November 12th 2009 4:37 pm
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Today was a pretty cool day! Mom and me are pretty lazy so we love to sleep in! Uncle Jeff came by to bring by his stuff...I am excited that he is moving in...hes good at giving me yummy treats and he has 2 little kids that make a big mess when they eat so I will get plenty of people food when they are around! Aarooooo Oh and Chicka was outside today for about an hour! I was so happy to get to run up and down the fence with her. She doesn't get to come outside much! Anyways Mom said dinner is about ready so I better get into my begging mode!
Husky Hugs and Kisses
November 9th 2008 7:24 pm
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I've been tagged by my pawsome friend RDC's Special K (Kya)!
I have to list 7 things about me in this diary.
1. I am very spoiled...and why shouldn't i be? BOL
2. I get to sleep in Mommy's bed every night.
3. I am an escape artist!!!!
4. I love to swim!!! Ponds...lakes...pools...you name it!!
5. I love to go for rides!!!
6. I have my own personal ice cream bowl BOL
7. I am mommy's special garbage disposal...i get to choose what i want...then it can go in the trash if its not to my taste BOL
Now.... I have to tag 7 pawsome pups............. Hmmmm.... After you finish reading the diary, my pup pals listed below have to tag 7 of their favorite pup pals. Then write in your diary, and be sure to pmail the pups and tell them they've been tagged.
7. Sasha Belle
October 14th 2008 10:41 am
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On May 19, 2008, witnesses watched in horror as Christopher Comins shot two pet dogs multiple times in Orlando, Florida. Comins allegedly only ceased firing at the Siberian huskies, Hoochie and Raley, when their guardian came to their aid and screamed at the gunman to stop.
Though four bullets struck Raley, and Hoochie lost an eye after being hit with three bullets, both dogs survived. “The dogs tried to run away,” said a bystander who witnessed the incident. “But the shooter wouldn’t give up. He just continued to shoot the dogs.”
Comins said he was protecting himself from wolves he thought were trying to kill a newborn calf nearby.
A videotape of the shooting taken by an Irish tourist was posted on YouTube, leading the Orange County Sheriff's Office to charge Comins with one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty. The State Attorney’s Office, however, will undertake its own investigation and may, at their discretion, upgrade the charges to a felony.
Scott Heiser, director of ALDF’s Criminal Justice Program, has offered the State Attorney’s Office in Orange County a host of pro bono services, including legal research, drafting jury instructions and locating expert witnesses to ensure a just result in the criminal case. Heiser also directed the State Attorney to specific authority in Florida supporting felony charges for the conduct captured on the videotape. He also assisted Jennifer Dietz, the attorney representing the dogs and their guardian, Christopher Butler, in a civil suit filed against Comins. Though the suit was settled out of court, criminal charges have yet to be resolved, and at the moment, the criminal case only alleges misdemeanor offenses.
“It takes a movement of dedicated people—like ALDF, animal rights organizations and animal lawyers to push the envelope – to show that societal norms must be incorporated into the law,” says Dietz. “Animals are not mere property. They are sentient beings and need to be treated as such.” Dietz says there’s been a gradual shift in how the public views animals. “I believe that as society has grown to respect the love and companionship of domesticated animals within their household, and even call them members of the family, we are seeing an increase in the judges’ and jurors’ perspective on this issue as well. Juries are awarding emotional distress damages and, in some cases, punitive damages.”
Heiser shares the same view, but in this specific case he’s also worried that “If the articulated concerns about the political environment in this jurisdiction are true, I can see the defense using the civil settlement as a justification for low-balling the criminal case, and that’s an unacceptable outcome. The rich and the politically connected shouldn’t be allowed to buy their way out of a criminal case by paying a large civil settlement and then waving the settlement agreement under the nose of the State’s Attorney with an eye toward cutting a ‘generous’ deal on the criminal case.”
Please contact State Attorney Lawson Lamar and urge him to pursue felony charges against Comins and push for the maximum penalty upon conviction, with sentencing orders on each injured dog to be served consecutively.
You may send a polite letter, email or fax to:
Lawson Lamar, State Attorney
9th Judicial Circuit, Orange County
415 North Orange Ave.
Orlando, FL 32801
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