Jeff Dorson ~ Humane Society of Louisiana is fundraising for legal aid to resolve an ongoing dispute over [guardianship] of Simba, a docile pit bull terrier rescued from New Orleans last September.
Simba and his companion, Peppr'Ann, were rescued by different humane agencies. Out Of The Pits rescue group returned Peppr'Ann. Simba's journey has been more difficult. Simba was temporarily at Winn Dixie and then transported to Camp Katrina, Humane Society of Louisiana's evacuation site. Just before Hurricane Rita struck Camp Katrina in late September, Simba went to Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge in New Jersey.
Ben Winger, Simba's [guardian], scoured the internet for weeks until he found a photo on Ramapo's website that closely resembled Simba. But Ramapo has blocked Mr. Winger's attempts to view or reclaim his beloved dog.
One thing is clear: Simba was a family member. Ben's photos show him at play on beds with children. The dog was pampered and loved. Several before-after rescue photos show Simba in a blue cloth collar that Ben had originally purchased. Simba also has a distinctive scar, never contested by Ramapo.
HSLA efforts to resolve this matter amicably with Ramapo-Bergen have failed, so it proceeds to a New Jersey court. To cover litigation, we seek funds from individuals and other humane societies. Send check to HSLA address at top of alert.
Hope For Abused Mississippi Horse
9/27/06, Cathy Wells ~ Kinship Circle, your 9/20 post about this abused horse in southern MS has launched his rescue. Thank you for all you still do for us.
9/26/06 ~ I want to share the success of the lifeline you threw out for a very special horse. I received an email about Jack, an abused horse in Tylertown, MS. I contacted Gina, who became Jack's guardian angel, and found out he was purchased at auction, very underweight with unmet medical needs. A wire brace coiled around Jack's rear foot further injured his rear leg with each step. Flies swarmed a corner eye tear and abscessed ear.
We met Gina at Jack's roaming pasture. We got the wire off his foot and applied healing salve to his wound. We gave Gina food for Jack and she agreed to buy antibiotic cream to treat his ear and eye wounds. When Gina learned who Jack belonged to, we pursued "purchase," the fastest way to save him. The man was actually relieved to "be rid of the skinny sick horse" and we arranged to get Jack that day. But Jack, oblivious to our plans, was nowhere to be found on the 84-acre pasture when we returned. We searched for hours but had to stop at nightfall.
Still, there is hope. Gina watches for Jack and will keep him situated until we get back. Jack will need months in wound recovery, plus TLC and time to gain back 400 pounds he now lacks. Many thanks to people who posted about Jack. Visit Choctaw Ridge Farms Rescue website for updates on Jack.
Breed: Black Shorthair/Siamese
Gender: Female (spayed)
Age: 1 Year
Weight: 8 Pounds
Lost ID: PF28098
Description: Moria is a lanky cat with a small head, big bottom, yellow-green eyes. She is shy with strangers.
Last Seen: Jefferson Animal Shelter took Moria from the I-10/Causeway junction shelter (Metairie). But she isn't there, could be at anywhere by now.
Description: Sammy is the Martinez family's 7-year old Golden Labrador Retriever. When Sammy's family was allowed to return to their home in Violet, a window was broken and both of their dogs were gone. The doxie came running, but no Sammy. He has very long legs, is neutered, and thinks he is a lapdog. He is a king-of-the-couch inside dog and enjoyed camping trips. If you see Sammy or have any info on him, contact his family. They love and miss him very much and won't give up.
Last Seen: 2620 Riverbend Road in Violet, LA (St. Bernard Parish).
Contact: Melanie Martinez
504-583-7129 or 504-583-3501 email@example.com
Remote Reunion Campaign
Lost In System: Bailey
Breed: Shorthr, Orange/Wh Tabby
Gender: Male (altered)
Age: 5 Years
Found IDs: PF30145, PF4667,
Lost ID: PF63088
Description: Bailey is an orange and white tabby with very round yellow eyes. He is very sweet.
