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Time To Take Action!!! >:( - Jessie T. Wolf
February 28th, 2005
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Time To Take Action!!! >:(
Hello there. I am sending this letter to ALL dog lovers, animal rescue organizations, anyone, in the hopes that someone out there may help! We need some advice, or ANY kind of help with a situation that’s rapidly becoming way out of control. I’m really at a loss of how we can deal with this, and it just seems that every time we ask for help, we just keep getting bounced around from person to person, or blatantly ignored.

We have a friend who had some false charges of animal abuse made against him, originally from his mother. The whole case is absolute bunk, as he loves his two dogs to bits, and has always cared for them very well. Even his own Vet can, and has attested to this. The whole thing began with his mother pressing false charges of animal abuse against him. She had gotten into a fight with her son, kicked him out of her home, but held his two dogs (one a female Husky puppy, and the other a year old German Shepherd who was blind and epileptic). His mother didn’t want to care for his disabled dog, and so she had the OSPCA take her away. She signed his Shepherd over to them (even though it was not in her right to do, because HE is the legal owner of the dog; the dogs are licensed under HIS name, not his mother's). But his mother was then forced to sign over his Husky puppy as well, under the threat that if she did not, then the OSPCA would sieze his mother's own dog, as well. So the OSPCA simply took the two dogs, with absolutely NO proof of animal abuse whatsoever.

So for the past couple of months there has been this whole stupid battle over the dogs. The charges were recently withdrawn, because there was no evidence to prove that he had done any harm to them. The case didn't even make it to a courtroom. He loves his two dogs dearly, and is worried for their well being, now that they are in the hands of the OSPCA. His dogs were NOT abused. They were both in healthy condition. The OSPCA was only supposed to HOLD his dogs until a final decision was made. But the OSPCA proceeded to try and adopt out his puppy anyway, (even though they weren’t supposed to) and then he also recently found out that they put his Shepherd to sleep, once the OSPCA heard that there wasn't even a case.

They found out that his charges had been withdrawn, and so they killed his dog. The OSPCA is determined that he’ll not get his other dog back, even though the guy’s lawyer was issues a document stating that BY LAW the OSPCA HAS to give him the whereabouts of his remaining dog. Legally, they are supposed to give him his dog back. It’s HIS dog. Everything the OSPCA has done so far has been extremely immoral AND illegal, and now they’ve even gone so far as to try and charge our friend with Harassment, when ALL he wants is to have his dog back, which is in his legal right to have.

The Lawyer has faxed over the documents, has called. They don’t call back. In fact the lawyer, and our friend, have been told that they are not allowed anywhere on OSPCA property. Also, any friend who has called, even simply to enquire about the well being of the dogs, have also been threatened with harassment charges. We’ve tried calling the police, to see if they can do anything to help, but they have said that this has now become a Civil case, and they can’t do anything. We've even tried calling the MPP, and they, and the police, have agreed that what the OSPCA is doing is wrong, but so far no one seems to know what we can do about it. And to sue the OSPCA for Theft of Property, or anything at all, will require a ton of money, which our friend simply doesn’t have. As it stands now, he’s trying hard enough just to scrounge up the last bit of money he needs to pay his lawyer for the case, so far.

It really makes me feel sick to my stomach to know that we live in a society where people can do these kinds of cruel things. What kind of Justice System is this? The OSPCA is supposed to HELP animals, not put them in more harm’s way. And wherever we’ve turned to try and find help, so far, no one has cared enough to lend a helping hand.

As a dog owner, this kind of thing really makes me sad and angry, especially when I learned that his German Shepherd was put down, simply for being blind and epileptic. Our friend found her as a puppy, abandoned in the park, with trauma to the head, which is what caused her condition. He had the heart to take her in and care for her, and she’d still be alive today if the OSPCA would have done the right thing, and given her back to him. >.< Now, we’re all concerned for the Husky puppy that still remains, and our friend is just beside himself with worry that he’ll never see his baby again. He has every intention of suing the OSPCA, but by the time he manages to raise the money for it, who knows what will happen to his dog. :(

I am writing this, and making a plea to anyone out there who loves dogs, if you think you can help out in ANY way, please send an e-mail to glory@connection.com. Thank you for your time!


