142 DOGS SEIZED, PB PARTY, TRIBUTE
July 2013 | News Bites
The news is so full of, well, NEWS, that animal stories get shoved to the bottom of the network’s pile. Before you learn about the no-bail jail racket and the 142 dog confiscation, we thought this tribute to our best friend was moving.
Zanjeer, The Golden Labrador Who Saved Thousands Of Lives
In March 1993, a series of 12 bombs went off across Mumbai, India. The serial blasts left 257 dead and 713 injured. But in the aftermath, an unlikely hero emerged. According to Reuters, a golden Labrador named Zanjeer worked with the bomb squad and saved thousands of lives by detecting "more than 3,329 kgs of the explosive RDX, 600 detonators, 249 hand grenades and 6406 rounds of live ammunition." He helped avert three more bombs in the days following the blasts. The dog died of bone cancer in 2000. He was eight years old. In the photo a senior police officer lays a wreath of flowers on Zanjeer as he was buried with full police honors at a widely-attended ceremony. Received from subscriber Sally Campbell, first source Reuters.
Raid separates family pet and puppies from her owners.
3 year old mother dog, a UKC registered American Pit Bull, has never had so much as a cross word with a mouse! The beloved family pet and her first litter of puppies are in no-bail jail. Details on this not-unique story and the attorney working to save Eilis and her babies will be in the next edition.
142 Dogs Rescued From Puppy Mill In SC
Texas Legislative watchdog Shirley Lawler and former NC State Animal Control Officer, Tam Cordingley both sent coverage on the massive mess in Greenville County SC. Purebred boxers appear to dominate the confiscated population. We chose this aerial photo to point out the blistering sun to which most of the kennel dogs were subjected. There were however, no photos or video showing any starving dog, nor any with “mange” or “possible eye infection” as alleged by authorities. Dominating newspaper and TV coverage is the plea for donations. Clearly, when 142 dogs are seized in fell swoop, there is going to be unprecedented need. This reporter is moved to ask the obvious “Why were those valuable dogs confiscated all at once if there wasn’t adequate help and funds to care for them? Why wasn’t the owner given opportunity to clean up and provide proper summer shelter? Were any of the dogs in need of emergency veterinary care? If so, why wasn’t that stated?
While there are obvious housing and clutter problems, with a little pitch-in help, they could be quickly corrected and routine follow-up would have insured the dogs received adequate care. The owner’s mobile home was condemned for “filthy living conditions” and indeed, it is run down and unkempt. Ferguson is given 30 days to make his home habitable. In the notice pinned to the door “dead animals” are mentioned. None are reported. The outside kennel runs shown on the video are free-standing (no fence fighting), Igloo-type dog houses and dry kibble in food bowls indicate the dogs are if anything, over fed.
Ferguson’s purebred boxers, some of them popular “white boxers,” will be quickly adopted/sold but officials have already stated that some of the mutts he kept are “not adoptable.” One can’t help but wonder if this intervention is part of the highly profitable
taking place across America. More on the story including
on scene video at kctv5.com shows gentle, friendly dogs in good weight and condition.
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