Last Seen: Bailey was last seen at Lamar Dixon on September 7 where his family left him for temporary shelter after they evacuated their home in Metairie (Jefferson Parish, East Bank). They believe he was sent to another shelter between 9/13/05 and 9/20/05. Bailey's Shelter ID number from Lamar Dixon is 0001-1111.
Found IDs: PF30748, 0001-1626, A001260 / Lost ID: PF62944
Description: Spice is a black, brown, tan Chihuahua. A mole on right side of her face has a hair strand sticking out. She was wearing a red collar.
Last Seen: 2109 Harmony Street, New Orleans, 70115 with her mother, Mama Suggie, and two puppies. The dogs were running around the neighborhood and were rescued either from 2109 or 2107 Harmony St. They might have been picked up on cross streets Washington or St. Charles. Mama Suggie (LA22185) was rescued on 9/25, went to Small Animal Rescue-Baton Rouge, and has since been reunited with [guardian]. Spice was mistakenly listed as reunited too, but is still missing. After rescue, Spice may have been with a male, longhaired shep-dachshund mix (LA22184).
Distinct Features: 3-leg cat, missing right back leg
Description: Extremely sweet, yet cautious. He's very easy to spot, with one back leg missing.
Last Seen: Missing since Saturday, 9/23/06 from 4000 block of Arizona Ave. in Kenner, LA. I suspect he is a victim of foul play, possibly picked up and dumped somewhere. If he was moved to another location, it is important that rescuers far and wide around Louisiana know about him.
Donate For Toby'S Surgery
Humane Society of Louisiana
P.O. Box 740321
New Orleans, LA 70174
9/27/06 Update ~ Toby, a friendly and docile black chow mix caught in a steel-jaw leghold trap this summer, is expected to fully recover. Once freed from the rusty trap, Toby had several toes on her front paw amputated. Emile Delaunville, a LaPlace, LA property owner, admitted to neighborhood kids and sheriff's deputies that he set the trap to ensnare the stray dog. He fled the area before arrest. St. John Sheriff's Office says Delaunville has recently resurfaced and they issued an arrest warrant for aggravated animal cruelty (felony). Sheriff deputies should pick up Delaunville within the next few days. Humane Society of Louisiana investigators have been in constant contact with officials and paid for Toby's medical expenses.
Congress Okays National Law To Evacuate Animals In Disasters
9/21/06, nola.comFEMA Gets Authority To Finance Shelters, By Bill Walsh ~ Congress ordered national disaster planners to ensure pets don't get left behind in catastrophes. In response to Katrina reports of victims who refused to leave without dogs, cats and birds, Congress passed legislation that mandates state/local officials to draft evacuation plans for animals.
The legislation also gives FEMA authority to finance shelter renovations for animals on a temporary basis. "Our legislation ensures that families and people with disabilities are never forced to choose between rescue or abandonment of their pets and service animals," said Rep. Tom Lantos, D-CA.
In a July letter, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff reminded Gov. Kathleen Blanco that evacuations are "fundamentally a state and local responsibility."
Now evacuations must consider animal safety too. Most post-Katrina shelters refused pets. Disaster officials forced evacuees [at gunpoint, under threat of arrest, physical assault, handcuffs, etc.] to leave animals behind. Tens of thousands of animals died.
Three weeks after the storm, Lantos and Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Conn, filed the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act (PETS Act). The House bill passed in May. In August, the Senate added a provision to let FEMA finance shelters for people with pets and service animals. Congress unanimously approved the PETS Act, which becomes law with President Bush's signature.
Animal advocates say the bill saves human lives too. "Surveys show that 50-60% of people won't evacuate without their pets," said Michael Markarian, executive vice president of Humane Society of the United States.
Louisiana state legislators approved their own Pet Evacuation Law this year that requires state/local emergency planners to coordinate "the humane evacuation" of service and companion animals. The LA law also calls for emergency animal shelters adjacent to shelters for human evacuees and establishes a tracking system to reunite animals with [guardians].
