September 17th 2008 8:11 pm
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Not long ago my pals Hootchie and Raley were shot at point blank range by a mad-man while their owner pleaded for him to stop. By some miracle, Hootchie and Raley survived the horrendous ordeal and now is the time to bring their shooter to justice.
There will be a peaceful rally Tuesday, September 23rd at 10am at 415 North Orange Avenue Orlando, Florida 32801in Downtown Orlando for the 2 husky dogs that were shot in Orlando back on May 19th. Hoochie and Raley were shot by Christopher Comins in a field occupied by some cattle after escaping from their owner. Although they posed no threat to the cows, Comins repeatedly shot the dogs in the eye, back, and legs, even as the owner was retrieving them. It was then found that Comins has a criminal record including misuse of a firearm from 2005 when he put a gun to a boy's head. In that case, he was initially charged with a felony but then pled the charge down to a misdemeanor. We do not want to see him also get away with shooting animals.
Many of us have been involved in this case since the beginning, advocating for the dogs and seeking justice from our authorities. Initially, Orange County Sheriff was not going to pursue a criminal investigation for the shooting of the dogs. They felt Comins was within his rights even though he did not own the land or the cattle. However, after calls by concerned citizens, the case was re-opened. When the Sheriff's Office concluded their investigation, they felt that Comins should only be charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty for the 7th (final) shot. This case has been sent to the Orange County State Attorney's Office. The State Attorney ultimately decides what charges should be formally filed, if any.
We are holding this rally to show the State Attorney that we want FELONY animal cruelty charges brought against the shooter, Christopher Comins, for repeatedly and intentionally shooting Hoochie and Raley. We will be in a grassy area near the courthouse/state attorney's office, which is in downtown Orlando at 415 North Orange Avenue, Orlando, Florida 32801. Just look for people with signs!
Same as usual. Please keep this peaceful...no cursing, screaming, etc
Signs must be hand-held in Orlando. This means you cannot have a sign
that has a pole attached. In the past, the city has received
complaints from people that protesters threatened them with the
poles/sticks/etc that were supporting the sign. I suggest just a foam
board or a sheet of poster board, which you can buy at Wal-Mart. Your
"hand-held" sign can be as large as you want according to code
Please do not block any of the walkways, doors, etc. Additionally, if
an officer tells you to move away from an area, you must do so.
Please do not argue with the officer. If you think you are being
unlawfully asked to move, the proper time to address that issue is
after the fact by filling an official complaint.
We are arranging carpools to make getting to the rally easier. If you
want to carpool or if you can offer a ride, please email me as soon
as possible so we can make arrangements!
****See the video of the husky shooting at:
If you have any questions, please contact Holly at www.voicesforella.org.
Or if you can not make it perhaps you can visit their Dogster pages and send them a note of support!
THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME!
August 7th 2008 5:15 am
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Dear Friends and Family,
I am excited to be participating in the 2008 Tails on the Trails fundraiser sponsored by Tails of the Tundra Siberian Husky Rescue, Inc. (TOTTSHR). I will spend the morning hiking to help Siberian Huskies. As an added bonus, there is a good chance that I may even win a great prize for the most money raised.
Tails of the Tundra Siberian Husky Rescue, Inc. (TOTTSHR), is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization comprised of volunteers throughout PA, MD, NJ, DE, WV and NY who dedicate their time and effort to rescuing Siberian Huskies and Siberian Husky mixes from shelters, abusive homes, or owners who can no longer properly care for their dogs. Their goal is to place these dogs in loving homes and to educate people about the characteristics of this often misunderstood breed. They have proven their success with the placement of more than 700 dogs in permanent homes since April 2000.
On September 20, 2008, TOTTSHR will hold its 6th annual Tails on the Trails at Warminster Community Park in Warminster, PA. Tails on the Trails 2008 will consist of a fundraising hike as well as many activities including a picnic, silent auction, microchip clinic, mushing demonstration and CGC testing.
This is where you come in – won’t you help support TOTTSHR by making a pledge? I will greatly appreciate any amount no matter how small. You can sponsor me by sending me cash, check, money order or sponsor me with paypal by visiting: http://www.siberescue.com/Common/TailsTrails2008/pledgepaypa l.html#TehyaMaya
Your donation is a tax deductible pledge and it will help save the lives of Siberian Huskies and Siberian Husky Mixes!
May 28th 2008 10:59 pm
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Yesterday marked a day of new beginnings for my family. We left our home in Northern California for good and are on the road to Austin, Texas. The last couple of days has consisted of saying goodbye to family and friends and visiting all of our favorite places before we got on the road. We spent a few days at the beach in Santa Cruz and had a blast. It was Maya's first ocean experience and she LOVED it. Her favorite part was digging in the sand. Mom got some funny pictures and should have them on her page shortly. We got to run in the desert today and currently I paw from a Super 8 in Tucson, Arizona. Tomorrow we hit the road again headed for home and new adventures. Will post tomorrow with an update!