Like many others, Deanna Damen was compelled to take action when
she heard the story of Kiya, the dog found
brutally beaten, abused and left for dead in Quincy, Mass. at the end of
Unfortunately the dog had to be put to sleep and people across the country are mobilizing to shed light on abuse both obvious and subtle.
"I was just so horrified at what happened," said Damen, owner of the Cake Gypsy in Canton. "When I found out it was not an isolated incident, I just felt compelled to do whatever I could to prevent it from happening again."
To help educate people, Damen, who has worked with animal advocacy in the past, is involved in many efforts. First is a candlelight vigil set for 5 to 7 p.m. on the Canton Town Green at Route 44 and Dowd Ave. on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013.
The event will address the dynamics of abuse, resources and cautions. Kiya, for example, was listed "free to a good home" on Craigslist. A qualified rescue organization can vet potential owners, Damen said.
Attendees at the event will receive a doggy bag with information, including information on local rescues and a copy of Kiya's Guide, which contains tips and resources. Guest speakers will speak about resources, laws and more. Live music will also be featured.
For those who are looking to support the fight against animal abuse, Damen recommends Animal Friends of Connecticut.
See updates about the event at https://www.facebook.com/candlesforkiya