Thursday, September 29, 2005

Amazing tales of survival and despicable behavior by people

We went on over 40 calls yesterday from people who found us on the internet or from lists that we are working on. Did a lot of feeding for people who are on the way home and whose pets are still alive. Found one poodle that hadn’t had any food water since the storm. Very much alive. The owner is an elderly lady who called us, thinking her “little girl” probably hadn’t made it. But in fact she was alive and well in the house!

I caught my little black dog! This is the one that has been stuck behind his house with his dead buddy, who I have been trying to rescue for weeks. I spent an hour with some wet food and finally coaxed him over to eat from my hand. He‘s here – cute and happy.

Got a cockatiel for a gentleman. No food and water but still alive even though the other birds in the house didn’t make it. The owner is surrendering the bird to us since he cannot care for him now.

Unfortunately, we did find many deceased animals on our calls yesterday.

Let it be known that the St. Bernard parish has barely been touched by rescuers! The police are uncooperative and constantly asking what we are doing with these animals.

Someone needs to call the LASPCA - who is taking over all the rescue operations on Saturday (who knows what this means) including from the HSUS (not of their choice) and ask these questions:

1. Will the current feeding and watering efforts continue? Will the volunteers who are familiar with the plans be allowed to assist?
2. What the heck is going to be done with St. Bernard parish? Why can’t water trucks be sent in? It seems so simple! We are taking every one we have this afternoon to St. Bernard’s after our calls to get as many animals as we can. But we only have a bit of room. Many of the dogs are running in packs. Need traps, sedation, etc. We can’t pull this off but LASPCA can. Why has nothing been done after a month? While we are working in St. Bernard’s we hear shot gun blasts every 15 minutes - what can this be? Its like a 3rd world country

Bad News!

Not going to go into detail at this point but our team found one of the most horrific scenes imaginable. Everything is completely documented in video and pictures Some one needs to go to jail. We treated it as crime scene though we didn’t feel comfortable calling police but we did call HSUS and other officials. Put it this way, once this breaks this will be potentially one of the biggest news to come out of this situation regarding animals. We're hesitant to reveal the facts now in case the individuals responsible came to clean up scene. Facts to find and convict are available! Any one with top level access who can deal with this should call me directly. We are not sure who to call because of lack of communication channels.

Thanks for everyone's support

Eric

38 Comments:

At 11:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eric,

Contact Pasado's Safe Haven. They are very active in WA state proscuting people who abuse animals. I'm sure they can give you advice on what to do next. You will more than likely have to get the proscuting attorney to take the case. May be a long hard struggle. There will be a special place in hell for the people who have intentionally harmed those innocent animals. I'm still having nightmares from what I witnessed in LA. Take care of yourself.

 
At 11:12 AM, Blogger Senihele said...

Mike Minton in St Bernard's Parish is on a Dallas-Sun Times video shooting dogs from the back of a jeep. Blanco assured callers that this would stop. Perhaps it's time to prosecute these creeps from the Sheriff's department.

 
At 12:23 PM, Blogger Alisa said...

I got an Email from ASPCA wanting volunteers to go to St Bernards in now 48 hours. I also have a law enforcement friend that gave us the name of the LASPCA's director. I'll see what I can do.

We're going Oct. 13-19 to help pick up where you leave off. You've taught us a lot with your efforts. We're very grateful for your hard work!!

I started a blog too!
petbond.blogspot.com

 
At 12:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could you post up a link to
http://katrinahelp.info/wiki/index.php/Animal_Rescue_Resources

There is a wealth of information there to answer a lot of questions posed by people working for pet rescue. It would provide a quick and ready resource for information to help. It is the results of hours and hours of combing the web and coming up with results that your readers and rescuers can turn to help them increase effectiveness in the effort.

Thanks,
Nancy B
katrinahelp.info wiki

 
At 12:53 PM, Blogger Parrot_Lover_Nancy said...

I HAVE CARGO VAN
Hi Eric
I worked at Lamar Dixon for 1 1/2 weeks (I had all the exotics) Maybe some of you guys know me...(I have been home for 5 days)
I am going back. I have rented a large cargo van... and I can leave tomorrow from Jacksonville Florida
I have extensive experience with the handling of large sick & stressed birds... and I am very comfortable with reptiles...snakes etc. as well as dogs & cats. I have a strong will...
PLEASE contact me nancy@avianlove.com
I WANT to team up with you guys

 
At 1:05 PM, Blogger Teresa said...

Regarding Saint Bernard Parish, I watched a video of police shooting dogs for now reason here is the link. http://www.dallasnews.com/s/dws/photography/2005/katrina_video/straydogs.html

its terrible!!

 
At 1:06 PM, Blogger Teresa said...

They are shooting dogs in St. Bernard parish here is a link someone got a video
http://www.dallasnews.com/s/dws/photography/2005/katrina_video/straydogs.html

 
At 1:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Eric,

You should Email Matt Drudge at drudgereport.com
scroll down to place on right hand side "send news tips to Drudge"

Elizabeth

 
At 1:20 PM, Anonymous Tamara K., MA said...

