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Remembering Bear
by Gael Marconi
May 20, 2014 09:20 AM | 6181 views | 7 7 comments | 96 96 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bear, a lovable mixed breed dog was dragged to death by a careless man driving a pick-up truck. This had everyone angered. The elderly driver went to buy bread, forgetting Bear was tied to the back of the truck. How could anyone forget their pet?

When the driver arrived at the Dollar General Store, a woman yelled to alert him of the dog behind his truck. The driver, showed no shock or remorse, went back into the store to get his bread! One police officer arrived without getting out of the cruiser to talk to witnesses, promised another officer would be by. Witnesses waited a reported hour and twenty minutes; no sign from the second officer. A police incident report was made but with missing pertinent details.

A rescue organization drove to the owner’s house offering free vet care for Bear, but was turned down. The Bartow Sheriff enlisted an investigation. The next day, Bartow Sheriff closed the investigation citing it a “horrible accident”. PETA called, asking the Sheriff to re-open the case, Sheriff refused.

Witnesses were angry and offered their written accounts. A petition with over 22,000 signatures asking for this driver to be held accountable was made. A meeting with the DA (via an attorney) got squelched, deeming this case “not prosecutable”. Many differ on this. Bear’s justice could have taught the Bartow and Kingston Police to better handle an animal cruelty situation.

People failed Bear. We must not ever forget him.
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Gael Marconi
June 22, 2014
Thank you everyone that commented. Believe me, we tried every possible route including having an attorney. But she decided to drop the ball by leaving the case.

All we can do is talk about Bear and not forget him.

Gael M
Toni Marosok
July 01, 2014
I will keep talking about Bear! I will continue to be the voice for the innocents that cannot speak for themselves. I will continue to be an animal activist!! I will never forget!! <3
Suzanne Carlson
May 22, 2014
Appalling. Reprehensible. This man showed a callous disregard for Bear's suffering. Going in for bread?! Refusing help? Why this man was allowed to get off scot-free is mind-boggling. How, why are kind people not up in arms about this?
Judy Masters
May 21, 2014
Sad this guy is driving around not knowing or hearing a dragging animal. Then refusing free vet care. I wouldn't want to be driving on any street he is on. he is an endangerment to any community. The police, well who is this old non humane being related to or buddies with on the police force? I really do not appreciate lazy police forces that do the "good ole boy thing." They need to be thrown in jail themselves for not doing their jobs and collecting taxpayers money for doing as little as possible. Karma is a b____ and each and every one of them has a horrible future circumstance coming to them.
May 21, 2014
I live in Wyoming but was following this case closely. The rules in Georgia need to change NOW!!! Those men-Both of them- need to be punished and never be allowed to have a dog again. That was so cruel and inhumane and so-so painful and frightening for poor Bear! We don't even know what happened to him after that. The system, the law enforcement and the owners FAILED Bear Totally!!! I am truly disgusted.
Angela Wise
May 20, 2014
I will never forget Bear!!!! I honestly cannot believe that nothing was done!!!! I don't live there but I did write and make calls....all to no end....all on deaf ears!!! I am so sorry Bear....this is unacceptable!!!! I am so sorry you suffered so.....I am sorry that no one held that man accountable for your suffering....I am so sorry humans are so unfeeling...uncaring....ignorant. Just know, dear are not forgotten....and you are loved.
May 21, 2014
Bear was an innocent animal created by God, and God loves all of his creation. Be at peace to know that "Bear" is with the Lord, and is healthy and happy. You will see him someday if you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior. I say this because no one comes to the Father except through Jesus. Maybe that's why Bear was that I could witness to you and the many readers who read this. Go see the movie "Heaven is for Real" and God's not Dead". Bear is in Heaven! When you accapet Jesus as your Lord and Savior you will someday call Heaven your home also...and then you will see BEAR.
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