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WRITE TO NEBRAKA SENATORS ABOUT ANIMAL NEGLECT IN SW NEBRASKA-LINKS
1 year ago

Working on these now.....Thanks for sharing with us Donna

1 year ago
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    Guide to Nebraska County Government: Assessor: Attorney: Board of Commissioners: Clerk: Clerk of the District Court: County Court: County Extension Office: County ...
1 year ago

Thank you Sherrie for helping me with this!

1 year ago

You are so very welcome Donna!  Anything I can do to help!

1 year ago

Just continue to write to everyone you can about the neglected dogs in SouthWest Nebraska. I appreciate those more than you know!

Sometimes this is what I feel like.

1 year ago

Have emailed Red Willow.

1 year ago

This pen is filthy dirty, and much of the time they are not fed.  One dog actually has disappeared and the other one has been seen stumbling around in the pen and very week. I turned the owner in; who lives in a blue house, across the street from the Indinola Christian Church, in Indianola, Red Willow County, Nebraska, I've turned the owner in to the Humane Society but they didn't even come out to check on them. The dog that still remains in the pen, has matted fur, and obviously has not seen a vet in a very long time. His fur is somewhat long and is tangled, matted, and dirty. The pen is locked and on the property in the backyard near to the alley and street, and is out in the open for everyone to see.  This dog is in this pen in the coldest of winters, and in the hottest days, and often is without water. No one has ever attempted to rescue it. Out here, dogs are considered property and no wants to interfere in another's life, unless of course they are unpopular. I guess letting a dog suffer year after year isn't a high priority to the people here. In spite of our efforts, this dog is not being helped, and I am sure that he hasn't been fed in several days. He seems to have lost all hope, and just lies there with a sadness so deep, that it tears my heart out. What is the use of helping other states and countries when in my own village I can see dogs suffering like this. Law enforcement and the Sheriff in this county is evil incarnate, and when he will not respond to letters and e-mails and help this dog, he does not deserve to have his job. I'm sure the dog in the background has died, or been given to someone equally as evil as the man who lives in the blue house across from the Christian Church on 5th street, is. Indianola, is not that big and the Sheriff knows he is suffering and neglected yet he does not care. Please write to the county offices, Nebraska Senator's and whoever else you can, and demand that the Sheriff be replace with someone who will take action and rescue these neglected dogs, so that they can be put in loving, kind, and responsible homes. You can do more than I can, and I have tried everything else. I can not afford to do a petition, so I have to depend on you. Please keep writing, and sharing with others! This dog lives right in my village. I leave in hell it'sself, and I am talking about SW Nebraska.



This post was modified from its original form on 19 Nov, 16:00
1 year ago

I guess this must be a bad night for others also, besides myself; but please I do ask that you not give up on the dogs of Indianola, for you are their only hope. Especially the dog in the backyard pen across from the church. I also will pray and take action on other situations. I am very sorry for James also.

1 year ago

I have emailed Sheriff Mahon on 02.11.13 about this. No reply received not surprisingly, but I will write again.

Are you able to get food and water to this dog at all?

1 year ago

No, because I am watched like a hawk. I tried for awhile but they told me to stop.

1 year ago

No replies either.

1 year ago

I guess, go to the next step than. Write to the Senators and tell them how non-responsive and irresponisble the Sheriff is when it comes to rescuing dogs.



This post was modified from its original form on 21 Nov, 4:17
1 year ago

My next step would be to storm this idiot's office and give him what for, like I did with Woolworths the other day re their usage of palm oil! These animals clearly need help and I urge you not to let this retard block you from doing so. He is not a super god, he might have a title which means bugger all, and like all other rubbish sub humans, can be confronted and sense bashed into him!

1 year ago

I check this thread every day hoping praying these babies are saved.  I have written everyone on this list and haven't heard anything back from a single person!  So tonight I'm writing new letters, more urgent and not as 'nice' as before....all we can do is KEEP trying...DON'T GIVE UP on these poor souls!! 

1 year ago

Donna.....was wondering if you have Facebook?  And if so have you posted this there?  Or Twitter?  Maybe if there is a broader audience we can accomplish more here....I don't 'do' twitter but I know a lot of people get out information that way....or the other social media sites....Tumblr, Reddit, etc...Just an idea...would love to see more people going after them...if enough people bother them then maybe they will do something!  I have seen countless times where it's posted on FB and people all over the world go after them....you see it on the news too, where because of social media authorities have been FORCED to do SOMETHING!  Just so worried about this situation.....we have to try everything....

