The Origin of The Lexus Project

In October 2009 a high prey greyhound named  Lexus, having been declared a vicious dog, sat on death row in a Rhode Island kill shelter waiting to be put down. Her crime? Left unleashed in a dog park she followed her instincts and killed a Pomeranian puppy. (Small, long-haired dogs are perceived by many greyhounds as prey; this is the instinctive response of a sighthound.) The greyhound was seized and her owner attended a hearing without counsel and the judgment paved the way for her execution.

Luckily for Lexus, Robin Mittasch read her story on the internet forum Greytalk and was moved, together with her husband, Rich (who is an attorney) to fight for her release. Thanks to a quirk in the Rhode Island statute he was able (with the assistance of an attorney in Rhode Island who also volunteered his time to file the Court papers) to negotiate the release of Lexus from her cell and her removal from the state. As she jumped into his van, snuggled up and ate cookies, the idea of the Lexus project was born.

Although all the legal defense by the attorneys is pro bono, there are always court fees, marshall fees, research fees, deposition, transcript, filing fees, overnight mailings, etc. and if we have to get a dog released from the pound at a per day rate charge,  there are those fees too. All proceeds go to The Lexus Project, legal defense for greyhounds and all breeds of dogs.  We are a 501c3 organization, so your donation is tax deductible.

Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.
(Horace Mann)

 

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