August 17th 2012 1:41 am
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Memphis will not be going home with Jeff and Diana Coltenback tonight due to the fact that the Bloomfield Board of Health stated that Jeff broke his agreement in keeping Memphis from public while in his care. Jeff was conducting a socialization assessment with Memphis and with people who had agreed to be around Memphis.
The Board of Health that this was not appropriate and not in the best interest of the public safety because Memphis was listed as a "dangerous dog".
The Board (Karen Lore) stated that they will look into having someone else evaluate Memphis.
Memphis will remain at the shelter until "suitable" placement for him is found.
Karen Lore also stated that if Memphis was deemed "unadoptable", then the shelter would have to take "appropriate measures".
Mr. Coltenback was deeply saddened by the denial from the Board of Health, but relieved that Memphis still has a chance to survive. Personally, I don't agree with the fact that they stated that they would keep Memphis in the shelter until "suitable" placement was found.
Mr. Coltenback runs a Pittie Rescue and pet food store, so in my opinion, who would be more "suitable" that a man who knows these animals first hand.
How much more "suitable does one have to be?
Jeff's Official Statement:
Well, Memphis isn't coming home with us, at least not any time soon. But, it sounded like the board of health is open to all options.
The good news is that Memphis is not going to be put down.
They are looking into many options for him.
Yes, I am very sad he's not coming home to us.
But, I am also happy that he still has a chance...
And, that's the most important thing...
The support from everyone was overwhelming and touching.
Although it was not the outcome we all had hoped for, we may have created enough awareness to prevent Memphis from being killed.
There was a wonderful turnout of supporters at the meeting.
Jeff and Diana Coltenback are greatful for all the support from everyone. My heart goes out to Jeff and Diana.
I know that they love Memphis dearly.
God bless you both for all you have done to help Memphis.
I will keep everyone posted if there are any further developments on Memphis.
Till then, keep your prayers with Memphis because he is a sweet pup who just wants to be loved and be heard.
At least they're willing to find another home for Memphis and not have him PTS....