Dear Coalition Member,

Freezing PA Chained Dog

Thank you for joining the PA Anti-Tethering Coalition and supporting House Bill 1254. As we are in the midst of “Snowmeggedon 2” here in Central Pennsylvania, take a moment and think of all the dogs chained outside right now in the freezing cold, snow covering their doghouses, without any relief in sight. Imagine how it feels to be a chained dog today, no way out, no escape, and with caretakers who truly are unmoved by your plight.

How does this make you feel? Kinda’ helpless, we know. But now, think of us as a group, together, and what we have the power to DO for these dogs! If we rise up, strong and powerful, and INSIST that things change for chained dogs in Pennsylvania, our voices WILL be heard and our bill WILL be passed.

UPDATE:  You can now view the names of those who wished to have their first name, last initial and city shown on the UNCHAINPADOGS website under the section entitled “Coalition Members.”   (Businesses are shown by name and city at the top of the list. If you have a business or a rescue or shelter and would like to be listed, please join as a business too on the coalition page or by e-mailinginfo@unchainpadogs.com)

Please be patient when first looking at this webpage.  Due to the lengthy list of fellow supports of this legislation, it takes some time for the individual names to load onto the page.

As mentioned, we had a great response, but now we need to ask you to do two things to help get this bill moving.

1.  Please see if each of you can get at least five more people to sign on to the PA Anti-Tethering Coalition by going to <www.unchainpadogs.com> and clicking on the “Join the Coalition” button.

2.  Please contact YOUR legislator directly and ask them to support this legislation.  You can find out who your legislator is by going to <www.unchainpadogs.com> and clicking on the  “Take Action Now!” button. If you choose to call your representative, call the local office.  If you choose to write, there is a sample letter on the website.  Handwritten letters are always the best!

We will  be updating the website with additional names on a weekly basis.  As soon as we have some movement on the bill in the Judiciary Committee, we will send an alert, but your calls and letters are extremely important at this time.

3. Watch these videos we made in the last few weeks of chained dogs within Pennsylvania. Rest assured there are thousands more just like these dogs, suffering and maybe dying all over the state right now. We have the power to stop this! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixSHKjoWuz4

Remember: Five Minutes of your Time Will
Save PA Dogs from a Lifetime of Misery.

Media Releases:
Dogs are Snowmeggedon’s Forgotten Victims
The World Most Unusual Valentines Go to the Dogs

NPPMWATCH

North Penn Puppy Mill Watch

Give Hope To The Mill Dogs – BOYCOTT Stores That Sell Puppies

MONTGOMERY COUNTY PET STORES


SELLING PUPPIES ACQUIRED FROM THE MILLS

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Mark Arabia – Owner

Pets Plus, Planet Pets Plus &

Puppytown Pet Store Chain

Pets Plus/Planet Pets Plus/PuppyTown has EIGHT stores within the Delaware Valley at the following locations:

 

Pets Plus USA
K5 Licensed = allowed 251+ dog/year
555 South Broad Street
Lansdale PA 19446

NO PA Pet Shop License on File
Warned 3 Times by PA Dept of Ag

Pets Plus
K5 Licensed = allowed 251+ dog/year
200 Blair Mill Rd
Horsham, PA 19044

2006 Inspection: Rabies Vaccinations
Not on Premises for Several Dogs

Planet Pets Plus
K5 Licensed = allowed 251+ dog/year
117 S West End Blvd
Quakertown, PA 18951

Report of Puppies Being Beaten
in 2005 Inspection Report



Planet Pets Plus

K5 Licensed = allowed 251+ dog/year
200 West Ridge Pike
Conshohocken, PA  19428

Dogs without Rabies Shots and
Records not on Property in
2004 and 2005 Inspections


Pets Plus Pet Center

K5 Licensed = allowed 251+ dog/year
9902 Roosevelt Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19115

Unsatisfactory Inspections for
Maintenance, Water Resistance, Sanitization
Flies, Gnats & Dirty Cages Noted
in 2003/No 2004 or 2005 Reports

