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Monday, January 28, 2008

Citizen Speaks Out About Abusive Employee

Steve S. of Imperial, MO found a dog loose in his subdivision over the weekend. He decided he would keep the dog if the owner didn't come forward, and for all he knew, the dog had been dumped by someone. She was a white female pit bull and, unfortunately, many are dumped by their owners for one reason or another.

He was in his yard with the dog yesterday when an animal control officer ran up to him and grabbed the dog as he yelled something at Steve, put the dog in an animal crate in the back of his truck and sped away. Needless to say, Steve was absolutely astounded at the behavior of the man.

Steve has since obtained the name of the officer and will file a complaint with the Dept. of Agriculture and with the shelter manager. Steve also contacted the president of the American Pit Bull Terrier Association here in St. Louis, who forwarded the information to Act Now! Rescue. We contacted Steve and after receiving the story from him, contacted other rescues in the area for help. An Arnold councilman contacted the Jefferson County Commissioner's office for assistance as well.

Steve is not going to stop there. We commend Steve for being proactive in pursuing justice for himself and for the dog he rescued. Not only was he concerned about this dog, he went to the shelter this morning, checkbook in hand, ready to adopt the dog if the owner could not be found.

Thanks, Steve, for voicing your concerns, contacting officials and rescue groups, and making your story known. The more people who speak up against this type of behavior, the better for the animals!

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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!