discussions throughout the event was, what can be done to continue to help.
Around 7pm Rachel, Ryan and Joan said a few brief words. Ryan thanked everyone on the behalf of his family for their support. He mentioned how great the media has been and the good that the facebook pages have done.
Joan also followed with thank yous and mentioned that Leopold has gotten HSUS involved with the investigation and they will make sure there is a complete investigation.
Ryan then took some questions:
1. Are the charges filed - no not to date
2. Why can't we have the shooter's name? - Ryan says too many threats have been made against the man, his family and dog and he will not be responsible for any harm being brought to him.
3. Were there any witnesses? - Yes there were three children, one of whom gave a statement to the police.
Ryan then went on to tell the story of how he came to adopt Bear-Bear.
As for future directions, Ryan and Rachel with being working with Charlotte who is the president of the animal welfare council that was started by executive Leopold. She will not be representing them legally, but she will be providing legal advice to them on how to build and execute their legal plan.
And then finally at the end as everyone was leaving we saw a fantastic rainbow!
LINK: Unleashed: Bear-Bear memorial: A recap - Pets in Baltimore: Dogs, cats, animal shelters and rescues in Maryland by reporter Jill Rosen - baltimoresun.com