PuppyTown STORE CLOSED
K5 Licensed = allowed 251+ dog/year
1420 Franklin Mills Circle
Philadelphia, PA 19154

Inspection Reports for 2003 indicate
several dogs placed on 72 hour vet checks



Pets Plus Superstore
K5 Licensed = allowed 251+ dog/year
151 Lincoln Highway
Fairless Hills, PA 19030

Dogs without Rabies Shots Noted on
Inspection Reports from 2003 & 2004

Pets Plus Lawrenceville, LLC
and Pets Plus of Lawrence, Inc
111 Lawrenceville Rd
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648



Pets Plus Delran, Inc.
1321A Fairview Blvd
Delran, NJ 08075


PuppyTown – STORE CLOSED
K5 Licensed = allowed 251+ dog/year
500 W. Germantown Pike
Plymouth Meeting Mall
Plymouth Meeting, PA

 

no inspection reports on file with
PA Dept of Agriculture since 2004
Bill of Sale Records Missing from Premises

 

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VIEW THE ACTUAL PETS PLUS
PAPER WORK, RECEIPTS & VET EXAMS
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COMPLAINTS AGAINST PETS PLUS
All consumer names, addresses and personal contact
information has been removed for privacy reasons.

COMPLAINT AGAINST PETS PLUS

When this Pets Plus customer purchased a $1,000 Shih Tzu from Pets Plus on September 07, 2008 they had no idea another $4,000.00 would be invested in vain in an attempt to save the puppy’s life; this young dog would die from Canine PARVO Virus.
A highly contagious disease, Parvo is an insideous infection that attacks the entire digestive system of dogs making it virtually impossible to absorb nutrition.  Unfortunately, and if not caught in time, the disease is almost always fatal.

Purchased by Pets Plus from Lancaster County breeder Amos W. Zimmerman, the kennel was inspected on September 25, 2008 and noted to have 372 dogs on the premises and, over the previous 12 months, 707 puppies had been sold.  Sadly, this family barely got to know their new puppy over the course of four days as she continued to become sicker and sicker until she was placed in intensive care at a veterinary emergency hospital and ultimately succumbed to the disease days later.
Read the Pets Plus puppy paperwork: CLICK HERERead inspection reports for Amos W. Zimmerman: CLICK HEREWHO’S MY DOG’S BREEDER

This paperwork for a Jack Russell puppy purchased at Pets Plus on August 31, 2008 came to North Penn Puppy Mill Watch with the specific question: where did my dog come from?  Using the sales paperwork provided by Pets Plus we had no difficulty finding the breeder, Hidden Acre Kennel in the PA Bureau of Dog Law inspection report data base.  We couldn’t help but notice, however, that this puppy had been diagnosed with canine conjunctivitis, or “pink eye” that is usually caused by an infection; the store vet had prescribed Neopolydex, a steroid/antibiotic combination.

The kennel, Hidden Acre in Lancaster County, PA was last inspected in June, 2008 and was warned for breaking Dog Law regulations
about maintenance, water resistance, housekeeping/pests and record keeping.  Inspected three times in 2008, this kennel was issued a warning and ultimately citations for an assortment of problems including one inspection where the owner was ordered to obtain veterinary care for the breeder dogs.

Read the Pets Plus puppy paperwork: CLICK HERE

Read inspection reports for Hidden Acre Kennel – CLICK HERE


COMPLAINT AGAINST PETS PLUS


In an assortment of newspaper articles, Mark Arabia, owner of the Pets Plus chain, has claimed his dogs come from ‘reputable LOCAL breeders.’  Where, exactly, do some of his dogs come from?  Have a look at ‘reputable’ breeder Leonard Moos:

 

NOTORIOUS PUPPY MILLER LEONARD MOOS OF
BISMARK, NORTH DAKOTA CLOSED BY
THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

March, 2007 — USDA CLOSES APPLE CREEK KENNEL More than 83 dogs were removed from the care of Leonard Moos, owner of Apple Creek Kennel, who sold his dogs by way of LAMBRIAR, a well known dog broker that sells puppies from the mills to pet stores across the nation.  Read the news article – click HERE

