DATELINE: Dallas Where All Roads Go Somewhere Just Not as Swiftly As Taxpayers Envisioned, Texas (July 25, PetPowellPress) -- We have a number of things on the agenda today including the book-signing for The Most Incredible Journey: a Pibble’s Path at the Operation Kindness Pittie Party and assorted animals in need.
Speaking of animals in need, these pups are among the 150 dogs and cats seized Wednesday by the SPCA of Texas and the Hunt County Constable at a property north of Greenville in Hunt County.
You’ve heard the description before: “Cruelly confined in kennels and pens outdoors and inside a building...and many of the animals appear to be suffering from open wounds, eye discharge and other issues.”
The SPCA and the constable visited the place on July 16. The SPCA news release describes this as “part of an ongoing investigation spanning almost one year.”
Custody hearing is set July 31 -- 2 p.m. at the Hunt County Justice Center, 2801 Stuart St. in Greenville, with Judge Sheila Linden presiding.
Read more about this and keep up with the SPCA’s rescues at spca.org.
FIVE TO GO
A rescue transport group called the Liberty train is trying to move these five from Houston to Richmond, Indiana. Click HERE to see if there’s an open leg of the trip that you can fill. The journey begins Saturday and the dogs will be at their destination on Saturday if all goes well.
UNWANTED IN CARROLLTON
These animals aren’t going anywhere unless humans step up and rescue them or adopt them. They’re all on the “Urgents” list and the deadline is 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 29. Click HERE to see the photos and descriptions. Offer to help by calling Carrollton Animal Rescue Enterprise at 972-466-3420 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MEANWHILE IN LITTLE ELM
These are $10 dogs and cats and there are more of them in the Little Elm Animal Shelter -- it’s at 1605 Mark Tree Drive in Little Elm just north of Dallas. Call 972-377-1898.
The dogs are, top to bottom, terrier mix Gypsy, found in a park; Pitt mix Doogie, found on Hardwicke Road and Big Momma, another Pitty mix, found on Meadow Bend Trail without puppies but with equipment for use by puppies.
The cats are, top to bottom, Roadblock (found at Eldorado and Hart -- roadblock, apparently), Bailey, found on Cascade, and Misty, found on, indeed, Misty.
The shelter says, “Adoption fees are $10.00 and you have 30 days or 6 months depending on the age of the animal to have the animal sterilized and a rabies vaccination done (per state law all animals adopted from a animal shelter are required to be sterilized and vaccinated against rabies). You MUST show us proof within the date given or criminal charges WILL BE FILED.”
If you’re a rescuer, be prepared to show your 501c3 in advance.
THE PITTIE PARTY AND THE CREATIVE TEAM
The no-kill shelter operation Kindness is hosting its 4th annual Pittie Party! from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday -- that’s July 24!) -- at The Lot restaurant and beer garden, y7530 E. Grand at Gaston across from the White Rock Spillway. Tickets are $10 and there are drink specials.
Speaking of specials, the creative team that produced the book The Most Incredible Journey: A Pibble’s Path! will be there. That’s author James Martinez, artist Timothy T. Civic and renowned animal photographer Teresa Berg (that’s her photo of hefty Mr. Blue, formerly a bait dog).
You can get The Most Incredible Journey on Amazon HERE.
BELLA AND HER IRVING PROBLEM
Russell Posch sent me a load of photos from the Irving Animal Services Shelter. As you know, he’s the photo-takin’ shelter walker who focuses on that city’s big shelter population.
There were 21 dogs on the “Urgents” list -- most likely to be euthanized next -- i Russell’s latest report. You can see all of them by clicking HERE. This dog, Bella, is one of them. Officially, she’s 22387899 and she is a “Retriever/Pit-X” which means that her breed could be 40 letters long but most people would only see three of them, “PIT.”
The story on Bella is she’s 35 pounds, friendly and appears to be in good health. She’s about 8 months old and won’t get any older unless someone saves her from the shelter. Now, why is Bella in the shelter? “Owner surrender ... escapes.”
You have to wonder what this dog was running from. Let’s hope she is in the middle of running to safety rather than at the end of a futile escape.
You want to help her? The after-hours rescue hotline is 972-721-3597 and you should follow up with emails to Rescueapet@cityofirving.org and Adoptapet@cityofirving.org. The shelter’s business lines are 972-721-2256 or 972-721-2257
ANOTHER PIT NOTE
You folks who think Pits are vicious and not trustworthy, read this Huffpost story.
Maybe you’ll have a place in your heart and house for two dogs from Savannah.
CONTEMPLATIONS: Saw a New York Times story that said dogs can get jealous. I wonder how much money was spent on the study of a theory that could have been proven by walking into a house with two dogs and watching them scramble to see who can get into your lap first. Sheesh. What else obvious can we study about dogs? Ah, “Do dogs pant in Dallas in the summer?” America wants to know. ... PERSONAL NOTE: Ever had one of those moments in a restaurant when something felt out of order? Nothing with the food, nothing with the service, just something missing. In our case, we stopped in at Norma’s in Oak Cliff and discovered that our fave waitstaffer, REBECCA on the name tag and Becky in person, no longer works there -- and she’d been there for a long, long time. I don’t know how many years that is in chicken-fried steaks. I’m a vegetarian and she never once got my order wrong or shook her head at my odd picks. And she even monitored my selections for nutrition when I was eating under doctor’s orders. If any of you Cliffdiners know Becky, tell her Larry and Martha miss her and get in touch! ... I heard part of the “State of the Cowboys” news conference with owner Jerry Jones and Coach Jason Garrett Wednesday afternoon and I’m on the brink of listing the Cowboys as “Urgents.” If this team was in a shelter, well, oh, my. Of course, in Jerry’s world there is no such thing as “non-profit.”
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