1 year ago

I did go to Facebook, but not Twitter yet! your right! We have to keep trying!

1 year ago

Donna do you have any links for Facebook on this?  I could post them in a bunch of animal groups and try to get more people involved.  This whole thing just 'haunts' me and I want to try to help out as much as possible.  Let me know....

1 year ago

World Wide Legal Action 4 Animal Rights

That is the only link that I have.

1 year ago

I'm having trouble finding 'this' story on there but I will continue to search for it....I want to be able to post it out to my FB friends and try to get some of them involved with emailing and calling to save this pup.  Thanks for your help Donna!  Have a great day my friend!

1 year ago

I placed a new photo on Facebook:World Wide Legal Action 4 Animal Rights Check it out right away, because new photo's and other posts, will replace it.

1 year ago

Got it!!  Thanks Donna!  I have it posted to my wall as PUBLIC and highlighted so I can't lose it....I'm hoping some of my animal friends will take notice and help out....I'm also going to Private Message a bunch of them concerning this....I hope this helps....I worry non-stop for these babies.....

A LINK FOR YOU TO LOOK AT: ANIMAL ABUSE AND NEGLECT~
1 year ago

http://asci.uvm.edu/equine/law/cruelty/ne_cruel.htm#toppage

This is a link I want to share with you; for this issue I have been dealing with in Nebraska, and I am beginning to understand that part of the problem of animals not being helped is the vagueness of the definition.

Here are the definitions for you:
1 year ago

CHAPTER 28. CRIMES AND PUNISHMENTS
ARTICLE 10. OFFENSES AGAINST ANIMALS


28-1008. Terms, defined.

For purposes of sections 28-1008 to 28-1016:

(1) Abandon means to leave any animal for any length of time without making effective provision for its food, water, or other care as is reasonably necessary for the animal's health;

(2) Animal means any vertebrate member of the animal kingdom. The term does not include an uncaptured wild creature;

(3) Cruelly mistreat means to knowingly and intentionally kill, maim, disfigure, torture, beat, mutilate, burn, scald, or otherwise inflict harm upon any animal;

(4) Cruelly neglect means to fail to provide any animal in one's care, whether as owner or custodian, with food, water, or other care as is reasonably necessary for the animal's health;

(5) Humane killing means the destruction of an animal by a method which causes the animal a minimum of pain and suffering;

(6) Law enforcement officer means any member of the Nebraska State Patrol, any county or deputy sheriff, any member of the police force of any city or village, or any other public official authorized by a city or village to enforce state or local animal control laws, rules, regulations, or ordinances; and

(7) Police animal means a horse or dog owned or controlled by the State of Nebraska for the purpose of assisting a Nebraska state trooper in the performance of his or her official enforcement duties.

 

1 year ago

(4) Cruelly neglect means to fail to provide any animal in one's care, whether as owner or custodian, with food, water, or other care as is reasonably necessary for the animal's health; (this is too vague)-

What is happening here; is that shelters and law enforcement, are sometimes telling the neglectful owners that they have received a complaint that their dog does not have enough food or water.  The dog owners than are given the chance to feed and water and usually there is very little follow-up on the case, and if the animal in severly starved as to be emanciated, the case is usually dropped. In many cases being turned will motivate the owner to feed and water for awhile until the fear of being turned in has subsided somewhat and than they gradually begin neglecting again. Again, there are no other expectations put upon the dog owner because the legislation is vague and open to interpretation. In other words, in one district they may expect a dog owner to take more steps, (cleaning the pen, visits to the vet for vaccinations, worming, and health examinations, and grooming) with little if any follow-up; while in other districts they barely enforce feeding and water requirements,with little or no follow-up. And in all districts they have; it seems, ignored the discomfort and danger of temperature extremes, and the basis fact that all dogs need daily exercise, and many large dogs, and some small dogs have high energy and require more exercise on a daily basis, than a pen allows. A dog would have to run around in circles over and over again, to meet the exercise requirements that dogs have. 

