Dog's Hero Placed Behind Bars
UPDATE: Another success! California bans lengthy dog tethering, making it illegal to tether your dog for longer than 3 hours.
UPDATE: Tammy Sneath Grimes appeared before a judge on September 21. She will face a jury trial on charges that she stole Doggie from his owners.
Check out “She’s not afraid of a dog fight”, just one of several press releases yesterday that captures a most unique story: A woman overwhelmed with sadness at the sight of seeing a dog nearly dead and chained to the ground in the backyard of an empty house, she removes the chain and immediately takes the suffering dog to the veterinary clinic. The following day, criminal charges are filed against Mrs. Grimes, the so-called culprit, and she is arrested for theft of property.
Where should the line be drawn between reaching out to assist an animal suffering from cruelty and the notion of pets as personal 'property'?
That’s just a snapshot of the entire story. AAFL captures the story well and informs us that indeed the humane society was contacted, neighbors waited for days for some assistance but to no avail, and that not a single action was taken against the owners who abandoned and mistreated their dog, now being called ‘Doogie’. Before rescuing Doogie, Grimes took video of Doogie trying to get up to greet her. You can see the dog's pain and hurt, but also his will to live in this video.
Lancaster News quoted Mrs. Grimes as stating that the results of the vet examination determined that the dog was malnourished, suffering from bone spurs and a large mass near his hip. Prior to visiting the veterinary clinic, Doogie was unable to walk despite much effort to try. Following treatment and a comfortable night inside with a loving caregiver, Doogie was once again able to walk. Hopes for his recovery are now dimming as Mrs. Grimes was arrested and Doogie may be returned to his owners and the chain in the backyard.
There are so many dogs suffering, malnourished and living in unhealthy conditions in the US, many of which go unnoticed. These animals, often abused and chained, unfortunately waste away until death removes them from their misery. Doogie is one of hundreds of animals lucky enough to be noticed. I encourage you to support Grimes in her legal battle and continue the fight for improving state legislation that would rid of this cruelty.