Gamedogs.org Article Archive - 2007
November 7, 2007
I'm happy to report and cheer for another defeat of the extremists and their agenda. A dog is property and cannot be "saved" or "rescued".
If the dog in this story is really 19 years old it couldn't have been treated that badly by its owner; I applaud anyone that has cared for the same dog for almost 20 years! Most 19 year old dogs, on a chain or otherwise, will tend towards looking kind of rough anyway. By about 13 or so they start going downhill even with great care, especially the larger breed dogs (it's a shepherd/mix according to the story).
Be sure and take a moment to review THIS DOCUMENT. It shows that this woman runs a group that has "rescued from chaining situations" animals and collected over $60,000 for doing so. If any of you live in this area (Tyrone/Altoona, Pennsylvania) and you or someone you know had a dog disappear off of a chain or from a closed backyard in the last few years I suggest you contact your local police with a copy of this article and ask that they investigate whether this woman was involved. If you need any assistance in this regard, please email me. She has clearly admitted to doing this numerous times, thank goodness this terrorist and thief was finally caught! Clearly she is but an individual example of these extremists and how they want to keep pushing the envelope. She seems to think that taking people's property, either off of a chain or from a backyard is justified if she doesn't approve of their methods or situation. If there is some real problem, that's what animal control is for (who by the way in this situation knew of her crime and did nothing initially), not vigilante Aristas. Let's be sure we hold these thieves and extremists accountable when we can!
I have also reviewed THIS DOCUMENT from another extremist group stating the following "In addition, many jurisdictions ban chaining or tethering of dogs. Chaining is cruel and causes dogs to become frustrated and neurotic. Dogs such as Doogie are often forgotten at the end of the chain, with poor vet care and no social interaction. Chaining dogs also makes them more aggresive. Best Friends looks forward to working with local authorities on a model ordinance banning chaining of dogs and the studies showing the link between chaining and dog agression. It is a community safety as well as cruelty issue." Once again these extremists break the law then offer to help fix the situation by penalizing the law abiding citizens that they've terrorized. I plan to write this judge and point out the factual inaccuracies and situational unfairness of those representations. I hope any of you that can make polite reasonable comments will do so as well.
Also, please be sure and vote in the poll!
Judge: Dogs are property...
Ruling means Tammy Grimes can’t argue she was justified in ‘rescuing‘ sick animal
By Phil Ray
POSTED: November 6, 2007
Is the judge right, are dogs legal property? Yes, just like a car.
Yes, but people should be able to take other dogs if they're in danger.
No, dogs have equal rights as people.
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A popular bumper sticker says ‘Dogs are people too,‘ but that is not the case under Pennsylvania law, according to a Blair County judge.
Judge Elizabeth Doyle stated in an opinion filed Monday that dogs are ‘personal property,‘ which means they can be stolen.
Doyle’s ruling means Tammy Grimes of Bellwood can’t argue to a jury that she was legally justified when she took a 19-year-old Shepherd mix from the yard of its owner in East Freedom last year.
Grimes, the founder of the dog rescue organization Dogs Deserve Better, says she took the dog because it appeared to be mistreated.
‘Testimony that the defendant sought to present at trial to justify her actions would not be admissible for that purpose [justification],‘ Doyle said.
‘The court cannot, and will not, however, enact a pre-trial ban on all prospective testimony about the defendant’s actions,‘ Doyle said.
Defense attorney Phillip O. Robertson and District Attorney Richard Consiglio interpreted the judge’s ruling to mean Grimes will be allowed to tell her side of the story.
Grimes was charged with theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property for taking the dog from the yard of Steve and Lori Arnold.
A neighbor complained the pet was lying in the yard for a couple of days and even called 911 to report what she considered mistreatment of the dog.
Grimes and Robertson wanted to argue to the jury that she legally was in the right for taking the dog to rescue it from harm.
Doyle stated the defense of justification comes into play when a person believes he or she must act to prevent harm to himself or another.
The word ‘another‘ refers to human beings, not pets, the judge said.
Pennsylvania’s Superior Court has ruled that a person can’t sue for ‘loss of companionship‘ because of the death of an animal, an indication the courts do not consider a dog or other pets in the same category as a person, Doyle said.
She wrote, ‘Many Americans love dogs and lavish upon them material substance and tender loving care.
‘Judges are not immune to such feelings, but must set them aside to follow that law.‘
In her ruling, Doyle also stated that the prosecution can place a witness on the stand who contends Grimes encouraged her to steal dogs from owners’ properties to rescue them.
Other pretrial questions concerning the defense’s use of videotape of the sickly dog and the prosecution’s use of an expert witness won’t be resolved until the time of the trial, Doyle said.
December 9, 2007
More of what we've all seen going on for years now. These humaniacs are well funded and very dangerous. Their (somewhat) hidden goal is the abolition of all hunting, animal use and ownership.
HSUS growth is threat to sportsmen
November 28, 2007
In a precisely-calculated effort, the Humane Society of the United States is assuming control of the animal rights movement’s political agenda. In doing so, it becomes an even greater threat to conservation and hunters’ rights.
Wayne Pacelle, the mastermind behind HSUS, recently told the Chronicle of Philanthropy that his organization may soon merge with at least three unnamed animal rights organizations. The HSUS calls itself a mainstream animal charity, but the growing organization has already joined forces with groups that push a none-too-conventional anti-hunting, anti-trapping agenda.