Purchased from Pets Plus on May 6, 2007 at FIVE MONTHS OF AGE, this new dog owner set out to find the origin of the new family pet.  Little did they know their pup had come from one of the worst mills in North Dakota.  Now exhibiting behavioral issues that may be attributed to both in-breeding and being forced to live the first five months of her life in a cage at the Quakertown, PA Pets Plus store, this puppy is actually one of the lucky ones…. her family has made a lifetime commitment and will not turn their backs on her.  The family is determined to rehabilitate their four-legged best friend, implement behavioral strategies and incorporate daily walks and the training she needs to become a balanced, healthy and happy canine.  Other dogs are not as fortunate and are frequently turned in to rescues and shelters where, if not adopted within 72 hours of surrender are often euthanized.

 

View the PetsPlus Acceptance of Condition of Sale document“WE CANNOT GUARANTEE THE PUPPIES WE SELL TO BE BREEDERS OR OF SHOW QUALITY” In fact, Pets Plus doesn’t guarantee much about any dog it sells; they DON’T KNOW the breeder and deal primarily with DOG BROKERS. Note the name of the breeder:  LEONARD MOOS of Bismark, North Dakota, in the lower left hand portion of the form – Click HERE

View the Broker’s (LAMBRIAR) Certificate: Click HERE

View the Pets Plus Veterinarian Health Certificate
and note that this puppy was examined on 03/15/2007 and 04/12/2007.  Supposedly born on 12/06/2006, this puppy SHOULD HAVE received a rabies vaccination no later than March but none, according to the paperwork was ever given. PA law states that dogs must have their rabies vaccination after 3 months of age.  We have only provided a copy of the 03/15/07 vet certificate because the 04/12/07 certificate, with the exception of the date and the vet’s signature, is otherwise blank. Click HERE

View the Pets Plus “Guarantee of Good Health” and note that the guarantee DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THE DOG HAS BEEN EXAMINED BY A VETERINARIAN…… that’s some guarantee, isn’t it?  Click HERE

 

COMPLAINT AGAINST PETS PLUS

DEAF DACHSHUND SOLD TO
LOCAL CONSUMER BY PETS PLUS IN
QUAKERTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA

Purchased from the Pets Plus Quakertown, PA store on August 17, 2006, this family had hoped the new addition of a dachshund puppy would bring joy and happiness to their already happy family….. little did they know they would never be able to have a “normal” relationship with their pup.  Why?  Because this young boy is DEAF. Secured from a puppy mill in Hull, Iowa, this pup passed multiple vet exams wherein no doctor ever noticed this little fellow had no ability to hear what was going on around him. Yanked from his mother at eight weeks of age, or less, and more than likely transported in the back of a tractor trailer or, worse, the hull of an airplane, this puppy had no idea what was happening to him and is fortunate to have ended up in a loving home.  But what of his brothers and sisters?  Are they deaf?  Does anyone even know where they are?  Will the mother or father who passed this genetic defect on to their pups be bred yet again? In this specific case Pets Plus “generously” coughed up a whopping $200.00 to compensate for the defect – a small amount considering the family paid $900.00 (plus $54.00 PA state tax) for their new companion who will need a lifetime of extra attention.

View the Veterinarian’s Evaluation of this Puppy:  Taken to the family vet when the family realized something wasn’t quite right with their new puppy, see what this qualified diagnostician found – Click HERE

View Where this Puppy Came From & Acceptance of Condition of Sale document: “WE CANNOT GUARANTEE THE PUPPIES WE SELL TO BE BREEDERS OR OF SHOW QUALITY” In fact, Pets Plus doesn’t guarantee much about any dog it sells; they DON’T KNOW the breeder and deal primarily with DOG BROKERS. Note the name of the breeder:  Helen Ketelsen of Hull, Iowa, in the lower left hand portion of the form – Click HERE

View the Pets Plus Intake Form:  More than likely completed when the puppies are delivered to the store, this form reflects absolutely no information about ANY dog yet this was provided to the customer.  Note the puppy to have NO hearing deficit at all – Click HERE

