Monday, June 8, 2009

Floating Gardenias — One dog in Alabama

I have been doing things I've never done before these past eights weeks. Today I took two Gardenias from the front garden of the house next door. They're floating now in small glass bowls on my kitchen counter. My Mom used to do that in the house where we lived for three years. There was a Gardenia bush on the left hand side of the back door steps. Each day I miss Edna more. Each day I try to honor her. Some days I do an OK job. Some days not. This morning as I filled the small glass bowls with water I realized she would be proud of me. Today. Oh, and before I forget again. Thank you, Katie.. I sent Katie proposed copy for a then non-existent promo piece about Dog School for comments. She pointed out it might be a good idea to mention some of the behaviors a behavioral assessment and evaluation could address and change. I sent the proposed copy to a few people. Katie is the only one who answered. She is a very busy lady. We are all very busy people. But she cares. So she made time. Time is what we can all give. When we care. One dog in Alabama is counting on you. One voice counts. Sphere: Related Content

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Alabama Dog Fighting Bust—45 Dogs Seized, Remains Found

Courtesy ASPCA News Alert: June 5, 2009

"On Monday, June 1, a dog fighting operation in Randolph County was raided by the state’s 5th Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force. The ASPCA dispatched forensic veterinarian, Dr. Melinda Merck, and our Mobile Animal Crime Scene Investigation Unit to collect evidence in the investigation and aid in the prosecution of the case. Read about Dr.Merck’s crucial role in the investigation:"

"Dr. Merck examined 45 dogs who were discovered tied to heavy chains and living in deplorable conditions on two properties. She also examined partially buried skeletal remains of a dog found on site. In addition, controlled substances, illicit drugs and other paraphernalia related to dog fighting have been collected into evidence."

“These dogs definitely suffered abuse and inhumane treatment at the hands of dog fighters,” says Dr. Merck, Senior Director of Veterinary Forensics for the ASPCA.“So far, we’ve seen that one is unable to walk, another who is limping, and many who are injured, some severely.”

"As a result of ASPCA participation, two suspects have been formally charged. William Alsabrook was charged with two counts of possession of dogs for fighting, and Artis Kyle was charged with one count of possession of dogs for fighting, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm."

"Check out video footage of the scene, and don’t miss our one-on-one chat with Dr. Merck about her role in this case." Sphere: Related Content