This law made its debut, with some kinks, for Hurricane Gustav. Kinship Circle was in Louisiana to help with government-assist animal evacuations for Gustav. Volunteers recorded, boarded and comforted animals headed to a Mega Shelter in Shreveport, LA.
The Story Of Chance
We were shocked when we saw Chance.
Still, his tail wagged and wagged…
9/24/06, Chance Is Home With ARNO ~ When Melinda and I saw Chance, we were shocked and saddened. As we silently bathed him, our fingers felt the bony prominences. But while dried, Chance tugged our towel into a spontaneous tug-of-war game. His irrepressible spirit won't let you stay sad. He is just plain happy and his tail wags, wags, wags.
The veterinarian says Chance has a long road to recovery, but that he can make it. Chance is heartworm positive, with anemia and hookworms. After he heals at ARNO, Chance will go into foster care. He is such a love! I will keep you posted, Robin Beaulieu, ARNO
Background: Chance (once called "No Chance") was found behind a business establishment in LaPlace, LA. The owner called Animal Control to pick up the dog. Animal Control intended to feed him for five days, hoping someone would rescue him before he came up for euthanasia. They couldn't adopt him out due to restrictions on pit bulls and pit mixes.
Chance's history is unknown, but his condition clearly represents a dog neglected, possibly locked up for a long time. No one knows how long it had been since his last meal when found. His entire skeleton was visibly outlined beneath thin, papery skin. This was not an overnight situation.
Donations are desperately needed for long-term medical expenses.
Robin Beaulieu, ARNO shelter manager: 504-913-2328
Charlotte Bass-Lily, ARNO director: 504-522-0222
Donate via PayPal at ARNO site:animalrescueneworleans.org Donate by mail:
Animal Rescue New Orleans
Chance Donation Fund
1219 Coliseum Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Want to see Chance in person? Come and volunteer at our shelter, or volunteer for food/water duty. All are welcome, seven days a week. Email or call us to volunteer: firstname.lastname@example.org, 504-571-1900
Woof! Meow! Operation Lilypad
Louisiana-SPCA ~ Cooperating federal, state and local agencies safely exercised human and animal rescue procedures in a simulated New Orleans-centric flooding event 9/20/06. Staging took place outside the former Walgreens in the now closed Robert E. Lee Shopping Center. It was a wonderful learning experience for all involved.
9/21/06 nola.comDisaster Practice Takes To The Water, By Trymaine Lee ~ In a show of post-Katrina teamwork among local, state and federal rescue workers, more than 15 agencies came together for a massive search and rescue simulation on the shores of Lake Pontchartrain. The exercise, dubbed Operation Lily Pad, included more than 200 people in roles as victims and rescuers for a disaster scenario modeled after Hurricane Katrina. During real water rescues, first responders use lily pads (patches of dry ground) as staging areas until they can transport flood victims to secondary shelters.
Agencies involved in Operation Lily Pad: New Orleans police, fire officials and emergency medical services; LA Department of Wildlife-Fisheries; Federal Emergency Management Agency Gulf Coast Recovery Team; LA Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness; Louisiana National Guard; LA Department of Agriculture and Forestry; Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals; State Police; and Coast Guard.
Terry Ebbert, director of homeland security in New Orleans, said the exercise will help iron out communication problems among agencies by creating a common command and control center. A day after Katrina, 80% of New Orleans flooded. Sheer magnitude of the event hampered early rescue efforts. Local planning and communication failures among state and federal authorities also slowed rescue.
As bright orange Coast Guard helicopters hovered above the Point in Lakeview and flat-bottom boats cut across Lake Pontchartrain's choppy waters, Lori Haeuser and Louie, a 2-1/2-year-old white Maltese, stepped from a rescue boat onto a narrow dock. Most days Haeuser, 46, is Louisiana SPCA's community outreach coordinator, but on Wednesday morning she played the part of a Lakeview flood victim who refused rescue unless her beloved pet could go with her.