View the Pets Plus ‘What To Do’ Form:  Explaining some of the many, many problems pet shop puppies are known for, pay particular attention to paragraph four that explains if your puppy is very, very sick and you choose to do the right thing by your puppy to save his life, Pets Plus will only reimburse you up to the amount of purchase thereby assuming NO RESPONSIBILITY for the puppies they sell.  Instead, Pets Plus asks you to bring the puppy back to the store to allow one of THEIR vets to examine and treat any conditions.  Would this be the same vet who found this puppy’s hearing to be intact on the Intake Form above? – Click HERE

COMPLAINT AGAINST PETS PLUS

In 2001, according to The Morning Call newspaper, a puppy was purchased at the Quakertown Pets Plus and, shortly afterwards became ill. The treating veterinarian requested the owner to obtain the family history of the dog but when Pets Plus was contacted they refused to provide any information regarding the puppy’s history. Finally, after several telephone calls, Pets Plus provided the owner with the name of the mother, the father, the litter number and the birth date. Not long afterwards, when the actual ‘papers’ finally arrived, SURPRISE, all of the history was different than what the owner was originally told and he did not feel he could register the dog in good conscience without perpetuating a fraud. Ultimately, he ended up suing Pets Plus and the case aired on the televised Peoples Court program where Pets Plus was found guilty for not providing the dog’s papers within the state’s 120 day prescribed time frame. According to the final paperwork the dog’s owner received, the puppy was born and purchased by way of a broker working on behalf of the Conodoguinet Creek Kennel owned by Betty and Michael Kauffman. At the time, neither the puppy mill nor the broker were licensed to sell dogs to pet stores and the kennel had received violations after recently being inspected.
COMPLAINT AGAINST PETS PLUS

Purchased on July 24, 1996 from the Lawrenceville Pets Plus, an ACA Dachshund bred by Helen and Scott Ketelsen (the same breeders of the deaf Dachshund described above) of 3230 Ibex Avenue in Hull, IL (USDA #42-A-0736) was sold for $900.00.  The date of birth placed the puppy at exactly eight (8) weeks of age – clearly having been taken from its mother far too young – was diagnosed with Kennel Cough, Hookworms, Pneumonia and Anorexia.  Veterinary bills totaled in excess of $1,485.00.

COMPLAINT AGAINST PETS PLUS

On November 20, 2004, a cairn terrier (born on July 2, 2004) was purchased for $600.00 at the Pets Plus Delran location. The puppy became ill shortly thereafter, was taken to a veterinarian and diagnosed with Leptospirosis and Giardia.
Both of these illnesses are considered dangerous zoonotic diseases that are transmittable to humans. Additionally, the puppy had one undescended testicle that was thought to be genetic. Veterinary bills totaled $485.00.  Investigation revealed that the puppy was originally procured from the Hekapatch Kennel (USDA License #31-A-0103) located in Millersburg, Holmes County, Ohio and owned by commercial breeder Wayne Yoder.COMPLAINT AGAINST PETS PLUS

In 2006, according to RipOffReport.com a woman purchased an Italian Grey Hound from the Delran Pets Plus. Within two days the dog began coughing and exhibiting signs of Kennel Cough.  Pets Plus Delran attempted to treat the dog but the illness persisted.  Kennel Cough is spread among dogs and, no doubt, this pup was sick at the time of purchase and the new owner was never informed. After additional treatments by Pets Plus Delran, the woman took the dog to her private veterinarian and incurred substantial medical bills.  The owner in this case is contemplating a lawsuit against Pets Plus.
COMPLAINT AGAINST PETS PLUS In 2005 a male Bichon Frise/Poodle mixed breed puppy was purchased from the Planet Pets Plus in Conshohocken, PA on March 25. The puppy, supposedly born on January 17, 2005 and obtained from commercial breeder Samuel Fisher in Logantown, PA, began experiencing difficulty seeing at approximately 12 months. Now, at 2 years of age and with both eyes entirely clouded over, the dog has been diagnosed with congenital cataracts (a hereditary condition passed from the parents to the puppy) in both eyes leaving the owner with no choice but to seek invasive ophthalmologic surgery if she is to prevent her dog from going entirely blind.  At the time of purchase, the owner was advised that this dog’s sister was at another Pets Plus store and, after learning about the congenital defect, attempted to contact Pets Plus to (a) obtain additional information about the dog’s parents and (b) to inquire about other dogs from the same litter; her calls were never returned.

