Amanda Williams, describing the continuous abuse she has been receiving from Cindy Ryder, said, “Just last week, she put on my door an article about a lil’ five year old girl who was killed by her family dog, a pit!”
The media forgets the disservice they commit when they do not report the whole event from beginning to end. With this lack of integrity, they are failing the general public. The case of Cindy Ryder is a great example of that. Two families lost beloved pets, and, while one woman feels that it’s her right to continuously harass a grieving family, the media doesn’t utter a word.
According to Amanda Williams, Amanda and her boyfriend asked Cindy Ryder several times to control her dog and stop letting the dog aggressively bark and snap at the children playing in the Williams’ yard. Given the media’s traditional bias, it’s not surprising they failed to share both sides of this tragic story.
Amanda Williams and her family had been living peacefully in that house for over five years. Jada, their beloved family dog, was involved in numerous dog classes, had no history of aggression and was up to date on all her shots (with vet verification). Due a massive house fire and a quick move, she honestly admits she was three weeks late getting the rabies shot. According to Amanda, “I completely spaced taking her in! Not an excuse but the honest truth!”
She can’t believe how the media AND Cindy Ryder completely spun the story and ignored the truth. She says it was and still is devastating listening to Cindy, the media and some law enforcement officers paint her as a poor, irresponsible dog owner who trained her dog to be a killer. History and reports show her to be the exact opposite.
The memory of the day of the tragic events always brings tears to Amanda Williams eyes. It was just another day according to her. Jada had gone into heat the day before, so Amanda had her behind the gate as she left for work. Her dad was there watching her son for the day, and her son was outside playing with neighborhood children. According to witnesses, Cindy Ryder was walking her dog by their home when Cindy’s dog started barking and behaving aggressively towards the children.
Amanda’s father had stepped inside prior to that to use the restroom, and Amanda believes Jada must have heard the barking, knocked down the gate, and pushed open the screen to head out the door and towards the barking dog. According to witnesses, Cindy “grabbed her dog, flung her in the air, got her dog in her arms and started heading across the street with her barking dog.” Jada jumped up to snap at the barking dog and ended up biting Cindy’s ear. Cindy and her dog fell to the sidewalk. Cindy’s dog came loose, and the two dogs fought. Obviously, with Jada being a much larger and stronger dog than the small dog, the result was tragic. Amanda’s dad heard the lady screaming and rushed outside, but, unfortunately, it was too late.
Amanda stated that, by the time she returned home, Jada was gone. She described the worst nightmare for pet owners who’s animals are involved in a altercation. “I went straight to the ER to check on Cindy before I even went home,” Amanda commented sadly.
She said she was confronted by the police and told that checking on Cindy could be considered harassment. An officer then told her to come to his car to receive a few tickets due to the incident. Amanda stated that, “After that, I went to the humane society, and they let me see Jada for 10 minutes. She was locked in a kennel and it just broke my heart seeing her.”
She was initially informed that, after 19 days, she could come back and get her dog, but that changed the next day when she was told that she needed to find a home outside of Marathon County for Jada. After some research, Amanda found a rescue facility out of the state that was willing to take Jada. Amanda said, “I didn’t want her to be rehomed with a family because I was scared about how she could be treated, so I thought a pit rescue would be perfect.”
Little did she know that the everything was going to change for the worse.
The night before Amanda was supposed to pick up Jada and transport her to the rescue, the police arrived and served Amanda with papers that informed her they were seizing Jada and taking custody of the dog away from her. The police, due to Cindy’s persistence, received court papers that ordered Jada to be put to sleep. “They told me if I just agreed to let them kill her, they would take all my fines away, but I couldn’t do that. I had to fight for her; I loved her like my child.”
So, Amanda did fight. Court date after court date she fought until she sadly lost.
Amanda tearfully described that gut wrenching moment, “They let me see her for 15 minutes the day she was put down. When I was leaving, I could hear Jada just screaming for me through the glass. It’s been months, but it feels like this all just happened.”
She shares how this has affected her entire family’s lives. Her son still doesn’t understand why his dog was taken away and killed, and she states, “Everytime we get in a little better place mentally and emotionally, Cindy attacks me again.”
According to sources, Cindy told the courts she paid 200$ to have her dog cremated, however it was found out that the pet memorial service company donated the fee for the cremation of Cindy’s dog. After further questioning, it was verified that IF Cindy had paid out of pocket, the fee would have been far less than 200$ for her small dog.
She says the media has cut back in the past six months, yet she can’t shake the insanity of it all. As her family tries to move on, Amanda shares that her boyfriend brought a new puppy home for the family. What should have been a moment of happiness marred by Cindy Ryder, who ratcheted up her harassment. “Cindy called animal control and said our new dog was not licensed and that he had not had his shots which was unfounded and proved wrong.”
Will the abuse end? Probably not, since Cindy has joined forces with Dogsbite.org & Daxton’s Friends. If anything, the harassment will probably intensify with the possibility of Cindy going as far as hurting their new dog. The fact that Cindy had the balls to walk up to Amanda’s home and tape a news story on it shows Cindy won’t stop her harassment.
It takes great strength for Amanda to step up and speak out. Her dog was so much more than this one tragic event. Jada was loved, loving, playful, loved walks and snuggling with family members. “The day I picked her out as a puppy, she had this white ‘J’ on her chest, so I named her Jade.”
Come back tomorrow for the ending to this story.