~Maia Davis

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From:pat_the_fox
Date:February 28th, 2005 09:30 pm (UTC)
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Are they still currently trying to adopt the dogs away? if so find otu what their adoption page is and search for the dogs. Can't the police charge them with possesion of stolen property?
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From:wlfdog
Date:March 1st, 2005 03:26 am (UTC)
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They're not giving anyone the location of the dog. :/ And one has already been put down. We have no idea what's happened with the second pup. And the Police say they can't do anything to help, and that this is now a Civil case, that needs to be dealt with on a Civil matter. >.
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From:wlfdog
Date:March 1st, 2005 03:24 am (UTC)
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Yes, please feel free to link this LJ post to your page. :) Anything that can help. And sure, an auction would be great! I've offered to toss him some money to help with his case as well. If we can get the support of others, let people know to send any info to the e-mail at the end of this entry. The Husky pup's name is Lyla. This is to save her, and to honor the memory of his deceased Shepherd, Sydney.
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From:pat_the_fox
Date:February 28th, 2005 09:45 pm (UTC)
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One thing I forgot! hit the media! Organizations like theese rely on a good public image. Write up the events and e-mail them to local media sources (city tv, the start etc.) also letters to the editor section might help too. If you can pop into speakers corner or try radio stations, find someone sympathetic to your cause.
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From:wlfdog
Date:March 1st, 2005 03:30 am (UTC)
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We're considering that, but they're trying to be careful regarding certain issues. His fear is that it may somehow backfire on him. So he wants to look at all of his options, before going to the media with anything. But I strongly urge everyone and anyone to at least spread this amongst the Furry Fandom, because the more support we can get on this matter, the better. I think we need to start a petition or something! >.
From:tdandsen
Date:February 28th, 2005 10:25 pm (UTC)

Canadia is a different system, so I'm not sure

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This is appalling to the highest degree. I'm not even sure where to start. Of course, my entire question is motive on the part of the OSPCA (side note, what the hell is the 'o' for?)
I've always said that the SPCA is an over-reactive group of idiots who couldn't find their asses with both hands and an active radar site, but this is above and beyond. It's hard to believe (not that I don't) that an organization like this would outright ignore the law.
If the police can't do anything (which sounds REALLY weird) then you should contact the local government in some other form. Mayor, Provincial Representative, someone BIG. If they're going to start throwing their weight as 'civil servants acting in the best interest of those they are charged to protect' then you need to call in your own big guns. You elect your government, so make them work for you in this case.
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From:mewmew
Date:February 28th, 2005 11:17 pm (UTC)

Re: Canadia is a different system, so I'm not sure

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I'm pretty sure the O stands for Ontario, since that's where everyone involved lives. Couldn't swear to it, though.
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From:mewmew
Date:February 28th, 2005 11:21 pm (UTC)
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I really wish I had some money to send to you guys. IR has been keeping me up to date with everything since day one. I met the friend mentioned, and his dogs, during my last visit. NONE of them deserve any of this, and the entire situation makes me disgusted to be human. To know I have to share the same basic genetics as the people who have caused so much pain to someone so undeserving of it...

I hope you guys can get all the money you need, and if I get lucky enough to come across a few bucks I'll be sure to send it out your way! People that disgusting need to be made to pay, and I hope everyone involved in the murder of the Shepherd lose their jobs, because there's simply no other way to describe it other than murder.
From:ckwhitehorse
Date:February 28th, 2005 11:31 pm (UTC)
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Here's a plan for ya.

Adopt the puppy yourself, or have a mutual friend do it. Then just give it back to the guy.

