Is anyone in charge here??? Hopefully, the group below is taking charge. Ok, FINALLY, there is someone stepping up to the plate, will have more about this later.
As I watched the two videos below, I was reminded of being in India. On the trains and streets you hear the street vendors yelling “Cawfee, cawfee, cawfee, chai chai chai” selling tea and coffee. In this case, the abuser of the dog Coffee is selling photos of his dog outside Mets Citifield stadium. As written before, she has no water for six or seven hours at a time, cannot pant/breathe due to a pipe stuck in her mouth and fake nose on her nose, wears clothing, is not allowed to move nor relieve herself for six or seven hours, either. This is animal cruelty. Plus the abuser has no vendor’s license. None of that seems to matter to the ASPCA, police nor other authorities.
Kay Riviello, one of the New York Animal Rights Alliance America group’s founders has been involved with animal rights and rescuing dogs for 20 years. She went to the game on Friday, May 27, 2011 and two videos were recorded (see below). This documents the above stated abuse/cruelty. In the videos, she also lists numerous violations that the abuser should be charged with by the USDA and other entities. None of the authorities, although the dog is being kept without water, without shelter, without being able to move for 6-7 hours at a time, and the abuser has no license, none of the authorities are doing their jobs and none are enforcing laws already on the books.
This is the NYARAA’s statement:
New York Animal Rights Alliance America went to Citifield, Mets, Flushing, NY, stadium to investigate, research and eyewitness the abuse of Coffee Dog. Indeed it was much much worse than we had even thought. The heat index, the restrictive garments, the prop in the dog’s mouth restricting ability to pant, the inability of the dog to walk around, inability of the dog to relieve herself, the decibel level of the crowd was “overloading and overdriving” in “inclement weather” in violation of NY State Animal Cruelty Laws. In addition, he is a vendor, not a panhandler, as he is soliciting monies from people in exchange for a pic with the dog AND handing out his business card for “dog training.” As if that is not enough, the USDA regulates all “working” and entertainment” animals and of course there is no such oversight here whatsoever. The New York Animal Rights Alliance America will bring pressure to bear on these agencies to end the abuse of Coffee Dog in this dangerous precedent spectacle at Citifield and apparently at Yankees stadium as well.
They have a Facebook page, could not find a website. You can join the group at:
I was disappointed, to say the least, that Jason Long, who brought this matter to everyone’s attention did NOT go to Citifield and did NOT even know what was happening. This ongoing abuse/cruelty investigation clearly needs LEADERSHIP. It is imperative for the sake of the dog. Without PROACTIVE Leadership, Jason’s media circus has made a spectacle, fiasco and has IMPEDED Coffee from getting the help she badly needs. Coffee needs SOMEONE to have her back.
I am now convinced that Jason Long is not that person. He has lost ALL credibility with me. Refused to answer numerous private messages and did not even go to the game on Friday. What is his REAL agenda here? Murky. Do not appreciate people who SAY and don’t DO what is best for the furry ones who desperately need our help. And am angry that they try to GET IN THE WAY of people who ACTUALLY DO THE DOWN AND DIRTY ACTUAL WORK. This seems to be an endemic debacle within some of the animal communities. These people, in my humble opinion, are WORSE than the abusers. Their egos and agendas trump helping animals. They know that the animal is being abused and prolong the agony. BEYOND NOT COOL. And these trolls will NOT BE tolerated.
The alliance hopefully will follow through for Coffee’s sake. Cici hopes they will get Coffee away from the abuser as soon as possible and into a NEW home where she can run and play and BE A DOG and not have to work for the abuser and his family.
An animal communicator from Beyond Barking also spoke with Coffee and this is what was said… this says it was a followup chat but cannot find another one if there was a previous communication.
Coffee is in so much pain, why can’t her owner see that… what’s the big deal in letting her lie down under a tree or a shaded area IF she absolutely MUST do her job… put a bowl of water out for her… and let her greet people, NOT have a pipe in her mouth so she’s ALLOWED to pant…