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Friday, January 25, 2008

Act Now! Gets Active Against Animal Abuse

On Thursday, January 24, Act Now! Rescue was called to investigate a case of animal abuse in Potosi, MO. The anonymous caller reported they had made four calls to the sheriff's department about a dog the witness saw chained up near a doghouse, and appeared dead. The caller reported a concern that there was another dog locked in the trailer on the property.

The witness took pictures of the young dog chained up and dead. Apparently the dog had been dead for at least four days.

The caller told us they had called numerous times to report the animal abuse and the sheriff's department did come out one time, but left and never came back. That's when the caller contacted Act Now! Rescue. We brought reporters from CW 11 with us.

Another dog was found in the trailer, malnourished looking but alive. Both dogs were put into the custody of a local veterinarian, who will do an autopsy on the dead dog, and examine the other dog, who will be treated at Act Now! Rescue's expense, if necessary.

We oppose the return of this dog to its owner, especially after one dog was lying dead for at least four days on the property, numerous calls were made to officials, and nothing was done until the rescue arrived with news cameras in tow. This is clearly animal abuse!

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RESCUES CAN'T SAVE LIVES WITH PET LIMIT LAWS

Pet Limit Laws Limit Rescue Organizations and other Responsible Pet Owners, Not Irresponsible Pet Owners
An irresponsible pet owner will be irresponsible with one -- or 20 -- pets! Until a city can write an ordinance that forces people to CARE about their animals, a few irresponsible pet owners will continue to indirectly help in the killing of healthy, adoptable animals at kill shelters everywhere.
A rescue organization member is trained in how to handle more than 3 dogs, is responsible enough to say, "I can't handle any more dogs right now," pays to spay/neuter, vaccinate, and put pets on heartworm and flea prevention, and gives much needed additional time for the pet to find its forever home.

We have asked the City of Arnold to allow rescue organizations the opportunity to save more lives by going over the pet limit every now and then to save a life. Our many requests are falling on deaf ears.

If you believe the City of Arnold could -- and should -- tolerate rescue groups enough to make an exception to the dog limit every now and then to save a life, please contact Mary Holden at mholden@arnoldmo.org and Matt Unrein at munrein@arnoldmo.org, and contact your city council representatives and tell them there is such a thing as COOPERATION between government and citizens! We're doing it for the New JCAC Shelter Fund!