March 21st 2013 7:53 pm
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He's got a name. Ringo. I went to see him this afternoon. After I went and bought 2 bags of dog food. I asked for the investigator, introduced myself and asked to see the dog. The investigator, Joanne was very nice. I liked her from the get go! She went to get the dog and I went and brought in the dog food. I asked the lady behind the counter what the adoption fee was as I handed her my check for $100.00. She said $45.00, then said "wow!" when she saw the check. I said, "I want to sponsor the dog that Joanne is bringing out, in other words I want to pay for his adoption fee." The lady looked totally confused and said this is too much. I said, "Well I guess he's paid for - twice. Please find him an amazing home, he deserves it" She nodded and said, "Absolutely, thank you so much, this is wonderful." Then Joanne brought the pup out. I say a pup because he still has that pup face. He's approximately 1 1/2 years old. And all puppy! Loving the attention. We went outside and I took a few pictures of him. Joanne said they named him Ringo. He has a name!! Finally! Finally I got my hands on him, I looked him in the eyes and said, "Hey Ringo I've been watching you for a long time buddy! Now your safe!" He jumped up and gave me a lick! I ran my hands along his sides, ribs, lots of them under his dull coat. I said, skinny huh. Joanne said, yea I rated him at a 3. He stunk to high heaven, Joanne said I've gotten alot of chain dogs in my career, but this boy stinks bad! She said she would've been a bit lienient had she seen paw marks like the pup was trying to get into the dog house. But there was none. I said all he did was lay down. Imagine that, havin 3-4 feet of chain to eat, sleep and do your potty with! So he layed in is potty all the time.
Joanne told me about the lady at the house. She said she was apologetic, but became the person who everyone with a dog problem gave their dog to. That she was looking for homes for all of the dogs that she has. This is the sad part. Last year she spoke to the previous investigator (I called because the pups had no shelter that time) said he would help her place the dogs in homes. He NEVER got in touch with her again!! He was fired and there was big noise over it, the joys of small towns! So she was "stuck" with all of these dogs. She said that she had another dog in the house that someone gave her. It has anxiety issues. I saw the pup (maybe 6 mo) today, another GSD mix.
I gave Joanne my background, about my rescue and working with cruelty cases in FL with my local SPCA. Turns out she knows friends of mine! They have the first disaster animal response trailer in the south. The HS and ASPCA have duplicated the trailers they've made to help during disasters. Turns out Joanne responded to many hurricanes and fires that the DART team came to. I told her call so and so and ask about me please. Joanne and I had a great visit. Ringo settled down and actually sat and seemed to be listening to us. He's got his shots and wormed. He's currently in Isolation. Next step is a bath. He did have a patch of hair about 1 1/2 inches wide and 5 inches long missing on the top of his back. But now he'll get the care he needs and will find a home quickly. One good thing about this area is that black cats and dogs get placed quickly here!
We discussed the remaining 3 dogs chained, and the other pup in the house. I told her I was concerned to pursue complaints later if she's going to continue to bring replacement dogs in. Joanne didn't get the feeling that she was going to rotate dogs. She said that they only had room for 1 dog at the SPCA or she would've taken all of them. I gave her my phone number and told her. You get the other 4 dogs and I'll sponsor them also. Their adoption fee will be paid in full. She was blown away. She took Ringo back inside and I waited for my receipt. I told the lady inside the same thing. There are 4 more dogs at this property. 3 on chains and one inside. If they come here I will sponsor them also.
Oh yea, I also told Joanne about the boxer and GSD that I put hay in their boxes. She agreed that if it happens again to call and we'll come up with a plan - legally to try and have them surrender those dogs.
I know spring kitten season will be here soon enough. Hopefully, if it ever stops snowing, spring will be here soon and the dogs won't be cold anymore, at least not until fall. So I've got a timeframe to try and get the dogs out, so they can all have new names and new lives.
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Thankyou is such a small word.. but THANKYOU.
I guess the saving grace if there is one is that the lady was at least trying to solve a problem.. but became one. In my heart... I cant put her in the same categories as the bad guys.
Now... if the Inspector can help.. and if a plan can emerge..
Thank you for looking after these pups. You are an angel.
Thank you for looking after them all. You are a saint.
As others have said,"THANK-YOU" you are an amazing lady. p-mail me and let me know how I can help. Hugs.
I think it is wonderful that you did this *legally*. There is a sticky situation that I read about on my Facebook in a city a couple of hours a way. A dog in a similiar sitution was taken by someone and now they have to go to court. I am not sure who is going to win that case. It would have been so much better if they had done it your way. As to the lady being stuck with the dogs on, I understand that, but how hard is to give the dog enough leeway to get to food , water and shelter?!