Happy Texas Independence Day....Yep, without Texas you wouldn’t have had two important kinds of chips: (1) Fritos [from San Antonio] and (2) computer [invented at TI in Richardson]. Texas has also given the world Six Flags, drive-in banks. Willie Nelson, Nolan Ryan, Inky the Cocker Spaniel ...The list goes on and on. God bless Texas. We’ll do more on Texas Independence Day later in today’s edition.
LEFT TO DIE -- THE STORY OF TANK AND MISTY: This photo of the dog with ribs? That could be evidence. Yep. Potential evidence in a cruelty trial. The dog is Tank. He and Misty were recovered by Bedford Animal Control after they were left to die on an apartment patio. A good citizen called the police about the situation.
We were tipped to this story by our ol’ pal Barb Oates of Chicks ‘n’ Mutts rescue. She put us in touch with Bedford Police Department Investigator Jennifer Bond.
Misty has been adopted. Tank is waiting.
Investigator Bond is working hard to find a home for Tank, who is an American Pit Bull Terrier who obviously knows how to sit and wait for a treat or an instruction. It was a long road to get to that point.
Here’s the story from Inspector Bond: “Tank and his little Yorkie/Chihuahua mixed friend were left to die on an apartment patio when the owner moved out. It is unclear how long they were left without food or water. I can confirm they were there at least 22 days without food or water. “Animal Control removed the dogs from the property. ... Animal Control Officers advised that Tank could barely walk and didn’t even have the energy to bark.”
Inspector Bond says, “I got this case 10 days after the dogs were seized. The pictures I have attached of Tank are evidence of his body condition after being fed for 10 days at the shelter. He weighed 33 pounds after 10 days of being fed.”
Tank is about 2 years old and “lived on that patio his entire life,” she says. She’s trying to find a rescue group or trainer who’ll help save him.
“He has had very little human contact. As a result, he is very nervous, unsure, and has absolutely no social skills with people or other animals. The only animal he tolerates is his little friend he lived on the patio with.”
The rib photo is from the day she met Tank. The other photo is 10 days into his recovery. “He is still under weight but such a gorgeous boy. The shelter’s supervisor has been trying to spend time with Tank (as have I). The supervisor has taught Tank to sit for a treat. Tank is VERY food motivated as you might imagine.”
As you can see, Misty arrived in horrible, matted and overgrown condition. She’s been adopted. Barb forwarded a note from her new humans. It reads, “"Misty is doing great and has excelled really fast in potty training. Our family loves her very much. Thank you for your dedication to saving lost and abused animals. Without your help we would not have had the opportunity to give her a better life.”
Two dogs left to starve on an apartment patio. Sounds like a crime, doesn’t it?
Inspector Bond says, “I was able to obtain an arrest warrant for the owner of the two dogs. That person has since been arrested and bonded out of jail. The Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office has accepted the case for prosecution. I’m not sure when the case will go to trial.”
In the meantime, she works to find a home for a Pit Bull named Tank. To help give Tank the good home, e-mail email@example.com or call 817-952-2427.
[LARRY ASIDE: Remember, no matter where you live in Texas, animal cruelty is against the law. And in Bedford, animal cruelty doesn’t get you a Key To The City. It gets you get handcuffed, finger-printed, photographed and charged.]
SPOTTY B NEEDS A HOME: Remember how people were ape to get a Dalmatian after 101 Dalmatians made the breed a big hit?
Here’s a dumped Dalmatian. We get the story from Justin Moore who is trying to find a home for the dog that just showed up at his place in southeast Dallas last Wednesday morning.
“He was in my back yard, hanging out, in my out building. At the end of the day he was still there, so I gave him some water and some dog food. The next morning he was still hanging out, so I got him some treats, a bone, some toys, etc. He hasn't left since. I've put up signs, listed him on websites, contacted several organizations, spoken to several people, but no one has actually come to meet him, other than some dog lover friends of mine.
“I have no gate on my yard, so Spotty B is free to come and go and he pleases. He is here about 90% of the time that I am here, usually just laying in the sun, relaxing
“I've witnessed him several times having a very negative reaction to his tail once he sees it. It seems to usually happen if there is more than one person around. Spotty B will also not allow you to pet him. He growls and moves away immediately. I've seen some progress in one short week, but I've never owned a dog and don't feel totally comfortable around him. I'd like some help from someone more qualified than me.”