Haeuser and other officials said devotion to [companion animals] posed one of the biggest obstacles during Katrina evacuations under a people-only policy. But authorities learned that refusing pets can mean leaving their [guardians] to die. "Before, people just didn't know that so many victims would be stuck out there with their animals," Haeuser said. "Now rescue agencies realize these animals are valued family members."
Kinship Circle Notes ~ Duh. How coldhearted do you have to be to deny rescue to a terrified pup or kitty clutched in a victim's arms? In fact, most human victims assume disaster rescuers will take children, the elderly, etc. Those with animal family members — who had names, personalities, quirks, needs — may have feared most for their fur-kids. During Katrina evacuations the worst that could happen, happened. Animals were left to die (or be killed, as in St. Bernard Parish). Hurricane Katrina marked the single most tragic event for companion/domestic animals in modern history.
Big Fix Rig News
P.O. Box 11149 / Jefferson, LA 70181
9/25/06 ~ Spay/Louisiana's Big Fix Rig has captured quite a bit of attention since it rolled into St. Bernard Parish in July. Since then, over 750 Louisiana cats and kittens have been fixed on the Rig. If each of these cats had remained intact and produced just one litter of four kittens each, we'd have 3,000 more kittens in just one breeding cycle.
Not your grandma's mobile clinic! Big Fix Rig is ideally located near a significant feral cat population, staffed with veterinarians and techs skilled at addressing the unique needs of feral cats. It provides experienced trappers who conduct a safe, humane high-volume trap-neuter-release project. Sustained surgical volume, a minimum 30-35 cats each day, is a key to cost-effective use of the Rig.
Hosts needed for April, May, June 2007! After a tour of Mississippi, the Rig returns to Louisiana in March 2007, with a month-long stop in Lafayette already planned. We expect the Rig to remain in Louisiana through June 2007. The Rig serves hurricane-impacted communities in south Louisiana, with a goal to stay in one area a minimum three weeks, at 35 surgeries per day, five days per week. Animal advocates and veterinary professionals in host communities make this happen.
If you believe your community can provide required resources and sites, contact Spay/Louisiana to schedule a meeting for animal advocates, ACOs and veterinarians. We suggest you let Spay/Louisiana inform your veterinary community about the Big Fix Rig. Also underway for Louisiana: Plans for spay/neuter clinics modeled after the Humane Alliance in Asheville, NC.
Katrina Dog Hit By Car
Luna is the all black pup, shown with fellow Katrina rescue Sweetie and Pia Salk, their mom. Pia, along with David Meyer and Jane Garrison, co-founded original ARNO.
9/28/06, David Meyer ~ We hope that Luna is in the home-stretch phase of her gravest injuries. Her pelvic fractures are healing on their own, so no surgery. A stomach tube feeds her. She is on strong pain meds and antibiotics for infections.
Still, she managed a few weight-bearing steps (with aid). She is moderately responsive to attention, a big upgrade from near-death.
Pia Salk has worked tirelessly for animals. Now we can help her with ASEC (Animal Surgical Emergency Center) bills as high as 7-10k. Luna is her Katrina rescue, hit by a car when she got loose from a yard where an unknown person had unlocked the gate.
Please Donate For Luna
Send Check To ASEC. Write LUNA SALK in check memo:
Animal Surgical & Emergency Center
1535 South Sepulveda Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Stop Injection-To-Heart Euthanasia At LA Shelter
9/27/06 ~ Letters and emails
are needed to change current euthanasia procedure at the Alexandria, Louisiana Animal Shelter. Urge city council to immediately motion to open bids for a new euthanasia protocol that includes presedation of all animals. Ask them to introduce a second motion that supplements the shelter's budget to cover humane upgrades. Contact Council Members:
Honorable Roosevelt L. Johnson
4900 Lisa St / Alexandria, LA 71301
no email, leave message at city hall: 318-449-5000
Euthanasia Change Requested
Jeff Dorson, 901-268-4432, Humane Society of Louisiana ~ After serious complaints from citizens and PAWS (Protective Animal Welfare Society, 318-443-0010), Humane Society of Louisiana (HSL) launched a comprehensive evaluation of the Alexandria animal shelter.
