EDITION OF FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 2017 (PetPowell Press) -- (A) You have to be happy that someone saves animals and (B) you have to be pretty darned angry that they had to save them from another human.
What is wrong with humans? I know we’re not perfect, but do some of us have to be so darned mean and uncaring?
On Thursday, the SPCA of Texas and the Lancaster Police seized 32 animals --- 17 dogs, 15 puppies -- from “a property in Southeast Dallas County. They went to the SPCA of Texas Animal Rescue Center which is, the SPCA says, “empowered by PetSmart Charities Emergency Relief.”
You know the deal: They’re taken care of medically and then everyone waits for the custody hearing. Peace Justice Valencia Nash gets the honor at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 18, at the Dallas County Government Center Precinct 1, Place 2 courtroom, 107 Texas St. in Lancaster. The SPCA repeats an all-too-frequently told story in North Texas: “Some of the animals were found living in a urine-soaked, feces-filled house on the property. Others were found outside, one chained to a tree. Several were kept in a garage on the property in kennels.”
Based on these photos of a dog chained to a tree and a bunch of dogs in a garage and a load of puppies, some of them needing bottle feeding, this doesn’t seem to be an operation that was set up to help animals get adopted, does it?
They have assorted health issues -- some easily fixed, some not so easily remedied.
(You can help with expenses by going to spca.org.)
According to the SPCA, Lancaster PD was visiting the property while conducting an investigation of something else. When the officers found the animals in lousy conditions, they called the SPCA for help.
[LARRY ASIDE: Remember, it’s a good thing to turn in people who are mistreating animals. There are laws against cruelty, you know. Even in Texas. I don't know if this is linked to dogfighting. So, in general let's just remind people of this: Know of a dogfighting ring? Someone who breeds animals for fighting? Someone who breeds animals for bait in training fighting dogs? Make a call to the authorities. Somehow get word to someone who can put these bad people in the slammer.]
The pup we’ve been writing about for a couple of days continues to fight for his life and the people helping him continue to work on his behalf.
“People tell me these kinds of abuses have always been bad, but it seem seems to me that more people are less civilized.”
How’s that for capturing the way things have gone! Spot-on.
The latest on Sawyer is that he’s still in ICU and still being gently “worked on” because he’s in such bad shape that “gentle” has to be the approach. As someone from Red Collar Rescue wrote, “We refuse to let his abusers win, and will be with Sawyer every step of the way. Please keep Sawyer in your thoughts and prayers.” Saving this dog is expensive -- maybe as much as a thousand bucks a day right now. This isn’t Red Collar’s first save-the-dog rodeo. You can donate online here. The mailing address is Red Collar Rescue, 945 McKinney St., #424, Houston, 77007.
MEANWHILE IN DALLAS
You can go to DAS online and look at the city’s shelter inventory. For example, there are those two Earhounds and there are those three cats -- all waiting for rescue or adoption.
and, then, there is Billy, a Great Dane mix, who probably, unless something good happens in his life, will happily shake hands with the person who shoves the death needle into his hide and turns him into a corpse, killing that good soul that said, “Sure, I’ll show you I can shake. Let’s be friends.”
[LARRY ASIDE: I can’t believe the City of Dallas still kills animals. Geezalou, this is the 21st Century and people have been trying to get control of this for a century. When you hear someone say Dallas is a forward-thinking, progressive, caring city of love, listen to the gunfire in the neighborhoods and count the animals killed to make room for the next collection of animals to be killed. Metrosophistication on the Texas prairie.]
CONTEMPLATIONS: Favorite place to see a movie? Wait, not your recliner in the living room. I mean favorite theater. How many of you would need a time machine to go back to it? Right now I’m leaning toward the Capri Theatre on in downtown Shreveport, La. Been gone a long time -- it’s where I saw The Odd Couple and, also, True Grit. Air-conditioning was the coldest I’d ever experienced. I was a sportswriter in those days. You worked nights, saw movies in the daytime. ... Here’s an interesting volunteer job: Medical Coordinator to work afternoons with Paws In The City, the rescue group. Record-keeping, coordinating transportation, follow progress of hospitalized animals, etc. And remember, if you’re working with paper, you don’t have to feed it and decide to adopt it. So, you can help animals without falling for one! You will, but you can always try to avoid it. I’d be remiss if I didn’t show you this photo of Maisy, a Border Collie mix who, in this photo, looks as if she might be a veteran TV newsman getting ready to interview the President in the Oval Office. “Good evening, I’m Maisy Dogg, with DBS News. Dog Broadcast System is proud to offer you this inside look at how the president picks his ties.” Great photo, Dog Biscuit Photos! FYI, go to pawsinthecity.org to read about beautiful Maisy. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer. ... OK, anybody ever eat at El Corazon in Oak Cliff? Davis at Zang? Nothing is sacred in that neighborhood now. The place that once had the neighborhood Sonic is now a big, quarter-block pit that’s becoming the foundation of “progress.” Anyway, The Great Robert Wilonsky, who brought an entertaining spark of the old Observer to The Dallas Morning News a few years ago, has a readable observation HERE about the rumor that all the progress near Davis at Zang is going to result in the destruction of the longtime Tex-Mex restaurant/El Chico connected building now occupied by El Corazon (I’m a fan -- serves the relish bowl: jalapenos, carrots, onions...oh, my). What would be put up there? Some say a CVS. That would mean, of course, that a Walgreen’s would be going in nearby. If they were to put in a La Quinta, that would mean Oak Cliff would have a Denny’s, right?
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