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ALL CATS E-NEWSLETTER - JULY 2017

Sent: July 19, 2017


ALLCREATURES ARE TRULY SPECIAL, INC. (www.allcatsinc.org)
Email: Carolyngunter84@yahoo.com
Telephone/Text: 256-302-3823
138 Ham Road, Albertville AL 35951
All Donations Are Tax Deductible

"I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul." ~ Jean Cocteau

"If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans" ~ James Herriot

Dear Friends,

Please take note above that our mailing address has been changed from the Post Office box in Dawsonville to our Albertville address. Please don’t send anything to Dawsonville as it will be returned to you.

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Our updated web site will be completed when the photographer (Jessi) gets out of the hospital. She has complications from childbirth. Thank goodness the baby girl is doing fine. She was born six weeks prematurely and weighed only 4 lbs 1 oz. Jessi isn't doing as well. She needs a lot of bed rest and isn’t allowed to do any work right now.

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Our attorney won't let me give out any information about the investigation in this newsletter. We fully intend to prosecute those people. We do know who they are. He also said we should avoid putting names in the newsletter until he feels it is safe.

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I would like to thank all of you who sent your support even without the newsletter to remind you that we depend on you. I will get back on schedule soon.

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My car has died. It blew up. There is no fixing that. I desperately need transportation of some sort.

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We are faced with either fixing the damaged wall or tearing down the building if we want the electricity back on. The electric company will not reconnect us because the breaker box is in that wall. The cost of repairs is estimated at $900.00. I really don't want to lose that building.

We have come to far to be defeated by this obstacle. I REFUSE to let this happen. We are better than that and I have faith that we can get this accomplished.

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A special "Thank You" to Julie (I won’t use your last name) for calling to ask if we needed anything. And, for your purchase of food at our local co-op. This was a life saver for our dogs who would have been out of food the next day if not for you.

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Our wish list is the same as usual: food, garbage bags, paper towels, washing detergent, cleaning supplies, etc. I am sure by now you all know what we need and I thank you for providing it. I truly believe we have the BEST supporters of any shelter. I am thankful for each of you.

See details of other always needed items in the Wish List Section below.

WISH LIST ALWAYS NEEDED ITEMS –

We need paper towels, garbage bags, and a couple of very good water hoses. Also, washing detergent and syringes (the small ones like are used for insulin, but we will gladly accept any size). We have several cats that have come down with a respiratory problem and we use the syringes to give them their liquid medicine. We also need rubber gloves.

We always need gasoline cards (nearby stations include Chevron, Amoco, Conoco, BP, Shell and Texaco), and stores where we can buy building materials and supplies/food for the shelter—such as Lowes, Walmart, Target, Home Depot, Kroger, PETCO, Home Depot and PetSmart.

Gravel is needed for the driveways and extra money to get the water leak fixed would be most appreciated. We still have to cut the water off after every use to keep our bill down.

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IN THE NEWS –

By: Susan Bird – June 12, 2017 - Follow Susan at @ItsSusanBird

Abused animals in Connecticut now have a voice in court, thanks to a new law passed by the state in late 2016.

Connecticut lawmakers passed “Desmond’s Law” in response to the horrific death of a sweet shelter dog called Desmond in 2012. The man who adopted him, Alex Wullaert, reportedly rarely fed Desmond and often beat him.

Ultimately, Wullaert killed the dog by hanging him, after Desmond made the mistake of urinating on Wullaert’s leg. Then he dumped the body in a garbage bag and left it on the street.

When prosecuted for the crime, Wullaert admitted what he’d done. The prosecutor recommended that he spend time behind bars for this shocking offense. Despite this recommendation, the court gave him nothing more than Accelerated Rehabilitation. That meant upon successful completion of probation, Wullaert’s record would be wiped clean.

That result outraged the animal-loving citizens of Connecticut. And they enacted “Desmond’s Law” to ensure that court decisions offer a better measure of justice following animal-related crimes.

Seven attorneys, a law professor and her law students are part of the program statewide. The law authorizes qualified pro-bono lawyers and volunteer law students to:

Provide investigative insight not readily available to the court, resulting in a more fair and efficient process and more meaningful outcomes in animal abuse cases. It is intended to shine a bright light on the full extent of crimes committed under the animal cruelty statute.

In a nutshell, these animal advocates help the prosecution or defense team with tasks it often has no time for, especially in animal cases. The volunteers investigate, research issues and conduct interviews with veterinarians and other witnesses. As official parties to the case, they also write briefs, make arguments in court and submit recommendations to the judge.

A judge has to approve the participation of the animal advocates, who must be requested by either the prosecution or defense.

“The hope [of the law] was that providing courts with an extra resource to help handle these cases, at no cost, [is] that the cases could be more thoroughly handled,” University of Connecticut law professor Jessica Rubin told the Hartford Courant.

Prosecutors in Connecticut already commend the animal advocates for helping them do a better job in these cases. Often, they barely have time to do much of this legwork for cases involving human victims. We all know that when time is precious, the human cases will take precedence over those involving animals. Now, with professionals in place solely for the animal cases, that won’t be a problem anymore.

“We hope with this law in place, we will start to see much better procedural outcomes [in animal abuse cases],” Annie Hornish, director for the Humane Society of the United States in Connecticut, told the AP. “We are very excited that judges seem to be taking advantage of it.”

This is an incredible step forward for animal victims. In particular, it helps overburdened courts provide the same level of investigation and consideration to animal victims that they give to human victims.

Connecticut has given animals a legitimate, recognized voice in the state court system. Why can’t every other state do the same thing? From Maine to California, every state has animal-loving lawyers and law students who would be grateful and eager to volunteer their time as animal advocates.

Lawmakers from other states are reaching out to Rubin to request information on how they might be able to pass a similar law. There’s interest out there, and animal activists can help fan this flame.

It’s time for every jurisdiction to pass its own version of Desmond’s Law.





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