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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.


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.

Jessica Vandett
Founder/Executive Director
Two Loons Dog Rescue



no pets left behind


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:


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?



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goodbye Irene: hello Lucky dog

With all of the media frenzy crazy about the Hurricane Irene, seems like it was not the BIG HUGE disaster it was hyped, thankfully. Our prayers were answered. Not that there was NO damage or flooding or deaths. Eleven deaths and billions of dollars of damage so far. But what got the attention/focus of many many animal lovers was one photo posted on Facebook.

A terrified dog chained outside to fend for itself during the hurricane in Greenville, NC. There were many rumors. Apparently, the owners took a puppy with them when they evacuated but left this dog for an unknown reason. A pregnant neighbor took the photo and posted it but was not able to bring the dog to safety. Many folks, myself included, commented, posted and called the police, fire, animal control folks. Finally, after FIVE visits to check on the dog, the dog is supposed to now be safe.  You can read about it more below.

But the City of Greenville, NC wrote a ridiculous comment on their facebook page about the dog wanting to be on top of its dog house outside in the rain which drew the ire of many folks. Here is the screen shot:


From Sasha Sabbeth: I just got off the phone with the Public Information Officer for the Greenville, North Carolina police regarding the puppy abandoned outside in Hurricane Irene’s natural disaster situation.

Here are the facts directly from him: 1) The dog was removed from the home late last night and put in a temporary shelter. 2) The Animal Control and police officers made 5 visits yesterday to check on the dog. 3) Finally, the situation changed slightly so that they saw a technicality that would legally allow them to remove the dog. 4) They had made repeated efforts to contact the owners and were unsuccessful. 5) A photo of the dog in its safe temporary location is forthcoming.  Thank you all for the army of passion that we all unleashed to save this baby.

Someone just wrote on the Irene facebook page linked below:

Same owners had an “outdoor” cat a few months back. The same girl that posted this picture opened her front door and saw the cat lying on her front porch about to die. She tried to give him water, but he wouldn’t drink and barely moved. She called Animal Control at that time as well and they came to get the cat…with the owners watching on their front porch. They didn’t say a word. Please don’t give up on this puppy dog ♥ He/she deserves BETTER!

It has been a few hours since she posted the above and so far have not seen a safe dog photo.

A facebook page has been put up about the dog:


People are now concerned about the dog’s safety at the shelter. A local rescue group is being contacted to pull the dog and get it into a good home.    Clearly, owners who would leave a dog outside in a hurricane chained up are cruel and should not get the dog back, many think. And animal shelters kill dogs. This dog has no idea how many people are concerned about its safety.

the latest info / update as of Tuesday August 30, 2011 is that some rescues have said they would help and have NOT taken care of the dog which is in an undisclosed location.  Please contact the media. If the dog was returned to the owners, this is NOT the answer/solution.  This dog deserves a decent loving forever home. Thank you.

here is a photo of the dog:  (beautiful sweet/souful eyes, looks like a white Siberian husky or a German shepherd)

If anyone has any more info, please let us know asap. Thank you all, especially Sasha and others for your part in getting this dog inside.

more info:



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