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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Dover Dog Case Update!

Laurisa Goss, president of the Dover-Stewart County Humane Society wants to thank everyone for their concern and donations in helping with the horrible pet situation they are working on. They are bringing charges against the woman who hoarded animals. Twenty-four were seized and some still need foster homes (and later forever homes), so if you can help out there, please contact them. They also need donations for vet bills, as those add up even with the discount and help they get from Dr. Rita Tinsley. Here's the latest from Laurisa:

"We have 6 Chihuahuas left to be fostered and one Shih-Tzu mix. The pregnant mama dogs are safely in foster homes, thankfully.

"Several of the dogs have really nasty cases of worms that we are having trouble treating. The poor pup I am fostering looks like he swallowed a softball! We're trying not to overwhelmed their sensitive little systems with too many medications right now. We've de-wormed them as many time as Dr. Tinsley is comfortable with and now we just have to wait and see what happens.

"All of the dogs are suffering from Coccidia (an internal parasite, from what I understand) and all are receiving daily treatments for that.

"The fleas have finally abated and their sores are slowly healing. Ear infections have been treated as well as ear mites.

"One puppy developed an infection from a scratch over the weekend and had to be rushed to a vet in Clarksville. He was running a high fever, had the runs and was feeling pretty crummy. Poor little thing.

"Overall, the dogs are doing much better and the cats are becoming more social. They all seem to have absorbed the initial shock pretty well. I think because we all handled them so much the first few days it more them more accostomed to human contact. Total immersion therapy, I guess. :)

"Please thank everyone for their donations. Our vet bill is up over $1000 now and that is A LOT of money to our little organization. We will definitely be holding a huge yard sale this spring. I'll send something to you probably a month before we hold it so you can put a note in your blog about it."

Laurisa will send me updated pictures of the pets later, and I'll post them. Contact information if you can help or send donations (and I know many of us already donated):

Humane Society of Dover - Stewart County
c/o Laurisa Goss
3511 Highway 46
Indian Mound, TN 37079
Phone: 931-232-9990
Toll Free Phone: 866-251-4195

There is a "donation" button on their Web sites where you can make a secure PayPal credit card donation. (You don't need a PayPal account to donate this way).

Photos above: All the little dogs that were living in squalor in the trailer and a chained outside dog's fithy and moldy water bowl. How can ANYONE see that water and never change it? Disgusting is all I can say!

And I hope when the case comes to court the judge doesn't slap the woman on the wrist.

posted by Sandy at 10/30/2007 10:21:00 AM


Blogger B said...

Was this person handicapped or mentally challenged? Was she a person that meant well and just became overwelmed with what she had? I can't see anything that screams of breeding or fight training--but I also can't make sense out of this either after seeing the pictures. We need to remember that if this is what the animals were living in, so were the humans. That just brings another sad angle to this whole thing.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007 1:25:00 PM  
Blogger k9rescue said...

B - hoarders usually do have some type of mental illness. It is sad. I'm sure that matter will be determined in court. Help for both people & animals are usually called for.

Also am happy to say the Humane Society voted to send $500 to Dover HS to help offset their vet expenses.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007 4:00:00 PM  
Blogger B said...

WONDERFUL AMY!!!! That just makes my day (and it's been a crappy one, let me tell ya)!! WONDERFUL!!!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007 4:32:00 PM  
Blogger dragon said...

Even though from time to time, this mean ole scaly Dragon barks, growls, and blows hot smoke, I want to say that I sincerely hope that all involved in the Dover incident get the help they need, be they human or dog, cat, or pig. When I first heard about the case and saw the initial reports in the paper, I really thought there was something that just wasn’t right here. People that can’t take care of themselves shouldn’t be trying to take care of all these animals.

