August 20, 2013

"'Pep, The Cat-Murdering Dog' was a black Labrador Retriever admitted to Eastern State Penitentiary on August 12, 1924."

"Prison folklore tells us that Pennsylvania Governor Gifford Pinchot used his executive powers to sentence Pep to Life Without Parole for killing his wife’s cherished cat. Prison records support this story..."

That's the story at This might be more accurate.


Bob Boyd said...

"But I killed a cat in Philly, just to watch him die.
When I hear a silent whistle I hang my head and cry."
Pep, The Dog in Black

traditionalguy said...

More War on Cats? Either Pep was a far right wing Lab, or he was trying to save a cat from the water.

Conserve Liberty said...

I know of an attorney whose Labrador Retriever was impounded by the City after he (the dog) was accused of jumping two fences and impregnating a neighbor's Standard Poodle. The City Animal Control Dividion demanded destruction of the animal under nuisnace control regulations.

As I recall the story, the attorney petitioned the Municipal Court to issue a Writ of Mandamus demanding release of the Retriever, pending a hearing on the matter.

At the administrative hearing the Attorney presented mug shots of 12 Labrador Retrievers in the form of a lineup, out of which the accuser could not identify the partioular dog that had committed the heinous act.

Said labrador Retriever was found Not Guilty of the Offense and released to his owner's custody.

I may not ahve gotten the civil procedures exactly correct but that is the sense of the story.

David said...

Gifford Pinchot: Rich guy, first head of United States Forest Service, Heir to lumber fortune who was guilty about the way his predecessors treated the forests (but not guilty enough to give back the money.)

Pinchot's defining characteristic was certainty that he was right about everything.

His most enduring achievement is described by Wikipedia:

When Prohibition was nationally repealed in 1933, and four days before the sale of alcohol became legal in Pennsylvania again, Pinchot called the Pennsylvania General Assembly into special session to debate regulations regarding the manufacture and sale of alcohol. This session led to the establishment of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board and its system of state-run liquor stores, reflecting Pinchot's desire to "discourage the purchase of alcoholic beverages by making it as inconvenient and expensive as possible."

The Pennsylvania state stores have performed just as he intended.

Oso Negro said...

You laugh, but there is a movement afoot in the U.K. to stop euthanizing killer dogs and rather give them life imprisonment.

Edward Lunny said...

Heh, Gifford Pinchot , the pompous ,sanctimonious, twit that continued prohibition in Pennsylvania after it was ended in the United States. Another asinine hypocrite who held everyone else to standards he would not meet. Christ, he was as big an ass as the libtwit, treehugging, global warming shits are today.

ashlandkennel said...

Dog is jail what this means? :D
Black Labrador