Hot heads: cool off about the dog in NC

How do YOU feel when people call YOU names, accuse you, and threaten you?

I also understand that when you have not heard anything, that during the void, you can think the worst possible scenarios have happened. But cooler heads need to prevail. Take a chill pill. Pray. Meditate. Eat chocolate. Walk or hug your dog. Drink or do something constructive. Step away from Facebook.

I think I understand people’s concerns more than most, I cried all night for that dog and I want him to be really safe in a NEW HOME. And sometimes we have to let sleeping dogs lie when there is nothing much we can do about a situation. Am aggravated EVERY DAY that my next door neighbors have TWO puppy dogs outside 24/7 no matter the weather. And one dog is part husky mix and the other a tiny 10 pound poodle. The husky mix is becoming much much bigger and it is crazymaking but I’ve called the SPCA and spoken to animal control (she is great) AND there are no laws against the dogs being outside. At least I got the poodle, Lola, unchained from a huge brick months ago. And every day I want to cry and/or take the dogs away from my neighbors but am not going to threaten them. Have tried to talk to the neighbors too and they pretend to not understand English and my Spanish is pocito. So I talk to the dogs through the fence, offer to have the dogs play with my Cici and what else can I do????  Sometimes all we can do is pray. I know how lame that sounds. But if you believe that prayer works, do it.  If you don’t, I don’t know what to tell you.

Mob mentality reigns down on North Carolina… Irene’s After Wrath

There have been rumors, threats, name calling, demonizing and all sorts of accusations launched against the city of Greenville Animal Control, shelter, the owners and rescues trying to help with the dog called Irene abandoned during the hurricane. The photo of the dog sitting on top of its dog house outside in the rain sparked a lot of emotion for people worldwide. It has become a firestorm inciting people to make uncalled for remarks. Crossing the line, bullying, threats is counterproductive to helping the dog get the assistance it needs and reinforces the stereotype image of “animal nuts.”

Get a Grip

Get calm, cool and collected. Breathe. Facts and logic are helpful. Acting like a nut case is getting in the way.

The city of Greenville, animal control, the police and fire rescue may have made some mistakes, the dog’s owners obviously made the mistake of leaving the dog outside during the hurricane, but adding to the fiasco is counterproductive and shutting off valuable communications.

here is what I wrote before about the city and owners… basically, there is NO EXCUSE in my humble opinion to leave a dog outside chained up during a hurricane… and for the City of Greenville to go out there FIVE times before bringing the dog inside was NOT humane plus the comment they made on their Facebook page that the dog was happy sitting on top of its house (that I took a screen shot of and have the copy of it on the other blog post) was beyond infuriating. Now, the City is blaming the “animal nuts” which is WRONG BUT PEOPLE YOU ARE GIVING THEM AMMUNITION.

http://celiasue.wordpress.com/2011/08/28/goodbye-irene-hello-lucky-dog/

Pitt County Animal Control did offer to assist all homeowners to bring their pets to the shelter during the hurricane, Half of the county still has no power, no water, and the Hurricane is the worst they’ve ever seen.

Right now, the dog is safe. The dog is a 2 yr old husky mix, neutered, male, sheltered in an undisclosed location. The City says it is because of all of the threats received by people all over the world. Threats of storming the office, stealing the dog and worse… WHY GIVE THEM AMMUNITION and not only shoot yourselves in the foot but more importantly, put the dog in jeopardy????

‎”IRENE” is a neutered male lab-huskie mix named Flint who is still under the care and custody of  Greenville/Pitt Co. Animal Services.

Rebecca, the Foster Coordinator for Two Loons Pet Rescue (pit bull rescue) stepped into the fray/void because she lives a few minutes away from where the dog was located. She offered to assist in the situation, has made numerous phone calls to Animal Control, the shelter and will continue to follow up and monitor the situation. Because she has no new information, the rescue she works for also been demonized and threatened, called names and worse.

The rescue can be a valuable resource since it has connections to volunteers with foster homes from NC to NY (Arkansas, North Carolina, eastern Tennessee, southwest Virginia, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, and northern/central Florida).