COMPLAINT AGAINST PETS PLUS

In June of 2005 a female beagle puppy was purchased from the PuppyTown/Pets Plus located at the Franklin Mills Mall. When purchased,  the puppy exhibited symptoms of an upper respiratory infection that eventually led to almost $1,000.00 in veterinary bills.  The family’s veterinarian also discovered that the puppy was never fully wormed and was infected with not one – but two – types of parasites: round and tape worms. Pursuant to the PA Puppy Lemon Law the buyer had the option to return the dog for a full refund – something no pet lover is EVER prepared to do – or accept a partial refund. Opting for the partial refund, this family was cheated yet again when PuppyTown/Pets Plus failed to fully refund the amount of money due the buyer.

If you have purchased a dog from Pets Plus that was ill, became ill, or died shortly after purchase, and would like to add your story to this litany of misery for profit proof, please click HERE.

Upon opening the Lansdale Pets Plus, the newest store in this chain of misery for profit, a journalist from The Reporter noted dogs tagged as being from Newburg, PA, home to four puppy mills. Mark Arabia states he only buys dogs from PA Dept. of Agriculture licensed breeders and the only ones to hold licenses in Newburg, Pennsylvania are:

 


Betty & Michael Kauffman’s
Conodoguinet Creek Kennel
K5
31 Quigley Road
Newburg PA 17240
K5 = 251 or more Dogs
Emanuel Kauffman’s
Quigley Kennel
K5
20 Quigley Road
Newburg PA 17240
K5 = 251 or more Dogs
Oak Bend Road KennelK3
34 Oak Bend Road
Newburg PA 17240
K3 = 101 to 150 Dogs
Joseph & Emma Yoder’s
Yoder’s Kennel
K5
105 Enola Road
Newburg PA 17240
K5 = 251 or more Dogs


and every single one, make no mistake about it, is a puppy mill. Michael Kauffman is, in addition to a mass breeder, a dog broker and sells parcels of puppies on a regular basis to pet stores and/or other mills on a regular basis.

COMPLAINTS AGAINST BREEDERS USED BY PETS PLUS

CONODOGUINET CREEK KENNEL CITED BY USDA

The Conodoguinet Creek Kennel has received several violations over the years when inspected.  On May 11, 2004 David Oelberg, DVM, USDA APHIS Veterinary Medical Officer (Inspector ID 1043)  cited the kennel for the following violations:

2.40 (b)
ATTENDING VETERINARIAN AND ADEQUATE VETERINARY CARE

Each dealer shall establish and maintain programs of adequate veterinary care that include: The use of appropriate methods to prevent, control, diagnose, and treat diseases and injuries.

The written Program of Veterinary Care (PVC) was last signed 21 May 2002 and did not include complete information on the disease prevention and control methods. Distemper vaccine with expiration date of February 2004, and Rabies vaccine with expiration date April 2004 were present at the facility. The methods of disease control and prevention must be outlined by the veterinarian and followed to assure that animals do not become or remain sick. Use of expired biologics is not considered appropriate and could fail to prevent or cure disease.

2.75 (a) (1)
RECORDS: DEALER AND EXHIBITORS

Each dealer shall make, keep, and maintain records or forms which fully and correctly disclose the following information concerning each dog purchased or otherwise acquired, owned, held, or otherwise in his or her possession or under his or her control, or which is transported, euthanized, sold, or otherwise disposed of by that dealer or exhibitor. The records shall include any offspring born of any animal while in his or her possession or under his or her control.

