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Sent: September 2, 2016

Telephone/Text: 256-302-3823
P.O. Box 1095 Dawsonville GA 30534-0022
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"Petting, scratching, and cuddling a dog could be as soothing to the mind and heart as deep meditation and almost as good for the soul as prayer." — Dean Koontz

"I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being." ― Abraham Lincoln

Dear Friends,

We had a different kind of rescue this month. And, to me, it is the most heartbreaking kind. As we were going into town, we noticed a small dog sitting by the side of a mailbox. It was intently watching the cars go by. Katlyn said, "I hope it doesn't run into the road. Should we stop and tell its owner it is too close to the road?" I assumed it was at home and would go back onto the porch--but I was wrong.

On our way home, we were looking to make sure the dog wasn't still near the road. What we did see was so sad Katlyn was near tears. The dog was at the base of the porch, but a woman was pouring water on it and yelling at it to go away. The dog was trembling with fear and not budging from where it was. We quickly turned around and pulled into the driveway. Katlyn was out of the car before I came to a complete stop. She was yelling at the woman, "Why are you doing that? Stop, stop, stop." The woman told her to "Get the damn dog and take it away from this house. Someone put it out last night and I sure don't want it." "Well, I do", replied Katlyn, "And you should be ashamed of yourself, treating anything like that. Can't you see it was waiting for its owner to come back? Can't you see it is scared half to death? What is wrong with you anyway?"

I should mention here that Katlyn is 12 years old and out to save every animal from the injustices of uncaring people. She doesn't care that she shouldn't speak to others in that manner. She is very vocal when it comes to animals. I applaud her. I am glad she cares so much and is willing to take a stand. Picking up the dog, she told it "You are going with me where you will be safe and people will love you and you won't ever be thrown out again. You will be my doggie from now on." I swear the dog understood her or could feel the love coming from her. It started wagging its tail and licking her face, its way of saying "I accept wholeheartedly."

We got her home and Katlyn fed it and introduced her to the other small dogs. She went to each dog in turn and touched noses. She was immediately accepted by all. We are happy to have her with us. And, it is obvious she is happy to be here. She found her own spot on Katlyn's bed and snuggles up to her every chance she gets. Both of them are happy with this arrangement.

If you can, PLEASE make a special contribution toward getting Dancy spayed. She was named because she dances around on her back feet, going in circles, every time anyone talks to her. She is a happy little girl.

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WISH LIST MOST NEEDED ITEMS—We desperately need laundry detergent, paper towels, Pine Sol and disinfecting wipes.

And, of course, we ALWAYS need food. We often come within a day of running out. Please help us make sure that the wonderful animals we share are never hungry.

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STAMP REPORT – Thank you to Jo Blackton, Lois Holbrook, and Jamie Reagin for sending stamps in July and August. Keep up the great work. We can never have too many.

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From Elissa McCrary “in memory of POSSUM, Bronwyn Guthrie’s beloved 19-year old cat.”

From Thomas Lanford, Jr. “in memory of ZIGGY, Deborah & Ben Buckert’s puppy and Shelby’s mom, Pauline Branch. And four kittens we never got to know but which are already missed.”

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IN HONOR OF- From Deceased Pet Care “in honor of my dear friend Maudann Shugart’s birthday.”

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THANK YOU—This list contains our appreciation for both July and August support. If your name is not included, and should have been, please let us know. We want you to know how much we appreciate each and every bit of support we get from all of you.

To Vicky Murphy once again for your monthly on-line support. We appreciate being able to count on your support each and every month. Special thanks for the extra support in August

To Jamie Reagin for sending both food and stamps in addition to your monthly financial support.

To Bill Underwood for your very generous support and the most encouraging note I have ever received. I like it so much I keep it in my wallet so I can read it anytime I start to feel discouraged. I also want to thank you for turning me on to the writings of Winston Churchill. I am now reading some of his work and find it as inspiring as you said it would be. AND, WE WILL “NEVER, NEVER, NEVER GIVE UP!”

To Mary Jane Johnson for continuing to help us—with your on line support each and every month to help both me personally and the shelter.

To Renee Merback for your generous support in July.

To Joanne Daube for your support check plus Walmart gift card.

To Walter Gordy for your especially generous extra support in July.

To Gloria Overbey for your continued help with vet bills.

To Joan MacDonald for your very generous on-line support in both July and August and your much appreciated blessings.

To Kelly Meeks for your on-line extra support in both July and August to help with food bills and your very kind words.

To Tammie Porter for your help with our dog and cat food emergency.

To Deborah Heald for your very generous on-line support in July.

