As the 10th anniversary approaches, I have been writing up many of the stories from that time; I will be contacting the people involved and asking them to share updates and/or comments. This will include some of our fiercest enemies/detractors (those who fought against reuniting pets with their owners and those who had to be sued in order to return pets to their proper owners). You know who you are so feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org in advance, to share any of the following:
What did you learn from the experience?
What would you do differently if you could?
Have you acquired, adopted or fostered any animals since?
Have you since worked or volunteered with any shelters or rescues?
Feel free to share any other comments or reflections.
Lynn Welsh, snowballs chance Biannca Kellogg,
UPDATE: Just learned that both dogs in photo at right were rescued from same house.
She was the LAWYER who lied, manipulated, and distorted facts even when presented with the truth/ evidence, causing Tank's family an extraordinary amount of time, expense and emotional energy to get their dogs back.
She was the self-proclaimed "dog lover" who ranted and raved that Tank's family didn't take care of him.....yet, in spite of all the time she had him, SHE NEVER HAD HIM NEUTERED.
She returned Master Tank INTACT to his family. Hmmm...did she plan to breed him or was she just "irresponsible" and a "bad dog owner?"
She was the LAWYER who knew that the law was very clear about ownership of Master Tank (and all other Katrina dogs). She knew that he was the legal property of his Louisiana family who did not abandon him.
She knew that according to the LAW, pets are considered property and owners of lost or stolen property have three years to reclaim their property, by legal action if necessary.
She knew or should have known the law yet distorted the facts to her own self-serving ends.
Even after she returned Tank, she continued to lie, claiming that she was given "visitation" rights with Tank, and a year later, when she bought a St. Bernard puppy from a breeder in CA, she lied again by claiming that she had stayed in touch with the family in Louisiana.
She NEVER admitted to making a mistake or apologize to the family. Not even to the children.
I wonder if it bothers you more than the dog when your kids aggravate her? No doubt she doesn’t like it, but if she could speak I bet she would say that she prefers to stay in her home of 13 years with annoying kids than be given away to a stranger at her old age.
No doubt you love your dog very much so I want you to know that giving her away at her age will be devastating for her. She will feel abandoned and probably become very depressed.
Also – please think about what you’re teaching your children by doing this. Wouldn’t it be better to teach them how to be gentle and loving with her instead of finding her a new home? By getting rid of her, it sends a damaging message to impressionable young that pets are disposable.
Whatever you do, PLEASE DO NOT TAKE HER TO A SHELTER - THIS IS NO WAY FOR HER TO SPEND THE LAST DAYS OF HER LIFE. Shelters already euthanize thousands of young, healthy dogs because there are not enough homes for them all. Shelters know that 13 year old dogs do not often get adopted, or certainly not adopted quickly, and they just don't have the resources to keep her there for weeks. But mostly, sending her to a shelter would be the very worst choice you could make.
Please re-consider this for both her sake and that of your children.
p.s. I tried to post this on Craigslist but they now have many new stupid rules about needing to have an account, and needing to provide a phone number before posting which I really don't feel like bothering with.
And to others reading this: please do not email Ashley to harass her or make her feel worse than she probably already feels.
Very Loving Cocker Spaniel Needs Loving Home (Bear, DE)
Date: 2010-06-03, 5:52PM EDT
Reply to: email@example.com
Please help our loving dog Dimsum find a loving home. She is nearly 13 and doesn't care too much for children. I hate to give her up but I have small children in my home that aggravate her. I'm trying to find someone who may be older with grown children or just a single looking for a wonderful lovable companion. Dimsum gets along wonderfully with other animals. She has been around cats all her life. She is up to date on all vaccinations and has only minor ear infections every once and a while. Although she is older she is still playful and able to get around on her own. Please feel free to call me for any other questions you may have. PLEASE HELP DIMSUM!!!
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- Create a Dog Breeder License Act, which would prevent breeders from having more than 20 unaltered (not neutered or not spayed) dogs.
- Prohibit people from obtaining a dog-breeding license if they have been convicted of a felony animal-cruelty crime, including dog fighting.
- Require dog breeders to keep dogs in buildings without wire flooring and with sufficient heating, cooling and ventilation.
