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.
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. She can be reached at tracy@... (I have to get this)
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.
Thats sad. My dogs are chained but they have never even come close to looking like that. Animal control needs to step up and do a better job in all states. Those people will probally only have to pay a fine. Maybe a few days in jail and thats it. Animal abuse needs to have tougher penalties.
"Guard Dog, the surly canine character in the popular comic strip "Mutts," is a pitiable creature. Chained to a stake all day, he's got a fierce demeanor, an angry scowl and a deep need to be loved."How do you guard against loneliness?" he asks.
Animal advocates say life is not much better for real dogs that live their lives on chains or ropes."They are like ticking time bombs," said Gina Spadafori, a nationally syndicated pet columnist based in Sacramento and author of "Dogs for Dummies" (For Dummies, $21.99, 408 pages).
A proposed law making its way through the state Legislature would help change that, Spadafori and others said.
If it passes, California would become one of the first states in the country to make it illegal to chain or tether dogs to trees, poles or other stationary objects for long periods of time.
The measure, SB 1578, is authored by Sen. Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach. It would make it a misdemeanor to tether a dog to a fixed object for more than three hours a day. Violators would face fines of up to $1,000 per dog and six months in jail. The bill has cleared the Senate and is scheduled to be heard by an Assembly committee Tuesday morning.
Its official backers include 32 groups, from the California Animal Control Directors Association to the Doris Day Animal League. It has four opponents, including a Millbrae group called The Animal Council that says the measure is too broad.
"This bill isn't just about chaining. It's about tethering, which is far more comprehensive," said Sharon Coleman, speaking for the council. "Yes, tethering can be done in a cruel or unsafe matter," Coleman said, "but this bill goes too far."
Others said the proposed law would go a long way toward protecting both chained animals and the people who encounter them.
Dogs are pack animals by nature and become neurotic and miserable when deprived of interaction with other canines and people, said Spadafori, whose column appears on Page 3 of Saturday Scene. Eventually, she said, they tend lash out at whoever or whatever crosses their paths.
A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that chained dogs are nearly three times more likely than untethered canines to bite humans. Often, it is their owners who become victims.
"Dogs are social animals, and when you isolate them they don't recognize their family as family," said Spadafori. "They start protecting the pathetic little piece of turf they have, and that's when problems begin. When you read about dog bites that cause injuries, it's often young, male, unsocialized animals living on chains."
Tethering dogs for hours at a time interferes with their natural "flight or fight" response, said Adam Goldfarb, issues specialist for the Humane Society of the United States.
"If they're on a chain and they feel threatened, their flight option is gone," he said. "Their only option is to fight, and it doesn't matter to them if the threat is another animal, an adult or a child."
Youngsters are most often the victims of serious dog attacks, statistics show.
Between 1965 and 2001, 431 people in the United States died from dog attacks, according to researcher Karen Delise, who wrote a book on the subject. Children younger than 12 represented 79 percent of the victims. A quarter of fatal attacks were inflicted by chained dogs, Delise reports.
Each year, countless others suffer injuries serious enough to require medical care, said Tammy Grimes, whose Tipton, Pa., group Dogs Deserve Better documents such cases.
Last month in Tennessee, a toddler was badly injured when a neighbor's golden retriever, which was tethered to a cable attached to a deck, attacked her. In April, a chained shepherd in Kentucky ripped off a preschooler's nose. In March, a Missouri toddler died after his uncle's Rottweiler, chained in a garage, mauled him.
"These are the kinds of things that happen when you isolate dogs," said Grimes. "In some ways, they are the neediest animals on the planet. If you treat them with no respect, that's what you'll get back."
Dogs Deserve Better is lobbying for passage of the California law. "It would break new ground for the rest of us," Grimes said.
SB 1578 would restrict tethering while still allowing people to attach dogs to "running lines" and pulleys. It would allow for dogs to be restrained in parks and other recreational areas, and allow for pet owners to tether their animals "for a reasonable period of time."
If passed, the California legislation would be the first statewide measure of its kind in the country, said Goldfarb. A handful of cities and counties have ordinances with similar language, and several states vaguely ban the practice of "cruelly restraining" animals.
"We think it's great," Goldfarb said. "We support any legislation that restricts or limits the long-term tethering or chaining of dogs."
The opposing group, The Animal Council, believes the California measure would set a bad precedent.
Coleman, an attorney who owns a show dog, a Dalmatian named Roscoe, noted that tethers can be used for legitimate purposes including training.
"Tethering as a method of housing has been used in various circumstances over the centuries," she said. "Sledding people use them. People with hunting dogs use them. These are not all brain-fried druggies with a bunch of pit bulls chained up for nefarious purposes."
But Spadafori said that tethering dogs for hours at a time almost never is appropriate.
"I don't have any problem with you putting your dog on a runner or a tie for awhile," she said. "But we're talking about chaining him up for 24 hours a day, seven days a week, until some kid wanders over and gets nailed."
Dogs have long been used for property protection, she said, but those days are fading fast.
"If you want a burglar alarm, get one," said Spadafori. "If you have a vicious dog, work with a vet or animal behaviorist to deal with it.
If you want a family pet that's safe around your children, make sure it's safe and socialized."
Hector Cazares, the city of Sacramento's animal care services manager, also supports the proposed law. Under current regulations, Cazares said, his officers cannot seize a dog on a chain unless the circumstances are clearly abusive.
"If it's out there in 110-degree weather with no water or is starving, we'll break it loose and take it," he said. The proposed law would allow officers to seize dogs that might be a danger to themselves or others simply because they are tethered for long periods.
Cazares noted that unsupervised, tethered dogs are chronic barkers. "They develop a kind of psychosis that comes with protecting their turf," he said. They can become entangled in their tethers and suffer leg and neck injuries and even strangulation. "We've had people bring us dogs with chains that are totally embedded in their necks," he said.
Under the proposed law, Cazares stressed, animal control officers would respond strictly to complaints, and would not troll neighborhoods looking for violators. "We would be getting reports from people who love animals and don't want to see them suffer," he said.
"My feeling is that if you have a dog and you decide that its life is going to be relegated to the end of a 6-foot chain, you really don't deserve a dog," Cazares said.