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Update from the Rapid Response Animal Abuse Team/ A Program of the Humane Society of Louisiana

From: Jeff
Sent on: Tuesday, May 27, 2008 12:54 PM

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May 26, 2008

Dear Friends,

Several months ago, a random act of violence, resulting in the killing of a nursing mother dog on a backstreet in Edgard, a rural community, 45 minutes from New Orleans, prompted our organization to reorganize our cruelty investigation department and launch a new anti-cruelty initiative called The Rapid Response Animal Abuse Team.

The primary objectives of this initiative are to mobilize, train, and deploy concerned citizens throughout the state to neighborhoods where animal abuse is taking place, render immediate aid to the victims, and assist law enforcement agencies in solving these types of crimes. The secondary objectives include providing backup support by identifying witnesses, establishing reward funds, and using the Internet as an investigative tool.  We believe that sharing our information with members of our Rapid Response Animal Abuse Team will result in more crimes solved and more resources directed to these efforts.

To date, all of our objectives are being met and we have many successes to share with each of you.  Each day we receive numerous calls for assistance and/or reports of cruelty.  Luckily, as the number of our team members grows, we are able to send out responders wherever the abuse is taking place,including far corners of the state. I am pleased to inform you that we now have more than 210 members of the Rapid Response Animal Abuse Team.

In this update, we will discuss some of our recent success stories and accept registrations for our upcoming Animal cruelty Investigation Workshop, which will be held at the Denham Springs City Hall, Denham Springs, on Saturday, June 28th. 


Case #4:  Cat Stuck in a Tree

For almost an entire week, frantic residents tried to get different agencies to respond to calls for help with getting a cat down that had climbed 20 feet up a tree in front of their apartment complex.  We arrived on the scene and contacted the local fire station.  I exaggerated and told the captain that 20 children were under the tree, waiting for the heroic firemen to respond and help the cat.  In truth, only one child was in the vicinity, when I made my call.  However, a small miracle took place minutes later.  The sound of the firetruck siren brought out dozens of residents from the apartment complex.  By the time the fire truck pulled up to the scene, there were no fewer than 20 children under the tree!  The cat was rescued within 10 minutes! See attached photo of our heroes at work!

Case #5 Cats Poisoned in Kenner.

We are working very closely with a family that has been devastated by the loss of six of their cats, the bodies of three of which have been discovered and three more are missing and presumed dead.  One juvenile cat, found unable to move on Mother's Day, was rushed to a veterinary clinic and found to be suffering from anti-freeze poisoning.  The cat was in severe pain and could not be saved.  A police report has been filed, a neighbor has been identified as a suspect, and a food bowl with pieces of food have been recovered and sent to a laboratory for testing.  We will keep our Rapid Response team members updated on this case.

Care #6:  "Hammond" - Our mascot For Our Statewide Animal Abuse and Recovery Fund. 
Less than two weeks ago, a hairless, emaciated dog, with a frayed red collar, was found staggering in the middle of a back road in Hammond, Louisiana by a driving passing by.  The driver of the car, Shelly, stopped and approached the little dog, who collapsed in her arms.  Shelly drove back into town, where the little mixed-breed dog was given life-saving treatment for parasites, mange, and inflammation that had ravished his body.  The story of Hammond and his undeniable will to live gave us the opportunity to create our very first statewide Animal Abuse and Recovery Fund.  We held a press conference last week and sent out a press release on the establishment of this fund, along with photos of little Hammond.  A photo of Hammond, receiving medical care, is attached.  To read more about Hammond, please visit:

The story was picked up by several media outlets.  We hope to raise $10,000 or more by the end of this year.  These funds will be used only to care for victims of abuse.  Team members can help us reach our goal by donating directly to the fund or by organizing their own fundraiser.  Imagine if 1-2 dozen team members held a yard sale, a bake sale, or a block party for this fund....we would reach our goal in record time.  Please do what you can to help us raise this $10,000. 

To register to help us raise these funds, please email me [address removed]. A lengthly story about the Rapid Response Animal Abuse Team also appeared in Sunday, May 21, issue of The Times Picayune.

Animal Cruelty Investigation Workshop

We are pleased to announce that our 2nd annual Animal Cruelty Investigation Workshop will take place on Saturday, June 28, at the Denham Springs City Hall, 901 Government Street, from 9 am to 3 pm.  Cost of registration is $15.00 per person. The workshop is co-hosted with the Denham Springs Animal Shelter and Pet Aid. There will be a lunch break from noon to 1 pm, and directions to local restaurants will be provided. 

Representatives from several law enforcement agencies, including the State Police Gaming Enforcement (their anti-dogfighting and cockfighting units) will lead the workshop.  To register, please send a check or money order to The Humane Society of Louisiana, P.O. Box[masked], New Orleans, La 70714.  Please include your name, address, email address, and phone numbers. 

To join the Rapid Response Animal Abuse Team, please visit our website at

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