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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 The charges were recently withdrawn, because there was no evidence to prove that he had done any harm to them.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They found out that his charges had been withdrawn, and so they killed his dog.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: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.
From:dennisthetiger
Date:March 22nd, 2005 06:13 pm (UTC)
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Got the link from 2_gryphon. All I can say is.... holy shit.

OSPCA is gonna have some hard times ahead of them if they're fucking around like this.
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From:foxy_skunk
Date:March 22nd, 2005 07:57 pm (UTC)
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Alright, that -IS- some messed up shit... uggg... I hope they die and burn and die again...
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From:earthlion
Date:March 23rd, 2005 12:33 am (UTC)
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That is a serious load of BS what those retards did to that guy's dogs. Excuse for a minute...*Goes to the deepest part of the woods and starts cussing up a storm, calms down and returns* Man, if something would have happened like that to me, I would have gone on a warpath and started kicking ass all over the place against them. I tend to have a short fuse and something like this will set me off.
From:carvedinshadows
Date:March 23rd, 2005 08:09 pm (UTC)
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The OSPCA is well-known in Ontario for pulling this kind of crap. I used to live nearby and volunteered there for a few months, until I couldn't live with what they were doing anymore. Keeping cats in carriers in the back hallways because their giant expensive show-rooms can only house three or four cats at a time each instead of proper housing being able to hold fourty in the same space. Specifically NOT going after puppy mills they know of until a "key donation time" (those are their words) came along and they could bust it then ask for money. Adopting out LAB DOGS to people (horribly abused, insane dogs that desperately need to be put down -- one ended up in a home with a baby and bit three people before she was returned to the OSPCA and destroyed). Dogs escaping the dog-walkers and being ignored as "someone else's problem". Making it cheaper for people to destroy a litter of adoptable kittens then have them given up for adoption. The vet they work with does all their work for free, but will charge customers out the nose (Dr. Mahee once charged a woman over $4000 in tests because her dog was peeing everywhere. It was a puppy. It wasn't housebroken).

They are also deep in the pockets of the local politicans. You won't get help because this "non-profit organization" (kept that way because they RAKE in the cash... 80% of all adoption fees and donation money goes to the staff, 20% goes to animal care) makes money hand over fist and pays their way out of any kind of problem like this.

On a tiny note, they're treating your friend like someone who had their dog taken away for legal matters -- they deal with people trying to get their animals back all the time because they see them as "their rightful property" and not an animal. I'm not saying this is the case for your friend, but they are very, VERY good at this. The dog, if it hasn't been put down (I know that's a horrible thought, but these people are in a "kill first, adopt later" mode 90% of the time) is likely at another shelter entirely. Huskies don't do well in confined spaces, and any dog that is a "potential problem" for the shelter is deemed unadoptable and put down.

Yes, it's illegal. Yes, they do it anyhow. The OSPCA is a group that works with impunity, doing whatever the hell they want, and not giving a shit about the actual welfare of the animals involved at any time. Their only motivation is the bottom line, and as they have the monopoly on this, they do very, very well for themselves.

To solutions. Get your local friend or friends to hit some of the local pet stores and start asking around -- the pet shops are a close bunch that tend to know what's going on and have heard of this happening before. They MIGHT know someone who works there, although the OSPCA will NEVER hire someone who has worked in a pet store (as they might actually know something about animals, and therefore, might object to what's going on behind the scenes). Ask them about animals-rights groups who might help, other no-kill shelters that might help (PetSmart up there ought to know a few, as well as the Paulmac's, Pet Valus, Doogans and so on... forget PJ's, and Petcetera might be a bust too).

I hate to be such a down voice, but the chances are very, very good that to prevent any loss of face in this incident if you ever got to court and won, the dog may not be alive anymore. These guys have some of the biggest guns in the province, legal-wise, and your option may have to be small claims court where you can represent yourself over theft, or maybe hit the city and find a pro-bono lawyer. Letters to the editor of the local newspapers might work, but likely won't, as they receive huge donations from the OSPCA yearly and OSPCA sob stories improve their sales by a tremendous amount.

Good luck. :/
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From:wlfdog
Date:March 24th, 2005 02:12 am (UTC)
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Tell me about it. >.< I really hope that the outcome is a more posative one. Thanks for the well-wishes!!
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From:kassandrahaymer
Date:March 24th, 2005 12:45 am (UTC)
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Okay.. Well I've never before heard of the OSPCA, and I'll admit it but thats some major bullshit they pulling right there. Not only with the puppy but what right, or even motivation, did they have to put down the Shep? They do say that theres nothing worse than idiots with 'good intentions'. -_-

I dont really know what to tell you as far as advice goes, I've never in my life encountered this sort of problem from an Animal Rescue group. The best thing to start with may indeed be to get this out to the press. However, considering they didnt respond to the outcome of the Animal Abuse case I'm thinking sueing them may not actually do any good - they seem pretty hell bent on keeping his dogs away from him. Even if they have to do it illegally. And that just dosent make any sense. -_-

Since I have little advice of my own I'm going to go ahead and link to this journal post in my own journal to see if anyone I know can give you advice or help out, I hope thats ok.

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From:wlfdog
Date:March 24th, 2005 02:14 am (UTC)
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Sure! You may link, by all means, please do! The more word we can spread around, the better. And please pass on the official website as well, if you can, (http://forsydney.hollosite.com) and urge people to sign the petition! :) Thanks for your comment!
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