‘The HSUS is playing up a mainstream reputation in hopes of becoming the primary mouthpiece for the animal rights movement,‘ said USSA President Bud Pidgeon. ‘It is not difficult to convince a smaller group to unite with a multi-million dollar organization that will push its political agenda - be it to end hunting or eliminate animal research. Sportsmen will no-doubt see HSUS continue to grow in this way.‘
Power in Numbers
By absorbing the other groups, HSUS adds to its membership and bank accounts, which gives it even more political muscle. The group now has 10.5 million members or supporters, up from 7.4 million five years ago.
When Pacelle took control of HSUS in 2004, he realized the way to advance his political agenda was to develop an even larger following of animal activists. It was not by chance that HSUS assumed control of the Fund for Animals in 2005 and the Doris Day Animal League in 2006. It was all part of a plan to make HSUS the powerful and efficient mouthpiece for the animal rights movement.
Bank On It
With a staggering $112-million budget, a new legislative arm and a political action committee to boot, HSUS definitely has lawmakers’ attention. The group spent $2.5 million this year to push state and federal animal rights legislation. Last year, for the first time, it got directly involved in candidate elections and spent $600,000 to back or oppose nominees based on their animal-related voting history.
To remain in control of the animal rights movement, HSUS plans to continue its financial development. In fact, it will soon begin a five year, $100-million fund-raising effort that will put its budget well over $200 million!
Looks Can Be Deceiving
Sportsmen know the HSUS is a political machine that campaigns to ban hunting.
The HSUS tries to sell itself as a group with mainstream goals, but if that were truly the case, would it merge with animal rights organizations that stigmatize and try to prohibit hunting and trapping?
For example, it led the effort to bulldoze dove hunting via the ballot box in Michigan, and it championed a recent bear hunting ban in New Jersey.
Those and dozens of other overt attacks on hunting are not the only threats HSUS poses to sportsmen. It has also plotted no-holds-barred campaigns that will have subtle, yet equally devastating, impacts on outdoor sports.
Sportsmen who breed and raise hunting dogs are being caught up in proposals that HSUS advocates as efforts to wipe out large-scale, abusive dog breeders. At the same time, the anti’s are fanning a public frenzy against animal fighting and lobbying for legislation that could make sportsmen who hunt with dogs vulnerable to animal cruelty charges. For instance, if a dog breaks point and grabs a pheasant the hunter could be charged with an act of animal cruelty. The USSA Sporting Dog Defense Coalition is on call to make sure hunters’ rights are protected.
December 9, 2007
What a terrible abuse of power. The dog looks like some sort of pit bull mix to me; I wonder if that had anything to do with this rushed judge-jury-executioner attack by the cop. This was done in front of a school bus off-loading.
EXCLUSIVE: Family Shocked, Outraged after Deputy Shoots Pet Dog in their Yard
Family Suing County
Story Published: Nov 20, 2007 at 10:00 PM MST
Story Updated: Nov 22, 2007 at 12:34 AM MST
A Teton County, Idaho family is outraged after they say a sheriff's deputy tried to murder their dog in their own front yard.
The Barboza family has owned their dog Bobby for five years. A few days ago they say a Teton County Idaho Sheriff's Deputy knocked on their door demanding to see the dog.
Leonel Barboza, Dog Owner: "He says, 'I'm here to put him down. I'm here to kill him.'"
The officer told Leo Barboza there had been a complaint Bobby had bitten someone.
Barboza: "I said, 'Do you have any proof or anything?' He says, 'I don't need any proof.'"
So Leo got the dog while the deputy pulled out a rifle from his car. They walked a few feet from the Barboza's home where Leo's wife and his three year old son were inside.
Leo and the officer tied the dog to a pole when the deputy fired three shots. The dog then collapsed. Leo's son heard the gunshots and opened the front door. Meanwhile...
Barboza: "A bunch of kids just got off the bus and they were all on the street. All the kids were watching the officer shooting the dog. My heart was broken seeing an officer killing my dog."
The deputy then got in his vehicle and drove away leaving the dog bleeding profusely from his head almost dead.
Barboza: "I came back inside with my wife and hid. We were hugging each other crying about our dog because we were gonna miss him. He's been with us for five years."
That night Leo's father-in-law, who witnessed the whole thing, had a nervous breakdown and had to be hospitalized. When the family returned home from the hospital a few days later, they were shocked to see their dog alive.
Barboza: "My wife called me up and she's like, 'Hey, the dog's alive!' I was like, 'What are you serious?' I was happy my dog was alive."
The Teton County Idaho Sheriff wouldn't say much about this case except that it's still under investigation. He also said there's been numerous complaints about the Barboza's dog. But when I checked court records, I could only find one complaint filed last year and that was dismissed.
Nate Eaton, Channel 3 Eyewitness News: "Did your dog ever bite anybody?"
Barboza: "Not to my knowledge. No."
Eaton: "And this was the first time you'd ever heard of any complaint?"
Barboza: "Yes, this is the first time. I still think about it. You know my kid thinks all the cops are bad because an officer came and shot his dog. Honestly when I think about it I get mad too and I don't trust that officer any more."
The Barboza's took Bobby to the vet. He's now on medication to get the wounds taken care of. The holes in his head will be sewn up after Thanksgiving.
The family has hired attorney Josh Garner. I spoke with him this evening and he says, "If the facts are as they appear, the deputies behavior is disgusting, troublesome, and appalling. The officer needs to be held responsible."
Several sources say the officer is still on duty and still working in the county.