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Let's Get This Party Started, Part IV !!!!!

From: Jeff
Sent on: Monday, April 2, 2012 10:20 AM

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Here is an example how each of us can make a difference - we can follow Whitney's lead! Whitney is one of our volunteer cruelty case workers and here is how it works.  I send Whitney a report of suspected animal abuse that comes to us via a phone call or over the Internet.  Whitney then contacts the local authorities to visit the site, assess the problem and share their findings with her.  Sometimes the report involves a dog staked out without shelter in a rural part of the state, or it could be a horse down in a pasture, needing immediate care.

Sometimes, we will pay for a local vet to accompany the deputies if the animal is suffering and needs medical attention.  Other times, we can improve the situation by just telling the deputies what to look for and what to say to the owners.

But there are also times when we just have to go to the scene and help.  Over the weekend, we received a report that a pit bull was chained up on a short,  heavy chain in tall grass near an abandoned house in LaFourche Parish. The caller said that no one appeared to be caring for the dog for a long period of time.

Whitney called the sheriff's office who sent a deputy and confirmed that the dog appeared to be neglected. Whitney then called the deputy back and asked if she could provide food or water to the dog or take custody of her if he/she seemed to be abandoned.  The deputy said that he would meet Whitney on the scene.

Whitney drove for about an hour and met the officer.  The dog, a friendly, but shy, pit bull was covered with mosquitoes and almost obscured by tall grass.  The owner of the dog, a young man in histwenty's, also appeared on the scene, inquiring what the problem was.  The owner said that the dog was a valuable Boudreaux dog (a fighting bloodline!)  Luckily, the deputy agreed with Whitney's assessment that the dog needed to be seen by a vet and released the dog over to Whitney who quickly drove like a bat out of hell out of Lafourche. 

Part of the proceeds from Thursday's party will pay for this sweet dog's medical care.  If you haven't RSVP'd, there is still time and no better way to spend $10.00.

Gang, on behalf of Whitney and this wonderful pit bull who was rescued from a life of hell, "Let's get this party started!"



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