While this is very discouraging and makes it apparent that we are at the very beginning and need to cover some rough terrain, it is encouraging in the fact that we are getting to the bottom of what the problem is, and that with effort we can create more specific legislation that will better solve the problem. So now if you decide to write to a Senator in Nebraska, you can tell them that the neglect laws are far too vague; and that neglect definitions should specifically state in print that the dog is not receiving food and water on a daily basis, is not being groomed to prevent sores, disease and proper temperature regulation,(matted fur does not protect a dog from extreme temperatures), and dirt which can cause infections removed on a daily basis, the dog is forced to live in unclean conditions, including mud, feces, spoiled and spilled food, weeds, garbage, and clutter, natural and man-made, the dog is not being taken to the vet on a regular basis, as prescribed by the veteranarian, to have vaccinations, check ups, ears cleaned, eyes checked, weight checked, and stool and blood samples taken to determine pests such as worms and other diseases, feet checked, nailed trimmed, and checked for all infections and infestations, (this should be madatory for dogs in pens, because neglect is so prevalent). The definition of neglect should include that the pen should meet certain standards, cement floor created with a slight angle, just enough to let excess rain and water drain out of the pen, with a shelter such as a dog house, which is leak proof, insulated, and the entrance should be 2 inches off the ground to prevent the shelter from being flooded, with a roof over shelter which prevents the water from draining inside the shelter, and besides a shelter there should be a canvas over the top of the pen to prevent rain and snow from coming in, and provide shade. If straw or other material is used for bedding, it should be changed every day, and the pen should be cleaned on a daily basis, whether there is bedding material or not. The dog should be taken in with extreme weather both in winter and in the summer time, and the dog should be taken out of the pen, and exercised everyday; according to the needs of the breed. The pen should also be big enough for the dog to walk around and even run in addition to the regular daily exercise requirement stated.

I myself do not like dogs in pens; however, it is more realistic to have rules for penned dogs, and so I ask your help to get the legislation here changed, so that more can be done to define, rescue, and educate people on the care of dogs; and these laws should apply to both prevent tethering and prove neglect with tethered dogs also.

1 year ago

440 North 8th Street, Suite 120
Lincoln, NE 68508
(402) 441-4600
(402) 476-8753 FAX 11819 Miracle Hills Drive, Suite 205
Omaha, NE 68154
(402) 391-3411
(402) 391-4725 FAX

http://fischer.senate.gov

Debra Fischer is a US Senator; however it wouldn't hurt to contact her so that she understands that there is a problem with Nebraska legislature when it come's to animal neglect. She is pleasant and has responded positively to many petitions I have signed! Maybe she can influence the Nebraska Senators when it come to more specific legislation.

CORRECTIONS~
1 year ago

(4) Cruelly neglect means to fail to provide any animal in one's care, whether as owner or custodian, with food, water, or other care as is reasonably necessary for the animal's health; (this is too vague)-

Neglect is only considered a problem if the dog is severly emaciated.

What is happening here; is that shelters and law enforcement, are sometimes telling the neglectful owners that they have received a complaint that their dog is not being fed and given water.  The dog owners than are given the chance to feed and water and usually there is very little follow-up on the case, and the case is usually dropped. In many cases being turned in will motivate the owner to feed and water for awhile until the fear of being turned in has subsided somewhat and than they gradually begin neglecting again. Again, there are no other expectations put upon the dog owner because the legislation is vague and open to interpretation. In other words, in one district they may expect a dog owner to take more steps, (cleaning the pen, visits to the vet for vaccinations, worming, and health examinations, and grooming) with little if any follow-up; while in other districts they barely enforce feeding and water requirements,with little or no follow-up. And in all districts they have; it seems, ignored the discomfort and danger of temperature extremes, and the basis fact that all dogs need daily exercise, and many large dogs, and some small dogs have high energy and require more exercise on a daily basis, than a pen allows. A dog would have to run around in circles over and over again, to meet the exercise requirements that dogs have. 

