Okay, for those of you who haven’t been noting the sporadic messages, my husband had a kidney transplant in July and is now home. There was much rejoicing for HIM. However, I’ve been missing in action on the blog, being content to update the TMS Facebook group with links and interesting information.
We got the call on July 2nd, 2009. So, between then and now:
Abby Toll got 30 days in jail for the taping of Rex (now Yoshi) to her refrigerator. We’re happy that there is actual jail time involved, but of course 30 days is really nothing. Typically, there are the claims that Toll is actually a pure and sweet innocent from up on high:
Toll’s mother, Sherry, told the court that her daughter had grown up with pets and loved them dearly.
“Her history with animals is extraordinary,” she said. “Her real true love are dogs.”
Ah huh. You know, when I express love towards Tierce, it usually involves something ripped off a dead animal shoved into his gob.
But, hey, we all make errors in judgement, right? You know, when you’re stressed with your relationship and health problems, it’s EASY to make the mistake of tying your dog’s paws together with rubber bands, wrapping a rubber band around his muzzle and duct-taping him to a refrigerator. Happens all the time. “Gee, officer, I was going to feed him a MilkBone, but I accidentally rubber-banded him and duct-taped him to the fridge!”
ANYWAY, we can be in some way grateful that Abby Toll is such a malicious, abusive person towards animals, because Yoshi is now living the good life with people who love him. Let’s hope that Toll serves her time (a motion to delay the sentence was denied) and leaves with an intense desire to never own another dog.
In Kentucky, the Franklin “Humane” Society had a 10 year old Shiba dumped because employees thought it was a coyote. “Copper” is still at large and the president of the Franklin Humane Society, John Forbes, has resigned.
[Captain] Ray Kinney, was called and was told by the Humane Society Director Regina McDaniel that the coyote had to go, according to [Maj. Fred] Deaton.
Okay, I can give a layman a pass on Shiba identification. I can even give the police a pass. But Humane society employees? The Humane Society director?
Also, if there’s an animal that peacefully submits to being handled and led around on a lead, how the hell does that translate to ‘wild animal, able to fend for itself in a natural environment’? Even if Copper was a coyote, the Humane Society would still have fucked up by releasing a human-habituated animal into the wilderness. As wildlife rehabilitators know, many wild animals that are brought up by humans never attain the skills that make it possible for them to survive in the wild.*
But it’s all okay, right? Because Regina McDaniel issued a half-assed apology.
“If I misidentified the dog, I apologize to Ms. (Lori) Goodlett and her family,” McDaniel said Friday in her first interview on the matter.
If you misidentified the dog? If??! You identified a Shiba inu as a coyote and insisted that it be released into the wild. That’s misidentification! There’s really not a lot of room for “ifs” here.
McDaniel, manager of the Franklin County Humane Society, said the animal she looked at “didn’t look like a dog,” or the picture of Copper in The State Journal.
“The animal I looked at was very ragged. Chunks of fur were coming out of its coat. Its tail was straight back and it had pointy ears.
“One of our staff said it looked like a coyote, so I went on the Internet and looked, and it did look like a coyote.
“We’re not allowed to house any wildlife. As shelter manager, I’m responsible for all the animals and staff.”
I shudder to think what McDaniel does with dogs that bear a superficial resemblance to pit bulls.
The reward for Copper’s return is well over $1000, but her owner, Lori Goodlett, has scant hope.
*I hesitate to say “tame” because this implies to many people “suitable for human companionship” when in fact they require specialized handling and behaviour modification to accustom them to the human world. Even then many wild animals are unpredictable and not suited for the average individual.