To offer to help Justin help Spotty B, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 214-801-2064.
WHY I LOVE TERRY LYNN FISHER: I’ll bet you will, too, when you read the opening sentence of this note from the tireless Burns Flat, Okla., rescuer Terry Lynn Fisher. She writes, “I swear, sometimes it takes all I have not to just slap the crap out of people.”
Holy smoke, can you relate?
She’s trying to help a dog in a town about 30 miles away from Burns Flat, a “very small town, very redneck cops,” she says. In this case, she’s ticked at the police chief over a one-dog situation.
There is one dog in the town shelter. She has until Friday “before he kills her,” says Terry Lynn. “There are other cages empty. I asked ‘why?’ and he said it is the rules. I told him he is the freaking boss, hang onto her. Personally, I think they just do not want to clean and feed. So I am putting the plea out for her with hopes and prayers someone will step up and help her.”
The chief sent a note to Terry Lynn that describes the dog as a Great Dane mix. The chief wrote, “She’s sweet but very timid. Whoever takes her will have to earn her trust and make sure that they can keep her locked up until that trust is achieved because she will run off.”
[Larry Aside: We have to give this chief credit for letting the Burns Flat dynamo, Terry Lynn, try to find a place for this dog. That was a good move.]
Contact Terry Lynn who will work with the chief to help you save this dog. E-mail her at email@example.com or call her at 580-330-1459.
AND WHY IS A DOG NAMED FREDDY CAKES: This is one of the animals available for adoption at The Colony’s animal shelter. Animal Control Division Manager Patricia Barrington sent out a request for adoption help yesterday and a link to The Colony’s animals. It’s HERE.
As I looked at the animals, I spotted this little dog named “Freddy Cakes” and thought “must be from Jersey” or “must have a mob background.” Sounds like one of those nicknames that shows up in a mob trial.
So, I asked. And manager Barrington reports, “He looks all cute and I was going to call him Cuppy Cake but he gets all pissy when you try to mess with him too much and becomes Freddy Krueger so ‘Freddy Cakes.’ ... [He] lures you in with his cuteness and attacks like a piranha! I’ve had a talk with him and he’s OK with me, now, as he’s fully aware of who is the boss around here, but with a lesser personality, he’s going to be trouble!”
So, if you’re up to adopting Freddy Cakes, or, perhaps, a less testy critter, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 972-370-9250.
And, remember, Freddy Cakes was adorable and adoptable, he wouldn’t be on this list. He’d be in a witness protection program.
LONE STAR CONTEMPLATIONS: Ah, our contemplation is going to focus on Texas, the greatest state. Yes, I’m aware that we have readers in many other states, and I’m aware that if I had the money I’d be retired and living in New Mexico (which was once part of Texas). But, I was educated in Texas and we studied Texas History because it was interesting, not just because it was required. Today is the anniversary of Texas declaring its independence – not just from Mexico but from everybody else and it’s an attitude that has persisted in the Texas heart. Yep, I’m a native. By two blocks. – born two blocks inside the state line – you could see Arkansas from my crib. Why was I awake early today? Because the Inky, the Cocker Laureate of the State of Texas wanted it that way on Texas Independence Day. He's wearing his Davy Crockett Canine Coonskin Cap and an "I (HEART) Sam Houston" button, so he's ready to do his annual one-dog show, "Why Santa Anna Really Had a Wooden Leg." You can Google stories about Santa Anna’s wooden leg, but Inky says the story about the wound suffered in a battle with the French is bunk. He insists that forensic evidence, i.e., bite marks, prove that one of his relatives made certain after the Alamo that Santa Anna would always walk with a "thunk." And that is a photo of Inky, the Readlarrypowell.com staff impersonator, giving us his impression of a famished Battle of San Jacinto re-enactor rushing into the Lone Star Beer tent on the battlegrounds and spotting a big steaming platter of Mom’s Thorny Yellow Rose of Texas Meatloaf with a side order of Vegan Chili Frito Pie and a strawberry, blueberry and vanilla ice cream dessert called the Richard B. Travis’ Lone Star Line in the Sandwich. God bless Texas and everybody with a Lone Star State of mind. Even the old soreheads, also a Texas tradition.
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