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Founder of Dogs Deserve Better Jailed for Saving Dying Dog

I have a new hero! Tammy Grimes of Dogs Deserve Better, an anti-chaining organization, has been arrested because she saved a dog's life. Doogie was...

Joy  |  Sep 12th 2006


Woman Jailed After Taking Dog From Backyard

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I have a new hero! Tammy Grimes of Dogs Deserve Better, an anti-chaining organization, has been arrested because she saved a dog’s life. Doogie was chained behind a neighbor’s house, literally starving to death. Tammy tried to find the people who live there but when that wasn’t possible, she stepped in and took Doogie to the vet, saving his life.

Thank you Jade Snoop for posting this important announcement on the Pet-O-Nomics Group!

If you know about Dogs Deserve Better, we really need your help NOW! We need everyone to alert the media! Make calls to Humane Society and whatever else you can do to help Tammy, Founder of DDB!

Be sure to watch and listen to the videos and see for yourself how her decision was justified!

Grimes Jailed for Rescuing Dying Chained Dog

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Here is the background info:

We got a call from Kim in East Freedom this morning, crying because Doogie hadn’t gotten up since Saturday. She had been calling the Central Pennsylvania Humane Society since Saturday to no avail. We told her we aren’t law officers, and she needed to call the humane officer.

Then we got another call about the same dog, from another person who passes him every day. At that point we called Kim back to see if she’d heard from the Humane Officer. She had not, so we promised her we’d go out and see what we could do. When we got there, we took photos and video of Doogie. We initially thought he was dead, as he was not moving and
his back was to us. We found out that the people were not home to talk to about him, so I made the decision that he could not lay there on the cold wet ground for one moment longer, and I would accept all consequences of my decision.

The neighbor Kim has agreed to testify on my behalf if necessary. She cried the whole time we were there, you can hear her on the video.

I think once you see the video and pictures, you’ll understand why I made this decision.

The vet documented his general negligent condition, low weight, sores, missing fur, and took xrays of his back and hips. He determined that he has very bad back spurs that are causing him a lot of pain and are most likely responsible for his inability to walk. He also saw an undetermined mass near his hip on the xray. He gave him a shot for pain plus some B vitamins for energy, so that perhaps he could have even one good day or a few good hours. He wrote a letter stating his condition in case we needed it.

Shortly after we got Doogie to my home, situated, bathed (had to, the stench was too bad), and fed and watered an Officer Flag called from the Freedom Township Police Department (I know, Freedom, isn’t that ironic?). He wanted me to return Doogie, which I refused to do.

Here’s what I need from you all. View the videos and photos, below. I think you’ll agree with me that this is NOT acceptable in ANY kind of humane society, and we cannot allow this kind of animal abuse. We MUST stand up and STOP accepting this to be ok for people to do to their dogs, and STOP jailing those who are trying to help them.

I could never look myself in the eye again, much less sleep tonight, had I left Doogie there dying, shivering in the dirt. I will spend the rest of my life in jail as opposed to handing him over to be abused further by these people.

Please, contact ALL media with these photos and videos. Get justice, for Doogie and for me. Do NOT allow this treatment of those who are here to help, and who actually care. Call the Pennsylvania Humane Society and tell them you expect them to stand with me against this kind of abuse.

Videos of Doogie
Video of Doogie lying on the ground, neighbor crying in background

Video of Doogie after vet at Grimes house

Numbers to call:
Officer Flag: Cell 814.201.0149
Freedom Township Police Headquarters: 814.695.8545
Pennsylvania Humane Society: 814.942.5402
Humane Officer Paul Gotshall: 814.942.3780

Altoona Mirror: 800.287.4480;
WTAJ-TV10: 814.944.1414
WJAC-TV 6: 814.255.7600

All national media! Make sure to send them links to the video, it’s very compelling. My best friend, Tracy, has the video and hi-resolution copies of the images for print.

Don’t stop until there is Justice for Doogie and ME! I’m just not tolerating this kind of treatment, for either of us. No one should.

Tammy S. Grimes, Founder, Dogs Deserve Better
Bringing Chained/Penned Dogs Into the Home and Family
through Education Rescue and Rehab Legislation
P.O. Box 23, Tipton, PA 16684 814.941.7447
Donate:
Educational Materials:
DDB Attire and Gift Items:
Tammy Grimes’ blog
Tammy Grimes’ myspace

Here’s an update! There is a petition supporting Tammy at the Petition Site. Follow this link to see and sign it.

Another update. Here’s a more recent article from the Altoona Mirror on the DDB and Doogie case.

Here’s another article on CentreDaily.com about Grimes and Doogie. Note the headline. They have Grimes listed as a “dognapper!”