First off, it is slander to accuse someone of something that they did not do. It is stupid and typical to think that someone so outspoken about this dog would steal it. Animal Charity only did their job after the accused called them for two weeks in a row and then the media got word of these dogs being ignored. The outspoken person also was also called "unreasonable" by Animal Charity and they have blacklisted them because they are exposing what is being ignored.
The person that is also being falsely accused on this site also rescued a dog last week that was legally surrendered by the owner. The dog was taken to a vet and it is very very sick. The dog was positive for Heartworm disease, blind in one eye, dehydrated, and needs surgery. The treatment for Heartworm disease is very expensive as well as very painful for the dog. This dog is also elderly which makes his treatment even harder for him. Animal Charity claims that this dog was okay, obviously he is not okay.
Ohio's humane laws regarding dogs kept outside are a joke. As a veterinary professional who treats dogs, this law doesn't take into consideration how a dog deals with the cold. Just because they have a fur coat doesn't mean that they are staying warm. Our laws needs to be changed to consider the effects of the cold on animals left outside. Animal Charity's human officer and the staff probably have no idea of how to identify a sick dog. They are law enforcement and not trained at all. This needs to change.
Also chaining has been denounced by animal welfare groups, behaviorists, and the veterinary medical community. Many of these chained dogs suffer because they have been confined by their chains and cannot move or reach shelter from the cold. If an owner doesn't want a dog in the house, then they should not have one.
An investigation needs to be done into the practices of Animal Charity as well as the Mahoning County Dog Pound as well. This investigation also needs to revaluate the resources to both of these groups. They need additional funds to improve the work that they do. Why is it that there is only one human agent and limited staff at the Mahoning County Dog Pound?
The accused rescuer did not take the dog, I have spoken to them and they do have evidence to verify this. Somebody who read the story on social media or the news took it. Somebody who in good faith could not stand to see this dog continue to suffer under the "assumption" that it was safe and healthy. If the owner of this dog was truly concerned with the dog, they would keep this dog inside. Owner is irate because the cruel and neglectful care of the dog has been exposed. This is truly why they are upset, not because the dog is gone. Owner should have given up dog when the opportunity to do so was given to them, they did not.
January 29, 2014 at 12:14 p.m.