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Old 10-22-2013, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Upstate NY 🇺🇸
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It's happened again.

Neighbors have apparently been complaining to authorities and local "animal welfare" agencies about a German Sheperd reportedly being abused since he was a puppy, about a year ago. Evidently, it's the fun thing to do at this house of horrors to have the kids shoot paintballs at the tied-up dog, have the father hose off the paint outdoors, and then beat him with a rake.

When Lollypop Farm claimed they couldn't do anything without proof, the neighbors videotaped the abuse and sent it to the police and LF. An investigation ensued but, since the owner has "stopped cooperating," they claim they can't do anything. What are they waiting for? Another dead dog?

That's what happened a few years back in the middle of summer. Neighbors complained about a dog chained in its backyard with no shade in upper 90-degree heat. Weeks later, authorities found the dog, dead with its water bowl (empty, anyway) a foot further than the dog's chain.

I can tell you story on story of these cases in which viewers and readers are reminded that pets are personalty in this state, and that's why they "can't just remove animals without cause." Then we're reminded to call the anonymous hotline when we suspect abuse. Why?

Reasonable people are outraged, and I don't blame them. But, even if you're not personally aware of such cases, a quick search will tell you that this is par for the course at far too many agencies whose mission is purportedly to care for animals.
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Old 10-22-2013, 10:42 AM
 
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Neighbors need to go up the chain....local idiots do nothing, then go to the next level...they may be knuckle-draggers too so then go higher. Take photos, call national groups.

Makes me sick.

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It's happened again.

Neighbors have apparently been complaining to authorities and local "animal welfare" agencies about a German Sheperd reportedly being abused since he was a puppy, about a year ago. Evidently, it's the fun thing to do at this house of horrors to have the kids shoot paintballs at the tied-up dog, have the father hose off the paint outdoors, and then beat him with a rake.

When Lollypop Farm claimed they couldn't do anything without proof, the neighbors videotaped the abuse and sent it to the police and LF. An investigation ensued but, since the owner has "stopped cooperating," they claim they can't do anything. What are they waiting for? Another dead dog?

That's what happened a few years back in the middle of summer. Neighbors complained about a dog chained in its backyard with no shade in upper 90-degree heat. Weeks later, authorities found the dog, dead with its water bowl (empty, anyway) a foot further than the dog's chain.

I can tell you story on story of these cases in which viewers and readers are reminded that pets are personalty in this state, and that's why they "can't just remove animals without cause." Then we're reminded to call the anonymous hotline when we suspect abuse. Why?

Reasonable people are outraged, and I don't blame them. But, even if you're not personally aware of such cases, a quick search will tell you that this is par for the course at far too many agencies whose mission is purportedly to care for animals.
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Old 10-22-2013, 01:20 PM
 
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Good grief, people are sick...

How frustrating and heartbreaking. I agree with atina to keep pushing it higher. Can you get the local news to take an interest in this problem? If there is some publicity to the case perhaps some momentum can be generated to change the laws to actually give some power to animal welfare officers.
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Old 10-22-2013, 01:52 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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Then you do something: post photos on posters in stores, pay for an ad in the newspaper (make sure your facts are provable to avoid a lawsuit), and then there's always facebook.
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Old 10-23-2013, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Upstate NY 🇺🇸
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Good grief, people are sick...

How frustrating and heartbreaking. I agree with atina to keep pushing it higher. Can you get the local news to take an interest in this problem? If there is some publicity to the case perhaps some momentum can be generated to change the laws to actually give some power to animal welfare officers.

Update: After weeks of protests by people after the video was posted on Facebook and appeared on every local news station, the owner took the dog to Lollypop Farm, and was then arrested. His court date is Thursday.

What's not clear, though, is whether or not he surrendered the dog, an important distinction since the neighbor who took the video is considering withdrawing her complaint due to harassment and threats from the family.
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Old 10-23-2013, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Detroit Michigan
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Update: After weeks of protests by people after the video was posted on Facebook and appeared on every local news station, the owner took the dog to Lollypop Farm, and was then arrested. His court date is Thursday.

What's not clear, though, is whether or not he surrendered the dog, an important distinction since the neighbor who took the video is considering withdrawing her complaint due to harassment and threats from the family.

I would think that since the video has already been made public and copies of it are circulating that it wouldnt matter if the neighbor withheld the video or not since a copy of it could be provided to the courts from many other sources. I dont know the laws in regards to thi sort of thing, so i could be wrong.
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Old 10-23-2013, 06:12 PM
 
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Update: After weeks of protests by people after the video was posted on Facebook and appeared on every local news station, the owner took the dog to Lollypop Farm, and was then arrested. His court date is Thursday.

What's not clear, though, is whether or not he surrendered the dog, an important distinction since the neighbor who took the video is considering withdrawing her complaint due to harassment and threats from the family.
What the neighbor did was a very good thing. Sorry she is being harassed by the family. If they were not animal abusers they would not have any reason to bother her...they deserve everything they get for this.
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Old 10-24-2013, 09:35 AM
 
Location: Upstate NY 🇺🇸
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I would think that since the video has already been made public and copies of it are circulating that it wouldnt matter if the neighbor withheld the video or not since a copy of it could be provided to the courts from many other sources. I dont know the laws in regards to thi sort of thing, so i could be wrong.
That's what I thought, too. Since it's already been made public, anyone could submit the evidence. In addition, there are multiple neighbors who're on record as having complained, some going back months.

His court appearance is today; we'll see what happens.
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