This should never have happened.
From: A Fischer [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, August 26, 2008 1:20 AM
To: david tubergen
Subject: Fwd: Too Late ................Please publish
David please publish this on your web site. Sherry has given me permission (see follow-up email) to send this to you. Actually, since Sherry called Animal control the day the dog died, this is now public information and a record should be there.
Please title this: This should never have happened. Who is responsible for the failure of this situation to be investigated? The sheriff's depart that has 3 certified animal control officers who are sworn to uphold the law on animal cruelty cases but don't investigate them?? or Burke Friends for Animals/Humane Society who has a part-time animal cruelty investigator, presumably appointed by the county commission but UNCOMPENSATED (state law Ch. 19 sec 45)? Ms. Scull called and emailed BCFFA on NUMEROUS occasions, of which her email service saves only the last 30 days of messages. She rightly assumed that BCFFA -Humane Society part-time investigator would coordinate with the Burke Sheriff's Dept animal control division to address this situation. NOTE the first child cruelty case in the United States was prosecuted in New York State under an animal cruelty statute because there were no child abuse laws on the books. It is now time for the human adults to help the 4 legged creatures who are abused or neglected and have a PAID professional investigator(s) and/or animal control officers should be cross-trained to provide this duty. Anne Fischer
Anne Fischer, MS
C. L. E. E. A. R. (Center for Learning, Education, Energy Awareness & Responsibility
PO Box 1523, Morganton, NC 28680
Your biography becomes your biology - Dr. Carolyn Myss
The truth about our childhood (and ancestry) is stored up in our body..... Someday the body will present its bill, and it will NOT stop tormenting us until we stop evading the truth. Alice Miller
--- On Mon, 8/11/08, firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com> wrote:
Subject: Fwd: Too Late ................
Date: Monday, August 11, 2008, 7:09 PM
Third and final email send to rescue..........
Sent: Sun, 20 Jul 2008 1:48 pm
Subject: Too Late ................
Precious Sophia on July 20, 2008 lying dead at 1:35PM
Forget the message below; Sophie is lying dead in
the yard. God Bless Sophie. I will not be sending your organization
any donation because Sophie would be alive if you would have helped her!!
Sent: Sun, 20 Jul 2008 12:33 pm
Subject: PLEASE HELP SOPHIE
has been three weeks since I called and left several
voice messages and then spoke to a young lady at your Rescue
Shelter. She promised that someone would check on Sophie. I have not received any call or notification as to directions
in Rutherford College to help a poor weimaraner.
The weimaraner's name is Sophie. Sophie's home is located at 146 Liberty Street Ext. Rutherford College, NC.
ED: I wonder if Rutherford College is the same as Connelly Springs in this case.
PEDERSEN GREGORY S & REBEKAH M
146 LIBERTY ST EXT
CONNELLY SPRINGS NC 28612
Source of information:
Burke County GIS
Several weeks ago the family was on vacation. when we were experiencing heavy rains with lightning, Sophie was tied out, as she always is. NO SHELTER AND STILL NO SHELTER. Although they are finishing a large pool in the backyard, Sophie has no place to be safe! I am furious. I am an animal lover; it tears at my heart to see this type of punishment.
did not ask to have this kind of life.
No one shows her any attention. Father, Mother, four kids and Grandparents.
Have you heard the story of a friend visiting a family and ask, "Where is that cute puppy you got for Christmas?" Reply, "Oh, it is chained up out back." If people are going to have animals they need to be aware of the responsibility that comes with that.
Today when I looked up towards Sophie, she has NO WATER; she is pacing back and forth, will try to lie down, but is acting very strange. I am thinking that maybe yellow jackets are on her or stinging her. As usual there is no one at home or anyone watching out for her!
Please help Sophie, I would go over but am afraid of being accused of trespassing. I promise you that if you will just help Sophie, I will give you a donation.
--- On Mon, 8/25/08, Nancy West <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
From: Nancy West <email@example.com>
Subject: Sophie dog
Date: Monday, August 25, 2008, 8:34 PM
Dr. Wallrichs is interested in finding out more about the Sophie neglect situation. He would like to talk to Sherry about it.
Can you give me her full name and number? He also wants to find out the name of the dog's OWNER.
From: A Fischer [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, August 26, 2008 10:24 AM
To: News Herald
Subject: Fwd: Too Late ........Sophie's story........Please publish
Editor - Please publish this. We need the
investigation arm of animal control strengthened. John McDevitt just now got back to me about
this. I learned today that animal control has lost 2 positions over
the last couple of years due to budget cuts. As noted below, the state does not authorize
county commissions to pay investigators. Animal control officers are
certified and it is their job ultimately to be responsible for investigating
and enforcing the law. So either the County commission needs to put the
money back into the Sheriff's budget or the state law needs to be changed and
the state also put money into county animal control. This is NOT just a
Burke County issue by any means. I have spoken to both County Commission
Chair Wayne Abele and County Manager Ron Lewis to begin a dialogue about
developing a strategy to resolve this problem. I left a message last week
also for Rep Walt Church. Any concerned residents who wish to help with
this endeavor are welcomed to contact me via email email@example.com or