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Re: WV Animal Shelter killed my puppy...broke the law

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  • lazarusoutcast
    One further note: I would contact national organizations such as PeTA and the Animal Legal Defense Fund. ... animalrightsactivistresources@yahoogroups.com,
    Message 1 of 4 , Jan 10, 2005
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      One further note: I would contact national organizations such as
      PeTA and the Animal Legal Defense Fund.

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      animalrightsactivistresources@yahoogroups.com, "lazarusoutcast"
      <lazarusoutcast@y...> wrote:
      >
      > A similar situation kept happening in my town. We sat in on city
      > council meetings, wrote letters to the newspaper, staged a march
      > through our town which ended on the courthouse steps. Eventually,
      > they investigated and got rid of the shelter's director. The new
      > director is a great animal-lover- the city council made sure of
      that
      > after all the bad press. Find out who on your city council would
      > also support you.
      >
      > --- In animalrightsactivistresources@yahoogroups.com, "Michelle
      > Bailey" <webwiz@c...> wrote:
      > > Hello,
      > >
      > > My name is Michelle and I live in Mercer County, West Virginia.
      I
      > just recently joined this group and hope to be able to learn a lot
      > about protecting animals in my community.
      > >
      > > I have one very important question that I'd like to start out
      > with, if anyone could help. How do I get started in filing a
      > complaint against my local county-operated animal shelter for
      > blatantly breaking both WV State and Federal laws when it comes to
      > the 5-day holding period before they're allowed to adopt out or
      > euthanize?
      > >
      > > One of my puppies was taken to the animal shelter on December
      29th
      > at 2pm by a neighbor who mistakenly thought someone had "dropped"
      > her in his yard. They euthanized her at 5:30pm the same day...just
      3
      > and a half hours after she got there. I found out where she was
      the
      > next morning and was the first person in the door when they
      opened,
      > to pick up my puppy. They lied to me and told me she'd been
      adopted
      > out. After pressing them and threatening to go to the magistrate
      if
      > they didn't get my puppy back from whoever took her, they FAKED a
      > phone call right in front of me where they pretended to contact
      > the "adoptive parents". The employee then stated that the adoptive
      > parents had said No, they want to keep her. This went on for 3
      days
      > before finally the director of the animal shelter called me after
      > hours at home and said that she'd just found out that my puppy had
      > actually been euthanized. She admitted that they do this all of
      the
      > time, but that this was the first time they'd gotten caught. I've
      > got all of that on tape, per advice from my local State police
      > station. The director also admitted that they'll run into this
      > same "issue" again this week, next week, the next week...etc. So
      > they have no intention of abiding by the law.
      > >
      > > No attorney in my town will represent me because of two reasons
      > they've all supplied me with: 1) There won't be a big enough
      payoff
      > to make it worth their while OR 1) They're friends with the county
      > commissioner and it would be a conflict of interests. So my
      question
      > is...if a county-operated facility, which is funded by the
      > government, does not have to abide by either state or federal
      > laws...why does anyone else have to? And has it gotten to the
      point
      > where if the crime you commit doesn't result in a huge financial
      > payout, it's ok for you to commit that crime because no one will
      > complain/prosecute?
      > >
      > > I am at my wit's end with this and don't know where to go next.
      I
      > finally talked the animal shelter into releasing the body of my
      > puppy to me this past monday...on the 5th day after she'd been
      taken
      > there. They dug her out of their deep freezer located outside
      behind
      > their building and handed her to me in a black trash bag. I had to
      > let her thaw out for a day and a half before we could re-shape her
      > so that she would fit into the makeshift casket we'd gotten for
      her.
      > This whole ordeal has been a nightmare and has completely devasted
      > my family. We helped that little puppy into the world when her
      mama
      > had trouble giving birth, and we've been with her every single day
      > of her life. She was only 3 months old. That little baby meant the
      > world to my husband and me and we have not been able to get past
      the
      > hurt or the feeling of utter helplessness.
      > >
      > > Does anyone have any advice on what I can do to at least prevent
      > this from continuing to happen, and to hold those accountable that
      > make the decisions to break these laws on a regular basis?
      > >
      > > Thanks in advance,
      > >
      > > Michelle Bailey
      > >
      > > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
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