Personally, if I couldn't do that and couldn't raise the money, it'd be time for some frontier justice. Operation: break into the kennel and grab the bitch :>

Then just get her to a safehouse until the heat is off
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From:mewmew
Date:March 1st, 2005 02:51 am (UTC)
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It would have to be a mutual friend. If I could, I'd do it! But, I would assume they'd wanna know where I lived, and seeing as how I'm a US girl it wouldn't work. :( But, to have someone else adopt the dog and then give it to the rightful owner, it would have to be someone who hasn't gotten involved in the situation as of yet, so that they couldn't discover the true intention until the dog was already out of their hands.
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From:razakwolf
Date:March 1st, 2005 12:17 am (UTC)
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It discusts me, this person is a friend, a wonderful careing person that in not way ever deserved such treatment, nor did the dogs. i cant see how they are trying to protect the animals, he was the only person that was going to be willing to care for her, he went though so much to get her to trust him and the OSPCA must of know that rehoming a dog with such problems was going to be nigh impossable anyway. I wouild want to know whos decition it was to have her put to sleep and why they refuse to give him back his pup when the law dictates hes free from the charges.......gah! sorry you dont even know me and im bitching on your LJ >_< just makes me furious.
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From:mewmew
Date:March 1st, 2005 02:54 am (UTC)
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You're a friend of the person who's been wronged, as well as a friend of mine and IR's. I don't think she'll mind too much. ^_^
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From:solstice_sings
Date:March 1st, 2005 12:58 am (UTC)
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God DAMMIT!

I know this guy... he loved his shepherd... and he loves his puppy. He better fucking get them back.
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From:firestormsix
Date:March 1st, 2005 01:45 am (UTC)
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Thats horrible. ....Those local so called "SPCA's" are simply an arm of our beaurocratic , excuse for a government. Obviously sadly he wont get his Shepherd back, (The soul-less people that work at that OSPCA has already put him down. Its a publicity image thay wants to gain by falsely charging the accused regardless, and gain another chip on their shoulders, regardless of who they hurt in the process. A petition against them, ...public ads,... newspaper ads, or what ever it takes, are all needed to show the public the SPCA's "dark side". I hope he gets his Husky back , and sues the OSPCA for what ever they are worth , and who ever else is involved in this horrible incident against this guy.
From:khakiwolf
Date:March 1st, 2005 07:21 am (UTC)
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"Come here, boy. I've got a sweet dose of murder for you..."
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From:lordperrin
Date:March 1st, 2005 01:45 am (UTC)
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I like that one guys idea of having another person adopt the dog for him, and give the dog back. If I think of anything else you could do, I'll mention it come back and mention it... I wish I were more knowledgable on Canadian law. Best of luck.
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From:ryuuookamixiii
Date:March 1st, 2005 06:25 am (UTC)

Go To The News

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Take this story to the local news.
One advantage main stream media has is its ability go many places even the cops can't [or won't].
This will also raise a public awareness of the problems w/ the OSPCA helping prevent this sort of thing from happening to others.
If all else fails the folks who adopted the dog may see the story and help resolve the problem.
Hope this is at least somewhat helpful.
Best wishes for your friend and his dog.

Peace
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From:mewmew
Date:March 1st, 2005 07:11 am (UTC)

Re: Go To The News

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I agree. They should go on the news, show a pic of the puppy if they have one available. Tell people what's going on. If anyone has the dog, or has seen the dog, it will be hard for the OSPCA to cover their asses, and if they do anything TO the dog, the public will know what they're really like and it will destroy them.

However, my only fear is that they WILL do something to the puppy if things aren't done carefully, and if anything happens to the puppy, it quite possibly will kill my friend. It nearly killed him when he was first taken from the dogs, and when he first found out about the murder of the Shepherd. Losing the other quite possibly will be too much, so everything has to be done carefully to prevent anything tragic. I don't want to lose a friend just because some filthy little bastards couldn't accept that they were wrong and simply give back what doesn't belong to them in the first place.
From:khakiwolf
Date:March 1st, 2005 07:14 am (UTC)
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This reminds me SO MUCH of the story of the woman in Toronto who was robbed and had her Playstation and about 12 games stolen. The thief was caught, and they found out he sold the games and console system to a local Electronics Boutique. EB had already sold some of her games and a memory card, which is against their policy of holding merchandise for a mandatory 2 weeks.

