Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter

Monday, June 30, 2008

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Gone but never forgotten

In today's world, in this country especially the inconsistencies are enormous. The gap between two complete opposite courses of action is unacceptable. In one state, you can have a Michael Vick fighting dog completely transformed into a therapy dog, happily serving a constructive purpose and enjoying every minute of it. In yet another state (Ohio, specifically) breed specific paranoia has caused a local policy of mandating pit bull owners to surrender their beloved pets to animal control where they will be unceremoniously killed.

Now, in Saratoga Springs, Utah that same breed specific paranoia has ended with animal control again waltzing into someone's home and ruthlessly removing someone's beloved pet, falsely assuring the owners that nothing bad would happen to their Chow, Scruffy.

Within hours, Scruffy was dead and the same murderers responsible for the death are still demanding back fees, costs, etc.

Keep in mind that Scruffy's only offense was the urge to run. The dog never attacked anyone, never bit, attempted to bite, never bared teeth, never once acted as an aggressive dog.

I urge you to click on the video link below and hear the owner's story in her own words. Demand justice for Scruffy. Really, folks... this was WRONG. There must be some form of justice here.


Thank you,

~ Baileykix

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Posted by ShoZu

This is an outrage!

What kind of monsters run the local animal control in Saratoga Springs, Utah?
Watch this video and find out.

Are you as angry as I am?
The actions must not go unpunished. Spread this video anywhere you can, this story needs to be seen by everyone. What happened to Scruffy is not an isolated case, it can and does happen anywhere there is a secondary agenda, misuse of power, breed specific paranoia, greed, or just simply apathetic individuals who make up an organization who are supposed to CARE about animals.
Thanks for paying attention.

Posted by ShoZu

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Justice is SERVED.

Just got this notice in my inbox, thought I'd share it with you all here.
Marine Is Expelled From USMC For Animal Cruelty!

Today, in Honolulu, it was announced that Lance Cpl. David Motari is "being processed for separation" from the Marine Corps according to a USMC news release.

The 17-second video that was posted on YouTube in March was an instant topic of discussion. The clip shows two Marines joking before Motari hurls the puppy into a rocky gully. There was a yelping sound heard as the puppy helplessly flipped through the air. Besides being expelled from the Marine Corp, Motari also received unspecified non-judicial punishment.

The YouTube video was played hundreds of thousands of times before YouTube took it off their site because of a violation of the site's terms of use.

"In honor of the millions of men and women who have worn the Marine uniform, I feel that the Marine Corps has followed through and done a great job in dismissing David Motari from service. This should be an example that no one is above the law and everyone has a moral duty to uphold and represent our great country. It was you, the public, with your outrage who made this happen," replied Chris DeRose in response to hearing the news of Motari's dismissal.

The second Marine in the video, Sgt. Crismarvin Banez Encarnacion, also received unspecified non-judicial punishment. "The actions seen in the Internet video are contrary to the high standards we expect of every Marine and will not be tolerated," Marine Corps Base Hawaii said in a news release.

To watch Chris DeRose's (LCA's President and Founder) initial reaction to the Motari video visit www.YouTube.com

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Beyond all acceptance

Beyond Belief
Well, there was the time she happened to mention how she "trained" puppies not to try and jump out of the top cages: by slapping them. Then there was the time she said she was refusing to handfeed a puppy who wasn't eating on his own because she "didn't have time." (she was told to MAKE time.) Or the time she failed to secure one of the cages and a pug fell out and wandered through the back storeroom before finally settling to sleep in an open locker. Luckily, the fall didn't hurt him, but it could have been much worse. How 'bout all the times she wasn't holding puppies correctly and they fell out of her hands? Or all the times she acted like it was beneath her to handfeed a puppy with a low appetite? Should I mention the trivial laziness? The art of getting by on the barest minimum effort possible? The lying when confronted about any of the above? Never mind the fact that she leaves nasty little comments in the daily log book. The latest one read "I hate you" from last week. The fact that she leaves her work undone for the next shift is nothing compared to the latest incident.

We have a maltese-bichon mix who for some reason won't eat the regular food, so I'd found a good alternative for his appetite. At the time it happened to be kitten food. When a puppy won't eat, I consider it a major sucess to find something he will take to. As always, I entered thorough notes and specific instructions in the log book. Marked down feeding times and weights every half hour because I happen to actually give a shit about these dogs. Perhaps I wrongly assumed that my notes would be read and instructions would be followed, because when I came in at my regular time yesterday morning this dog was totally crashing. I did some immediate action by giving him Enervite, some applesauce, gatorade, water... inbetween massaging to bring him back around. It took me an hour of constant attention to finally get him to where he was alert.

Later I told my boss all this and showed him my notes from the previous day, and her nearly non-existent notes the following shift, which stated nothing about this particular puppy. He said he'd talk to her about it.

Excuse me... after all the shit she's pulled, talking's not good enough. Her actions nearly killed this puppy. But throughout all this my boss has focused a blind eye in her direction. He offers myriad excuses when it comes to her. She can do no wrong in his eyes. I guarantee you that if anyone else had done this they would be immediately pulled aside, written up or fired. I myself have been literally yelled at for considerably less. For the record, I mistakenly gave the wrong formula dry food to the dogs, which he was absolutely certain would give them all diarhea. Needless to say, none of the dogs developed diareah as a result. But I never got so much as an apology for that.

I've really just had it with this person. It's so obvious she's not happy where she's at, she could care less about what she does, or the consequences of what she doesn't do. She doesn't give a shit about these animals. I can't work with someone with such little regard. I've just had it, she needs to leave. Straight out, quit or get fired... but she needs to go.