Ato, a Japanese name, sounds
like "Otto". Ato/Otto is a 7-year-old Chow Chow, who's been most unjustly
detained in an animal clinic for 15 months, then transferred without owners'
knowledge to a Death Row cage at the Humane Society of Huron Valley (HSHV),
for additional 8 months, by the City of Ann Arbor and the judicial system. But it ain't over till
it's over. Ato's loving owners, who have sacrificed much for their suffering
friend, have appealed his death sentence !
There was that woman who stuck
her hand through the cracked window of the car, where Ato sat....
There was that newspaper boy,
who cracked open the door, entered the house....
There was the trainer who testified
that Ato reacted naturally to her test and was not a threat.
There are the judges who are
prejudged and defending each other, using the old law and without considering
all the facts.
There is the HSHV acting as
being perfectly innocent...and where horrific sounds of dogs can be heard
There is the City of Ann Arbor
(Mr. R. West! ), who continues all these abuses, in a very unethical way!
(To see bigger pictures,
click on thumbnail images of Ato )
1998 a jury returned a not guilty verdict, i.e. Ato is not a dangerous
dog. The City not to be out done sued Ato's owners in Civil Court. An appeal
was to be heard in February 2000, but was postponed until April 14! Then
on the 12th. of May 2000 Judge Connors affirmed the trial court decision,
obviously not recognizing the facts! The fight is not over, since it has
been decided to file another appeal with the Court of Appeals. An hearing
was intended to take place on June 1st., 2000. However it became postponed
since a disqualification of Judge Creal-Goodridge was requested. On June
17th., 2000 two hearings on the disqualifications of Judge Goodridge and
Connors were held. Both refused and Judge Goodridge insisted upon execution
of Ato. During the night from the
16th. on the 17th. of July (an) Animal liberation activist(s) liberated
Ato, who is hopefully safe now and in a better situation then at the HSHV
..... On July, 21, 2000 the Michigan
Court of Appeals denied the Application for Leave of Appeals. The
Application for Leave to Appeal, which was filed at the Michigan Supreme
Court, became denied on August 22, 2000. The Motion to Stay was denied
as 'moot'..... This ruling, which is erroneus, resulted from Ato being
stolen from the HSHV. ...But, the Ikumas are
waiting for the day that they can be reunited again with their beloved
Ato...! As a consequence your support
remains needed !!
CONTINUE YOUR SUPPORT UNTIL ATO IS SAVE AND WELL IN HIS OWNERS' LOVING
Read about the case here.
Learn about the conspiracy against a dog and his owners with the goal to
have Ato killed; about the assistant city attorney R. West, who lost 'his
prize'; about a newspaper not willing to report facts; about a wrong judicial
system. A story with an open end?