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Salzypat  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 5426)
Thu, 17th Jul '08 2:46 AM


I have a two-fold reason for posting this link. One is, I needed the photo of a dog to illustrate this news story, so I took a photo of my little Chance. I wanted to show him off a little!

I've had him about 10 months. I got him at the animal shelter the night before he was scheduled to be euthanized. We don't know much about his story, but we've guessed that he has been pretty badly abused. He's making some progress but it has been terribly slow and some days he still cowers in the corner when I come near him. As with abused children, that abuse leaves permanent scars that never go away but hopefully they become less noticeable.

The other reason I'm posting this is whether any of you know which states have very good laws governing animal cruelty and puppy mills. Nebraska seems to be one of the black spots in the nation for that. You can send me personal messages on this to

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Thu, 17th Jul '08 3:26 AM

Hi Pat,
Thank you for posting's a sad sad story that animals are at the mercy of these "breeders"
Is that a picture of Chance in the article???? If so - I'm not surprised he is timid....looks like a
Sheltie cross, and they are notoriously one-person dogs. So if his "one person" was one of those
miserable turds, it will take him a long time to risk bonding with some one else.
Bless you for the work you do in rescuing these dogs....

Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1312)
Thu, 17th Jul '08 6:41 AM

I got my two labs from shelters and my three cats from the streets of Chicago. All five are like family members and act like it most of the time. I always wonder why a person would pay hundreds or thousands of dollars just because of a breed. When I was growing up in Chicago ,dogs ran loose, but they had 30-40 kids each taking care of them, kinda like "Our Gang" movies.
Dogs and cats are regarded as dumb animals and cannot understand verbal commands. My two dogs can be in another room sleeping and when they here the words outside, car or truck, they are at the door. Both of them despise my next door neighbor, but so does anyone who knows him. Right now, I am being reminded it is time to chase neighborhood rabbits, ttfn.

Pennwoman  (Level: 163.1 - Posts: 2476)
Thu, 17th Jul '08 8:30 AM

my little terrier mix -- we got from a shelter -- they warned us he was a "puppy mill" dog and we must be vigilant about not letting him outside off leash or he would be gone -- they said for a year (it only took 3 months) -- He was terrified of every sound -- the coffee pot, a hair dryer - my dropping a clothes basket on to the floor -- BUT PERFECTLY FINE WITH WALKING IN FRONT OF VEHICLES!
He will stand behind our german shepard - with her tail whacking him in the face without moving -- you can tell he was crammed in small space with many other dogs. He is COMPLETELY terrifed of my 19 year old son, who has done nothing but try to give him treats, etc. He is the sweetest natured little dog -- follows me everywhere -- but I am unable to catch him outside -- but when I lie on the chase lounge, he postions himself so I can scratch his ears.
It breaks my heart to think of the way he was born and treated.

Lancaster  (Level: 228.1 - Posts: 176)
Thu, 17th Jul '08 8:36 AM

As many of you know if you watched the Oprah show on puppy mills Pennsylvania, particularly Lancaster County, has to rank down there with Nebraska. Is it because dogs don't vote?

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Thu, 17th Jul '08 9:12 AM

Nah - I vote and I don't get anything I want.

My 2 cats were "rescued" from a house across the street from school, where there are so many animals in and out that it's a health problem (none fixed or vaccinated there). They've never been abused though, and I could run the vacuum cleaner over them and they'd not be scared.

My terrier was dumped at school and after 2 days of thinking someone would pick her up, I took her home. It took her 6 months to feel like a member of the family (2 other dogs and myself) but she finally did - and what a great dog! The other 2 were gimmes from family members who work for vets - one from a puppy breeder. But even he is an amazing animal and afraid of nothing! I love to take them to what's left of a lake here in the panhandle and let them run - they run for a few minutes and then back to me and then back to running. No leash needed, very obedient. They ARE my family here. (And all are spayed/neutered with regular vet visits - healthy and happy.)

Salzypat  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 5426)
Thu, 17th Jul '08 9:37 AM

I didn't watch the Oprah show ... I just couldn't bring myself to watch it. But we have a state senator who is from North Platte and I hope we can watch a tape of it with him or at least a part of it, and find out what we can do as a small organization to encourage legislators to strengthen Nebraska's laws. There are state laws on the books, but many are unenforceable. (ie., if anyone raises fewer than 30 dogs a year for sale they aren't covered by the laws. So we're going to trust the word of someone running a puppy mill who says he/she raises fewer than 30 dogs???)

It's important for neighbors to get involved too. A number of people were involved in the rescue yesterday of two Great Dane dogs that were confined to the upstairs of a SMALL house. No air conditioning, open windows to the north with only a small window fan and it's been humid and in the upper 90s here. The word was they were rarely outside and had been lying in their own urine and fesces and were without food and water.. Can you imagine what that house must smell like???? Hopefully the judge will NOT allow the owner to have the dogs back so they can get into a rescue. But the rescue happened because neighbors cared and were willing to keep talking until they lit a fire under the proper people.

Yes, my little Chance is terrified of any noise - clanging silverware, papers falling on the floor. The Fourth of July was hell for him. I had to keep him in the house all the time except for early morning when it was illegal to set off fireworks.

Sorry to be posting this on Salty Dog instead of in the groups but no one seems to be using the groups and I couldn't figure out how to post in the group last night. Don't know if I was just too tired or if there is a glitch. On the other hand, this IS Salty DOG!!

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