Let’s get right into the Tuesday edition and you may wonder about this dog. The picture tickled me – got it from Allison Roberts the volunteer shelter walker at Collin County Animal Services in McKinney.
Having been around big ol’ dawgs, when I saw this photo I said, “That’s exactly what a happy dog looks like! When he’s not eating, of course.” Look that the way that dog is holding his mouth while his neck is being scratched – he’s almost human, isn’t he. More on him later.
BOND HEARING SET: Jonnie England, the Director of Animal Advocacy for the Metroplex Animal Coalition, reports this morning that a bond reduction hearing has been scheduled Thursday for Darius Ewing, the man accused of animal cruelty in the case of fatally burned dog Justice.
Current bond is $100,000. The hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday in the 283rd District Court at the Lew Sterrett Criminal Justice Center at Commerce and Riverfront (formerly Industrial). (The court has other business – an ongoing trial – and that may affect the starting time of the bond hearing – an announcement should be made Wednesday.)
In her note, Jonnie encouraged supports to “attend this hearing to show your support for Justice and to send a message to the judge and all those present that this violent act is indeed worthy of a high bond. We need to counter the claims of those who think this crime is somehow less important because it was ‘just a dog’ who was brutally tortured, set on fire and left to die.”
HOW DOGS GET INTO TROUBLE: Just excerpting from a note that’s circulating about a dog that needs a home. A woman had to move back in with her father, the story goes. The note reads that the dog (a smallish black and white dog) “has always been an inside dog. The father does not like animals and is demanding she take this dog to a shelter and put it down. He has her tied up in the back yard. The dog is miserable and is so loving.” Now, we assume the “her” tied up in the yard is the dog, but, based on the tone of this report, who knows? The rescue contact is firstname.lastname@example.org or 214-693-3100..
FIVE AT DAS: As regular readers and rescuers know, Dallas Animal Services produces a list of “Very Special Pets,” adoptables that have been in the big city shelter for at least 45 days with no takers.
There are five dogs on this week’s list – today is their last day unless someone takes them.
[Larry aside: When I look at these dogs, I feel as if I have seen them before. I’ve been getting photos of dogs on the brink for many, many years and they all have a similar look. Maybe they’re all related. I don’t know. But sometimes you open an e-mail from someone and you think, “I’ve seen this one somewhere before.”]
The dogs are Agoucha, Begley, Dougal, Lady Ann and Susan.
As you can see, there are Earhounds in the mix.
And, as you can see, Lady Ann has a divine set of eyes.
The adoption fee for any of these dogs is $43.
Shelter adoption contacts are Catherine.email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or phones 214-671-0249 or 214-670-8312. Rescue groups contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 214-670-8298.
And, of course, you can see these animals, hug ‘em and let ‘em audition for you at the Dallas Animal Services Adoption Center, I-30 at Westmoreland, in Dallas. (See www.dallasanimalservices.org.)
THE OPENING DOG: That dog we opened the day with doesn’t have a name on the daily list – he’s #350428 and he’s about 10 months old, according to a note from the shelter walker, Allison Roberts.
He’s said to be “very sweet and calm” and he “walks great on a leash.”
This dog is just one of many animals – plenty of dog sand cats -- awaiting either a rescue or an adoption or the needle at the CCAS shelter. To ask about the animals e-mail email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are three key links to the CCAS shelter:
Facebook CCAS Urgents page:
County site - all adoptable dogs: http://collincountytx.animalshelternet.com/adoption_search_a.cfm
County site - all dogs on stray hold: http://collincountytx.animalshelternet.com/stray_search_a.cfm
I left the urls [You didn’t know I knew that term did you?] exposed so you can copy them to your files and keep them handy.
NEEDS: Before I could even blurt out the need for food transportation at Happy Tails in Gun Barrel City or the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake Shelter in Tool, I got a note about the Humane Society’s immediate need for foster homes for several nursing momma cats and litters.
We were at the shelter about a month ago to help celebrate the opening of the new cat area and, son of an unfixed tom, if they aren’t already bulging with more cats and kittens than they can handle. (To offer to help, call the shelter at 903-432-3422.)
Now, about the food and transportation: Sometimes getting food to animals is a matter of transportation. Cheryl Spencer of the North Texas Pet Food Bank in McKinney has the free supplies and both Happy Tails of Gun Barrel City and the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake Shelter in Tool could use some transportation help if anyone is driving between McKinney and “the lake” and can transport the food. To offer to help Happy Tails email TxTina1201@yahoo.com. To offer to help the shelter in Tool, e-mail email@example.com. And to offer to help the food bank, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE BARBED WIRE DOG: A couple of weeks ago we reported on Burns Flat, Okla., rescuer Terry Lynn Fisher acquiring a little dog that had been tangled in barbed wire.
The dog was first named “Barbie.” You can see in that “before” photo that the dog was not in prime condition. So, a little work later and “Barbie” turns out to not be a girl. “So the name Barbie doesn't work. For now I am calling him BW for barbed wire,” Terry Lynn says.
When she took the 5-pound dog into the back yard for a “walk,” she says, “He ran in fear. If he could have gotten out, he would have. Been gone. He finally crawled to me and rolled over. When I picked him up, he snuggled to me and just whimpered. He is o precious.”
She is trying to find a place for him to go – and she has other animals that need to be moved out of the shelter and out of nearby shelters.
Contact Terry Lynn at email@example.com or call 580-330-1459.
THE BLIND CAT STORY: One of our Readers, Sharon Saricopoulos. suggested that others might want to know about the blind cat that needs help at Texas A&M. She tipped us to the story in the Bryan Daily Eagle HERE.
CONTEMPLATIONS: Do you understand TV news anchors who are unfailingly polite to reporters, thanking them for a report from the field as if the editors had imposed on them to do their jobs? Honestly, sometimes the thank you sounds as if they are famished people thanking the waiter for bringing extra bread to the table. For crying out loud, they’re reporters – they’re paid to be there. … Anybody got an idea of where Lyudmila Putin is these days? Surely that story isn’t going to just fade away. … FYI for you youngsters: This is the anniversary of VE Day (May 8, 1945) when Hitler’s Third Reich finally coughed up its last hairball and surrendered to the Allies. If the U.S. hadn’t won, we’d all be driving Volkswagens and Mercedes-Benz products instead of Toyotas, Mitsubishis, Hondas, Nissans and Mazdas. In summation, these two words: Strange world.
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