EDITION OF FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2018 [PetPowellPress] We’re posting this a little early because people have been concentrating on “giving” all day -- did you ever see so much North Texas Giving Day email? Well, OK, everyone has given, so it’s time to focus on taking. Like go to a shelter and take a dog or cat home.
[LARRY SMARMY ASIDE: You know how to find the shelters online and if you don’t, you may not be qualified to live with a cat or dog. This ain’t rocket science.]
Two candidates for taking home via adoption or rescue from the Dallas Animal Services Shelter and Adoption Center? Look at the face on that dog Scooby (ID#A0966384) a 2-year, 7-months-old, neutered Chocolate Lab in the shelter since September 11. Why? Why? For crying out loud, why? The cat is Ruth (#A1041208) a spayed Seal Point Siamese, just over a year old and in the shelter since August 22. Why? Why? Why?
[LARRY ASIDE: And you see the latest report card on DAS stats. Click on it to make it big and readable. Look at the euthanasia totals and ask yourself, “Why? Why? Why?” Look at the residents around you who can’t quite get the mental energy up to see the link between their don’t care attitudes and lifeless dogs and cats that were walked or carried to their own execution. This isn’t the animals’ fault. It isn’t the shelter’s fault. It’s the fault of the don’t-give-a-damn people. I need a sedative. Good grief -- and stop me if you’ve heard or said this one before -- but “What the hell is wrong with people?” Pardon my entirely appropriate French.]
Go to the shelter at I-30 and Westmoreland. Call 214-670-6800. Go to dallasanimalservices.org. Write to your councilmember.
ARREST MADE IN THE CASE
OF THE HIDDEN VALLEY DOGS
You remember this case, no doubt. After several months of complaints and questions, authorities raided a home in the 1000 block of Hidden Valley Drive in South Central Dalla. Fifteen live dogs, four already-dead dogs found. This was one of the live dogs -- he was later euthanized because of kidney failure believed to result from poor care, i.e., neglect. Wednesday afternoon, the SPCA of Texas, the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office and the Dallas Police teamed up officially to arrest the guy who allegedly owned these dogs, a news release from the SPCA reported. [LARRY ASIDE: The SPCA says the accused individual is Carl Dewayne Arnold.I don’t know the dog’s name, but I suspect a name didn’t matter to the person who had this dog. We’re hoping all the dogs are being checked for chips -- just in case they were “free dogs” at some Empty the Shelter event.] The SPCA says Arnold was “charged with two separate counts of Cruelty to Non-Livestock Animals, which are Class A Misdemeanors, including one charge of ‘fails unreasonably to provide necessary food, water, care or shelter for an animal in the person’s custody’ “ Bond was set at $1,500 on that. Same bond was set on the other charge: “transports or confines an animal in a cruel manner." Trial date will be set. [LARRY ASIDE: Surely the guy made that bail. Misdemeanors in these cases are about like a parking ticket to you and me. Animal cruelty laws need more muscle, a resounding punishment, not just a sentence -- see Texas Humane Legislative Network at thln.org to see how you can turn a sentence into a punishment.]
RUFUS IN COWTOWN
Holy smoke, look at this poor pup. We learned about him via Paige King. The story is Rufus is at Fort Worth Animal Care & Control -- again.
Two-year-old, clearly distressed, Rufus, was returned to the shelter this week -- two years after he was adopted as a puppy. Why? “Landlord issues,” the story goes.
Tag to rescue him by emailing email@example.com. Adopt him in person only at Fort Worth’s Chuck Silcox adoption Center, 4900 Martin Street, in Fort Worth.
Rufus could clearly use some love.
Judi Brown, our bio tipster/Mesquite Animal Services volunteer sent this notice about 5-year-old Petunia (39648346) who was CODE RED for 9 a.m. Thursday, but just in case she escaped the needle -- as is so frequently the case in Mesquite -- we’re mentioning her. Referring to Petunia’s Code Red status, Judi wrote, “This is really hard to believe and it’s probably because she hasn’t had much exposure. She’s been back in isolation probably due to overcrowding and her needing time to decompress.” She’s a 10-pound timid Chihuahua who will warm up as a lapdog.
To ask about Petunia, call the shelter at 972-216-6283 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. In one photo she’s got a “what are you gonna do to me next” look and in the other she’s very, very comfortable with the nearby human.
Then there’s spunky,10-year-old Squirt who looks as if he might be up for a role in the stage production of “Santa’s Tiny Reindeer.” Some Earhound! He’s lively, cute, and weighs 8 lap-dog pounds. He would weigh a little bit more but he’s fixed. (He’s 39678679 on the shelter roll-of-adoptables.)