(i) The name and address of the person from whom a dog was purchased
(ii) The USDA license or registration number of the person if he or she is licensed or registered under the Act;
(iii) The vehicle license number and state, and the driver’s license number and state of the person, if he or she is not licensed or registered under the Act;
(iv) The name and address of the person to whom a dog was sold or given and that person’s license or registration number if he or she is licensed or registered under the Act;
(v) The date a dog was acquired or disposed of, including by euthanasia;
(vi) The official USDA tag number or tattoo assigned to a dog under Secs. 2.50 and 2.54;
(vii) A description of each dog which shall include:(A) The species and breed or type; (B) The sex; (C) The date of birth or approximate age; and (D) The color and any distinctive markings;
(viii) The method of transportation including the name of the initial carrier or intermediate handler or, if a privately owned vehicle is used to transport a dog or cat, the name of the owner of the privately owned vehicle;
(ix) The date and method of disposition of a dog or cat, e.g.,sale, death, euthanasia, or donation.

Twenty-one (21) animals were not recorded
on records with their microchip number as required (vi). Date of disposition and complete information were not recorded for many transactions (i) (ii) (iii) (iv). All of the required information must be recorded to assure accurate tracking of the animals.

YODER’S KENNEL CITED BY USDA

On March 17, 2004, Yoder’s Kennel, located at 105 Enola Road in Newburg, PA, was inspected by David Oelberg, DVM, USDA, APHIS, Animal Care acting in his capacity of Veterinary Medical Officer (Inspector ID: 1043), and cited Yoder’s Kennel for violation of Section 3.6 (a)(2)(x) with regard to PRIMARY ENCLOSURES.

Primary enclosures must be constructed and maintained so that they: have floors that are constructed in a manner that protects the dogs’ and cats’ feet and legs from injury.

The outdoor raised kennel to the east had a wire floor with coating worn off in spots and a gap at the resting board that could cause injury to the dogs. A single large male mastiff had a sore and multiple calluses that would benefit from softer flooring.  Floors need to be maintained to prevent injury.

LEONARD MOOS/APPLE CREEK KENNEL CLOSED BY USDA

March, 2007 — USDA CLOSES APPLE CREEK KENNEL More than 83 dogs were removed from the care of Leonard Moos, owner of Apple Creek Kennel, sold his dogs by way of LAMBRIAR, a well known dog broker that sells puppies from the mills to pet stores across the nation.  Read the news article – click HERE

 

Pets Plus, Planet Pets Plus and PuppyTown claim their dogs are hand picked from private breederswe say show us.  Demonstrators at the Lansdale Pets Plus asked owner, Mark Arabia, for the names of the breeders, the locations of the kennels and a copy of his ‘forever return policy’ all of which he refused to provide. If these dogs really came from reputable breeders (a) they wouldn’t be hiding behind Mark Arabia/Pets Plus and (b) they’d never sell their dogs by way of a pet store.

 

Playful Pets – Licensed K5

115 West Ridge Pike

Conshohocken  PA  19428


The Pet Shop, Inc. – Licensed K5 – STORE CLOSED!

170 Montgomery Mall

North Wales  PA  19454

Tom’s Pet Outlet – Licensed K5

2609 Egypt Road

Norristown  PA  19403

Zimmer’s Pets 2 – Licensed K3
Zimmer’s Pets – STORE CLOSED!!
There were TWO Zimmer’s Pets Stores:
In 2008, one closed: Zimmer’s Pets
Zimmer’s Pets 2 Remains OPEN
1065 East Philadelphia Avenue
Gilbertsville  PA  19525

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Tammy Grimes, founder of Dogs Deserve Better, was arrested September 11, 2006 for helping a dying chained dog named Doogie who could not stand in East Freedom, Pennsylvania. Below are the details of the case, with photo and video documentation.

Tammy’s statement: “I made a hard decision; I could not have lived with myself or looked myself in the eye if I were such a coward as to leave Doogie lying there dying on the ground for fear of what would happen to me. I see this case as a travesty against justice…the true perpetrators of a crime are the people who left Doogie to lie there dying for three days without doing right by him. I am very saddened that we live in a society where people have to be afraid to do the right thing, to help those in need, whether that need be human or animal. Arrests such as mine are a pitiful statement for America, and I ask all dog lovers to stand with me to insist that all charges against me are dropped and charges of animal cruelty are instead placed against the Arnolds of East Freedom, PA. The Arnolds who left Doogie to die. This video truly speaks for itself, and for Doogie. I did what was morally right; I stand by my decision to help him and will be proud of it until my dying day. No one can take that from me.”