While this is very discouraging and makes it apparent that we are at the very beginning and need to cover some rough terrain, it is encouraging in the fact that we are getting to the bottom of what the problem is, and that with effort we can create more specific legislation that will better solve the problem. So now if you decide to write to a Senator in Nebraska, you can tell them that the neglect laws are far too vague; and that neglect definitions should specifically state in print that the dog is not receiving food and water on a daily basis, is not being groomed to prevent sores, disease and proper temperature regulation,(matted fur does not protect a dog from extreme temperatures), and dirt; which can cause infections, removed on a daily basis, the dog is forced to live in unclean conditions, including mud, feces, spoiled and spilled food, weeds, garbage, and clutter, natural and man-made, the dog is not being taken to the vet on a regular basis, as prescribed by the veteranarian, to have vaccinations, check ups, ears cleaned, eyes checked, weight checked, and stool and blood samples taken to determine pests such as worms and other diseases, feet checked, nailed trimmed, and checked for all infections and infestations, (this should be madatory for dogs in pens, because neglect is so prevalent). The definition of neglect should include that the pen should meet certain standards, cement floor created with a slight angle, just enough to let excess rain and water drain out of the pen, with a shelter such as a dog house, which is leak proof, insulated, and the entrance should be 2 inches off the ground to prevent the shelter from being flooded, with a roof over shelter which prevents the water from draining inside the shelter, and besides a shelter there should be a canvas over the top of the pen to prevent rain and snow from coming in, and provide shade. If straw or other material is used for bedding, it should be changed every day, and the pen should be cleaned on a daily basis, whether there is bedding material or not. The dog should be taken in with extreme weather both in winter and in the summer time, and the dog should be taken out of the pen, and exercised everyday; according to the needs of the breed. The pen should also be big enough for the dog to walk around and even run in addition to the regular daily exercise requirement stated.

I myself do not like dogs in pens; however, it is more realistic to have rules for penned dogs, and so I ask your help to get the legislation here changed, so that more can be done to define, rescue, and educate people on the care of dogs; and these laws should apply to both prevent tethering and prove neglect with tethered dogs also. Typo's correct; I hope!

1 year ago

Thank you Donna - will get on to it.

1 year ago

Could you please give a zip code for the area if you haven't already?

Thanks

 

1 year ago

McCook is 69001 and Indianola is 69034.

1 year ago

Good News!!!!!!

I just got a call from Peta and they called the Sherif's office, and the deputy went out and seized the dog, and they are taking steps to make sure that the owner is punished and never has a dog again for along time! Thank you every one! I am just overwhelmed at the moment,

1 year ago

OMGosh!! This is wonderful news!! I'm welling up at the moment! I was beginning to start thinking this was going to end badly and we would only hear of him dying of starvation or some other horrible thing. I am soooo happy! Thank you so much for all of your hard work!! God bless you!

1 year ago

Bonnie Stewart helped me also. She's the one that got ahold of Peta and she forwarded photo's of the dog with icecycles hanging on his mouth and in the cold snow and of the pen. I was able to take photo's today because they weren't at home. The dog is at the animal shelter now.



This post was modified from its original form on 08 Dec, 18:01
1 year ago

Happy Day Donna!

1 year ago

Great news, well done!!!!!

I'm so glad he's out of that hell hole and somewhere warm.

I hope he finds a good home now.

Sad about the other dog, but at least one life is saved from misery and suffering.

1 year ago

Thank you Donna for the news

1 year ago

Thank you so much for the wonderful news Donna!  That made my day!  To know this baby is safe and being cared for brings tears to my eyes!  Just so very very happy right now!!!!

1 year ago

If you are interested in adopting this dog; who is now in the McCook, Nebraska Humane Society please call 1-(308)-345-2372 immediately. He was brought in Sunday night and I am afraid if someone doesn't adopt this dog right away, he will be euthenized. If you can't adopt him please call and ask that they do not euthenize him, but keep this dog alive long enough for someone to adopt. Please share this with as many people as possible.

Thank you, Donna C. Matthews



This post was modified from its original form on 10 Dec, 6:31
1 year ago

The Humane Society is open afternoons only.

1 year ago

The address is 100 South Street, McCook, Nebraska.

JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE EVERYONE KNOWS!
1 year ago

The Humane Society just called me, and she told me that the reason they can not give out information is because the dog is being held for court procedures, and that the last time they had a court procedure it took three months, so it might be awhile before we hear anything.

She did promise me that she will not euthenize the dog, and when the procedure is done, she will find a good home for him, and right now he is not free for adoption. I apologize because I didn't know that; however, that is really good news and I feel a lot better now that I know that.

Also, she can't give out account numbers, but if you want to mail a donation you can mail it the McCook Humane Society, P.O. Box 13, McCook, Nebraska 69001 and that they will use it to care for the dog. Thank you and Happy Holidays!

1 year ago

I just hope and pray that wherever he is, he's being treated well and given lots of love. Het totally deserves it!

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