- Require pet stores and breeders to provide potential pet buyers with the dog's full medical history, information of spaying and neutering and information about any prior medical care.
- Establish penalties starting with fines and escalating to having animals seized and breeding operations shut down.
A.) Anyone who during a 12 month period maintains at least 10 adult female dogs that have not been spayed and are over four months of age (exempts shelters, rescues and animal control organizations).
B.) Standards of care (ventilation, sanitary conditions, illumination, temperature, exercise and cage size requirements; no wire flooring).
C.) Vet Care - Every animal must receive a physical exam from a licensed veterinarian every year and the breeder must maintain veterinary records on each animal. Surgical procedures or euthanasia of
any animal may not be performed by anyone other than a licensed veterinarian.
D.) Pet Store Disclosure - Requires any pet store to post name, city and state of each pup's breeder as well as name, city and state of any broker. Pet stores must maintain veterinary records on each animal and make them available to purchasers or prospective purchasers.
E.) Lemon Language - Requires breeder to provide another dog or full refund if dog is found to be sick within 21 days of purchase. Or, if dog is found to have congenital problems within a year, the breeder must also reimburse the buyer for vet bills (not to exceed the purchase price of the dog).
F.) Cap Language - Maximum of 20 dogs that are (older than) one year and have not been altered at any address or location.
G.) Breeding limitation - dogs cannot be bred without annual certificate from vet, must be at least 18 months of age and less than eight years of age. Female dogs shall only be allowed to whelp one litter per year.
H.) Animal Cruelty Convictions - Individuals convicted of animal cruelty under Indiana code may not operate a commercial breeding facility. Additionally, commercial breeders may not hire staff who have been convicted of animal cruelty.
I.) Registration with the State Board of Animal Health - yearly registration of anyone who fits the above definition of a puppy mill. $50 yearly registration fee. Class C infraction for not registering as a commercial breeder.
The legislation now heads for the Senate.
7. TENNESSEE. State lawmakers are trying diligently to curb bad breeding operations by regulating breeders and creating an inspection process. State Sen. Doug Jackson is proposing legislation that he hopes will put an end to what many call puppy mills. The bill would require any breeder with more than 20 animals to pay a $500 licensing fee to the state. If you have more than 40, it goes up to $1,000. Commercial breeders would also be inspected yearly.
• Nathan Myer's April 2009 inspection report notes seven female dogs displaying signs of paw or leg injuries, as well as a Llasa with an eye injury and another dog who is unresponsive and lethargic. It is only after Myer is ordered by the state that he provides these dogs with veterinary care.
• John S. Fisher surrendered four dogs with questionable health to the Lancaster Humane League in 2007. In April of last year, Fisher was ordered by the state to have a Boston Terrier in his kennel seen by a vet. According to the report, the dog had been involved in a fight with another dog and was limping with lacerations on her front leg. The dog had been injured days before, but was treated only after Fisher was required to do so by the state.
• James Zimmerman's July inspection mentions a black Cocker Spaniel appearing to have an untreated cherry eye in its left eye. Oddly enough, one of the dogs purchased by the PSPCA at the Ohio auction three months later was a black Cocker Spaniel with an untreated cherry eye in its left eye from Zimmerman's kennels. If this is the same dog, then did state inspector Travis Hess fail to follow-up with Zimmerman after ordering him to have the dog seen by a vet within seventy-two hours back in July? Did the dog continue to suffer for another three months until finally being sent to auction in Ohio? Was the vet who signed off on the dog in July, the same vet who signed the dog's health certificate for the auction in Ohio?
Why was DA Craig Stedman so quick to drop the charges against breeders with well documented histories of mistreating or neglecting their dogs? If some of these people mistreated their dogs in the past, wouldn't this information strengthen the cases against several of the breeders charged?
| Prepared By: || Inv. Bret Richardson || Date: || 1-21-2010 || Time: || 2:00 PM|
| Subject: || |
False Report Arrest
| Approved by: || |
Lt. Steve Sherfey
Miss Thomas admitted that she made the story up because she had left the dogs unattended and had not been caring for the dogs properly. The owners of the business, Brad Josselyn and Tamara Josselyn, along with Miss Thomas were charged by Washington County Animal Control with eight counts of animal cruelty. Miss Thomas was transported to the Washington County Detention Center and was placed under a $5,000 bond. She is scheduled for an arraignment in Washington County General Sessions Court on January 22, 2010 at 9:00 A.M.