The worst part is, they tried to SELL the playstation and games back to the woman. They said it was "store policy" and are trying to "rape" her for about $400, when they only bought it off the theif for about $180.

I truly and dearly hope your friend gets his remaining dog back. I am saddened by his loss, because I have held a dog when he was put to sleep and felt him die in my arms and I know exactly what it feels like to lose a friend like that.

Good luck with your mission.
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From:blackwingdragon
Date:March 1st, 2005 07:35 am (UTC)
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That pisses me off SO much >.< How the fucking hell would anyone ever DARE touch what is the other's, let alone totally destroy it?! Do me, the people here, and dogs in similar shoes the pleasure of kicking some ass, Jess. These bags of shit disgust me almost as much as that fur video on my LJ. *growls*
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From:wlfdog
Date:March 1st, 2005 05:36 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for the support. And good to know you're still around. :)
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From:iron_raptor
Date:March 1st, 2005 08:36 am (UTC)
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Someone said to me...

"The OSPCA set out to destroy one man, but awoke a sleeping army."

If the lawyers fail to do justice, then the gathering masses will have to take up this cup and carry on the good fight.
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From:sdelaforge
Date:March 1st, 2005 02:59 pm (UTC)
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I wish I could help more, but at least I've got a LJ, I'm well known, and I have a big mouth. I'll spread the work in anyway I can. Iron raptor's been keeping me up to date on this too, so I'll do what I can to help. I wish it was financial, but I just barely holding on my own even now. (He'll tell you why.)

You pinned it right on the nose - all dog lovers - that's me. I only wish we could get a fur con to sponser him, and his dogs. We could raise a lot of money fast for him. But maybe with the word spread, we can do that anyway. Furs are pretty generious when it comes to animals.

I'll link your LJ, and IR's to a LJ post, and summmerize it on the local BBS, and other places outside of the fur commmunity. Good luck to you, and all!

-Shadowwalker Delaforge
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From:wlfdog
Date:March 1st, 2005 05:37 pm (UTC)
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Thanks muchly, Shad!
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From:qeveren
Date:March 1st, 2005 09:19 pm (UTC)
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Who would I get in touch with regarding a monetary donation, Jessie?
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From:wlfdog
Date:March 2nd, 2005 01:54 am (UTC)
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A friend of ours is setting up a public website, with a legal briefing, so that anyone who would like to help out or give donations can do so. As soon as the site's together, I'll make another post to my Live Journal. *hugs* Thanks for your support!
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From:iguanaartgirl
Date:March 2nd, 2005 12:17 am (UTC)
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Unfortunatly I don't have any advice to give, other than to try to write in to local papers or news stations and trying to spread local awareness of his story. They may be able to ignore a few people, but if a mass of angry protestors shows up, they may be forced to listen.

This is just unthinkably horrible; I can't imagine anyone doing something this blatantly inhumaine and illegal. The fact that they put that poor dog down is just unforgivable. I hope he gets his dog back somehow.
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From:wlfdog
Date:March 2nd, 2005 01:58 am (UTC)
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Well, right now we're just trying all possible legal means of getting his remaining dog back. We'll know what's going on in a few more days. If they STILL refuse to give her up after that, we're seriously considering going to the media. A friend of ours is already in the process of putting together a legal brief, and a public protest website, where people can get contact info, and send in donations if they so choose. Once he has the site up, I'll make another LJ post, with a link to it. We are planning on suing the OSPCA. Right now it's just a matter of time, and somehow getting the money. O.o
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From:kategod
Date:March 2nd, 2005 12:21 am (UTC)
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I'd definately start trying for the media route, especially since to me here's what it sounds like. I could be wrong, but it's just almost screaming out at me:

