Opinion: Protect children from dog violence

Paul W. Smith
Edward Cruz visits a makeshift memorial in the alley near the spot where nine-year-old Emma Hernandez was mauled to death by three pit bulls, Monday, near her home.

“Outta’ my mind on a Monday moanin’”

I cannot get out of my mind the horror, excruciating pain and suffering little 9-year-old Emma Hernandez experienced in the final minutes of her life. Surely we must do something about this kind of fully preventable carnage. No child (or adult) should walk (or play) in fear of this kind of unthinkable assault.

Certainly we are mad as hell and not going to take it anymore.

Just like we were four years ago when 4-year-old Xavier Strickland was mauled to death. (Also by three dogs?)

Let’s talk about a couple of events coming up to help children.

This Wednesday, it’s the 13th Annual “Racing for the kids to the Hill,” presented by Wells Fargo Advisors, on Kercheval Avenue in Grosse Pointe Farms.

Tom Buhl and Ed Russell, co-chairs of this great event since it began, tell me the day-long street fair celebration for the community is free and open to the public from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., with games for the kids, inflatables, music, refreshments, racing demonstrations and activities for the whole family. Kercheval Avenue will be closed from McMillan to Hall Place for the street fair.

Then, I look forward to helping out as emcee at the evening cocktail reception and live luxury auction (handled as always by the great DuMochelle family). Party on from 6-9 p.m. at 120 Kercheval (racingforkids.givesmart.com).

Get your tickets to ensure there will be “No Kiddie Without a Christmas” at the Detroit Goodfellows 30th Annual Tribute Breakfast at Cobo Center on Friday, Sept. 13.

The Edward H. McNamara Goodfellow of the Year Award, given to noteworthy individuals who have significantly contributed to the community, will be presented  (www.detroitgoodfellows.org).

See you there!

Paul W. Smith is the host of "The Paul W. Smith Show" on WJR-AM (760) from 5:30-9 a.m. Monday-Friday.