Thank you Eric. For all the dirty work you're doing down there.

I've been receiving horrible tales via my rescue groups email list from outside rescuers who went to help with HSUS and when I demanded explanations from HSUS all I got was a bunch of crap and accusations that all the bad press is "urban legend". Please.

 
At 1:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have heard tales and prayed it was untrue. Just when you think things can get any worse... I am so sorry that good hearted people have to witness such idiotic and barbaric behaviour but am so very glad that they are busted. Please make an example of them. Its not justice but vengeance sounds pretty good right now.

 
At 2:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eric,

I read you everyday and suffer with you.
I have five pets and I love them so much I would have never left them..

Im horrified, the cruelty and not caring of the authorities is incredible.
I wonder who will vote them again.

I buy on ebay stuff donated for animals help, I wish I could be there helping.

God bless you, and all those voluntiers, every pet you save is a miracle of love.

I send you a big hug.. please take care .. we all need you
Selina

 
At 2:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Makes you wonder why it is called "humane" treatment when people in general have so little of it and animals have it in boundless supplies. I'm ashamed to admit to being american, right now.

 
At 3:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eric,
It may be wise & beneficial to quickly apprise Senator Ensign (R,NV, & licensed DVM)and/or Coast Guard Vice Admiral Thad Allen of this matter.

Below is verbatim from the Las Vegas Review-Journal website:

Sep. 29, 2005
Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal

ENSIGN SAYS NATIONAL GUARD WILL AID ANIMAL RESCUE CREWS

By SAMANTHA YOUNG
STEPHENS WASHINGTON BUREAU

WASHINGTON -- The National Guard will begin escorting animal rescue crews into abandoned homes to retrieve pets left behind by people who evacuated from Gulf Coast hurricanes, Sen. John Ensign said Wednesday after returning from the region.

The Nevada Republican, a licensed veterinarian, said he secured the arrangement while visiting Louisiana and meeting with rescue leaders.
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Coast Guard Vice Admiral Thad Allen, head of the hurricane recovery efforts, plans to name a point person this week to coordinate animal rescue efforts, Ensign said.

"There has not been somebody to coordinate the effort to go in and get the animals," he said.

Ensign met with Allen and also toured an emergency animal shelter set up by Louisiana State University.

Animal welfare groups estimate thousands of pets remain locked in homes. At least 3,500 pet owners have asked for help finding their animals, Ensign said.

In many cases, Louisianans refused to heed evacuation orders because pets were not allowed in shelters. Ensign said local and federal governments should change their policy to prevent widespread disease among animals left behind.

"While I think the animals are important, there's a public health concern as well," Ensign said.

Aside from animal care efforts, Ensign toured parts of Louisiana on a Cessna plane owned by the state of Louisiana. He flew over coastal towns demolished by hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

"There was one little beach town and all that was left were concrete pads," Ensign said.

After meeting with disaster response personnel whom he declined to identify citing privacy reasons, the Nevadan said many workers are concerned about how the Federal Emergency Management Agency is spending money.

Ensign said he learned that "there's a huge amount of money and very little accounting." He plans to raise the issue at Senate hearings.

Ensign said he chartered a corporate jet to fly him and several members of his staff to New Orleans. He said he paid for the trip from his congressional account because Senate rules prevented him from accepting a free flight.

Ensign's staff did not immediately respond to queries about the cost of the trip and the identity of the jet's owner.

 
At 3:11 PM, Blogger Mikavr said...

I'm ashamed to being human right now. Eric, you are a hero, to go through all that and then see horrors and then get blasted for being a sham. JAY-SUS you have been through a lot. I hope you follow through on whatever it is you saw. I know you will, you are obviously a "get it done" type of person. I am heading down there in a week myself. I agree, Pasado does a lot of prosecuting, they would probably know the next step. Although sending video to CNN can't hurt either. All my best and strongest wishes and prayers for you and those poor dears you found. Please give us a little clue as to what you found, now there is talk of someone cutting animals open for the fun of it and if that is a rumor it needs to stop immediately. Just a little clue though, I can't deal with graphic stuff. Or just say "No it wasn't animals cut up" GOD. Anyway, so happy for you you got that lil black puppy to trust you. That is one bright spot in allof this and I'm sure it heals a teeny bit of your heart when you can look at him. Maybe he should be yours now? All the best, Mikavr

 
At 3:13 PM, Blogger Chris said...

Please let us know what happened...the best way to get the word out about this tragedy is to let everyone start making phone calls and sending emails.

People have made so many calls and sent so many emails to newsrooms, St. Bernard Parish and government officials, they eventually had to respond.

There's serious power in numbers...plese let us know what happened so we can help.

I know you will probably be affected by these images for the rest of your life, but at least know you are doing great work and making a difference, thanks.

 
At 3:40 PM, Blogger lanekry said...

Eric,

I have called the Louisiana ACLU regarding some of the things I have been hearing about rescuers being kicked out; here is a synopsis:

American Civil Liberties Union Of Lousiana

I just got off the phone with them, they are operating out of Baton Rouge. ( http://www.laaclu.org/index.html ) I asked the woman I spoke to, Katie, about some of the things people have been saying about being harassed by the cops. She said that it was important to have i.d. on when you are doing rescue, so maybe people who are doing it should go to an open KINKO's and laminate some up. She said that being as the mayor is going to open up most of the city tomorrow, the police will not be able to ask you to leave. She said that most of the city should be opened up by Oct. 5, except the 9th ward which may remain closed.

She said to get badge numbers and other relevant information about any interactions with the police where you feel that you have been harassed, and file a complaint with the ACLU as this is a civil liberties issue. There are two ways to file a complaint, by downloading a complaint form and mailing it in, form is at this link:
http://www.laaclu.org/Complaints/complaint_form.htm

or by e-mail, at this link:
complaints@laaclu.org

if you use the e-mail form then use the first link complaint form as a guide.

This ACLU office is now operating out of Baton Rouge so they are pretty close by. They can't give legal advice over the phone, but she was pretty supportive. Regarding this release:

"Rescuing and transferring to Lamar-Dixon will cease on 9/30 as we transition back into Animal Control for the City of New Orleans."
http://www.cityofno.com/portal.aspx...scx&itemid=3173

She said that probably means that all animals picked up by city officials will now go to their facilities, as the mayor has no jurisdiction whatsoever over Lamar Dixon which is in another town.

It might pay to take a computer printout or screen capture of addresses which owners have put on websites requesting rescue of specific pets at specific addresses. I don't see how they can kick you out if you are doing something at the request of a property owner, it might pay to have it on hand. They sure aren't kicking out the Blackwater Mercenaries that are standing around on the streets guarding the mansions on the wealthy part of town.

I hope everyone who has had a negative interaction with the police will file at least an e-mail complaint with the ACLU. If the city is opened up there is no way they can say "leave the city and don't come back" that is outrageous. All it will take is a few phone calls to the mayors office from the ACLU to get the Mayor to call his dogs off. Any rescue groups or members who have been asked to leave NOLA need to call/ e-mail Anderson Cooper, or anyone else who might have a sympathetic ear. It is probably a good idea to try to get on the local news stations around MS, LA, and AL. Raise an unholy stink about it, don't just give up. The ACLU person that I talked to is an animal lover and spent 2 weeks volunteering at a shelter, the only thing she could figure is that the city is afraid of being sued if anyone gets sick. People should demand to sign a waiver, then, I guess, and go on about their business. The general public WANTS these animals rescued.

It might be a good idea to call HSUS, ASPCA and PETA. The have attorneys who might be able to help.
Let me know if there is anything that I can do from here. I'm game to call/e-mail anyone that I can, since I can't be down there on the ground.


(I posted this on Snowball's chance and Craigslist).

 
At 3:59 PM, Anonymous kelli said...

Thank you SO much for what you are doing. I cannot imagine what you are going through.

You are an inspriration.... keep up the amazing work. I wish you strength and luck.

 
At 4:04 PM, Anonymous anne said...

Eric,

Please keep pressing on with this. As horrific as it sounds people need to know and see what has really transpired in that city . People should be made to feel ashamed of this happening to these animals. I think the graphic pictures and detail should be provided to the public. Maybe that will wake a few people up from their coma as to what is really going on in some parts of our so called civilized country.

 
At 4:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eric,

Contact Dr. Elliot Katz at In Defense of Animals in Mill Valley, CA. They do cruelty investigations.

In Defense of Animals
131 Camino Alto, Suite E,
Mill Valley, California 94941
Tel 415.388.9641
Fax: 415.388.0388
Pet Theft Hotline: 800 STOLEN PET
http://www.idausa.org/about.html

You are a true hero. You have shown extraordinary leadership, persistence and creativity in your efforts to save animals in this disaster. You show all of us how much one person can accomplish. Your blog did what the media failed to do in bringing the animal crisis here to light. Heroes and caregivers often ignore or delay caring for their own needs. I hope when you return to Baltimore, you seek an experienced healing professional to assist with the emotional and pyschological trauma you've experienced. And in caring for yourself, you will be better able to continue helping animals near and far.

God bless you,

A friend in Vallejo, CA

 
At 4:17 PM, Blogger PietroConiglio said...

Eric and friends,

The state of Louisiana is going to restrict animal intake at Lamar Dixon starting on the 30th, allowing only animals in critical condition. I know for a fact that The HSUS has protested this decision, but it's not their decision to make. The entire operation, as a technical matter, happens under the exercise of state authority. You can bank on this information. What happens in animal rescue and relief from then on is going to likely occur under the authority of the Louisiana SPCA.

A new friend

 
At 4:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are a GREAT person for helping these animals. It breaks my heart everyday when I see the news of their suffering. What kind of evil person can kill an animal in cold blood. This is a tragedy so large I don't know if we can ever get over it. I'm sure that someone will see that justice is done and all the animals in heaven will have peace at last.

 
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