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ITEMS ALWAYS NEEDED AND WELCOME—Many items we use to care for the safety and comfort of our animals are available at either Home Depot or Lowes. Gift cards from either place are much appreciated.

Gift cards for any other store at which we can buy items needed at the shelter, such as bleach, detergent, tall kitchen bags, paper plates, Pine-Sol, brooms, scrub buckets, dishwashing liquid, dry cat and dog food, cat and dog treats, and paper towels. Walmart, Kroger, PETCO, Home Depot, Lowes and PetSmart cards are especially welcome.

Purchase of gasoline is a major expense. Gift cards would help a lot. Nearby stations include Chevron, Amoco, Conoco, BP, Shell and Texaco.

Any type of animal medicine.

A special gift designated to help with our veterinary bills.

Our utility bills vary from month to month but your help with paying them is always very much appreciated.

STILL NEEDED: Electric floor cleaner. I understand Swiffer makes a very good one.

STILL NEEDED: Belt pulley for shelter lawn mower - $80. Mower will not start without this.

STILL NEEDED: Repair or replacement of truck transmission - $800.

ALWAYS NEEDED: Paper towels and laundry detergent. These are needed in large amounts daily.

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IN THE NEWS By Laura Goldman, August 13, 2016 - Follow Laura at @lauragoldman

Even though a mange-covered, emaciated puppy was dying when he was rescued on July 4 from a breeding farm in Pennsylvania, no animal cruelty charges were filed against the owner of the facility.

The 7-week-old Boston terrier puppy was rescued by a delivery man who saw him lying alone in a pen, lifeless, and rushed him to the Dillsburg Veterinary Center.

Jennifer Nields, a former Lancaster County humane officer, was shocked the puppy survived. “We were told (by a veterinarian) that he was hours from death,” she said. The puppy, who she named Libre (Spanish for “liberty”) since he was rescued on Independence Day, was in critical condition. He had severe mange that was rotting his maggot-infested skin, and he was starving and dehydrated.

So why wasn’t Benjamin S. Stoltzfus, the owner of the breeding farm in Quarryville, charged with animal cruelty? Because Susan Martin, director of the Lancaster SPCA, decided — based only on a single photo of the puppy — not to press charges. At a July 12 press conference, Martin said she had been taking a sick day when she received a text message about Libre’s condition. She forwarded one photo of Libre to a staff veterinarian, who took a look at it and determined the puppy was “not in imminent danger,” Martin said. “Unless the dog were in imminent danger, no officer could seize the dog without a warrant,” Martin said. She didn’t believe the photo sufficiently proved a warrant was necessary.

The backlash to Martin’s decision was immediate. Nearly 400 people marched in protest outside the Lancaster SPCA July 17. Over 9,000 Care2 members signed a petition asking for the breeding facility owner to be charged with cruelty.

On August 11, Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman held a press conference announcing that his office has filed a petition calling for the suspension of Martin’s appointment as a humane society police officer for the Lancaster County SPCA. According to the petition, Martin has conducted her authority to enforce animal cruelty laws in a “substandard” fashion.

Stedman also announced that the Pennsylvania State Police have charged Stoltzfus with a summary count of cruelty to animals for failure to provide Libre with adequate veterinary care. Stoltzfus was fined about $905.

Stoltzfus admitted to police he had abandoned the puppy in the pen, intentionally leaving him to die there. Unfortunately, because of Pennsylvania’s weak animal cruelty laws – it’s one of only three U.S. states that doesn’t have a felony level for these heinous crimes – Stoltzfus will likely only have to pay the fine, despite the fact that he callously left that scared, sick little puppy all alone with no food or water, knowing full well he would suffer a slow, agonizing death.

Inspired by Libre’s case, Pennsylvania Sen. Richard Alloway plans to introduce “Libre’s Law,” which would increase the penalties for those who abuse or neglect animals in the state. “You just don’t treat these pets like this,” he said. “It’s not a sport, a sporting game that you would hunt, it’s not a food source. These are our pets.”

At his press conference, District Attorney Stedman also promised to make “sweeping changes in the way animal cruelty will be policed and prosecuted in the county,” beginning immediately.

The best news is the truly amazing recovery made by Libre, thanks to round-the-clock care. The healthy puppy is barely recognizable from a shocking photo taken just a few weeks ago (in which he definitely appears to be in “imminent danger,” despite whatever Miller saw). Libre is now enjoying plenty of love and attention in his new forever home. He’s been adopted by Janine Guido of Speranza Animal Rescue. You can keep up with this lucky puppy’s new adventures on the rescue’s Facebook page.

As for Stoltzfus, here’s hoping there’s no happily ever after for him. Instead of paying a fine, he should be abandoned all alone — in a prison cell.

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