Every once in a while, you close a life chapter for good. Sometimes, things come cycling back, usually abusers reoffending, abusers breaking their probation conditions, or God knows what.
But in this case, this chapter gets closed only because…
…these two never need to worry about where life takes them next. No more sorrow, no more uncertainty, no more battles, no more egotistical Human Society officials.
Miles Thomas, the man who fought the Humane Society of Harrisburg for seven months over custody of his dog – all the way to Federal Court – died on February 12, 2012. He was 75. His bestest friend in life, Baron the collie, preceded him in death late 2011.
Following the death of Baron, Thomas’ health went into a swift decline which forced him from his apartment into a nursing home.
In July 2009, Miles and Baron were thrust into the news when the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area seized Baron from Thomas’ ventilated car, which turned into a cruelty investigation. Miles Thomas, who was homeless at the time, was never charged. He was also turned away from the Humane Society’s shelter the very next day when he tried to recover Baron.
This led to a contentious battle that was settled in Federal Court. Baron was returned to Miles in February 2010.
Deanna and I defended Miles Thomas’ right to be reunited with his dog. We felt like we were defending one of our own family.
Godspeed to Paradise Miles and Baron. You are together, forever.
Don’t be dismayed at goodbyes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetime, is certain for those who are friends. ~Richard Bach
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