Bad Newz at Good Newz: Dogs Deserve Better founder charged with cruelty
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http://articles.dailypress.com/2012-10-10/news/dp-nws-thayne-profile-20121009_1_surry-general-district-court-tamira-ci-thayne-dog-fights (another news article) “Since opening in June 2011, the Good Newz Rehab Center – which currently has eight formerly chained dogs on site – has been operating without required approval of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, according to Dan Kovich, a state veterinarian. In a Sept. 10 letter to Thayne, Kovich ordered Thayne to place the organization’s eight remaining dogs into foster homes by Sept. 30.”
Another news report: The founder of the dog rescue organization that moved its headquarters into Michael Vick’s old house was charged Monday with animal cruelty, the Daily Press in Hampton Roads reported.
Surry County deputies served a search warrant at Dogs Deserve Better’s Good Newz Rehab Center for Chained and Penned Dogs. According to court records, they were looking for Tasers and mace allegedly used on the rescued dogs. Authorities said the search and investigation were prompted by allegations from former staff and volunteers working at the center on Moonlight Drive — the same house where Philadelphia Eagles quarterback lived when he bankrolled a dog-fighting operation.
Dogs Deserve Better founder Tamira Thayne was charged with one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty and one count of inadequate care of animals, also a misdemeanor, according to Surry County Chief Animal Control Officer Tracy Terry. She’s scheduled to appear Sept. 25 in Surry General District Court.
According to the search warrant, deputies were searching for all paperwork connected to dogs that have been housed on the property since the facility opened in June 2011, including veterinary records and receipts.The search warrant alleged that “animals are being maced and tased on regular basis” and dogs are being crated for long periods, up to 19 hours a day. According to the warrant, injured and sick dogs are not getting proper veterinary care. Terry declined to discuss what, if anything, was found in the search.
Authorities removed one dog from the kennel, but Terry refused to say why. Terry said she began investigating July 20 after receiving mailed complaints, including pictures, from current and former employees and volunteers.
PD: IF in fact—any tasers or mace WERE used–and IF it was to save a person from a dog attack, to stop dogs from actually harming each OTHER—– that’s one thing. However that brings up the question of why one is hoarding dogs that one cannot really train, rehab, or otherwise control. It also sheds light on the fact that MOST people do NOT know or understand dog-dog aggression, how it is or is not related to breeds of dogs, how it is or is not related to the ongoing saga of why bullies are probably the most hated type of dog in America, especially thanks to Colleen Lynn out of Washington? and before Lynn, Kory Nelson of Denver?
It is common sense to know that IF a dog is animal or dog-dog aggressive, you do not take or hoard such dogs unless you yourself know what you are doing, AND can handle such dogs. Usually a dog aggressive dog must always be carefully supervised and in general, would not be left with any other dogs unless they are securely separated. A docile dog does not necessarily display dog aggression in front of people, but might only display such conduct when only other dogs are present. Rescuers of dog aggressive dogs will quickly find that what they see is not necessarily what they get.
Thus if one is intent on rescuing bully dogs or any other dog— where one does not know if the dog is or is not dog aggressive, it is preferable to have a dog expert on the team. And even if the expert realizes that a dog is dog aggressive, the question then becomes that one does NOT rescue such dogs UNLESS one absolutely knows how to place such a dog, the resulting potential liability for the dog’s behavior, and the disclosure for the dog’s propensity for same. We know that many bully rescues are highly selective in choosing rescues, because the breed line is unknown.
The one thing that a sure breed line imparts is usually one will know if the dog is or is not dog aggressive. But most rescues have no clue as to whether the dogs are a certain breed or type to begin with. And if the rescue is one like the group that helped take some of Vick’s dogs, they place only a very small amount of dogs yearly because they want the dogs to be past the puppy stage and preferably closer to 2yr old to determine animal aggression, of which a certain amount is to be expected in some cases, but not all, and is not considered a fault in the dog type. Thus knowing this, a rescuer would not want to load up on dogs they cannot handle or place, or where so many dogs needed to be secured that it poses a liability problem for the staff. This is common sense. Without an expert on the staff, or expert that assesses the dogs, it is obvious that problems can arise.
This is why many rescue AR groups fail. They are NOT experts, don’t have an expert, and don’t know jack about rehabilitation. Rehabilitation is expensive and although possible, it should not be done by volunteers who don’t know what they are doing! And a lot of behavior in dogs simply cannot be out trained, period. Biting dogs should not be adopted out. But they are. We see no point to selling aggressive dogs unless they are purposely going to be guard dogs. But that’s us. Too many rescues get away with adopting out really crappy dogs from shelters or those that have been rehomed 8 times. In CA, rescues CAN take dogs that fail temperament testing……..That should not happen. But it does.