Whoever has the huskie puppy? Probably one of the officers at the OSPCA. They probably are 'fostering' her and they're getting protected by the organization. I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if that's what happened.
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From:wlfdog
Date:March 2nd, 2005 02:01 am (UTC)
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Yep, "foster" care. *smirks* Each day they refuse to hand her over gets us closer to considering going to the media. But we'll use that as a last resort. We want to make sure that we've tried every possible legal means of getting her back first, before we get the media involved.
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From:tikkimink
Date:March 2nd, 2005 05:46 am (UTC)
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Grrr. Now Raptor's AIM message to me makes sense. I really wish I knew some civil lawyers within Canada to help you now. The only ones I do know are Stateside.
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From:dcrabbit
Date:March 4th, 2005 12:31 pm (UTC)
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Well, if the courts say that the dogs were only supposed to be held, then the guy's lawyer can go to the courts, say the OSPCA is defying the court by refusing to turn over the remaining dog and try to obtain a court order that states the OSPCA must return the dog. This will get the police involved in enforcing it and make it a criminal act, rather than civil, if they still refuse to do so.

Just an idea.

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From:wlfdog
Date:March 4th, 2005 06:39 pm (UTC)
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Eep. Okay, I talked with them, and got something cleared up. It appears that the case didn't even make it to court at all. The lawyer met with the prosecution, and the prosecution withdrew the charges. Which is why it's been so hard to get the remaining dog back. Although his lawyer did get a document stating that, by law, the OSPCA has to give him info on the Husky's whereabouts, but so far they've just been ignoring the lawyer, and his attemps to contact them. So we have to get this case to court somehow. The problem is getting the money to do so. :/
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From:shadowing
Date:March 5th, 2005 06:18 am (UTC)
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I have to agree with the consensus here; go to the media. Every stinking one you can think of. You will be amazed at how quickly this gets resolved after it's brought to the public eye.
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From:narilyte
Date:March 5th, 2005 07:31 am (UTC)
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My thoughts are this. Note most of what I know comes from watching too much Law and Order. =P

The fact that they are holding something that rightfully belongs to your friends is illegal, period. Posession of stolen property or whatever you want to call it. If the police aren't willing to do anything, go over their heads.

My thoughts are instead of talking to the police, talk to the district attorney. They should be able to file the criminal lawsuit against them. Once an arrest warrant or whatnot is issued, the police will have to act on it then since it came from above. THat's the best I can suggest really.

IF that doesn't work or isn't possible, go to the media, have everyone who knows your friend and his vet also give testimonials about his great treatment of the dogs. That'll put a lot of pressure on the OSPCA and they will hopefully cave.
From:the_lizard_rat
Date:March 22nd, 2005 04:27 pm (UTC)
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Go to the media and screw it if it backfires, these utter MORONS don't deserve to be in business if this is the way they run their "business".

Maybe one of us in Livejournal Land can adopt the pup, then send it back to be with its true owner. Though you just know if the morons found out they'd probably try to take it away again.

Lizard Rat out.
Posting this to his own LJ in Albany NY

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From:wardy
Date:March 22nd, 2005 04:29 pm (UTC)
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Jesus! With your permission I will auction some artwork and link to this LJ entry! Any proceeds will go to your friend (via you if possible!)

Wardy
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From:wlfdog
Date:March 22nd, 2005 08:37 pm (UTC)
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Thank you very much! Feel free to do whatever you feel you can to help! We greatly appreciate it! :) And please, if you can, spread this website around. It has all info anyone needs to know, contact info, mailing addresses, and petitions to sign. We are trying any way we can help to fundraise money for a lawsuit! Thanks again! :)

http://forsydney.hollosite.com/
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From:ladybirmingham
Date:March 22nd, 2005 05:47 pm (UTC)
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If their was anything I could do I would because I love dogs. This is just another example of why I hate most people. I hope he gets his puppy back.
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