Since the information about the stolen dogs has been so successfully reposted to distribute the information, I have chosen to try and redo that effort once more.
There are misinformed emails and posts circulating and I would like to clarify some information.
On Thursday, the person who made the report of the robbery and attack was arrested for filing a false police report. There was a robbery, however there was no attack and she did not see anyone "taking" the dogs. The false report is not about the dogs missing, but is in relation to her report of having been confronted and attacked. When she discovered the robbery the dogs were gone and there was no one there except her.
In addition to the false report other charges were made against her, myself and my husband. Out of the many dogs in our care there were three that were very thin. Animal Control chose to make charges due to the condition of the area at the time of the report and the three thin dogs. This resulted in 8 counts against us. All rescues at our facility were removed and we fully released them to Animal Control knowing that they would spend less time there if we did. We have cooperated thoroughly with Animal Control to assure the best for those taken.
I want to be honest with the rescue and dog loving community so that the focus of this situation can go away from the fact there was a false report about seeing someone and being attacked and back to the fact that there are 13 very sweet and trusting dogs that are out there and we do not know where. They NEED TO BE FOUND.
There are 10 Dobermans, a female black labrador, and a min pin. All are friendly and approachable. All need the help of everyone to still get out the word.
We have had calls of someone seeing 2 friendly Dobermans in the Towne Acres area of Johnson City, 2 more in the highway area of Johnson City to Elizabethton, as well as a small black dog with another small dog being seen in Johnson City. Also that they could be being held in the Jonesborough, TN area. It is important that if any Dobermans, a lab or min pin or medium shepherd mix are seen that a call is made immediately to the Johnson City Animal Shelter so they can look for them. If you feel you can approach them, please leash them or confine them to an area until the authorities get there.
While reports of these dogs are being made in the area, they may not be the dogs that are missing. There is still the chance that they have been removed from the area. So if you are outside of the East TN area, please keep looking for them.
We are deeply sorry that this situation has occurred. We understand the questions, frustration and misunderstanding due to the false report, but the fact remains that the dogs are missing.
My husband and I have dedicated much of our hearts and ourselves over many years to the dog community and rescue community, we have successfully placed many wonderful dogs in very loving homes, helped secure placement of dogs on death row, connected people to one another in order to help more, and educated the public about rescues and dogs in need. We have referred, helped, cared for, transported, and rescued more dogs than we can count. Please judge us by the experiences of those years, our work with you in those experiences, and know that we are saddened that the report has slowed the effort that was in progress to find the dogs. Please keep looking, keep posting for their return to safety.
We appreciate your continued cooperation in the search for these dogs.
If you see them please contact the Johnson City Animal Shelter at 423 926 8769 immediately, give them specific information about where the dogs are or have been seen.
If you have any information about the theft of the dogs please contact the Johnson City Police Department at 423 434 6168 or Crimestoppers at 423 434 6158.
The shelter's supply rooms were also in the same building which stored all of their food, medicines, vaccines, transport crates, refrigerators, cat kennel cages, ex-pens for puppies, cleaning supplies, trash bags, litter pans, litter, cat food, feeding bowls, newspapers, bedding, etc.
If you can help in any way, please click on the link above to their website and PayPal account.
Please also pass this on to anyone in rescue who can physically drop off food at the shelter.
In a message dated 2/18/2007 10:51:33 AM Pacific Standard Time, firstname.lastname@example.org writes
PLEASE remove me - I am nowhere close to you and have no idea what Kulak's is. If I designate this as spam than I will never get something someday that I could possibly help with, or be interested in.
WHY IS IT SO HARD TO GET OFF YOUR MAILING LIST????
okeee dokee you are off, but you sound like a miserable human being....obviously you couldn't care less about animals....and its not the 6th request, its the second, and maybe you should learn how to spell!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Five+ months and many more emails from you later I sent you another request:
Really Julie - when someone asks to be removed from an email list it is good netiquette to just do it. It's not personal until you make it personal.
So I emailed again today asking to be removed from your mailing list, but it bounced back so perhaps you'll read this and kindly, finally remove me.
