A first for MySweetCharity tonight! As much as the entire staff loves watching fundraising for Dallas nonprofits, we had to walk an event tonight. Too bad because it was a stellar occasion with VIP’s (County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, County Commissioner Elba Garcia, KDFW’s Clarice Tinsley and a ton of legal types), 600 gents and ladies and over-the-top hoop-la including Cyndi Lauper doing the entertaining. And to add the cherry on the top of this delicious event, it benefited Children’s Medical Center.
So, why did MSC pull out? No, it wasn’t past our bedtime. An illegal act was on the program. Three adorable puppies (a teacup Maltese, Yorkie and Malti-poo) were to be auctioned off. In the city of Dallas that’s been against the law (Dallas City Ordinance Sec. 7-7.6) since 2008. One of the cute gals displaying a pup said, “Poor little thing is shaking badly.”
One non-pet owner was overheard to say, “Those puppies shouldn’t be here. They’re making me feel uncomfortable.”
It’s happened before and will probably happen again unless animal advocates, nonprofit benefactors and law enforcement do more than issue a letter. One group that recently auctioned off a puppy quipped, “Let ’em send a letter or even fine us. We made more money off the sale of the dog than the fine.”
Suggestion: If an animal is auctioned for a charity, let’s not only have the money returned to the bidder. Let’s fine the nonprofit a similar amount. Otherwise, remove the law that is not enforceable.
In the meantime, MySweetCharity will opt out when it comes to events or news that bodes of a naughty nature.