SAVE ROXY:  Honorable Judge Chris Ninomiya, Dickinson County, MI - Let Roxy Live!

SAVE ROXY: Honorable Judge Chris Ninomiya, Dickinson County, MI - Let Roxy Live!

    1. Emily Ritsema
    2. Petition by

      Emily Ritsema

      Iron Mountain, MI

February 2014


Emily Ritsema: Dear Supporters, Roxy has left the state! She is on a journey to a wonderful rescue group to start a new life.

I cannot thank all of you enough for helping to save this wonderful girl.

While driving her on the first leg of the journey yesterday we had our right tires get stuck in a snowbank! When the tow truck driver asked if she was friendly, I said "sure"! He bent down to pet her and she licked his hand. As Vicki, Roxy's former owner, would say....she's thanking you for your help. She is such a wonderful girl and we wish her "Happy Tails" as she heads off into the sunset.

If you would like to follow her journey from this point on, please send a friend request to Roxanne Freedom on Facebook.

Roxy, a female pittbull mix, bit a neighbor while agitated, pregnant, and exceedingly uncomfortable in 90+ degree weather.  Roxy was also under duress as her owner was agitated during a confrontation with a neighbor and the police [NOTE:  The conflict may have happened AFTER the bite.  I have been told two different stories.]. The person who was bitten does NOT want Roxy destroyed, but the responding officer, who is not an animal behaviorist, determined that Roxy is "aggressive" and a threat to people. [Second NOTE: I have been told that the officer HAD to label Roxy aggressive according to the wording of the ordinance.] Roxy has since had her puppies (seven husky/pitt mixes) and has been videotaped meeting all kinds of people with wagging tail and kisses.  All of the shelter staff feel that she is not a threat, including at least one who is a certified animal evaluator.  Judge Ninomiya has never even met the dog.  This is a severe miscarriage of justice and arbitrary.  Other dogs who have bitten people have NOT been ordered destroyed.  Roxy should be given another chance.  PLEASE sign and SHARE!

Video of Roxy:

Vacate the order to destroy the pittbull mix known as Roxy, currently housed at the Almost Home Animal Shelter. Give her another chance.

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Recent signatures


    1. Roxy Will be Safe!

      Emily Ritsema
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Supporters,
      Please visit Roxy's Facebook page for the details regarding the settlement that was reached with the city of Iron Mountain. Roxy will be going to a rescue out of state where she will be evaluated and, most likely, put up for adoption by a loving family. We are thrilled that she will be allowed to live out her life in comfort and peace. I will message again when she has left Michigan and is on her way. Much love to all who have supported her through this 6 month process.

      Help Save Roxy

      Help Save Roxy. 2,223 likes · 420 talking about this. This case is in Iron Mountain, MI. Roxy was placed on a long leash tie out outside to do her business..It was a hot day and Roxy was pregnant. A woman visiting her Mother stepped out of the house to have a cigarette.

    2. Please contact Judge Ninomiya with Respectful pleas

      Emily Ritsema
      Petition Organizer

      Please consider sending a well-worded, respectful letter to Judge Ninomiya. I believe him to be a very fair-minded, intelligent man who will take all evidence into account. HIs contact information is:
      Judge Christopher S Ninomiya, 95 B District Court
      705 S. Stephenson St.
      P.O. Box 609
      Iron Mountain, MI 49801
      Fax: (906) 774-8560

      Thank you!

    3. Urgent Help Needed

      Emily Ritsema
      Petition Organizer

      Please everyone! I know that this is not the best time with the Holidays upon us, but Roxy urgently needs your help! A new attorney has been brought in who is also working pro bono, but lives 8 hours away from Roxy. We need more money for gas, lodging, and other expenses. If each person who signed this petition was able to donate $1 we would have over $10,000 to save Roxy. Her link is:

      Save Roxy

      Roxy was outside on a long leash tie out.Roxy was pregnanat and it was a hot day. A woman visiting her Mother stepped out of the house to have a cigarette. She walked down the alley way and encountered Roxy.Roxy was startled and acted protectivly.Roxy bit the woman on the calf.

    4. Reached 10,000 signatures
    5. Please send respectful mail to the judge

      Emily Ritsema
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Friends,
      Please consider sending respectfully written letters to the Circuit Court judge on Roxy's case. If you have met Roxy personally it would be very helpful to focus on how gentle and sweet she is. The address is
      41st Circuit Court
      PO Box 609
      Iron Mountain, MI 49801
      attn: Appeal for Roxy the Dog

      Note: This is The Honorable Judge Mary B. Barglind, not the District Court judge listed on the petition. She has until November 15th to consider the merits of the case and decide whether or not to hear the appeal in court.

    6. Reached 9,000 signatures
    7. My apologies

      Emily Ritsema
      Petition Organizer

      Dear supporters,
      My apologies for a few facts that I inadvertently misrepresented. FIrst, the police officers who responded (or any police officer within this jurisdiction) were required to deem Roxy 'aggressive' simply because she bit a person. They didn't make a 'judgment' about her. Second, Roxy was tied outside her house on a tie-out that allowed her to reach the sidewalk. The person who was bitten was on public easement, not on Roxy's property. However, the rest of the statements still stand...she was pregnant, it was hot, and she is condemned to die over one bite that could easily have been prevented. We need to change our laws to reflect logic. If a human lashes out and hits another human (unprovoked) we penalize them but we do not condemn them to die. Dogs have a much lower (supposedly) mental capacity and we do not give them a second chance? That needs to change. Thank you for listening and thank you for your support.

    8. Reached 750 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Keigan MacLeod HALIFAX, CANADA
      • 8 months ago

      There were many factors to consider in this case.

    • Kay Warner BLAINE, WA
      • 8 months ago

      Bully Express transport is cheaper and they are good. They have rates for rescues!!

    • judi rawlings VICHY, MO
      • 8 months ago

      I have owned 3 Pitts and they have all been gentle, loving and kind, respectful and loyal animals.

    • Kim Hunter CANTON, MI
      • 8 months ago

      I believe it should be looked at like any other case: using a case-by-case analysis. Let the totality of circumstances speak....she can not speak for herself.....but her actions on an every day level seem to be what the people who know animals are standing by and expressing their belief...........listen to them!

    • Kim Carter LINCOLN PARK, MI
      • 8 months ago

      Pets should not be punished for biting someone who is agitated and just defending themselves!!!


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