HSLA is a statewide animal protection/advocacy agency that monitors public and private animal facilities. The group has inspected over 75 shelters over the past 18 years and has initiated improvements in humane protocols.
HSLA recently toured the Alexandria facility to observe animal handling and containment. The group poured over thousands of documents as part of their evaluation process. Three primary services have been reviewed: Method of euthanasia, proficiency of cruelty investigations and enforcement of local/state ordinances, and compliance with local/state adoption procedures. Our request to observe the euthanasia process was denied by Laura Sylvester, Assistant City Attorney, and Dr. Duke Revels, the veterinarian who conducts killings at the shelter.
Killing By Heart Stick: The Alexandria shelter currently restrains dogs and cats with catch poles to inject a syringe directly into an animal's heart muscle.
The Humane Society has filed documentation with city admin that supports a need for two injections per animal. The first, presedation, renders an animal unconscious before the second injection kills.
"All research compiled advises two injections per animal for heart-stick euthanasia to be considered humane," says Jeff Dorson, Executive Director of the Humane Society and chief shelter inspector. Dr. Revels informed HSL that a second injection for each animal would cost an additional $282 per killing. In a letter forwarded to HSL, Dr. Revels said he'd prepare a formal budget request for consideration in 2007, to be finalized in May of next year. HSL hopes to convince city council to fund this immediately.
We also researched in-house criminal investigations against some of the shelter's own former staff. In Oct 2004 Timothy Brass, a one-time city animal control officer, was charged and pled guilty to seven counts of animal cruelty in State District Court. Charges stemmed from a 2002 discovery of seven neglected pit bull canines in Brass's backyard who had scars from traumatic injury.
Court documents show Brass pled not guilty in his 8/6/04 court appearance. When he failed to show-up on 10/8/04, a $5,000 contempt bond was issued along with a bench warrant for his arrest. On 10/27/04 Brass pled guilty to all seven counts. Judge Alfred A. Mansour ordered Brass to pay $1,000 in fines plus $145.50 for court costs, serve 6 months in parish prison (suspended) followed by two-year supervised probation, serve 45 days in Rapides parish prison subject to work release, perform 40 hours community service, and pay $55 per month supervision fee. Brass was also prohibited from animal [guardianship]. The court banned him from employment at any shelter.
"A former animal control officer who pleads guilty to commission of an animal cruelty crime is a monumental event that was not covered by local media outlets. Administrative officials never publicly acknowledged the crime. Citizens should have been informed as events unfolded, " says Dorson.
This was not Brass' only run-in with the law. PAWS documents reveal a neglected horse removed from his property on two occasions. The Humane Society will issue a full report when assessment is completed.
Animal Disaster Aid Fund
7380 Kingsbury Blvd
Saint Louis, MO 63130
Please donate now, so Kinship Circle can not only feed animals while in NOLA, but also give funds/food to Animal Rescue New Orleans, plus animal recovery efforts in Lakeview and Plaquemines.
Kinship Circle will service food/water stations and document animals sighted in the East/West sections of Upper 9th Ward, Lakeview, Plaquemines…
Landscapes have changed since Katrina. Even as some areas rebuild (residents often want feeding to stop) others have seen little recovery. Animal survivors and their offspring tend to roam near former homes. Reunions are still possible via documentation on feeding routes.
While in NOLA, we'll also help out at Animal Rescue New Orleans, plus transport animals for out-state adoptions. Please donate for the continued care of Katrina animal victims. Their suffering is not over. Thank you! Kinship Circle
New Feline Digs At ARNO
Jackie is almost done with construction of a cat room in our Plauche Street warehouse. Thank you Clay and Andrew for help while here. The bigger space will let cats run and play within a cat-fenced 20x20 foot area. The room has feline "jungle gyms," a mural by Tana Barth, and an entirely carpeted side wall for those velcro kitties who like to rock climb. Humans can comfortably socialize with our feline furrballs.