Below is the statement on their Facebook page:

“At this time, we are not authorized to release any additional information regarding the Pitt Co. (NC) dog known as “Irene.” However, we have been asked to reiterate that harassing phone calls, emails, and internet postings (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) will be prosecuted. This includes behavior directed towards: law enforcement personnel, animal control personnel, rescue personnel, the dog’s owners, etc.

IF the dog known as “Irene” is admitted into our rescue program, she will be fostered with a professional K9 behaviorist/trainer and will not be available for adoption for a MINIMUM of 90 days.

When we are able to provide new information we will do so. Any further negative, harassing, or inappropriate behavior will cause the offender to be immediately removed and blocked from this page. Let’s stay POSITIVE and PATIENT!! :)

There is to be absolutely NO harassing of my staff or board members WHATSOEVER; this includes, but is not limited to, obtaining and posting personal information, slanderous/libelous or abusive speech, threatening, etc.

Please be assured that we are NOT withholding information and that we WILL update you as soon as we are able to do so.

Regards,
Jessica Vandett
Founder/Executive Director
Two Loons Dog Rescue
https://www.facebook.com/notes/two-loons-dog-rescue/irene-update-83011-1530-et/244720355572350

http://www.twoloonsdogrescue.org/

http://www.reflector.com/news/photo-dog-storm-stirs-tempest-665005

no pets left behind

http://www.reflector.com/news/humans-not-only-ones-affected-storm-657917

The State Animal Response Team has rewritten emergency planning procedures for dealing with pets. In 2006, following Katrina, the federal government passed the Pet Transportation and Safety Act, which requires emergency preparedness authorities to plan for pets as well as people.

In Pitt County, Cora Tyson operates one of those places. Helen’s Grooming World and Pet Motel. The facility, designed for boarding animals, has brought in extra cages, water and supplies for Hurricane Irene.

Pitt County Animal Shelter Manager Michele Whaley, who heads CART, County Animal Response Team,  had a trailer brought in to hold as many as 50 extra cages if Helen’s Grooming reached capacity. The county animal shelter also served as a back-up facility to house animals if needed.

Some of the volunteers and staff took dogs home during the storm.

Mr. Steve Hawley – Public Information Officer – Communications Manager:

“Due to the hundreds of responses and threats made by many people, the city of Greenville will not release the location of the dog. The dog is safe and is being taken very good care of.  The owners were in compliance with the laws. The owners were not in violation of any laws. Therefore, charges against them will not be filed.

The animal related laws of Greenville, North Carolina can be found on the city’s website:

http://www.greenvillenc.gov/

Certainly, people can disagree with the City and the owners. But threatening and acting like a vigilante mob has NOT solved the situation. Attacking, complaining, bullying and name calling is never the answer. Two wrongs don’t make a right.  There have been NO offers to help a city of people under seige from the hurricane.

Those who are concerned about the laws in North Carolina can work to get the laws changed.

Has anyone offered to assist Two Loons Rescue, the city of Greenville, and others who were affected by the hurricane in any way?

http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/NATL-Dramatic-Photos-Irenes-Aftermath.html

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13 responses to “Hot heads: cool off about the dog in NC

  1. jean styron

    I DID NOT ALL OF THIS UGLINESS WAS GOING ON JUST DOWN 64 EAST FROM KNIGHTDALE BUT NEITHER AM I SURPRISED. ITS REALLY SAD. THE DOG IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN ALL THIS RANTING AND RAVING

  2. Celia Sue, I love your Zen dog! You’re right; threatening, throwing temper tantrums, and acting like a jerk are counterproductive. Knowing the dog was abandoned to the storm, and that there were four visits by animal control, is frustrating, but–in the end–the dog was rescued. Why threaten anyone? –bob

    • not my zen dog, but thanks. and it was five visits, but who is counting? we are LOL. the whole situation has been a FIASCO from the get go. I understand people’s concerns, I cried all night for that dog and I want him to be really safe in a NEW HOME. And sometimes we have to let sleeping dogs lie when there is nothing much we can do about a situation. Am aggravated that my next door neighbors have TWO puppy dogs outside 24/7 no matter the weather. And one dog is part husky mix and the other a tiny 10 pound poodle. The husky mix is becoming much much bigger and it is crazymaking but I’ve called the SPCA and spoken to animal control (she is great) AND there are no laws against the dogs being outside. At least I got the poodle, Lola, unchained months ago. And every day I want to cry and/or take the dogs away from my neighbors but am not going to threaten them. Have tried to talk to the neighbors too and they pretend to not understand English and my Spanish is pocito. So I talk to the dogs through the fence, offer to have the dogs play with my Cici and what else can I do????