[LARRY ASIDE: Are the most “shelter-dumpable dogs” in the county Chihuahuas and Pit mixes? Seems like that too my eyes. Shame on us all for not lecturing animal dumpers until they weep and repent.]
Back to Mesquite: Yep, here’s a big Pit mix, Rosie (38899074) surrendered on the 17th “because here owners did not have enough time for her,” Judi wrote. “You could tell she still misses them as she kept looking through the gate in the yard as though she was looking for them to come back for her. It was so sad! Rosie is very photogenic girl with beautiful markings, fold over ears, and cat-like whiskers.”
Rose is a little timid, but a good human can fix that in about two minutes with the right treats and gentle petting. Work up to hugging in no time at all!
Rosie weighs 44 pounds, is spayed already and walks well on a leash.
Again, for any of these Mesquite animals, call 972-216-6283 or email email@example.com.
ADDING MORE TO THE SHELTER
IN THE CITY OF WILMER, TX.
And here are three more added to the already crowded population of the small shelter that serves Wilmer, Texas, and the immediate area.
These three are all in the shelter -- safe for now -- thanks to the Dallas County Animal Control Officer who picked them up. To save them by adopting or rescuing, get in touch with the small shelter advocate Laura Macias by calling or texting 214-949-2726 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who are these dogs?
Here are the answers.
SIENNA, a baby girl Catahoula mix. “She adores everyone,” her bio reads. “Look at those precious ears. This sweet puppy was brought in by the county officer and desperately needs someone to help save her.
“ Look at the face on Brady, a German Shepherd who is “just as sweet as he is gorgeous. He is a great boy that was found in Seagoville by the county officer.” He’s off stray hold on Friday.
Then there’s Max, a neutered male who’s family tree is listed this way: “Boxer/Lab/Pointer Mix.” His bio reads, “Max adores other dogs and all people. He is already fixed and was found by the county officer. He is SUCH A SWEET BOY. Only about 40 pounds so a great medium size.”
STATE OF AFFAIRS, SLEEP & CATS
Geezalou, I’ve been reporting, columnizing and editing stories about Dallas, Texas, since the mid-1970s and, I swear, I’ve never seen the place in such a mess. Even when it was going through that horiffic stall in the ‘70s and ‘80s -- when you couldn’t find an open door downtown except for maybe the Adolphus and Neiman-Marcus and Belle’s Green Glass Lounge -- there weren’t this many simultaneous crises. (That’s a photo from the Zang Viaduct in the early’ 80s - before Reunion, before the Big Green Building, before the Convention Center, etc. Before Downtown became too big to get in one frame -- and I’ve always said it’s a town that looks best at night.) Back during the slump, I had faith that Dallas would rebound and, as you can see, it did. Now, I’d like to see the good side of Dallas rebound -- I’d like to see the town not succumb to the penalties of success and expansion -- put away the pistols; we ain’t Chicago, you know? We need the ol’ Texas motoring motto “Drive Friendly.” (Remember that sign: Open it and it reads “Watch for Ice on Bridge” -- rarely needed in Big D.) What we need is calming traffic on roads and highways that have not become permanent construction projects. And we need to appreciate those who serve -- whatever badges they wear. Put up some billboards, launch some campaigns. Honestly, I like my civilization to be friendly and neither frightened nor frightening. Am I nuts? Don’t answer that. And, oh, yeah, park between the lines in grocery store lots and stop throwing trash out of your cars all over this city. Honest. Stop it right now. .... ADVERTISING QUESTION: Are are all these broadcast ads for better sleep mattresses and beds focused on Dallas because this is a tough town get s good night’s sleep? Think of the obstacles: Gunfire. Car crashes. Sirens. The loudest Mockingbirds in the Solar System. We’ve got one in our front yard that you can hear on Mars. I may buy it a ticket on that Elon Musk Spaceship to the Red Planet. Though I’m not sure I can wait four or five years for the bird to calm down enough to take Birdtronaut Training. Maybe my feathered racketfowl is simply excited about the arrival of autumn on Saturday and he’s opted to use his Here Comes Spring voice at the top of the dial. Now help me down off my soapbox so I can finish without falling and setting off somebody's seismograph. .... In many editions of Readlarrypowell.com I’ve mentiioned that my funspouse Martha and I are convinced that black and white cats have a Zany Gene. They are gifted with a tendency toward odd and entertaining behavior. On Facebook I spotted this video of a black and white cat demonstrating our theory. CLICK HERE. If you’re a cat person, you’ll smile. If you’re not, it’ll make you want to adopt a cat and buy a mirror.
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