I’m glad to see that the community is rallying to support the Dover Humane Society in their expenses to try and help these unfortunate animals. I only wish there was more money to give them, but just remember that every little bit helps when it comes to agencies that are so under-funded. I don’t know how Dover / Stewart County does their Humane Society, if it is private or county run. But, this type of case is a prime example of the reasons why we need the pet licensing fees that are being so hotly debated here in Montgomery County. The responsible pet owners here don’t understand why they should have to pay for the irresponsible pet owners. Well, this is why. It isn’t the pets that are at fault, it is the humans. The pets can’t take care of themselves. We have to help them. Without funding, we can’t do it.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007 5:52:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Such a sad case indeed. You should see the conditions that the man and woman were living in that allowed the sister to die at age 30-something weighing 46 pounds. The pet pig weighed over 200 pounds so he was being fed and not the human sister! I love animals and pigs included but find a new home for the pig and feed the human sister dang it!!! Picture in the paper showed the house with a dirt floor and newspapers ripped to shreds all over the place. The pigs favorite place to waller I guess. How could those people live in that house? They called 911 for help, when help arrived, the man and wife would not allow the EMS inside the house. They brought the dead sister out to the yard so they could do CPR to revive her which they were not able to do. Now how can those people not be mentally messed up???? Just boggles my mind.... I will bring the newspaper clipping up there when I come so yall can see the livingroom….

Tuesday, October 30, 2007 8:55:00 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

There are people who have no pets and just keep EVERYTHING they ever owned piled up in their house. Every newspaper, empty container, etc. IT is a mental problem. But I just don't understand how people could just dump garbage around their house and in their house.

There are plenty of organizations to help people, government, nonprofit,churches, but few for animals and that's why I feel most sorry for them--or kids, stuck in homes like that.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007 10:18:00 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Oh and not to be mean, but I've never heard of a mental illness that prevents one from putting fresh water in a bowl.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007 10:29:00 PM  
Blogger k9rescue said...

If they don't care if they are living on a dirt floor, why would they care about fresh water in a bowl? I'm sure in their eyes the water was plenty fresh enough. And, it was obviously more than what was being given to the sister. What a SAD story all around.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007 10:45:00 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I was talking about the water in the picture I posted of the Dover case. I think Skeeter is talking about someone else.

But the Dover people--I'm sure THEY drank water not filled with mud and mold.

And it's great the Clarksville Humane Society is sending money from their program that helps people and other rescues with such needs! WE all need to work together!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 9:37:00 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

I too am glad to see our community pirching in to help the Dover Humane Society.
Dragon, Sandy, coming from someone who has delt with people with mental illnesses let me tell you that these people really do NOT realize they aren't taking care of thier animals or themselves. And Sandy trust me, in most cases they do not take any better care of themselves and probably eat and drink more unsanitary things than you could believe. In thier minds they are taking care of the animals by giving them a home. They honestly don't see what is actually happening. It is a sad situation for all involved.
Did anyone else see the sad situation for those dogs on the news last night? I didn't hear which county it was but a man and woman saw abandoned dogs living on the property next door. There was one dead dog and a dead puppy and the dogs that were aline had no food and were starving! The only water they ahd was in some kind of thing taht was filled with nastiness and it was only where the rain had filled it. The property owner left them like that! The man and woman called several agencys including thier local humane society and all said thier hands were tied to help them, it was unbelievable! Finally one commissioner went out and looked at what was going on. He said he'd have someone do something by today but what about last night? The dogs were cold and hungry then too! It just broke my heart! I only hope the neighbors who had been tossing what looked like some bread to them fed them some more. If I'd been that neighbor, I'd have bought a huge bag of food and put them in my garage where it was warmer till something was done. The man and woman seemed to care and the woman said she felt sorry for them but did they do enough? I sure hope they did something more to help them. Hope we hear good news about them today. We have got to get a world where this kind of thing no longer exsists!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 11:32:00 AM  

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Sandy Britt, an animal welfare advocate and volunteer with Clarksville rescue organizations, takes care of three dogs: Zoe, Scooter and Peanut; two cats: Catfish and Tarzan; and one husband, Glen, and according to him she takes care of them in that order.

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