      • Dolce

        Excuse me, why do you seem to be so pleased with yourself that you “got the poodle, Lola, unchained months ago”? What do you mean by unchained?

      • because I don’t like animals being treated cruelly. Lola a 10 pound mini poodle was chained up to a huge brick 24/7 that she was pushing around so desperate to get out of the yard and she was hurting herself straining to push the brick. Now at least she is not chained up but she is still outside 24/7. But it is not illegal unfortunately.

  3. bless you all and saying prayers for this sweet baby and all your wounderfull staff for helping this furbaby…..

  4. Southernlites

    Proverbs 12:10
    The righteous care for the needs of their animals.

    You are wonderful people and you will be blessed.

  5. Becky Barath

    Great article, the main problem I have come across since entering in to the wild and wooly world of Animal Rescue/Advocacy is exactly that – emotions – people can’t help themselves and it’s really easy to threaten from behind a PC and a phone & not actually DO anything – we all know things will NOT change overnight, but with some diplomacy and advocacy we can educate and teach, we can slowly change the laws and make people aware of what is going on, is it a slow frustrating speed, yes, but with some diligence and patience we CAN make a difference – people just need to learn that you won’t get anywhere with militant/rabid attitudes, but diplomacy and plain ‘ole politeness will get you much further! Keep up the good work! Becky

  6. evan quinn

    “Has anyone offered to assist Two Loons Rescue, the city of Greenville, and others who were affected by the hurricane in any way?” Yes. Dogs Deserve Better had already arranged rescue, fostering, vetting and transport to VA when this all began. Mike Quinn was on his way to get the dog but was turned back by the police. Then, Two Loons told DDB to butt out it was their rescue and they absolutely refuse to work with DDB. The Pitt Shelter told DDB to drop it, as the dog was going back to his owners. DDB is still working on rescuing several hurricane affected dogs in VA, where their hq is. Many, many people have provided shelter from the hurricane for people and their animals, without the help of the city, county or state. Did you?

    • I am a writer, not a rescue org and I am in northern California. That’s great that you are taking care of dogs in Virginia where you are located. From what I read, Mike Quinn (is he a member of DDB?) tried to get the dog. And that DDB was talking but not doing on Sat when the dog was outside in the hurricane. And that DDB was happy to have another rescue that was local take care of the dog. From my conversation with Two Loons, they were totally willing to work with DDB but DDB refused and is now calling them names. This is NOT the first time that DDB has name called and blamed others. I know about the law suit situation. I am NOT going to argue with you AND I am stating the facts as I know them. Personally, I AM NOT happy if the dog is going back or went back to its owners. If anything can be done, and/or if you are still willing to rescue, foster, vet and transport the dog, good fortune.

      • I never, not ONCE told DDB to butt out….I also never said it was OUR rescue….how can we cause such an issue as to even have the police on our side to send Mike Quinn back?? Also how exactly were they going to take the dog? Were they going to “steal” it? If it was at the shelter they require a 72 hour MANDATORY hold, and otherwise were they going to go on the owners property and take the dog?? Again, stealing the dog from the property? This makes no sense and bascially the reason this has all happened due to people NOT following the laws in place. I have also gone back and forth with DDB and it never got ugly or out of line, so why do they accuse me of doing so? They say that the Pitt Shelter told them to drop it, we never said any of that….so how can WE at Two Loons be to blame?

  7. I would like to make a personal appology to DDB, from me Rebecca LaPorta. The way my previous post came out made it seem that I was accusing your group of trying to steal this dog, and I didn’t mean for it to come out that way…I just didn’t understand what your group could do over ours given the laws in place. I was tired, cranky and should of re read what I wrote before posting it. So DDB, my apologies. Also to Celia, I am sorry I posted a negative comment on such an awesome blog! I look forward to reading more of your posts, I’m already addicted to your writing!

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