Here is the background info:
We got a call from Kim Eicher in East Freedom 9/11/06, crying because Doogie hadn’t gotten up since Saturday. She had been calling the Central Pennsylvania Humane Society since Saturday to no avail. We told her we aren’t law officers, and she needed to call the Humane Officer. We told her to make sure she left a message, very clearly, about the problem. Then we got another call about the same dog, from another person who passes him every day. At that point we called Kim back to see if she’d heard from the Humane Officer. She had not, was very, very upset and we were very worried about him, so we promised her we’d go out and see what we could do.

When we arrived, we took photos and video of Doogie. We initially thought he was dead, as he was not moving and his back was to us. We found out that the people were not home to talk to about him, so I made the decision that I would not leave him lying there on the cold wet ground for one moment longer, and I would accept all consequences of my decision. Kim Eicher has aganother person who passes him every day. At that point we called Kim back to see if she’d heard from the Humane Officer. She had not,reed to testify as to the animal cruelty perpetrated against Doogie. She cried the whole time we were there, you can hear her on the video. I think once you see the video and pictures, you’ll understand why I made this decision.

The vet documented his general negligent condition, low weight, sores, missing fur, and took xrays of his back and hips. He determined that he has very bad back spurs that are causing him a lot of pain and are most likely responsible for his inability to walk. He also saw an undetermined mass near his hip on the xray. He gave him a shot for pain plus some B vitamins for energy, so that perhaps he could have even one good day or a few good hours. He wrote a letter stating his condition.

As we got to the vet, the CPHS Humane Officer Gotshall was just leaving, and he stopped us. He was about to go out to the residence. When he found out we had Doogie with us, he was not happy. I volunteered to take Doogie back and he could pick him up instead. He refused that, and stated that I should get him the vet care he needed, and to call him afterward on his cell. When I later called him, he did not answer, I left a message asking him what he wanted me to do with Doogie, he never called back.

Shortly after we got Doogie to my home, situated, bathed—had to, the stench was too bad—and fed and watered an Officer Flaig called from the Freedom Township Police Department (Freedom, isn’t that ironic?). He wanted me to return Doogie, which I refused to do. I explained that I had video and photos documenting the animal cruelty, and the neighbor was willing to testify; why didn’t he pursue that as they were the perpetrators of the crime, and should be charged? He refused, and was not interested in seeing my evidence.


He and three other police vehicles arrived at my home at approximately 9:30 p.m. As I refused to hand Doogie over to be returned to death on a chain, and would not tell them where he was, I was taken into custody, transported to the East Freedom police office, and charged with theft, receiving stolen property, criminal mischief, and criminal trespass. I was released on $50,000 unsecured bond and ordered to appear at a preliminary hearing September 21, 2006.

I was treated like a common criminal, especially by Chief Reilly, who called me a ‘freakin’ idiot’, ‘incompetent’, and I overheard him telling Officer Flaig that if I ever came near his dog I would have a slug in my a**. Again, there was no interest in any evidence that the dog had been abused or criminally neglected. As far as they were concerned, the dog’s safety or condition was not even an issue.
I was released after seeing Judge Aigner, where Chief Reilly asked that I be not given bail but incarcerated for my failure to cooperate. It was 2:00 a.m., and I had no ride home, over 30 miles away. I had to walk to a local all-night store to call and get a cab, because there was no concern over how I would get home. Their attempt to dehumanize me didn’t work. I held my head high and still do. I looked Chief Reilly square in the eye at every opportunity. I will not be broken.

