Public raises funds to release dog lover from prison

@ronaldinu (12440)
Malta
November 11, 2008 11:36am CST
Rennie Scicluna, the dog lover who was imprisoned for not paying fines he got for using an abandoned building as a sanctuary for stray dogs, was released after the public donated generously to raise the sum in less than four days. http://www.maltastar.com/pages/msrv/msfullart.asp?an=25301 I really find this case as shameful for the maltese courts to put such a kind man in prison.
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@kerriannc (4280)
• Jamaica
11 Nov 08
It is wonderful that this man could look out for these stray animals. It is so sad that the neighbours and authorities are so cold and uncaring. I hope that other animals right groups can be assistance to him worldwide. We need to show compassion even if it is to animals.
@kerriannc (4280)
• Jamaica
11 Nov 08
Thank you for the B.R.
@dragon54u (31638)
• United States
16 Nov 08
Courts rarely dispense justice, I've found. Why doesn't the Maltese public works do something about the strays? They could spay and neuter them and find them homes, then people like that good man wouldn't have to go to jail for acting compassionately.
• India
12 Nov 08
I don't feel it bad.
@rvangeld (334)
• United States
12 Nov 08
Although I do think it is horrible, did this man know of the consequinces of doing his actions and do them anyway, because if he did, then he does not deserve a lot of support if he knew what he was doing was unlawful.
@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
12 Nov 08
IN terms of the law, the man is in the wrong, because he used an abandon building.. ANd that he is fined, it means that it's a government or private property, and he is trespassing.. Thus, the fine is justified too.. Also, stray dogs are dangerous for they might carry rabbies, and so he should actually bring those dogs to proper animal shelters where they get proper care..
@winterose (39918)
• Canada
12 Nov 08
I agree it is shameful, the law is all about money, money, money, they don't care the good that people do at all.
@fifileigh (3619)
• United States
12 Nov 08
why dont the public raise funds for him to buy the abandoned building and he can make it his animal sanctuary.
• China
12 Nov 08
I've never heard such a rediculous rule in the world! It's really unbelievable
@annjilena (5620)
• United States
12 Nov 08
they locked him up and the public released so why did they go through all this trouble he was just trying to help it,s a shame they did this.
@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
12 Nov 08
I don't know the story, but sometimes the letter of the law has tobe followed, even though it is not the most popular, or most humane. I'm happy, in this case sanity has won, and the man is free. Is he going back to using tha abandoned building, or will the dogs be back on the streets?
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
11 Nov 08
I agree, It is shameful for them to put somoene like him in jail for doing what he was doing in caring for the animals. I am glad that the community/public could raise the funds for him so he could be released. It is a shame though that they are still more fines that have to be paid and also it will be hard to find adequate shelter for the animals that he has been caring for. I wonder who cared for the animals while he was in jail?
@littleowl (7157)
11 Nov 08
Hi ronald that is shameful yet I expect it could happen anyhere really...thankfully he has been let out of prison, yet what happened to the dogs he was looking after? I do hope this kind man will be able to restart the shelter again...littleowl
11 Nov 08
Hi ronaldinu, This makes me sick, its just all about money these days, but if someone was ill treating the dogs, I don't think he will be put in prison, it makes me sick. Tamara
@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
11 Nov 08
disgusting that they will put people like him in prison when all these child abuser, murderers, rapist & people like that are running free. of course everybody can't just take any building for their use but it's a shame whoever owned the building didn't donate it to him.
@Shar1979 (2723)
• United States
11 Nov 08
Yeah I know what you mean. It's an abandoned building anyways. At least the man was kind enough to take care of stray dogs. Some people can be really greedy and insensitive.