Special Discount At Lower Garden District Guest House! As soon as I have pricing I will post to ARNO's site.
October Means Big Animal Intake
With month-long trapping expeditions underway, big medical bills loom. We'll need about $15,000 for veterinary bills, plus more traps. If anyone knows people who can donate traps, our preference is Model 107 (32x9x9) double-door trap from livetrap.com. They run about $50 each when buying a half dozen, or $60 each for under six traps. Better ideas where to order this type trap? Contact: ARNewOrleans@aol.com
Our goal is to sterilize 1,000 animals. The faster we do it, the less reproduction on the streets. Katrina wiped out 650 sq. miles. That figure doesn't account for destroyed parts of the Mississippi Coast. Our partner groups Humane Society Of Louisiana and SpayMart will help meet this huge goal.
Supplies Drop-Off: ARNO Warehouse
271 Plauche St, New Orleans, LA 70123
Please Donate Food!
We need dry cat food for our food/water program. A large shipment from Nutro will be depleted in two weeks. ARNO is the only on-ground effort in Louisiana now. We can't turn our backs on these animals. To help, contact Melissa Cruse.
Network For Adoptions, Spay/Neuter
Ask no-kill humane orgs in your area if they can adopt out our fully vetted cats or dogs.
Ask humane orgs with a spay/neuter van if they can help ARNO in Oct-Nov or whenever possible. Contact: Charlotte Bass, Executive Director, email@example.com
No Charges? Doogie Was Nearly Dead
9/12/06 ~ Tammy Grimes, Dogs Deserve Better founder, rescued an abused and dying dog. Then she was arrested. If you have means to help Tammy and Doogie, you may contact her directly: 814-941-7447.
9/21/06 Hearing ~ Two of the four charges against Tammy were dropped.
Theft: Still Charged
Receiving Stolen Property: Still Charged
Criminal Mischief: Dropped
Criminal Trespass: Dropped
Attorneys Dickey and Childers fought to get all four charges dismissed outright. But we still must go to court 11/27 for theft and receiving stolen property. The rally was amazing. Tammy's attorney advised her not to speak, so others spoke on her behalf. About 75 people attended from PA, Utah, Canada, Maryland, Ohio, New York and Delaware. Best Friends organized the rally and we are very grateful.
Demand Abuse Charges 9/28/06 ~ As Tammy Grimes returns to Freedom Township for fingerprints and mugshot, the Arnolds face no charges. We have video, photos, at least two eyewitnesses, a veterinarian's affidavit. What more does he need? Ask the D.A. to shift focus from Tammy Grimes to prosecution of the Arnolds for animal cruelty.
Blair County District Attorney
Richard Consiglio, Esq.
423 Allegheny St. Suite 421
Hollidaysburg, PA 16648
PA state reps Geist and Stern say they have not heard from constituents. If you are in their Blair County, PA district, contact them ASAP. Ask them to support HB-1911 and stand up for dogs left to die on the end of a chain.
Hon. Richard Allen Geist
1126 8th Ave, Ste 404
Altoona, PA, 16602
Hon. Richard Allen Geist
Main Capitol Bldg, Rm 144
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2020
717-787-6419, fax: 717-772-5142 firstname.lastname@example.org
Hon. Jerry A. Stern
324 Allegheny Street
Hollidaysburg, PA 16648
814-695-2398, fax: 814-946-7239
Hon. Jerry A. Stern
210 Ryan Office Bldg
Harrisburg, PA 17120
717-787-9020, fax: 717-705-1849 email@example.comBackground
When Tammy Grimes first saw Doogie from the road, chained and collapsed, she thought he was dead. Her team found him alive but unable to stand, his legs flailing in mud and feces. She documented his condition with video and photos, and took him to a local veterinarian for immediate life-saving care.
She was later arrested for refusal to return Doogie to certain death at the end of a chain. Video of Doogie at the time of his rescue has been viewed over 41,000 times on YouTube. The case has made national headlines, and has been featured on Inside Edition, the National Enquirer, Animal People, animal magazines, and on Internet blogs.