February 17, 2020
Why would a young pit bull start eating crack, you ask?
It’s because of socioeconomic injustices inherent in our breedist dog justice system.
A pitbull named Nipsey fell victim to his appetite when he ate a bag of crack cocaine that was thrown into his owner’s backyard, Detroit police said.
Officers were executing a search warrant at a neighboring property on Wednesday when one of the suspects listed in the warrant threw a bag of crack cocaine over the fence, Detroit police spokesman Dan Donakowski told CNN. Nipsey was in the yard at the time.
Police heard Nipsey barking, Donakowski said, and when officers went to investigate, they discovered the bag of cocaine torn and chewed up. They immediately called the Michigan Humane Society (MHS) for assistance.
“When I came outside and saw him eating some dope from the house next door it kind of blew my mind,” Clinton Majors, the dog’s owner, said in a video shared online by MHS. “Definitely when you’ve got animals you really care for them.”
After being alerted by the police department, humane society workers “rushed” to the property to pick up the dog and his owner.
“We dispatched two of our investigators to the home,” Michigan Humane Society spokesperson Andy Bissonette told CNN. “We then transported Nipsey to our MHS Grosfeld Veterinary Center.”
The 1-year-old puppy was held overnight for treatment. Once he recovered, he was finally reunited with Majors, who did not have to pay for Nipsey’s medical care. MHS covered the costs.
He came from a good home. He decided to eat a bag of crack because of the system, which looks down on him because of his breed.
But science has proven that dog breed is a social construct. So the only person we can blame for this member of the dog race – no different than any other dog, in any way at all – deciding to eat crack is society.
These dogs need more biscuits. They need longer walks. They need to learn to shake and play fetch better, from real teachers who are truly invested in their success.
And it is society’s responsibility to provide for them.
If society doesn’t take up that responsibility, we’re going to be looking at another generation of pit bulls destroyed by violence and crack cocaine.