Annie is a beautiful basset girl who was rescued by a basset rescue in TN. When they picked her up they discovered her harness was GROWN INTO HER SKIN. Here is a pic of her. Warning - it is graphic [IMG] http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y212/nmbassetlover/AnnieinTNwithgrown inharness.jpg[/IMG] We know who did this to Annie and want to pressure the authorities to press charges. Please email or write the people below and urge them not to let Annie's abusers get away unpunished. Contact the authorities in the county where this was done to Annie and demand that charges be pressed against Annie's owners. Here are their addresses:
Washington Co. (TN) Sheriff's Department Ed Graybeal, Sheriff 101 East Market Street Johnson City, TN 37604 (423)461-1414 Fax: (423) 926-5493 e-mail to: [email protected]
Washington Co. (TN) District Attorney Tony Clark, Dist. Attorney 100 East Main Street Jonesborough, TN 37659 (423)753-3884
Send them the photos. Tell them this dog was picked up in their jurisdiction. Let them know the justice system needs to speak for the voiceless, like Annie. And tell them they can contact Belly Rubs Basset Rescue for more information on where we got this dog and who her owner is. If we file charges, it might get ignored. If the public who gave them their power demands they file charges, they can't ignore it
Pen, I actually googled the Belly Rubs Basset Rescue, and was able to pull up their website. Once there, I checked out the list of available bassets, and at the very bottom, they have a picture of Annie. If you click the link, it will bring you to a page telling you her story, as well as directing you to Flickr, to be able to view pictures.
I'm so glad this poor pup found her way to a rescue. I will definitely be sending my thoughts down to the local authorities as well.
Thankyou Bailey'sMama, I will do that. The cruelty of people is so unreal it's hard to put into words. I've taken a few halters off horses that were grown in, and also a couple of collars on dogs. I can't imagine the pain this poor dog went through with a grown in harness. It makes me ill. Thank God for rescues.
UPDATE Feb. 11: Annie had to return to the vet today. Her wound isn't healing too well because it's so "old and deep," the vet says, so they are going to do surgery and try to sew it up a bit. She'll be in the hospital for the rest of the week. Washington Co. Animal Control has issued a citation to her owner. Here's the saddest part: Her abusive owner adopted her from the county shelter last May. She was turned into the county shelter by a backyard breeder. So she went from small-time puppy mill to an abusive owner. She has had two owners and neither of them cared about her.
Annie is with an absolutely fantasic foster mom & I so hope she gets the best furever home and never again feels any pain or fear. And I hope the laws have some teeth to them and these "people" don't walk away with a slap on the wrist.