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The first we heard of Mercy was in a news item sent on to us by our good friend Mary-Alice, Cornwall's Voice For Animals. Well, to say we were affected by this horrific story is an understatement, I cried on and off all day over the picture of Mercy looking up at her rescuers with such trusting eyes, obviously she must have been in tremendous pain, yet she was a gentle and beautiful dog even in her battered state and the good people of Operation Kindness took Mercy to their hearts and did everything they possibly could to save her, sadly it wasn't to be.

Mercy touched the hearts of animal lovers all over the world and her veterinary costs were met by members of the public who felt such grief at her passing. No animal should ever have to suffer as Mercy suffered. Mercy is now at peace and this song is dedicated to her memory.

Here are some news items about Mercy and the website link to Operation Kindness. Please also sign the petition whilst you are here, thank you.

Mercy, the 10-month-old puppy who was doused with gasoline and set on fire, has died. Her little heart just gave out.

She was a gentle soul who showed remarkable strength and courage - she inspired us all! Mercy died Sunday evening about 9:30 p.m. at the veterinary clinic where she was being treated. Doctors said Mercy showed some improvement Saturday, but her condition started to deteriorate Sunday afternoon. She was given a plasma transfusion, but shortly afterward her heart--weakened by burns over 60% over her body--stopped beating.

The young pit-bull mix was rescued Friday, April 14, by a Dallas man who saw her in the wooded area behind apartments in Far North Dallas. He took the dog to Operation Kindness, where she was given immediate veterinary care. Mercy was transferred to the Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center last Monday. She had surgery the following day to remove most of her burned ears and begin the painful debridement treatment. Doctors cautioned that, because of the severity and extent of her injuries--which also included stab wounds and cuts--her prognosis was guarded.

"All of us at Operation Kindness, as well as thousands of people who have been moved by her plight, are grieving for Mercy," said Jonnie England, executive director at Operation Kindness. "We were so hopeful that this beautiful, gentle dog, who had suffered and endured unbearable pain, would pull through in the end. It's more important than ever that the person who brutalized her be caught and brought to justice--for Mercy's sake." She will be privately cremated and her ashes will be spread in Operation Kindness' Memorial Garden so she will rest in peace forever.

Thanks to the outpouring of support for Mercy, her veterinary bills have been covered by caring people who were touched by her plight. Donations made For Mercy's Sake will be used to help Operation Kindness care for other unwanted, abused and neglected animals like Mercy. 

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Commentary: Have Mercy
By Rawlins Gilliland, KERA 90.1 Commentator

DALLAS, TX (2006-05-11) I once heard a saying: "You can tell a lot about a country by the way they treat their animals." With the dreadful case of Mercy, the pit bull mix who was stabbed and set afire, this quote seems timely.

Funny how we Americans need to put a name and a face on topical problems to make them become poster child "real": like Rodney King, Mathew Shepherd, Rock Hudson or Anita Hill. Now Mercy comes to personify the plight of abused, neglected or unwanted dogs. But like everything these days, Mercy's case is not without irony, including symbolic ritual.

What truly saddens me here, beyond the obvious is this; had a healthy Mercy been taken to almost any Metroplex animal shelter, she would have likely been euthanized because she was the least desirable commodity in our trendy metropolis: a mixed breed large dog. Last year in area shelters, over twenty thousand dogs and cats were killed because no one saw them or wanted them. And a disproportionate number looked like Mercy, before she was tortured to death.

Meanwhile, Dallasites are on waiting lists with upscale and low rent puppy mills alike to purchase preferred breeds. There's even dog chic; when Paris Hilton was "wearing" her Chihuahua, one Dallas mother bought her daughter an identical dog. It was later dropped at a shelter when the daughter left for college.

I'm constantly asked, "What kind is your dog". When I joke, "God only knows", people invariably say, "Mixed breeds are the best." They tell me how indeterminate origin mutts are healthier, have better immune systems. Yet they only have so-called "pure breeds", explaining they want specific "traits".

What traits, I wonder: loyalty, kindness, sweetness, great company?

My huge happy handsome hound was the victim of still another prevalent abuse. She was the traditional ethnic baby gift, given to families who, once puppies are no longer babies, trade in their aging pups for newborns. This revolving door "eternal puppy' problem at the SPCA is an ongoing matter-of-fact norm in many lower socio-economic households - white, brown and black.

There as elsewhere, there is stereotypical breed status. I can drive you through neighborhoods where pit bulls and Rottweilers run loose and breed freely. The result was Mercy. Ignorant resistance to spay or neuter animals remains endemic while homeless animals scavenge area parks, or if found or caught, overwhelm under-funded shelters. Others suffer terrible terminal diseases without shots.

But abuse has many faces. I recently called 311 about a Mercy look-alike tied to a pole in the blazing sun without water. This was intentional; to teach that dog to become deadly, like a growling gun. There is also unwitting cruelty afoot: a housebound Border collie or Dalmatian, never allowed to run, constantly punished for being "hyper".

It's past time to address our out-of-control animal emergency. While many big hearted Metroplex residents attended a memorial for Mercy, there are any number of dogs dying today who would have died to be your loving friend.

If Mercy - that poor sweet dog Mercy - touched your heart, why not become her guardian angel by rescuing an otherwise doomed angel in her name?

Rawlins Gilliland is a writer from Dallas.

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'The Rainbow Bridge'

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

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Thank you :) xx


Song for Mercy

You wonder why or how

Some people grow so mean

They hurt defenceless souls

Their hearts are cold, oh Mercy

You were young and sweet

A tender gentle friend

Easy to defeat

Oh Mercy...

All the lost and found

On the rainbow bridge

Spare their tears of pain

Heal their suffering

Light the troubled way

Keep their memory safe

For the rainbow's end

Is a brighter day...

I see your trusting face

No man should ever harm

Rest in peace my dear

Oh Mercy

You're in a better place

Held soft by angels arms

Sleep now precious one

Oh Mercy

All the lost and found

On the rainbow bridge

Spare their tears of pain

Heal their suffering

Light the troubled way

Keep their memory safe

For the rainbow's end

Is a brighter day...

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