Thank you ever so much and many thanks for all you do to help animals.
Subject: dogs for adoption
GOOD DAY I AM REV CHARLES THE HEAD MANAGER OF ANIMAL RESCUE PROGRAME IN THE USA WE ARE GIVING OUT SOME ENGLISH PUPPY OUT FOR ADOPTION IF YOU ARE INTRESTED MAIL US BACK FOR FULL DETAILS.
She was adopted by a family that has asked to remain anonymous. Good decision; it reinforces that they are more interested in taking care of the cat than in being heroes.
I have to wonder if the 99 others who applied to adopt her realize that this shelter has hundreds of other cats and kittens all equally deserving of loving homes? How many of these 99 people took a look at the other cats at the shelter or the cats at any of the hundreds of other shelters within a 30 mile radius?
Animal shelters across the country are overflowing with tens of thousands very nice cats and kittens. Not to mention all the dogs. Many of these animals have histories as sad as the duct-taped cat, arriving at the shelter from neglect, abuse, rescued from puppy mills, surrendered by irresponsible and clueless owners (not to imply that all or most people who have to surrender a pet are irresponsible).
This is the same thing that happened following Katrina...shelters all over the country took in cats and dogs from New Orleans and Mississippi which were supposed to be fostered while the shelter made their best efforts to locate the animals' owners who were displaced by the storm and flood.
And potential adopters came out of the woodwork - most of them not already looking for a cat or dog to adopt. Most seemed to believe that the Katrina cats and dogs were more deserving than the cats and dogs that were already at the shelter.
Some shelters that took in Katrina animals euthanized animals already there to make room for their new celebrities.
Then the predictable happened: a year or two (or less) after some of these Katrina animals were adopted they began to show up back at shelters, or advertised on Craigslist. The novelty wore off and the new owner got bored, or no longer wanted to put the time into taking care of it. Or they realized that a Katrina dog will chew up their favorite shoe just like any other dog. Or a Katrina cat might have some "issues."
Every time an abused cat or dog makes the news, the shelter receives hundreds of applications. I hope that when this happens, the shelter gives highest consideration to applicants who have already adopted from them, or those already looking for a pet to adopt.
If you have the room in your home, your life and your heart for a cat or dog you will find the ONE for you at a local shelter. Don't be impulsive. Visit the shelters as many times as you need to decide. Very often your new cat or dog will choose you when you allow it to happen.
Last week, 19-year-old James Davis, of the 2100 block of 22nd Street, was taken into custody after he admitted to duct-taping the cat because he was "annoyed."
He said that he saw the cat in his backyard and he didn't know what came over him.
Officers also say Davis left the duct-taped cat in his yard for several hours but because it was screaming so much, he dumped the cat across the walkway.
The SPCA received information about Davis throughout their investigation. The agency was offering a $2,000 reward for an arrest in the case. Davis' yard backs up to the property on Edgely Street where the cat was found.The cat has been adopted; the PA-SPCA received over 100 applications her.
Is your dog missing? i found a black/white 'boston terrier' type (wilmington/pike creek)
Date: 2009-08-20, 11:49PM EDT
Reply to: email@example.com
Found wandering dog today (August 20) he is very sweet and loving, but i have 2 dogs in the house already and can not keep! I am looking for the owner so i can give him back asap! e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org! hope to find the owner!!
"email@example.com" was obviously not interested in finding the owner.The elderly Boston Terrier got out of the yard on August 20th. A neighbor saw a car stop and someone pick up the dog; the person in the car took the neighbor's phone number and promised to call to see if anyone was looking for the dog but never called.
That's a shock.
The above post on Craigslist appeared that night.
The owner of the lost Boston sent several emails to "firstname.lastname@example.org" asking for more info about the dog that was "found" but this email account was canceled - deleted - closed.
An email was then sent to the anonymous Craigslist email which was never answered.
If you know of anyone who acquired a Boston Terrier last month - who may or may not have two dogs (it seems that anyone who has two dogs of their own would be more understanding and empathic to someone whose dog was lost) and who may or may not live in the Pike Creek area, please post an anonymous tip here.
The owner of the lost Boston will offer a reward for any tips leading to the recovery of her dog so if you want to claim the reward, please include contact info. with your posted comment.
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