Things I’ve missed while my husband was getting a kidney transplant

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.

Stupidity involving Shibas seemed to be the theme for the past 2 months.
Copper the Shiba Inu missing from Franklin County, KY
Image from Copper's Facebook Group. Click on the image to join!

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 hope McDaniel never picks up Tierce when he's blowing coat.

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.

Join the Justice for Copper Facebook page!


*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.


The dog formerly known as Rex

Rex is now Yoshi
Rex is now Yoshi

…is now Yoshi – From the Humane Society of the Boulder Valley.

News item with new pics: Dog taped to fridge gets new name, new home

Remember that this isn’t over yet.  Abby Toll and Bryan Beck have yet to be called to answer for their part in Yoshi’s story.


Rex will have a new home and new name – help pick it!

Vote for a new name for Rex (minimum donation is $5 to the Humane Society of Boulder Valley)

We voted for Toshi and donated $10.  Will anyone match us?

Check out the Justice for Rex Facebook page – there are new pictures of Rex in his new home!


Rex’s tormenter allowed to live with another dog

Abby Toll
Abby Toll

Accused animal abuser OK to live with mother, dog in Chicago

Abby Toll, the woman who allegedly taped the Shiba inu, Rex, to her refrigerator is allowed to leave the state to head to Chicago.  There, she will live with her mother and her mother’s dog.  There is no report as to whether the mother is going to leave her dog alone with Toll; I certainly hope not.

Toll’s boyfriend/punching bag, Bryan Beck has a court appointment on Thursday for a pre-trial conference.  No word on whether he has obliging relatives with pets.


Rex Could Be Adopted by End of Week

Dog taped to refrigerator now in foster care

Lisa Pedersen, chief executive officer of the Humane Society, says Rex was placed with a family in the Denver-area that could adopt him by the end of the week.

Pedersen did not identify the family, but says they have other Shiba Inus they have come from other rescue organizations.

“I think he’s adjusting as best as we could have hoped,” Pedersen said. “Our goal is that he has a very happy ending and we think that is very possible.

Pedersen says the shelter got requests from as far away as New York, California and Wisconsin from people who wanted to adopt the dog.

Look at that poor puppy – see the top of his back?  Here’s hoping the next news item will be that he is adopted!  The foster/adoption family seem as perfect for a Shiba in Rex’s situation as can be – let’s hope it works out!


Rex Placed in Foster Care!

Abused Boulder dog at home with foster family

Two-year-old Rex is now living with two other shiba inus at the home of a Denver-area couple, Humane Society chief executive officer Lisa Pedersen said Tuesday. She said the foster arrangement is a test to see if Rex can adapt to his new surroundings.

Pedersen declined to identify the couple who took Rex in before an adoption is official, but she said they have experience dealing with abused animals. She said the shelter got requests from families as far away as New York, California and Wisconsin — all of them willing to drive to Colorado to pick Rex up and provide a home for him.

Awesome!  Three cheers for Rex!  Let’s hope the home he finds can work with him to get him over his abuse issues.  It can be an uphill battle, but with a dedicated owner, Rex will at least have a fighting chance to get the life all dogs deserve.

-Thanks to Leslie, who commented on my last post to bring us this link.

Lets remember also that the battle for Rex isn’t over – Abby Toll will appear back in court next month.  Let’s keep this alive until the case is over so people will remember what she did!


Rex evaluated for euthanasia?

Rex, from the HSBV
Rex, from the HSBV

Here’s a disturbing news item:  In the comments on the article “Boulder man gives up custody of dog taped to fridge”, there’s a post from “MountainHaven” saying the following:

Posted by MountainHaven on April 17, 2009 at 1:44 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Okay, now I am PISSED off! BHS never called me back about fostering him and when I called back, I talked to one of the rudest people I have encountered in a long time. I asked whether there was a foster/behavior home set up for him yet and, if not, I was willing to volunteer to foster him, to get him more acclimated to being a “Shiba” and not a punching bag. We have over 5 acres with half of it fenced with other Shibas. Basically this Bleatch told me to mind my own business, that they knew more than I did and he was being evaluated to see if he needed to be put down! OMFG! It escalated to let me talk to your supervisor and the little twit hung up on me. I have a call into not only the ops manager there to register a complaint but also to the training and behavior center.

This dog does not need to be put down. He needs some attention that is not harsh or hurtful. He needs to be a dog again! I also have a call into the only reputable breeder in CO for Shibas to see if she sold Rex. If so, she needs to be involved as a pet contract through her clearly states that she can take possession back of the dog if abuse is evident or proven.

This is just common sense. I don’t feel I’m a dog’s guardian. I’m the owner but I respect that dogs need to be dogs and there’s consequences if they “make” in the house (just like if my husband misses the toilet!). Firm training, positive reinforcement, good food, other dogs with the same mentality as Rex and, most of all, continued knowledge that a human is not going to duct tape you to a fridge!


I certainly hope this report isn’t indicative of the true nature of things.


Facebook Group “Justice for Rex” passes 200

We have 218 people on the Facebook group “Justice for Rex“!  To date, there are 13 photos of Shibas who want justice for Rex and we’re hoping for more 🙂  This group is exciting, because there have been some donations made to the Humane Society of Boulder Valley in Rex’s name which were attributable to the group’s publicity.  🙂  However, there are many Shiba and general interest bloggers who have also done a lot to publicize Rex’s plight and get people interested in helping him and other abused and needy dogs.

I’m thinking of making a video (using a stuffed toy, not Tierce, ha ha) to illustrate to people what this kind of thing would actually do to a dog.  I’ll have to find a suitable Shiba-like toy that I can use and find the battery charger for the camera.



Rex Updates

The Humane Society of Boulder Valley has a page for Rex.  If you can find it in your heart (and pocketbook), make a donation for Rex there.  Or donate to your own local SPCA/humane society/rescue.  After all, Shibas are dogs and abused dogs need our help and support.  🙂

Abby Toll, who allegedly did this to Rex, appeared in court today.

Now, on to some happy things:

Shiba Inu Crochet Pattern (Etsy)


Waste of Skin Charged in Rex’s Case

Rex’s owner gives up custody

Rex, a 2-year-old shiba inu, will be put up for adoption as soon as he goes through some basic training and behavior modification exercises at the shelter, CEO Lisa Pedersen said.

“Our training staff is working with him to get him over his fear issues, to get him more socialized with people so he can trust humans again,” Pedersen said.

As I was thinking, the boyfriend is being suspected of abuse as well.  What a pair.

I wish there was a sorry-we-can’t-risk-your-breeding automatic vasectomy/tubal ligation for cases like these.  We certainly wouldn’t want either of these morons educating children in their way of thinking.  “Hey, kids, you bored?  Here’s a needle, a puppy and some packing tape!  Have fun!”

Join the Facebook Group Justice for Rex!