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.

Doogie_wm_1 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. 

Comments: 18

 
Anonymous
7 years ago

Yet another example of who or what the laws really protect. They're so black and white. Grimes should be honored for what she did. The savages that owned the poor dog should be jailed, fined and forced to do community service for animals. Absolutely one of the worst things I've ever heard of. Grimes is a hero with a true, selfless heart. Wonderful job!!!!!

 
Anonymous
7 years ago

What would IFAW recommend for those who want to help ensure that the dog is not returned to it's owners? Calls to the local police station? Other, more coordinated efforts?

 
Anonymous
7 years ago

Grimes is a hero in my eyes. Our society is such a throw away society and so quick to turn their heads to such cruelity. The owners of this poor abused dog are the horrible monsters who should be held responsible for the obvious mistreatment of this wonderful living creature. Grimes is a wonderful example of how all of us should have the courage to do what is the only right thing for our loving furry ones.

 
Anonymous
7 years ago

The local news published this article yesterday: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06274/726494-85.st...
It's a good overall informative article, heavy on quotes from the neighbor, Mrs. Eicher. Her statements are not over the top and dramatic like many would assume. Mrs. Grimes had an honest concern for her neighbor's dog and was seeking help. She went to threw the proper channels by first calling 911 and then the humane society. But as we all know, help never arrived.
I'm still trying to figure out if the owners of Jake were out of town as originally suggested or if they were in town, which would make Jake's story all the more sad. This story suggests that Jake's owners were in and out of the house during the weekend in question.

 
Anonymous
7 years ago

Notice the update that has just been added to the top of this blog. Additionally, I'm concerned with the fact that the so-called owners of Doogie (real name 'Jake'), Mr. and Mrs. Arnold, have not stepped forward and acknowledged in any way that they mistreated the 19-year old German Shepherd mix by leaving him abandoned in the back yard, unable to move for days. By playing victim in this situation and claiming to have grown heartbroken with the loss of their aging dog, Tammy Grimes will be facing an uphill battle.
The International Herald Tribune published a press release detailing the latest on the case. One quote in particular from Mrs. Arnold (the abusive owner), in reference to Tammy rescuing Doogie from the Arnold's back yard, had me chuckling for a while: "Ever since Jake has been taken, Buddy (the other dog on the property) has been suspicious of ladies". LoL. Why did I find this so funny? The statement seems so innocent and helpless, it’s almost believable.
Hum, suspicious of ladies? I wonder why?? Could it be because it has been Mrs. Arnold herself, a lady, chaining the poor dogs in the back yard, leaving them abandoned forcing them into a fate of misery and death? I too would become suspicious.

 
Anonymous
7 years ago

That's really too bad.

 
Anonymous
7 years ago

It is a disgrace that a decent and noble action would warrant arrest. Saving a life vs. trespassing, hmmmmmmm? It's utterly crazy and disheartening...

 
Anonymous
7 years ago

Unfortunately, the legal status of dogs still more closely resembles the relationship you have to your car than one you might have with a foster child. While the vast majority of us consider the latter to be a better description, dogs and cats are still considered property in the eyes of the law. The only hope Doogie has here is for animal cruelty charges to be successfully applied. Otherwise he stays with the chain-people. So sad.
Dr. Patty Khuly www.dolittler.com

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