Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Common Sense Loses in PA

Common Sense Loses in PA

(not surprising given the states attitude towards Puppymills and the thousands of them they allow)

Would you help this dog? I surveyed 11 children today and 100% of them said they would help the dog even if it meant going to kid jail. But what do kids know huh?

Yesterday Tammy Grimes was arrested for helping a dog so sick it could not even move. It was chained at its owners house. The story goes that the dog may have been that way for days or at least many hours. What would you do?

Please see and click on the right side under "Grimes Arrested" for Updates and Phone Numbers of people to contact.

Doogie laying on the ground, neighbor crying in background:

Doogie after vet at Grimes house:

Who in their right mind would not help that dog? It is shameful that the owners have not been arrested.

The idea that Tammy is some out of control animal rescuer is proposperous. She runs an organization that I respect from top to bottom. I have always seen communications from her that respected people’s rights and the law.

Let’s see, every night the police pull over people they expect are drunk driving and let them go. The police make common sense calls about who to arrest and how to handle situations every night. In the case where someone chooses to help an innocent victim dog they decide to go for the throat and worse DO NOT ALSO ARREST THE OWNERS WHO HAVE NEGLECTED THE DOG.

In the Tammy Grimes case they have chosen to throw common sense out the window and are rewriting the truth as they always do when public pressure goes against them.

Why have the owners of this dog not been arrested? The two are not mutually exclusive.


At 10:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is what the arrest of Tammy Grimes perpetuates...that you can do whatever you want because it is your dog....BS...

'They literally threw her away in a trash Dumpster'
Dog found in Red Lion shopping center 'looks pitiful' but is going to survive
By ROBIN BROWN, The News Journal
Updated Wednesday, September 13, 2006 at 6:00 pm
123 Blue is being cared for at the Delaware SPCA in Stanton.
(Buy photo) The News Journal/CARLA VARISCO
The tattered dog stood still as her cage door opened today at Delaware SPCA’s animal shelter in Stanton, three days after she was rescued.

“She’s doing better,” said Executive Director John E. Caldwell. “She looks pitiful, but she’s going to survive.”

Nearly bald, few tufts are left of her thick, creamy fur. She is mature, maybe 3 or 4 years old, but petite for a grown chow, boney thin at 30 pounds, with the breed’s typical lion-like face. Scratches, lesions and scab cover her. Her right ear, a scarred stump, is two-thirds gone. Both ears are impacted by infection. Around wide dark eyes -- cloudy, partly blind -- hair was trimmed away as they began to treat her eyes, sealed shut by an infection.

She wobbles a few, slow steps. Despite severe pain, she responds to petting with a friendly lick of her chow-black tongue and a wag of her last long ivory hair, a tuft at the end of her tail.

She faces no death sentence. “There is no intention of that happening,” Caldwell said.

The SPCA appealed today for information from anyone who recognizes the dog. She had no ID, rabies tag, collar or microchip identification.

“I don’t see an owner coming forward,” Caldwell said, adding that stepping up to take responsibility for abandoning a dog in that condition would be unlikely from an abusively neglectful owner or owners. “They literally threw her away in a trash Dumpster,” he said.

Frank’s Pizza workers dumping trash found her about 12:20 p.m. Monday at the Shoppes of Red Lion, a small shopping center off Red Lion Road (Del. 71). They called 911 and Delaware State Police contacted the SPCA, which investigates animal cruelty cases.

Caldwell said the dog could not have gotten into the bin on her own. “Cats find their own way into Dumpsters and raccoons find their own way into Dumpsters,” he said, but there was nothing around the trash bin for the dog to have climbed and the bin was too tall for a jump by such a weakened and critically ill dog.

Caldwell called the dog a victim and symbol of “the throw-away society,” dumped like an inanimate object when the convenient usefulness expired.

He theorizes the owner let simple medical problems grow worse over an extended time -- then dumped her for a slow and painful death instead of taking her to a veterinarian for care. It is the plight, he said, of too many pets whose owners are ignorant of their needs and the responsibilities of ownership -- legal or moral.

Since the dog’s rescue, her care has included treatment for severe flea infestation, antibiotics for eye and ear infections, treatment for severe tape worms and medicated bathing to ease her skin. Experts could not determine if she went blind from the infection that had sealed her eyes. Skin scrapings are being sent for testing in culture for mange, a rare and severe disease of mammals that is caused by parasites.

The dog’s plight prompted more than 90 people to call the shelter, checking on the dog’s condition, offering help or asking about the idea of adoption.

The SPCA welcomes contributions toward her care, said Caldwell, who refers to her by her shelter ID as “123 Blue.”

And adoption is the SPCA’s goal, Caldwell said, but the priority now is her continuing care and recovery. When fully recovered, she could be placed with a loving family or, perhaps, she could get an earlier shot at joining an adoptive family that is able and willing to keep nursing her back to health, he said.

But what Caldwell, in charge of the SPCA’s animal abuse investigation, wants most is a lead on her owner -- whom he plans to charge with cruel neglect and failure to provide veterinary care, punishable by fines, possible prison time and restrictions on animal ownership

At 5:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for bringing this to the top Eric. I had posted some comments under the previous post, but your story will get much better exposure.

A further note: Best Friends is organizing a rally in support of Tammy Grimes in PA on the day of her next visit to court. Further information will be forthcoming.

You can also find further information, including media links and suggestions concerning how you can support the fight at the story at
. If you read through the comments, there are a number of suggestions, including contacting the local Chamber of Commerce to apply pressure.

Finally, there is a petition set up at the petition site at


At 10:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any updates on how the poor dog that Tammy rescued is doing...?

