Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Dog Fighting and Dog Stealing

NOTE: I GOT SEVERAL DIFFERENT REPORTS ON THIS ISSUE. SEVERAL PEOPLE CALLED ME TO TELL ME THAT THE ISSUE WAS UNDEREPORTED AT TYLERTOWN AND SERIOUS. TWO INDIVIDUALS WHO WORKED AT THE SHELTER CLAIM THAT CERTIANLY ANIMALS GOT STOLEN. OTHERS CLAIMED THAT THEY THINK IT WAS ONE INSTANCE 3 WEEKS AGO. ALL AGREED THAT NOTHING HAS HAPPENED SINCE SECURITY WAS IMPLEMENTED. THE REAL FACTS AND NUMBER WILL NEVER BE KNOWN.

NO DOUBT IN MY MIND THAT PITBULLS FELL VICTIM TO THE LOW LIFES WHO RUN THE FIGHTING RINGS IN THIS STATE DURING THIS CRISIS. HOW MANY DID THEY SIMPLY PICK UP OFF THE STREETS? THIS STATE NEEDS TO TAKE A HARD LOOK AT ITSELF. WHAT RESCUERS UNCOVERED IS THAT THE PLIGHT OF ANIMALS IN LA WAS DESPERATE BEFORE ANY HURRICANE. FIGHTING SEEMS TO BE MORE WIDELY ACCEPTED THAN IN OTHER STATES.

FOLLOWING MAY OR MAY NOT BE TOTALLY ACCURATE BUT IT IS ONE RESCUERS ACCOUNT:

We have heard that Lamar Dixon had many animals stolen by proffessional Pit Bull fighters and now Tylertown cries out for help. Last night after promising the day before from the Sherriff dog looters once again took dogs from the shelter and fought them to DEATH in ear shot of the shelter. I would like to know that this is handled. This state needs to provide support for those supporting it. Leave it to people from all over the world to care more than they do.

As Reprinted --
Rescue efforts being hindered by dog fighters

I have just returned from my second trip to the area and those of us working in animal rescue disaster relief are having to face yet another horrifying challenge.

On top of all the suffering the animals of Katrina have suffered, they are now being stolen from the sanctuaries and holding areas erected to treat and house them. In Tylertown, MS where the HSLA has been treating animals abandoned in New Orleans, there is a dog fighting ring less than a 30 second drive from the entrance of the camp. We have asked to local sheriff for help daily with no response. Night after night we had to take security shifts and guard against men trying to enter camp to get our dogs.

The people of Tylertown have expressed their own frustration at the growing business of dogfighting in their community. They feel helpless and frustrated and are sorry that our animals are paying for the inability of their citizens to intervene in this heinous criminal activity.

To our horror several dogs have been taken from the property. After all, they are seasoned criminals and didn't have a hard time figuring out how to get around our dog runs. They take friendly animals that go eagerly to the gate in hopes of getting petted. I can hardly stand to think of the torture that these creatures endure before their deaths. We found a deceased Pitt Bull in a makeshift fighting ring last Monday. We are at the end of our rope.

Now, instead of using donations to build more runs, or transport animals to foster homes and rescues, we are having to build security fencing, purchase motion activated lights, alarms, air horns and other tools to protect our dogs. Instead of taking as many dogs from New Orleans as we can house, treat, and feed, we are having to limit our intake to the number of dogs we can keep safe, depending on the number of volunteers we have to fill 24 hour security shifts.

We are receiving no help from local authorities. During the night, we have had up to four men attempt entry to the camp. Earlier this week, FEMA offered to provide us nighttime security, but that fell through because the Gov. of MS would not grant permission for them to be there. Apparently FEMA cannot help if not asked by a state authority. The sheriff has said that he does not want them in Tylertown. So not only are they not helping to protect us and our animals from these vicious dog fighters, they are not allowing others to help us.

We need a voice to ask the Gov. of MS to do the right thing and let FEMA protect our camp from these monsters who delight in the torture of the helpless and vulnerable creatures left injured and abandoned in the wake of Katrina. Ours has not been heard.

There are still thousands of animals waiting to be rescued from New Orleans and they need our help. Just last week, we found a dog who had been tied to a door knob for 5 weeks and was still alive. Also, we recovered a dog that had crawled into a cupboard above a stove during the storm and was trapped there until last week when a rescuer heard her barking. (Both are doing well now, putting on weight in foster homes.) The 9Th ward has hardly yet to be touched by animal relief workers.

Please, we cannot continue in the fashion necessary as long as the safety of our animals and volunteers is at risk.

End---

It seems unthinkable that dogfigting could go on within earshot of the shelter and then be followed by gunshots but I have spoken to people who promise me it is true.


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Here is my house "On Fosters" 6 total now on board. They are not to be on the couch. I told them to stay off! What are they thinking?




Who is that doggy in the window?

86 Comments:

At 12:12 AM, Anonymous Carol Lancaster said...

Eric,
The dogs certainly look happy at your home!
Carol

 
At 1:18 AM, Blogger lanekry said...

so euthanizing these known, scarred fighting dogs was a worse plan than death by being ripped apart? For naive people, this is why Detroit ASPCA (and others) euthanize all pit bulls that come in from the street. If an animal has evidence of being fought then they are a danger to children and other animals. What a damn shame. This did not have to happen. I hate the thought of euthanizing healthy animals, but I sure know what death I would prefer. The SPCA should handle, this. I will tell you what, narcotics are ALWAYS involved in dog-fighting. They need to call the DEA.

 
At 5:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The true nature of man rears its ugly head again. How evil can they get? I am so sorry, these dogs have been through so much and thought they were safe. It seems to me that a new bill about dogfighting just passed??? Maybe its time for a landmark case, we need to catch at least one of them and make an example of him. Hidden cameras?
Killing all the animals of one particular breed because of what PEOPLE might do is unthinkable, to even suggest it is heartless. What comes next Rottweilers, akitas, dobies, GSD? Maybe we euthanize the people who fight dogs. They are obviously vicious and seem to be devoid of consciences. The fact that the dogs that have been abused are still friendly is a testimony to the basic goodness of their hearts and proof positive that they have excellent temperments despite the bad influence of amoral people. What a bunch of cowardly bastards.

 
At 6:29 AM, Anonymous sidhewlf said...

I'm not one to blame dogs for their actions but I do believe LA has to enact a ban on the Pit Bull breed ..if not just for a few years. This will make it easier for law enforcement to get to the illegal and inhumane actions...of LA also needs to hire good law enforcement officials also....I eblieve the FED gov needs to step in and investigate all of LA political and law offices...again-just my 2 cents worth. Hey Eric,I'm sure that was once a very nice leather couch!...until the children get finished with it anyway. Be prepared for the PETA folks to lambaste you for owning one.

 
At 8:14 AM, Anonymous Suzie DeGrasse said...

I arrived at Tylertown the night after the first round of dog stealing and know what an emotional toll it takes on the people there. After all they have been through, both the dogs and the people, to be subjected so to a torture they acn't escape...Makes me want to go abck down there and shoot the dog fighters. It really is a scuzzy area of the state and it's too bad there are TWO animal rescues right in the midst.

 
At 8:54 AM, Blogger Jamie from Indiana said...

Eric,

I've been talking to the volunteers and vets at DCI for 2-3 weeks now (I've been trying to keep track of a rottweiler there who I rescued & want to foster and/or adopt).

I don't think you have to worry about the pitbulls that are still there. When I talked to Lisa (the vet currently there) last night, she said there are only about 20 dogs now (all pitbulls and one german shepherd). NO pitbulls will be left behind on the 21st... So if you know of any pitbull rescue groups, let DCI know!!

Dr. Lisa, Dr. Eric Davis, and all the other vets/volunteers working at DCI for the past few weeks are ONLY letting the dogs out to no-kill shelters. The pitbulls have been going to pitbull rescue groups (that are screened & validated before allowed to take any pitbulls). A small, no-kill shelter in Los Angeles has taken 38 dogs and 16 cats from DCI. Arizona Humane Society has taken in the most dogs (& a few cats) from DCI and are housing them in foster homes, area no-kill shelters, and with rescue groups.

All the vets and volunteers at DCI are wonderful and TRULY concerned with every single pet's well-being. I've had several people still in the Louisiana area go to DCI and check out the situation. They all say (and I agree) that the pets who ended up at DCI are some of the luckiest ones. They are much better cared for there than at Lamar-Dixon....clean cages, walks 4-5 times a day, playtime, etc.

Not to mention, that the vets in charge are taking great care in where these pets go next....And not only that, they are keeping great records of all transports! For example...I called Dr. Lisa last night...she looked up "my" rottie's ID number and told me he was transferred October 10th to Los Angeles. She gave me the phone number & name of the person to talk to. Sure enough, I called Los Angeles, and he IS there!

I can't say that too many other facilities can actually tell you where a dog went after they were transported!

 
At 9:10 AM, Blogger Jamie from Indiana said...

Eric,
One more comment....those dogs are absolutely adorable and look happy as can be on your couch!

And I think any dog owner can say that the whole "no dogs on furniture" thing NEVER lasts long!! Give them a week, and they're sleeping in bed under the covers with you.

Jamie

 
At 9:11 AM, Blogger Billie Sue said...

Around 11 p.m. last night (Oct.19) I sent out a mass emailing to rescue groups, organizations, individuals using the post from Shelli reporting the lack of security in Tylertown. (The night before I phoned the Sheriff's office and was assured that security was being provided, but according to the message last night there was still a problem.) I included the Sheriff's phone number and email address in the message sent out on the internet.

UPDATE:

I received the following email from Jeff Dorson, Regional Director, Humane Society of Louisiana 10/20/05 at 1:50:52 a.m.EST

***********************************************

Dear Friend:

Our recovery site is finally secure. We have installed additional lighting and an alarm system throughout the compound and the Walthall Sheriff's Office is providing an armed security detail each night for the next several weeks. All security issues have been worked out. You can help us by passing along these latest developments to your contacts. We are safe and secure. We will also be attending a day long meeting with FEMA on Tuesday, to discuss rescue operations in the future and a newly develped federal certification program for animal rescue teams.

Sincerely,

Jeff Dorson
Regional Director

**************************
Permission to crosspost...It is 2:08 a.m. and I am going to bed !

 
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At 10:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

www.nextdaypets.com Response from.
They are blatantly promoting the sale of Katrina Pets. Oh and they have no phone. Contact via email only.

Reply from one of them---

Christine, I appreciate your reply and if your information is correct then the posting at nextday certainly needs to be corrected. It clearly states you are a breeder, and in fact states you are a quality breeder for silky hair and temperment. You have just told me you are not a breeder. You have just told me they are not for sale but up for adoption. Your posting says they are for sale. So if you are a rescue worker who is charging an adoption fee to cover your expenses, then why isn't that what is stated at nextday. I will forward the reply you sent me to nextday to find out where the problem lies with the misleading representations on the webpage. One of the problems I had with your posting is because it does represent you as a quality breeder, and states the dogs are Katrina rescues, I had to wonder how you could make any representations about the genetic background and temperment of the dogs if you did not breed them yourself.

Thank you for your reply. I will now contact nextday and send them your reply to me to find out why they posted information indicating you are a breeder selling dogs, which you state is inaccurate and incorrect.

 
At 10:12 AM, Anonymous Eric Rice said...

Oh and that black and white girl on the couch is the nicest pit mix I have ever seen. She is sooooo sweeet.

Eric

 
At 10:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

PLEASE HELP. IT IS NOT TO LATE TO BE A HERO. STILL 1200 HOMES WITH POTENTIAL ANIMALS INSIDE. THOUSANDS OF CATS AND DOGS NEED FED ON THE STREETS. THOUSANDS.

 
At 10:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

PLEASE HELP. IT IS NOT TO LATE TO BE A HERO. STILL 1200 HOMES WITH POTENTIAL ANIMALS INSIDE. THOUSANDS OF CATS AND DOGS NEED FED ON THE STREETS. THOUSANDS.
THIS IS TODAY FOLKS -- OCTOBER 18TH

Hi my name is Princess. I was left at a two story apartment building
> with Annie and Foxie. There is a balcony with stairs. The apartment is
> at the intersection of Mumphrey Road and East Judge Perez in Chalmette
> in St. Bernard Parish. Three of us are waiting to be rescued. We are
> too little to do much on our own.
> Note: Photos were taken when the dogs were healthy, extreme weight
> loss may make it difficult to identify them by photo now.
>
> We still have a list of 1267 homes in downtown New Orleans where
> animals have been reported by their guardians to be trapped. We still
> have this many because we do not have enough volunteers to open the
> doors and rescue the pets that are slowly starving to death. THIS IS
> WHY WE NEED YOU! Please get in your car or get on a plane and come
> help us get through the rest of these houses.
>
> TIME IS RUNNING OUT! We are certain (based on the pets we see
> everyday) that there are animals still alive in these homes.
>
> Things you should know before you come:
> • This will be the most rewarding life changing experience you
have
> ever had. To save an animal from starving to death is a very rewarding
> experience…one you will never forget.
> • The city is safe…we have been rescuing since the hurricane and
> have not had any problems with any of our rescuers' safety.
> • People have requested that someone breaks in and rescues their
> desperate animal.
> • You will need to bring a small tent or stay in your car. That is
a
> small sacrifice to make for these animals who are desperately waiting
> for your help.
> • Hurricane Wilma is not heading anywhere near New Orleans so
please
> do not wait until after it passes…it may be too late.
> • You do not need any special passes to get into the city.
> • Although the city is open to residents, most have not returned
or
> even plan on returning.
> • You can get updates and information on rescue efforts here:
> animalrescueneworleans.com
>
> "I have spent 6 weeks rescuing animals in New Orleans. I have climbed
> through windows, on roofs, and under houses to get to these animals
> who are trapped. This has been the most rewarding and heartbreaking
> experience of my life. With every animal I rescue I think about the
> dozens of others who lay trapped behind closed doors dying a slow,
> lonely death from starvation and dehydration. I am begging every
> compassionate person to come to New Orleans and help us get through
> the rest of these homes and get these forgotten victims to safety."
> Jane Garrison
> Animal Advocate, Organizer of Search and Rescue Teams
> 843-343-8887
> JaneGarrison@comcast.net
>
> "This is the single worst tragedy for companion animals in the history
> of the United States. Despite all you have seen on TV and the various
> organizations that have pitched in, it has been volunteers like you
> and me who have come forth, made the trip to New Orleans and saved
> thousands of pets, one by one. Now the last ones need our help and
> there is no one left to save them but us. If you stay home, in a month
> you won't remember what you did in the next few days. If you come and
> save one of these dogs and cats, you will remember it for your
> lifetime. I know, I have been here for a month and held them in my
> arms.
> David Meyer
> Executive Director www.1-800-Save-A-Pet.com
> 310-897-6546
> david@grappling.us
>

 
At 10:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ANIMALRESCUENEWORLEANS.COM THE BIGGEST ANIMAL CRISIS IN HISTORY IS NOT NEAR OVER.--YOU CAN HELP NOW!!!!

CONTACT:
Jane Garrison: 843-343-8887, JaneGarrison@comcast.net
David Meyer: 310-897-6546

SUPPLIES NEEDED:
dry dog and cat food, anc cans of pop-top cat food
lots of 3 inch deep aluminum lasagna pans as water and food holders for pets onthe street
gallon containers of fresh water
cases of small bottled water (for people)
cases of gatorade
cases of energy bars
thick gloves
cases of dust/surgical masks
cases of Pedialyte (electrolite supplement for starving pets)
flashlights, walkie talkies and batteries

to: Southern Animal Foundation
1823 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

DONATIONS NEEDED: To cover expenses for pet food, emergency pet medical bills, volunteer travel, cell phone usage, etc.
Donate at
https://secure2.convio.net/sap/site/Donation?ACTION=SHOW_DONATION_OPTIONS&CAMPAIGN_ID=1541

VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED: Direct all questions to David or Jane at phone numbers listed above.

Fly in to New Orleans or Baton Rouge and rent a van if possible with room for pet carriers and large amounts of supplies.

Accommodations are being arranged each day. Currently, people are staying at a few local houses or sleeping in their cars. Showers are available and food/services are easily available just outside New Orleans. We are sill doing search/rescue of starving pets in homes, and soon will be concentrating on all the pets in need on the streets.

You will need sturdy boots, dust mask, crow bar, utility knife, flashlight, and cell phone of possible. Also bring a sleeping bag and tent if possible. Volunteers should report as follows:

1.) MORNING MEETINGS - 7:30 am
(in front of) Southern Animal Foundation
1823 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Each morning, sign up with your contact phone number so we can reach you throughout the day as needed. Morning meetings led by either Rob Stove or Holly. We will continue assigning lists for rescues each morning consisting of a map with specific locations or a section of the city in to "feed and patrol."

2.) MAPS, ASSIGNMENTS, BRIEFING - Maps and assignments are emailed to Rob each evening to print and distribute at morning meeting. Rob will also read a briefing from us each day. This briefing will keep you abreast of changes to the rescue operation or any other information pertinent to your rescue efforts. This will help prevent rumors and keep you up to date with facts. It is essential that you receive correct information through us about changing legal issues as well as safety concerns.

3.) DISPATCH Jane conducts dispatch directly. This means she will call you with specific rescues throughout the day and ask you to call her directly with any questions or concerns (at the numbers above).

4.) CARE FOR CRITICAL ANIMALS Animals who cannot survive transport to a rescue facility such as Best Friends will be brought to:
Southeast Veterinary Specialists
400 N. Causeway; Metarie, Louisiana
504-219-0444
We have an account set up so you will not need to pay any bills.

5.) PROCEDURE FOR OTHER RESCUED ANIMALS Each day, all other animals will be dropped off at Southern Animal Foundation no later than 4:30 pm. They will then be transported by truck to Best Friends in Tylertown, MS.
To reunite animals with their families, you must be extremely diligent about recording the precise location where the animal was rescued and any additional info you have about the animal’s guardian. You must also leave a notice on the door to inform the family where they can find their animal.

6.) FEEDING STATIONS After you leave animals at Southern Animal Foundation, please go around the city to set up feeding stations. Most animals come out after the sun goes down.
Send donated supplies such as dog/cat food to:
Southern Animal Foundation
1823 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

7.) MAPS, LOGS & DATABASE ENTRIES - To end the problem of going to repeat addresses, all completed maps and logs must be turned into Rob each night by 6:00 pm at the Southern Animal Foundation or at his home, so he can fax the maps to a team of data entry people and the database can be updated! All database entries will be done from outside Louisiana.

8.) LODGING - Volunteers are responsible for their own lodging. We constantly working to find new more comfortable places to stay.

 
At 10:24 AM, Anonymous Mary Jo Nieson said...

MUTT SHACK IS RESCUING IN THE 9TH WARD AND STBERNARD'S PARISH AS WELL AS THE AREA ADJACENT TO THEIR LOCATION Crowder/Haynes Blvd. on SE corner of Lake Ponchartrain. I just left on Sat. We r still in need of volunteers. This is a triage, we treat the rescues and then they go on to the on site kennel/cattery and then on to certified rescue groups. WE had binders full of animals for residents to look thru for their pets. 100 were shipped out last sat. 10/15. We may be in the area until Jan. so come and help. We treat/assess, vaccinate and microchip and the animal is then photoed for the records and chart b4 they leave. We need money, meds, vets, techs, labor, kennel and cattery workers, a cook would be nice as food was catch as catch can. Altho the N.Guard from Wash. State (already served in IRaq) were across the street and were very kind with sharing hot food and coffee. U must prepare to camp but sometimes other avenues arise. DEA, FBI, local NOPD and others were always at our doorstep sharing tips and watching out for out rescuers in the 9th. Please join us, every drop can eventually overflow the bucket!! em me for any info. Or self-deploy.

 
At 12:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Spread this simple solution around!
37 cent solution! If you have / know of a found pet address pet was picked up from. GOOD GOD! SEND A LETTER! Dosn't matter if house is totally gone, mails being forwarded and if not forward address yet, mail being held by FEDERAL LAWl an until forwarding info is given. Pet owners will get the letter, many have already put in fordward address because of s s checks, insurance etc. Send a letter. tell shelters to send a letter. Anybody that knows a pets former address. You can help reunite many pets this way, most have a address where they were found.You'd think HSUS woud have told us this weeks ago!
Spread this around, its a simple solution! tell fosters and shelters to do this. . pet searchsites have so many with address, thats all thats needed, name of owner not needed, just write " dog Owner" xxxx street, city, state. for zipcode go to www.USPS.com and do zipcode search by address.I am a volunteer for 7 weeks and know this works.

 
At 1:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eric,

It is not the breed of the dog. I had a pit bull (pure-bred). He was the sweetest kindest dog you could have ever met. He loved kids, people...especially elderly people and other dogs. I have 3 little chihuahua's and they are more vicious than my pit was. He is no longer alive...but I certainly would get another one. I hate that these dogs are placed in the hands of vicious cowardly people who then take their lives and do such horrific things with them!

Continue with your hard work as well as others. I too have adopted strays in my neighborbood and will continue to do so until my death. God so loved the creatures...big and small! Bless you and all of yours.

 
At 1:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL, Eric,

Don'tcha know dogs get paid to:

1) Bark at anyone that comes near "their" car/truck.

2) Hog the bed.

3) Ensure all furniture is well plastered with their fur.

4) Turn into a complete wuss at the mere sight of the vet's office (if they are a German Shep.)

5) Go absolutely psycho at anyone or anything on the other side of a closed plate glass window/door (if the weigh under 7 pounds).

6) And, of course, love their people unconditionally no matter their breed or size.

Great pics, thanks for sharing.

LL

 
At 1:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

TO BAD SOME SHELTERS STARTED ADOPTING THEM OUT ON THE 15TH OF OCTOBER. THESE POOR EVACUEES.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Wireless kiosks in New Orleans area stores to aid pet searches
Link to Petfinder.com Helps Customers Locate Lost Animals Online

NEW ORLEANS -- PETCO stores in Kenner and Harvey, La., have installed kiosks with wireless Internet connections to help customers locate animals lost in Hurricane Katrina.

Using the wireless connections, PETCO customers can easily access the
Animal Emergency Response Network (AERN).* The AERN network, found on
Petfinder.com, is an online database of animals affected by hurricanes Katrina
and Rita. Information about lost and found animals is posted on the site,
which can be searched by pet parents looking for their pets. Petfinder.com is
PETCO's online strategic partner.

"With wire line service unavailable or unreliable in many sections of the
community, we feel it is important to provide access to an important tool that
may help reunite people and their pets," said Robert Monroe, PETCO's District
Manager in New Orleans. "Bringing pets and their pet-parents back together is
a way to help families as they recover, rebuild and try to return to normal."

The kiosks are available free of charge at PETCO's stores at 3500 Williams
Blvd. in Kenner and at 1629 Westbank Expressway in Harvey. Both stores
re-opened about two weeks ago. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through
Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

PETCO (Nasdaq: PETC) is a leading specialty retailer of premium pet food,
supplies and services with a commitment to quality animal care and education.
The company operates more than 750 neighborhood stores in 49 states and the
District of Columbia, as well as a leading destination for on-line pet food
and supplies at http://www.petco.com. The PETCO Foundation, PETCO's non-profit organization, has raised more than $24 million since inception in 1999. More than 3,000 non-profit grassroots animal welfare organizations from around the nation have received support from the Foundation.

* The AERN database is for animals affected by Hurricane Katrina or Rita
only. If you have a pet issue not related to these disasters please
contact your local animal control agency or humane

 
At 4:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eric,

I found this old site of pet rescue requests by accident. Do you think any rescue groups have seen or used this list?

http://www.adopthomelesspaws.org/katrina/urgent.html

 
At 4:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I actually worked at the HSLA shelter in Tylertown, MS last weekend and incidently am the one who is fostering the pit who was left tied for 41 days that Shelli mentioned in her email. Missy (the pitty) is doing well aside from the fact she weighs all of 25 pounds and is heartworm+. I also brought home a black pitty mix girl, 6 pups found at the Walmart parking lot, and 2 kittens.

Security at Tylertown wasn't perfect nor was the security at the Lamar-Dixon center when I worked there but they were doing the best they could. When you call the sheriffs department and they don't show up what are you supposed to do? More security was being brought into Tylertown and I know that it will all be straightened out. Yes, there were people stealing dogs prior to the security systems being set up around the perimiter but as far as I know no dogs have been stolen since. HSLA is a bunch of good people with very big hearts...shame they are not getting the help they need from the local agencies to catch and procecute the people trying to steal the dogs.

Sarah
Lost Fantasy Rescue
http://www.lostfantasystables.org

 
At 5:46 PM, Blogger Billie Sue said...

"Something is rotten in Denmark"

See the email that I received from the Sheriff this afternoon:

In a message dated 10/20/2005 4:35:29 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, wcso@netdoor.com writes:
Dear Concerned Citizens,

We appreciate and understand your concern over the recent events effecting Walthall County. However, please be aware that not all of the information you have received is correct. There has been one report of dog theft and that was committed by one of the volunteers at the shelter. There has been no evidence to support that dogs are being stolen and fought in our area. In the event that such activity was taking place, we would prosecute these offenders to the fullest extent of the law.

We have been and are currently providing security at the Humane Society of Louisiana. Please review the included email from Jeff Dorson, Regional Director of HSLA, supporting this statement.

Please pass this email along to anyone interested.

**************
This is the email received from HSLA at 1:50 a.m. Thursday:

Dear Friend:

Our recovery site is finally secure. We have installed additional lighting and an alarm system throughout the compound and the Walthall Sheriff's Office is providing an armed security detail each night for the next several weeks. All security issues have been worked out. You can help us by passing along these latest developments to your contacts. We are safe and secure. We will also be attending a day long meeting with FEMA on Tuesday, to discuss rescue operations in the future and a newly develped federal certification program for animal rescue teams.

Sincerely,

Jeff Dorson
Regional Director

**********************


You know what? Now I am not sure that I believe either of the above emails. I certainly am not feeling very comfortable with them. I posted an update sending Jeff Dorson's email of assurance that security had been provided. When I ponder over the message that was sent by a credible source telling about the dog thefts and fights and dogs being shot, add in the reply from HSLA which says lights, alarms, and now the requested armed security (if true) have now made the situation "safe and secure", then read this email from the Sheriff's office saying there was no truth to any of the original reports and that the only report of a dog theft was by a volunteer at the shelter - - - - - - - -

My gut feeling is that "Something is rotten in Denmark".

(For those that are not familiar with this quotation, it refers to a line from the Shakespearean play Hamlet, when an officer of the palace guard, who upon seeing the ghost of the assassinated king appear, utters the immortal line, "Something is rotten in the state of Denmark." The term has universal meaning to describe corruption or a situation in which something is wrong.)

Obviously, all three (original report, HS of Louisiana, Sheriff's office) cannot all be 100% truth. However, the truth will "out". I think this needs to be investigated by higher officials. So, later this evening I will work on getting that done. If others have time to dedicate to finding out the truth, all help is appreciated.

Billie Sue

 
At 7:28 PM, Anonymous Michael Lohr said...

"We will also be attending a day long meeting with FEMA on Tuesday, to discuss rescue operations in the future and a newly develped federal certification program for animal rescue teams.

Sincerely,

Jeff Dorson
Regional Director"

This quote caught my eye.
Intially I thought. What a great idea!!
Unfortunetly as one of the recuers who was down there for more than three weeks, I realized most likely people like me would never be certified.
That would be a waste for it was the people on the very frontline that were adaptable and capable to change tactics, that in the end produced the most significant results.
My fear is that they will set the bar so high. Ie one must have animal control experiance, that many people with talents such as logistics, the ability to organize, the abilty to adapt will be left high and dry.
Michael Lohr

 
At 7:56 PM, Anonymous kathryn. said...

My dogs aren't allowed on the couch, the bed, no furniture whatsoever.
They just don't know that.

p.s. I don't believe a ban on pit bull breed will not end dog fighting. It will result in current good owners of pit bulls from being denied rental housing.

the problem with dog fighting is not the dogs; it's the people. Ban them. Make dog fighting a major felony with mandatory 25 year jail sentence.

 
At 8:04 PM, Anonymous kathryn said...

Michael Lohr's comments are significant.
Look how Fd up things became for people with FEMA on top.
Look how much red tape red cross puts people through.
While I think an organized disaster animal relief plan and effort is necessary, I really really really do not want it to get mired in FEMA and red cross bureaucratic conundrums and endless circles.
I thought the same thing when HSUS embarked on their FEMA mission, i.e., to obtain the FEMA contract to be THE animal group in charge of disaster animal rescue operations. For example, look at la-spca and their "credential" requirement--a bar that never could be met because the fax number didn't even work . . .
All of this needs to be done in the open, in the sunshine. Not along the lines of the typical Bush era no-bid contracts, secret pacts and deals.
Kathryn.
p.s. Michael Lohr--your pics were heart wrenching

 
At 9:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

(An update from Jane Garrison and David Meyer in New Orleans follows this media alert.)

Though it seems the US still has some way to go before it manages a flawless evacuation of people and their animals, there is no doubt that lessons have been learned from the Katrina disaster. As Florida prepares for Hurricane Wilma, the media have let us know that there are some pet friendly shelters available. On CNN's "Situation Room," October 19, Wolf Blitzer gave the number 1-800-HELP-FLA for reporting gouging and then said, "Also, they have information on pet-friendly shelters and places like that to go."

Lori Golden from the Pet Press tells me that on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, on October 19, there was sound-bite from Florida Governor Jeb Bush saying, "We have pet shelters now because we heard from a lot of our citizens that they would not be leaving without their pets."

In a Thursday, October 20, St Petersburg Times article headed, "Gov. Bush tells panel Florida is storm-ready," (pg 11a) we read,
"Shelters were being opened, including some that accept pets."

The October 20 Sun Sentinel includes an article headed, "Schools consider pets in hurricane shelters: talk to begin when storm season ends." (Pg 3B) It opens:

"Don't expect to bring your pet to a shelter during Hurricane Wilma, but school district officials say they will study the idea after the hurricane season ends." (As noted above, hopefully the opening phrase is inaccurate as there are shelters accepting pets.)
We read:
"Superintendent Art Johnson said his staff will talk further with county officials, who have made two formal requests to designate one school as a pet shelter.

The article tells us that "Palm Beach County School Board members say they still are uncomfortable with the proposal, citing health and sanitation concerns" but "board member Sandra Richmond was open to the idea, saying she's heard from many of her constituents."

She is quoted:
"This would be very important to them and their pets. They would rather stay in really precarious conditions in a bad storm if they could not bring their pets with them."

You'll find the whole article on line at http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/palmbeach/sfl-pschoolboard20oct20,0,1097236.story?coll=sfla-news-palm OR http://tinyurl.com/7wqn9

As Hurricane Wilma approaches and is in every US paper, this is the perfect time to be writing letters to the editor on the importance of pet-friendly evacuations, both for the sake of the animals and for the people who love them and will put themselves at risk to protect them. Legislators look to the letters sections of their local papers as barometers of public opinion.

The papers cited above take letters at:
St Petersburg Times: http://www.sptimes.com/letters/
and Sun Sentinel: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/opinion/sfl-letterseditor.customform

Don't hesitate to ask me for help if you have any trouble finding the correct email address for a letter to your editor. And I am always happy to provide guidance if you are new to writing letters to the editor, and to help edit letters.

In your letter you might mention the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act, or PETS Act, which calls for governments to include pets in evacuation procedures. You'll find information about it at https://community.hsus.org/campaign/pets_act_house/explanation
And if you have not already signed the petition in support of it, please add your name at http://go.care2.com/e/gfO/bR/oco4

On Wednesday October 19, the Philadelphia Inquirer included an article headed "Pets given shelter from the storm." (Pg B01.) It discussed an airlift of 80 dogs from the Katrina disaster area who arrived at Reading Regional Airport this week.

We read, "Across the region - and the nation - hundreds of kennels have agreed to take some of the thousands of dogs, cats and other animals stranded by Katrina."

It is a feel-good article, but it makes this important point:
"Not everyone is convinced that bringing in Katrina pets is a good idea. Most shelters are full of strays and have trouble finding homes for them. Moving in Katrina 'celebrity' pets, which evidently have more cachet than an alley cat or pound dog, might put a dent in local adoptions.
Some area shelters are shifting animals to private kennels to make room for Katrina pets. Worse, some fear local strays will be euthanized in deference to the Katrina pets."

However, we read "Lisa Ricigliano of the Camden County Animal Shelter said the opposite was happening. The Katrina pets are drawing attention to the plight of strays overall." She said "Just by people walking in, we're placing some of the animals here."

 
At 9:38 PM, Anonymous eric rice said...

THIS IS THE KIND OF CRAP THAT IS GOING ON! ERIC

hi eric,
Can you help me? the woman that adopted a dog here in florida, from the shelter..well, i found the family and they are trying to get their dog back. The shelter is being helpful but the woman does not want to release the dog. the family offered to pay all vet bills, pay for transportation. she si being totally unreasonable. I am 3 waying her tonight with the family, per the shelter, and hope i can get this woman to come to her senses. She mentioned that she wants the family to fly down here and she wants to ok them or not. to see if they are fit to have this dog back.
the father of this family stayed with his 2 dogs during the storm. the wife left and went to the sister's for shelter but he would not leave because of his dogs. He stayed on the second floor of the home for 7 days , first floor or course flooded wiht about 10 feet of water. The choppers kept coming for him but he told them to leave becasue he had to stay with his dogs. Finally , out of food and water for him and the dogs, he put all of the dogs ( 7 total, he rescued neighbors dogs and kept them also in safety), 7 dogs, a parrot, and a cat, all went into a boat to safety. the highway.. on I-10 he stayed for more days since they would not let him take his dogs on the bus. then the ASCPA came and told him they would take the dogs and that he had to get onto the bus. So he did.
One dog has already been found and brought back to the family. The cat passed away from disease of the storm. the parrot is still missing. And Shane, the families other dog is here in South Florida with this woman. This is a family that didn't even leave their dogs behind. He stayed wiht is dogs through the storm. This is love to the fullest. The son told me that these dogs are like his parents kids. The parents are residing in Slidell with the son. Who's house also got flooded but not as bad, it's livable. the son is taking on all expenses he has to to get his family's dog back to them. He said that he promised his mother.
He just told me today that he will drive down here if he has to.
I wish all families were like this. What do you suggest I do about this woman. Remember that i can not threaten her because i don't want to piss the shelter off. So, what do you think..please advise right away, for i have to call this woman back tonight with Wayne (the son) on the phone.
waiting to hear from you

 
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At 10:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lankery,

There is no ASPCA in Detroit. The major animal advocacy organization is the Michigan Humane Society. And, I hardly think it should be applauded for destroying all pit bulls. Plenty of large organizations in more progressive urban areas adopt out pit bulls. An organization like MHS has simply jumped on the "fear of litigation" bandwagon.
Something else to chew on: It is estimated that there are approximately 500,000 pit bulls in the city of Detroit, many if not most living in horrendous conditions. Yet, attacks on people by the breed are quite infrequent.
FYI I am far from naive.

 
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At 7:43 AM, Anonymous sidhewlf said...

Visit Best Friends web site about pits being stolen....their response is this is a rumor and NO pits have be stolen

 
At 8:41 AM, Blogger Billie Sue said...

I just went to bestfriends.org to read what they say about pits being stolen. The way I read it, they mean none have been stolen at Best Friends camp.

There is a recent post on Best Friends that says:

"October 21, 2005 : 2:04 AM ET
posted by: saskia
RE:PITFIGHTING. i was at HSL. jeff who runs it is posting right now, today, 4 dogs stolen, on top of the previos ones. one dog found fought to death by him. obvious sounds of fighting, killing. even if i believe this is not happening at your place next door, why on earth would you not help them provide manpower/guards with your volunteers? are the dogs you saved better than theirs? are you worried about your pr? i have given many people your website. if you have more funds, can you not help them? until we convince governor/sheriff to help thru fema? i am not naive..i have been to their place and yours. tell the truth. jeff is. we all understand this is mississippi. just coopeeerate with them, for all the animals. please respond. "

 
At 8:49 AM, Blogger Billie Sue said...

This is an edited email that I received from a credible source after I posted about not knowing "what" to believe anymore:

*******************

Hi Billie Sue, XXXXX here from KY. Good to hear from you. I have
to tell you I was at the LA Humane Soc. in Tylertown on the 1-4th of OCt. and as wrote by XXXX (we travelled together) we did security and know they are truthful.

When talking to Jeff 2 days ago the connection was bad but he did ask me specifically to tell people that they need help financially to pay for the armed security that they must have in place now. We know that the dog fighting is horrible there and that they had stolen from them before. I believe Jeff!

call me if you have any questions. It's horrible to think how hard we/they work to save the animals to have people preying on them now!

**************************

 
At 8:50 AM, Anonymous sidhewlf said...

Best Friends also states the shelter down the road has had only one missing....their response is a lengthy one if you read it in its entirety.

 
At 9:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

goodmorning.
first of all, i just came form the woman's house that has the little poodle. She was delightful. I don't know what problem the shelter had with her , but she was a wonderful woman. she is going to foster the dog until we can get him back to LA. she is a great mom to him and she was very nice to me. The shelter here is definitly full of bitches so i'm sure that was the major problem. Everyone complains about them being so nasty in that place.
Any way, now my problem is: On my way to this woman's house the director of the shelter called me. She told me that i HAVE TO AND BETTER STOP looking fo rthe families of these dogs. She told me that she is going to have massive law suits if i don't stop because the time is up for these families to take their dogs back. She said that the due date was Oct. 15th. I didn't know anything aobut this date. Eric, is this true??????? I told her that my belief was that they had until Jan 1, 2006. That oct 15th was not enough time for these people to find their pets. These fmailies don't have computers. They are still in transit and have no idea where their dogs are. this one family have been looking for their dog since beginning of sept. They have visited lamar dixon twice, right after the storm. they were listed on a post , desperately looking for their dog, and someone that helps me in another state sent me the post. It took this long to find this. So how could anyone say that their time is up ???? This is f**king CRIMINAL !!! You can't possibly find these families over night, and not even in a week or two. Just like they can't find their dogs in a week or tow or even a month or ever with some. this one dog had tags on him. the woman asked me, "If this dog had tags why didn't the shelter that took him try finding the fmaily"? She said tha tshe called the tag place and the man gave her the name, address and phone of the family but being a woman in her 70's she didn't know how to search on the web for the family. I told her that was a good question. The shelter didn't even have to hire someone, for i was already doing it for them, but at every turn they tried to stop me. (except for 2 people in there that snuck me the list of the info).. this was a very good question wiht all of these shelters , i am sure.
Eric, I have to stop my search. There is NO WAY they are ever going to release another dog to me. I know that they will black ball me form the shelter if i try to reunite another family. As it is, they are leaving it up to me to take care of the transport for this dog, which is fine, but now i find out that they knew about the $500 bounty on every dog that is returned. NICEEEEEE
but even , never mind that... Can you explain to me why these people only had till oct. 15th? What the hell is up with that?? The shelter told me that if anyone calls for their dog now, that they will not and legally don't have to , return any dog back. the dog is leagally adopted out !
Nothing else i can do Eric, they finally beat me.
Let me know what you think.

 
At 11:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why not place the rabies tag information on a new post and get past the dog fighting/stealing post which is not a current issue at Tylertown.

 
At 11:10 AM, Blogger Kitten Rescue - Hurricane Katrina Relief said...

I saw a cat at Lamar Dixon in September with tags on, so I called and left voice mail for his family. Guess what? While somebody clearly has the cat, NO ONE ELSE has EVER called the number on the tag. WTF? Don't we have enough homeless animals without taking the slightest step to reunite those who have ID with their families?

So if you know where Berlioz the cat is (solid black WITH TAGS), please call that number and get him back to his family. This is a child's cat and he's heartbroken.

 
At 1:09 PM, Blogger lanekry said...

I am sickened by the naivete of people that support returning formerly fought pit bulls to society. I have recently seen two videos of children being mauled by these dogs, one dog was pulled off the child by the child's mother at a shelter and proceeded to run over and grab a jack russell puppy and maul it to death on video. A little girl in my town just got mauled a few months ago, she was riding her bike on the street and when she was rescued one dog had ahold of her pelvis and the other dog had ahold of her head in it's mouth. A few months ago a child in Charlotte was mauled to death by his father's pit bulls. How many children have to die/be permanently maimed/disfigured before people give up this fetish? I am an animal lover to the nth degree but the safety of children and other animals come first. I don't believe in breed bans because they don't work, what I believe in are higher standards for dangerous dogs; that means a six foot high chain link fence and a dangerous dog license somewhere in the neighborhood of $100 to $500 dollars a year. Love this breed that much? Then put your money where your mouth is. This will also make it easier to seize fighting dogs. Many pit bulls that are not necessarily fighting dogs are stolen and die in the fighting ring. That is a fact. A dog that has been fought should NEVER EVER be returned to society. People who do this are immoral and mentally unstable. I have just received an e-mail picture of a black lab mauled severely after being put into a run with three pit bulls in an animal shelter in Lebanon TN. It is the most severe mauling I have ever seen, not one inch of this dogs body looks normal. I am sick, sick, sick, of people refusing to see the light of day about a) the high prey-drive of these animals b) the permanent damage done to them by being trained to fight c) the strength of their jaw compared to other animals (I'm not claiming they "lock in place", there is no proof of that but because of their muscle structure it can't be denied). I am stunned at the tendency of people to pretend that these animals are victimized by society. Children and other animals have an incontrovertible right to be safe from these animals. I believe that more and more people will be sued for significant monetary damages for not properly housing animals that eventually hurt people/other pets. I wait for the day when it will be an automatic felony charge if a pit bull you own attacks a child. The saddest part of this is that fanatical/martyristc wackjobs are doing an incredible amount of harm to this breed by resisting necessary changes in the way these dogs are liscensed/contained. These folks are going to end up making it far worse for this breed, because they are hindering the concessions that can be made now before cities finally get fed up and institute breed bans. When that finally happens in city after city, you will have ONLY YOURSELVES to blame. People that have been the victim of a pit bull mauling or have seen one or know someone who has will never again hear what you say about this breed. Their minds are made up. The best thing to do is keep these animals OFF THE STREETS. One advantage of fighting animals is that they are worth so much money they are restrained with huge logging chains. Pet owners don't have this motivation. A friend of mine was holding a puppy one day when two pit bulls ran up to her, grabbed the puppy out of her arms and proceeded to maul it. Somehow the puppy survived, but her mind is made up. She believes all pit bulls should be euthanized. Society is getting less and less tolerant of the coddling of this breed, and now homeowners are having trouble getting insurance with dangerous dogs even though having one garners strict liability in most states. Pit defenders have a GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY, RIGHT NOW to bring some concessions to the table and make some compromises before this breed gets banned completely. Pragmatic souls will recognize this and work within the law to face reality about the nature of these animals. I was the owner of a beloved pit mix for 11 years, yet I will never own another pit because it was nerve-wracking, her prey-drive and short fuse. She was full grown when I got her and may have been fought; I was young and naive at the time. I don't care if naysayers get upset with what I have said; the truth is a tide is coming, and if the lovers of pit bulls don't do something to make concessions about the keeping and housings of these animals NOW, they will eventually be banned completely and you will have only yourselves to blame. As a society we should not be asked to sacrifice our childen and our non-aggressive pets to your agenda, and we won't do it, mark my words.

 
At 2:52 PM, Anonymous sidhewlf said...

I agree,dogs trained for fighting should not be released back into society BUT a Pitbull puppy rasied in a loving home is not a danger. We(society) need to find a way to thin out or safely isolate the fighting dog stock and their trainers before allowing the Pitbull breed legally back into LA which had an extensive problem with both populations(fighting dog breeders and their stock) before Katrina ever struck

 
At 3:03 PM, Blogger Tammy_Faye_In_TENN said...

Eric,
My Name Is Tammy and I too was in Tyler Town, Not only is what you are hearing is True, it is also true about seeing two NO Police officers watching a dog fight in downtown New O.
I know because I was the one who saw it and reported it. As for the security there at Tyler town. I just left there Tuesday morning and still we were promissed help from Fema and Rick, and David were the only two men there to watch over us. Yes you can hear the fighting there no more than 600 feet from camp site. Yes it is very nasty to hear this. Just last week we chased a Male into the woods trying to gain access to the Dog area. Tyleer Town Is in need of Males that are willing to help Rick and David in the night. I don't care what else you hear about this situation about the security I just know alot of the women there were scared and this making everyone wanting to leave. There is still LOTS of dogs and cats In the East Side of New O to be saved, still in houses. Don't beleive everything you see on TV or read. UNLESS you talk to someone that has been there then don't assume you can't help you can Get down there and help... Nothing is to small no animal should be forgotten, PLEASe help out my fellow americans. please.

 
At 7:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Florida shelter that won't give dog back to family:

Was this dog adopted out from Peggy Adams Rescue League? If so, I may be able to help get this dog back to its' rightful owner.

Just last night I sent HSUS a complaint about this shelter.

127 pets were air-lifted here in West Palm Beach and were received by Peggy Adams Rescue League, then distributed them to various other shelters. When I called them, last week, I told them I was asked to obtain a list for PF on what animals they had. I faxed the list of intake #'s to each shelter and asked to list the pets they had that matched those numbers. Per a phone conversation, I was told they were not giving out any more information and instructed the other shelters to NOT give out the information either. I also know they have not posted ALL of the animals on PF, and adopted out before the 30 day period as they arrived here Sept 21.

Please email me at ooskph@yahoo.com with specifics and I will see what I can do to help. Even if I cannot get the dog back, I will testify if this goes to court.

That is - only if the shelter that the dog was adopted from is one that is connected with the Peggy Adams group.

 
At 5:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

PLEASE PLEASE READ THE PASADO'S SAFE HAVEN KATRINA UPDATE ASAP!!

EDNA's animal shelter in Baxter Co. Arkansas has been raided by the local Sheriff's dept. which seized dozens of pitbulls which had specifically been deemed non-agressive by several rescue groups. The Sheriff's dept. claims these dogs are "vicious" and will be euthanized.

 
At 8:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dog fighting is big business down there. So is breeding fighters. They sell them to people all over the world.

Yes, Louisiana (and Missisippi etc) government authorities and law enforcement have been found to be involved in fighting.

One problem is that good people who care get sucked into opposing breed-specific legislation. Sadly, they are joining right in with the breeders and fighters, who want to protect their business.

Breed specific legislation (properly done)can HELP these dogs.

But instead these so-called pit bull supporters fight it, and help the breeders keep on breeding and the fighters keep on fighting.

 
At 8:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course, then there is the problem that some of these fighter-breeders call themselves "show dog breeders" and groups like the AKC support them!!

This is an ugly ugly situation- and at the heart of it is (of course!) money. Where there are $$ to be made, there will be support

 
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I spent a week in Slidell Louisiana with a rescue organization and some of those dogs certainly were from dog fighting rings. In some ways the hurricane saved many who are now in better homes either permanently or fostered until a home can be found.

We didn’t lose any but we were on city owned property with a 24 hour city employee presence on the site.

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I’m also sorry that the authorities didn’t help you. The south needs major reforms regarding dog fighting.

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At 12:23 AM, Blogger Animal Chaplain said...

Eric,

Someone I know has a training course for helping hurricane victim animals. Do you know about the TEAR Center? Here is her contact info in case you know anyone who needs it:
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This distant learning training event comprising 1 session focusing on issues associated with individuals who grieve the loss or death of a pet in a disaster situation. This will over in a systematic method overall aspect of a critical incident/disaster situation with abandonment or death of a pet. Topics presented in a logical progression of critical incident subject development. This course will offer a discussion of the impact of pet grief, historical and terminology related to animal disasters issues and the affects that this may have on the thanostic pastoral ministry, followed by a spiritual reflection. The third component discusses pastoral care and chaplaincy service possibilities. The final section provides further reading suggestion on the topic. You can contact her at Rev. Dr. Terrie Modesto, PhD, Chief Thanatologist, The Tear Center, www.tearcenter.com/index.htm, (410) 928-3524tearcenter@gmail.com.

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