September 17th 2008 8:28 pm
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Not long ago my pals Hoochie and Raley were shot at point blank range by a mad-man while their owner pleaded for him to stop. By some miracle, Hoochie 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!
June 26th 2008 6:34 am
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Please take a moment of your time to read this important message
Hoochie and Raley are two Siberian pals of mine who were brutally gunned down in Florida, shot 6 times at point blank range right in front of their owner, who was begging for the shooter to stop. Through the grace of God they are alive and on the mend, but could sure use some pals right about now.
You see, the police are stalling by not filing charges against the shooter, hoping the outrage will die down and then they can let it all just fade away. We need people to maintain pressure on the State Prosecutor so that will NOT happen.
Please consider signing the on line petition that has been started, in order to bring charges against this monster.
Also feel free to visit Hoochie's and Raley's MySpace page for frequent updates on their condition.
And finally, here is a page from the ASPCA's on line community, with the names and addresses of people you can write to, to INSIST that justice is served.
That link also includes a link to a You Tube video, showing the shooting. Thankfully there was a tourist filming the whole thing. Beware - not for the faint of heart.
Thank you in advance for your support.
June 19th 2008 7:55 pm
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Thank you all for your thoughts, concerns & support!
Gnarly Marley had been found, he will be celebrating his first woofday with family & friends at HOME!, here is what his humom wrote:
MY HUSBAND GOT A CALL AROUND 1:30 PM EST FROM A GUY IN THE NEIGHBORING COUNTY. I WAS OUT LOOKING AND DIDN'T HAVE CELL SERVICE SO HE CALLED CORY. CORY SAID HE ABOUT WRECKED HIS WORK TRUCK WHEN THE GUY SAID "I HAVE A HUSKY HERE, NAMED MARLEY"!!!!!
SO MY MOM AND I JUST GOT BACK FROM PICKING HIM UP. HE'S DIRTY AND SMELLS LIKE HE'S BEEN ROLLING IN DEAD THINGS, HUNGRY AND THIRSTY BUT ALIVE AND WELL, THANK GOD AND THANK ALL OF YOU!!!!!!!!!
HE WAS 12 MILES AWAY IN THE NEIGHBORING COUNTY HEADING N.E . TORWARDS VIRGINIA. (DON'T TELL MAYA THAT'S THE WRONG WAY TO GET TO TEXAS!)
I GUESS AFTER 26 HOURS HE WAS TIRED CAUSE HE JUST WALKED RIGHT INTO A HOUSE THAT IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION...OR MAYBE HE WAS LOOKING FOR HIS DADDY CAUSE HIS DADDY WORKED CONSTRUCTION HERE IN NC????
ANYWAY, HE ATE, DRANK LOTS OF WATER AND IS NOW SOUND ASLEEP.
HE KNEW ME AS SOON AS HE SAW MY CAR COMING, I THINK I WAS OUT OF THE CAR BEFORE I HAD IT IN PARK! HE WAS WOOOO-WOOOOOING AND GIVING ME KISSES, OF COURSE I WAS CRYING IN JOY THIS TIME.
I CAN'T EVEN EXPRESS MY GRATITUDE TO ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE BEEN OFFERING SUGGESTIONS, MAKING FLYERS, CRYING LONG DISTANCE WITH ME. THIS IS TRULY THE BEST "ON-LINE CHAT GROUP" EVER. YOU GUYS ARE FAMILY.
THANK YOU HUSKY HEAVEN AND DOGSTER.
I AM FOREVER INDEBTED FOR YOUR KINDNESS.
ALL OUR LOVE,
GNARLY MARLEY, DAKOTA ROSE, hu-parents McClure and Cory"