At 7:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re: Doogie

Tammy Grimes posted an update in a comment on the site at Best Friends that I listed above on the evening of September 13th, stating that Doogie was "safe, warm, loved, fed, and watered. Even walking some!".

Another article at Best Friends stated "Grimes will not say where Doogie is now, except to say that he is safe. She says he is receiving medication and is much more comfortable, is eating and drinking, and even starting to walk some again."

Best Friends has now written a plea to both the judge and the district attorney in the case offering to take Doogie and provide him with free medical care and a home for life. They hope that by providing Doogie with a home it will also help to resolve the situation -- Doogie would not return to his former home, and Tammy would no longer be hiding the dog.

For further updates, check both the story itself and the comments at the Best Friends link I posted in my previous post.


At 7:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Update from Beruit

Best Friends has a team on the ground in Beruit, and they are working to assist Beta with rescue and getting the animals ready for the flight to the US.

Quote from Best Friends:

"The animals at the [Beta] sanctuary are generally content and affectionate, according to Richard, one of the Best Friends team. But there are many more –– abandoned pets and street dogs and cats who are traumatized from the war, or who are just plain feral. Either way, they’re very scared of
people, which makes it more difficult to rescue them and bring them in.


It’s all very reminiscent of rescuing the terrified, lost and displaced pets of Hurricane Katrina just a year ago. "

No word yet on when the "Noah's Ark" flight will be.

Updates on the situation int he Middle East can be found at, along with a link to donate funds to the effort.


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At 3:11 PM, Blogger Poodlekiss said...

This is an awesome blog even though its depressing to see how some poor animals are treated.I will happily post dogs for adoption or ones that need help anytime on my blog

At 8:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doogie Update

For those of you wondering how Doogie is doing, there is a new video posted on the Dogs Deserve Better website at

Amazine what a little care can do for a dog...


At 4:51 PM, Blogger Cathy said...

Thank you eric once again. I can always count on you to find me a good cause to donate to.

At 11:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tammy Grimes updated -- Cross posted from Best Friends.

Tammy Grimes Bound Over For Trial On Theft Charges; Best Friends Announces Citizen's Good
Samaritan Law

September 12, 2006 : 12:00 AM

Update September 22, 2006 Following a preliminary hearing, a state court judge ordered Tammy
Grimes of Dogs Deserve Better bound over for trial. Judge Craig Ormsby found probable cause
to try Grimes on charges of theft and receiving stolen property.

Other charges of criminal trespass and criminal mischief were dismissed. Grimes' bail was reduced
to $10,000 unsecured.

It was agreed the court would consider at the appropriate time the offer of Best Friends Animal
Society to provide free vet care for the dog and find it a good home. Best Friends' attorney, Russ
Mead, was in court to present the offer.

The offer could help resolve the charge against Grimes. Typically, in a theft case, if convicted or
as part of a plea, the defendant cannot keep the property, in this instance, a poor suffering dog. If
Best Friends' solution is accepted and the dog is removed from Grimes' care, it could pave the
way for a resolution of the criminal charge.

In attempting to present a justification defense, Grimes attorney, Thomas Dickey, argued the
dog's owners, Steve and Lori Arnold, abandoned Doogie. The judge ruled that evidence was not
relevant at this stage of the proceedings though it may be admissible at trial.


As Animal Law Coalition reported below, in response to these outrageous abuses of the justice system, Best Friends Animal Society has proposed a citizen's good Samaritan law. Under such a
law, the text of which is set forth below in the earlier report, citizens would be able to enter the property of another for the limited purpose of taking an animal to a veterinarian, if needed, or otherwise providing emergency care for an animal. Of course, efforts must first be made, as they were in Grimes' case, to notify the owners and animal control.


At 11:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Update from Beruit

Best Friends reports that 300 dogs and cats will be flying in sometime early next week. Help is still needed in terms of donations, volunteers, and homes for the animals. You can find more information at

Beta is also still continuing to care for other animals, such as feeding animals in zoos. Supplies are still short, but they are doing their best to keep all the animals fed.


At 8:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Update re: Beruit:

Best Friends is in the process of flying 150 dogs and 145 cats to the US as I write this. Expected time of arrival is 4:30am at Best Friends. Updates can be found at

Best Friends reports that they have flown the animals in "on faith" since they have not yet raised the funds required. Donations would be greatly appreciated. There are also still many dogs and cats that will be available for adoption. Check out the link above for more information.


At 9:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I authorize $35,000 per year to be withdrawn from my account for incarceration expenses. I will NOT pay for your strategic requirement of institutionalization. This is something YOU require for YOUR role player's positioning and YOU should have to pay for it.

I wonder if their fear of my inarceration is borne from their refusal to address black disfavor on a macro level. The Counsel/Management Team/ruling species (the gods) abuse black people so hard, from the crack epiemic to gang membership, black-on-black violence and mass incarceration of their young. They refuse to address the issue of the prison industrial complex and its wholesale warehousing of young black men. Perhaps I can force them with my incarceration.

You are sick because you have disfavor. You need to imporove your relationship with the gods. Know your place, your inferiority and bow down mentally and physically.
Temptation takes many forms::: today the gods know how bad people want to please them, how bad they want to ascend and they will ask them to do evil things to tempt them, mislead them and cost them their chance.
Bow down and submit to good. Good woudl never ask you to circumcise your son or ignore behavioral disturbances.
You are the only one your children have and they are counting on you to do the right thing.
The gods will punish your evil by making you sick. Consider it a clue.

At 7:19 AM, Anonymous gyl said...

go tammy go. and I both know the differance between right and wrong, Most everyone does but legal and illegal , now thats where i have trouble. justice is wrong a good deal of the time any more. i myself was accused of assult over a dog before. tammy id the right thing in gods eyes .to the devil with the legal system.


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