So Robin Starr’s dog died because she left it in her car. That is sad, no doubt about it. The dog was 16. Is it possible that she did not know her dog was in the car? Of course. Another way to think of this incident is this: would the woman, who transformed the Richmond SPCA in to one of the most successful no-kill shelters in the country, intentionally leave her pet locked in her car for four hours? No.
Today’s Richmond Times Dispatch features a brief article outlining the known facts, and asks readers to look for more coverage including an interview with Starr in tomorrow’s paper.
Andy Jenks elaborates on the story on the NBC 12 website and first mentions how outspoken Starr was against Michael Vick. Then he copies some information readily available on Starr’s bio about how she put forth her vision of making the Richmond SPCA a no-kill shelter. Her accomplishments were secondary to her criticism of Michael Vick.
So why mention her condemnation of Michael Vick? What was the motivation for that reminder? Was it to get the reader to pause…think on it…and draw the conclusion that Starr may be a hypocrite? Is he suggesting that this accident is similar to electrocuting and drowning dogs who don’t make enough money in dog fights?
I’m not sure if there is enough unintentionally hilarious local-crime fighting reporting from Andy Jenks to win back this viewer.
***Update: Jenks latest post includes a line on how Starr was also critical of a man who starved 11 dogs, all before mentioning her achievements. See Judge Jenks here: