It's tomorrow, Saturday, registration 8:30 am, Bayfront Park in downtown Miami. The event benefits the Humane Society of Greater Miami/Adopt a Pet. Click here for more info. Have fun!
From an email sent to supporters of Tammy Grimes, who founded the anti-tethering organization Dogs Deserve Better. She was busted in Pennsylvania for taking a dying dog that was tied up outside day after day, from private property, and convicted. I wish her only good things from now on, and hope she's not deterred from her merciful mission.
"Today Grimes was sentenced to 300 hours community service for a 'people organization', because 'people are dogs too'. She was also ordered to pay for the cost of the trial. This was justified by the judge because she said that Grimes chose to go to trial over ARD, therefore she should have to pay for it. Isn't it every person's right to go to trial? Does that right come with a price tag? Interestingly enough, according to Grimes' attorneys, this is not only NOT OFTEN done, but RARELY done. The costs were around $1700.
She was also ordered within 10 days to take everything Doogie related off any any site she 'has control or influence over'.
We will be appealing most if not all of the sentencing asap.
The absolute worst part of it all was the way she was treated by both the DA and the judge. The saddest thing is that they actually seem to BELIEVE the horrible things they said about her. They seem to actually BELIEVE that the taking of Doogie was a publicity stunt by Grimes, so that she could be a 'hero'. That the Arnolds are 'victims' of her lies, and that 'the dog was just old'.
The DA said he was shocked this was her first offense, because her disrespect for the law and it's officials is like his worst hardened criminals. He also said that everything on the DDB site is a lie, twisted by Grimes to make people believe her. He was seriously ticked off that the Arnolds received Valentines and a brochure attempting to educate them this Valentine's Day. Yet, at trial he insisted DDB should try to educate them, so which is it? Do you want them educated or not?
She is now again not to have any contact with 'the victims'.
The judge said that Grimes was no Rosa Parks or Martin Luther King, Jr. That she has disgraced herself and her cause, as well as her supporters by her actions. That two wrongs don't make a right. (If she's admitting there were 'two wrongs', then why are the Arnolds still not being convicted of abuse?)
We are saddened by the state of affairs in Blair County, Pennsylvania. Saddened by the people 'in control', and saddened by the beliefs they put out into the world.
Pictures and video do not lie. If it were a he said/she said situation, we could understand how they would believe the Arnolds when they say the dog was just old. But with the abundance of evidence of neglect, there is absolutely NO EXCUSE for the behavior of both DA Richard Consiglio and Judge Elizabeth Doyle. Pictures and video DO NOT LIE.
He was neglected and abandoned, according to an email sent to rescuers. "He's about 1 ½, a miniature pure-bred schnauzer. He knows basic training commands like come, sit, stay, and lay down. He is super sweet, gives lots of kisses, and loves other dogs. He needs to be neutered, and we are not sure of his housebreaking capabilities because he was kept tied to a tree or in a crate at all hours of the day.''
A trainer will give free services to whoever adopts Maddox. He is in foster care. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 786.566.7443.
People are always asking about how to contact reputable rescue groups. I now have lists of dozens of groups in both Miami-Dade and Broward counties that each county's animal services division has approved. Some are outside South Florida. Click below: Download flowchart_2008.rtf, then also go into the blog archives for a list I printed on Feb. 6. Click on February 2008 and scroll down to the 6th.
This is from Dr. Sara Pizano, who runs the department, and should answer everyone's lingering questions about the nasty, killer bug that laid siege to the shelter reccently, forcing a lockdown. Thank heaven THAT'S over.
- How many animals were euthanized (infected or not) as a result of the recent outbreak?
- 8 out of the dogs we suspect had the Strep infection were euthanized and 7 were found dead
- If a person had a pet on hold, they were educated in detail about the outbreak and the risks of taking the pet. Some people said they still wanted to adopt so we had them sign a medical release and everyone left on antibiotics.
- Many pets went to rescue and left on antibiotics. All rescue group contacts and pullers received the daily e-mail updates
- Some pets were reclaimed by their owners and they were also educated and sent home with antibiotics.
- If there were no owners, adopters or rescues to pull, those exposed pets were euthanized after their stray hold. The only difference between a normal week and last week is that we did not keep them beyond their stray hold period due to the exposure risk to other shelter pets. We keep as many pets in adoptions for as long as we can.
Are there any new measures or protocols implemented at the shelter that will require vaccinating all or most animals as they come in? Out of the 11 dogs who were infected with Strep, 2 tested positive for Canine Influenza. There are no vaccines for either problem. The other vaccines (Bordetella, booster with parvo, distemper, etc.) are not effective immediately. Even if every pet was vaccinated on intake they could still get sick from those diseases as it takes a few weeks for the vaccine to protect them. All pets going up for adoption do receive their vaccines on intake to include Bordetella, but many still get kennel cough. Unfortunately, there is no immediate protection and in addition, young animals need a series of boosters over a period of months to be protected. The problem is that housing so many animals in a confined space creates stress and when they are exposed to infectious disease, are very prone to becoming ill.
The Strep zoo can be found in the normal bacterial flora of a dog’s mouth. There is no way to prevent this invasion of the lung tissue as we do not know yet what the trigger is. We have thorough sanitation protocols, disease surveillance and extensive staff training. The problem is that when so many dogs are housed together, diseases that are spread via the air are impossible to control 100% especially in an inadequate building.
What are the signs for the Step zoo infection? How can we tell the difference between Strep zoo, distemper, kennel cough, etc.? Most of the dogs who died from the Strep zoo had mild respiratory signs that mimicked the other respiratory diseases so you cannot tell the difference without extensive diagnostics or until other more critical signs develop. Unfortunately, the Strep zoo is so aggressive and virulent, it kills the dog within 6-12 hours.
Why did you allow rescue groups to pull animals who went to the west coast? Those animals should have stayed in Miami.
Regardless of that recommendation, rescue groups will choose to send animals where they wish. Everyone pulling animals or adopting was educated about the risks we knew about and the unknown risks of exposing other animals. The alternative would have been to euthanize all exposed animals and we did not want to do that.
Is what happened at Lee County the same thing that happened in Miami?
Unfortunately, South Florida is the hotbed for infectious diseases and distemper, influenza, etc. are endemic to our area. Lee County was seeing a Corona Virus that infected the respiratory tract. This was a different strain that infects the intestines and the vaccine available does not protect the respiratory tract.
Has this happened before in Miami? Strep zoo was never diagnosed here before and no dogs have been seen with these clinical signs in the last 8 years.
Let's hope that the overnight stardom of Uno, the beagle who won Westminster, won't spark a frenzy for the breed (and inevitably, six months from now, a glut at the shelters because people don't know what they're getting into).
In any case, here's a cute site devoted exclusively to beagles. I had one as a kid: Frisbee, who lived to a ripe old age.
And speaking of Westminster: this is me backstage with Riley Henschel, the Glen of Imaal terrier from North Miami Beach who won Best of Breed for the second year. He is too cute (and cuddly).
From her friends:
Carol Nagy died on Feb. 17 in Lakeland, Fl. Several months ago she was diagnosed with lung cancer and immediately set to work doing what she was famous for, saving animals. She had a house full of doggies that had come from some very tough situations and she wanted to make sure they were placed in homes that could handle their special needs.
Keri Eckert, her daughter, was right there with her mom, helping her fulfill her dying wish. Kari set everything aside to help her mom get through this final stage in her life. Carol struggled to stay alive in hopes of seeing all her animals find new homes, a rescuer to the very end. She had six dogs left when she was placed in the hospital in Tampa in January.
We were able to set up transport to for two to Pa. and W.V. That left four doggies, two of them very special needs. Then about a week ago, I was fortunate enough to talk with Carol, and let her know we had two transports in place, to move the other four to new homes, that it would all be happening this coming Friday, Feb. 22.
This was the news she so desperately needed to hear to have peace. That evening she began to fade quickly. Carol was moved back from the VA Hospital in Tampa, to hospice in Lakeland just a few minutes from her home this past Wednesday. We managed to post the final run sheet for the last two dogs yesterday morning. Keri, her daughter, was able to take the copy and show her mom that the last two were definitely on their way. Carol finally had peace to move on and she did just that early Sunday morning.
Carol helped rescue and transport every breed of dog and cat, and she was heavily involved in saving many lives through three major hurricanes: Charlie, Ivan and Katrina. She moved animals, equipment, food, and lots of hope. She continued on until a few months ago, when her health began to fail due to cancer. She opened up her arms and gave a home to those who were left without hope, including the human kind.
Carol is being cremated. Any condolences and donations can be sent to:
116 W. Crescent Drive
Lakeland, FL 33805-1809