Friday, June 20, 2008

Celebration for A Pit Bull: Cristina's Court's dog story beats Judge Judy for first court show Emmy

Cristina's Court, the syndicated daytime courtroom series starring blonde Telemundo crossover Cristina Perez, beat Judge Judy, Judge Hatchett, the People's Court and gay judge David Young tonight for the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences' first Emmy for Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program.

In a nice twist, Cristina's executive producer is Peter Brennan, the godfather of tabloid television and the original producer of Judge Judy (who was widely credited for guiding the court show queen to her initial success).

The episode that was judged and which won the Daytime Emmy award was Requiem for A Pit Bull, the story of the life and death of the two-year-old family dog that demonstrated Brennan's unique gifts for finding and telling stories that strike a personal and universal nerve. The power of the story ws such that influential animal rights groups like PETA and Last Chance for Animals joined the Hollywood crusade to see the segment, the producers behind it, the courtroom TV star who fronted it and the show that featured it, get the award they deserved.

It was "a hair-trigger episode that divided much the nation and pitted two of the country's most intense lobby groups head to head on the case --the gun lobby versus animal rights.

"It stemmed from an incident that took place on an average street in Austin, Texas one day last summer....and a dog named Capone...

"The 911 call told a story":

911: "What's your emergency?" Caller: "A pit bull for about the fifth time just chased me and my dog inside my house...he's very vicious. He growls his teeth and he charges you."

911: "Is anybody hurt?"

Caller: "No but I just killed the dog."

He was a young pit bull named Capone. Was he a playful, friendly pup, motherless and hand fed from the day he was born, as his owner described? Or a vicious, aggressive potential killer on the loose, as described by the man who shot him.

The decision was up to Judge Cristina Perez in TV's Cristina's Court.

Allen Saadeh, 20, and his mother were suing neighbor Louis Cross for killing their family pet with a .22 rifle. Cross, 40, who told Judge Cristina one of his hobbies was hunting, admitted he pumped five .22 caliber bullets into Capone the day he caught him in the yard of his Austin, TX. home.

"It was aggressive, showing it's teeth." Cross said.

"Are you scared," asked the judge.

"I am scared."

Cross said he had previously warned Saadeh about the dog being loose. "I said listen, this is the last time I am coming to you about your pit bull in my yard. I am going to shoot it."

Saadeh said he never took the threats seriously. "He was a very good dog. He was like a little boy to me."

The judge asked Cross to describe the shooting.

Cross said he found Capone in his side yard and the dog growled at him and his weiner dog. He then went back inside the house and took a .22 rifle from his gun cabinet.

"I shot him twice in the head and he stood there and looked at me," said Cross.

"What did you do next?"

"I shot him three times right there (pointing to his ribcage), and he died."

"You shot him five times?"

Saadeh said he searched for his dog for three days before Cross admitted to him that he had shot Capone and thrown the body in a dumpster.

"You murdered that dog," said Judge Cristina.

The winners:

Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program




Anonymous said...

Bunk. Not a Judy fan, but this story was manipulated... at least the way it reads. That guy gave his neighbor warnings and had a freakin' pit bull in his yard.

I'm an animal adopter, and it's the strays and hard-to-place ones that end up with me. The vet bills to keep them healthy and comfortable could easily fund a tabloid pilot (i.e., acupuncture and alternative therapies along with surgery and routine medical care). I scrimp on myself before I would scrimp on my animals.

Having heard too many pit bull stories with surprise attacks that no one could have predicted, I'm sorry this judge and the show's producer chose a sensationalistic and ethically wrong 'decision'. Until one's family is chased by the sweetest pit bull alive, it's hard to fathom how unreliable and fickle these dogs are. Goodbye. . . and thank god the man and his dog didn't get shredded.

Anonymous said...

Just because it was a Pit Bull doesn't automatically mean it is a threat!!! It's people like you that give Pit Bulls a bad name!!! That man should never have taken the matter into his own hands and deserves what he got!

Anonymous said...

If there were no consequences, I would shoot Louis 5 times to his death, for looking like a mean man. That is what he deserves.

the dude said...

louis cross is a piece of shit if he would have shot my dog and threw him in a dumpster i would have tortured this guy for hours on end, he deserves more than just being shot. I do think the owner should of made sure his dog wasn't getting out knowing these dogs have about a 90 percent chance of being tossed into a fight or killed by a pitbull hater or to the pound. It blows my mind how apartments label these dogs and other dogs dangerous breeds, don't be scared of my dog people be scared of me. Dogs killed 3 people last year in us. Humans killed around 3000 who is the real problem? Truth is any dog can snap, they are no different than any other specie even humans. The problem is people like mike vick and the early "white settlers" made dog fighting a sport and these dogs have the best all around physique and jaw structures for that cruelity. Yes white people our ancestors are responsible for the down fall of the pitbull, we are the ones that started fighting these guys in the mid 1800's in england. As for the not a judy fan you are a fucken idiot go adopt a poodle ,and leave my presence like santa claus when i enter the dog park with my so called murderous pit bull pup.

Sinclare said...

requiem for a pi bull?? hahaha I am sorry but that made me laugh I think it was a parody of the movie Requiem for a dream or viagra online as a requiem for an ED sufferer