Here’s what I need from you all. View the videos and photos. I think you’ll agree with me that this is NOT acceptable in ANY way in any kind of civilized society. We cannot allow this kind of animal abuse. Period. Not ifs, ands, or buts. Insist that all charges against Tammy Grimes are dropped and animal cruelty charges are instead filed against the Arnolds of East Freedom, Pennsylvania. Pass along the photos and the video, or a link to it, as much as you possibly can.
Doogie laying on the ground, neighbor crying in background:

Doogie after vet at Grimes house:

I could never look myself in the eye again, much less sleep at night, had I left Doogie there dying, shivering in the dirt.
Please, contact ALL media with these photos and videos. Get justice, for Doogie and for me. Do NOT allow this treatment of those who are here to help, and who actually care. Call the Central Pennsylvania Humane Society and tell them you expect them to stand with me against this kind of abuse, and that you expect them to return phone calls for dying dogs the same day.
Doogie laying on the ground, neighbor crying in background:

Doogie after vet at Grimes house:

Officer Flaig: Cell 814.201.0149 (Apparently cancelled cell phone)
Blair County District Attorney Richard Consiglio, Esq.: 814.693.3010
Freedom Township Police Headquarters: 814.695.8545
Central Pennsylvania Humane Society: 814.942.5402; cphs@altoonarail.net
Humane Officer Paul Gotshall: 814.942.3780
Altoona Mirror: 800.287.4480; pbanko@altoonamirror.com;
news@altoonamirror.com
WTAJ-TV10: 814.944.1414
WJAC-TV 6: 814.255.7600
All national media! Make sure to send them links to the video, it’s very compelling. Don’t stop until there is Justice for Doogie and me! Any help with legal fees to get a competent attorney would be much appreciated.
Tammy S. Grimes

The Backyard Hell
As I lay dying in a pool of dirt and mud
I felt a hand touch my matted fur
My old eyes looked up and saw
An angel with sad eyes staring down at me
The hands stroked my fur and the unfamiliar
touch puzzled, yet comforted me
Can it be that I have already died,
Released from the never-ending agony
of chains, neglect, bones grating cold ground?
Yes, my rescuer has picked me up from this backyard hell
And bathed my skinny, dirty, bony body
Released me from the heavy chains and the fleas
whose bites I long ago became accustomed to
I have little time left
But in a dog’s world, a hint of kindness,
a soft touch, a kind word and a warm blanket
overshadow the years of suffering when no one cared
Can you see the love and gratitude in my eyes?
As I lay dying, I looked up
and saw kind eyes looking back at me
An angel rescued me from backyard hell
And paved my way to eternity.

For Tammy
Who gives me the strength and courage to rise above my own fears and limitations—Patti Ragsdale
Thank God for angels like Tammy Grimes.

That the Arnolds planned on euthanizing their dog is NO EXCUSE for him lying on the ground for THREE days without intervention. Clearly they were unconcerned about the relentless pain their poor dog was enduring. That the Humane Society also did not intervene for that 3 day period, in spite of calls to their office and regardless of some other “high priority” case to which they were attending, should be an equal embarrassment to the citizens in your town and county.

Thanks to Tammy Grimes’ courage and the credibility she enjoys nationwide and even internationally among influential animal advocates, the breadth of this entire debacle will not go quietly away. The world is watching to see how your community handles this. We are hoping that it will be with compassion for the animal so that he is not returned to the hell in which he was living, empathy for the neighbor who called Tammy in earnest to help when the humane society failed, and exoneration for Tammy who did what any civilized human being would under the circumstances.

You should be thankful for a powerful voice for the animals such as Tammy Grimes in your midst, prosecute the Arnolds for the abuse that is inarguably evident in the photos and videos, and encourage animal service providers in your area to embrace Tammy as a trainer such that in the future they would be better prepared to intervene!

Debra Griggs

*At the End of the Line*
At the end of the line,
It’s a lonely place,
Why even have me if this is the case?
At the end of the line,
There can be no joy
A pile of rocks for my only toy.
At the end of the line,
No pat on the head
A bowl full of food, if I’m lucky, instead.
At the end of the line,
No people to greet,
Although I’d be friendly to all that I’d meet.
At the end of the line,
A cold hard wet floor,
If I were inside, I could guard your door.
At the end of the line,
I just wonder why,
Is this really the way that you chose me to die?
~Lisa Stocks 9/13/2006