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URGENT! NO TIME TO WASTE! ALEX THE GERMAN SHEPHERD'S LIFE IS ON THE LINE!
2 years ago
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URGENT ACTION REQUIRED! THIS DOG'S LIFE IS HANGING IN THE BALANCE DUE TO ABJECT IRRESPONSIBILITY ON THE PART OF HIS SO-CALLED "RESCUE" AND "FOSTER FAMILY!" 

http://www.petitiononline.com/SaveAlex/ 

SIGN FORWARD AND SHARE TO SAVE ALEX! WE DO NOT HAVE TIME TO WASTE! 

PLEASE SEND POLITE BUT FIRM EMAILS TO HIS "RESCUE" AT: BOD@magsr.org 

Alex's SAD STORY according to article author Penny Elms:
 

"Newark, NJ - A recently rescued dog's life is hanging in the balance. 

The dog, a German shepherd named Alex, was 'saved' from a high kill facility in Los Angeles, CA. Alex made his way to the East coast where he was taken in by the Mid-Atlantic German shepherd Rescue. 

When Alex arrived he had several health issues which needed to be addressed. 

Alex was severely underweight and suffering from a painful, chronic untreated ear-infection. 

Though the California vets had advised that Alex should not be neutered until he had gained weight and his ear problem was addressed, the veterinarian with his new rescue went forward and he was altered - just days after the cross country flight. 

Shortly thereafter, Alex went home with his new foster handler with instructions to keep him quiet - allowing him time to heal. 

But the very next day, it is reported that Alex was taken to an off-leash dog park. Though he made it through the outing without serious issue, it was likely a poor move on the part of his foster family. 

The foster home had no bond with Alex at this time - his full temperament was not known - and, he was still recovering from surgery and a severe infection. 

It is reported that Alex was confronted by several dogs at the off-leash park, but he did not react. No reaction would indicate that Alex is not a vicious, dog-aggressive German shepherd. 

The next morning, things seemed to fall apart. 

It is alleged that Alex got into a tangle with one of the foster home's dogs. 

The foster handler attempted to intervene and in the process, was bitten (rule number one - do not put your body parts into the middle of a dog fight - it will not end well). 

Though dog fights are not unheard of - especially when new dogs are thrown into the mix, and especially in light of the stress that this dog had been through with the surgery, illness, and cross country flight - all hot on the heels of being in a stressful animal control facility - Alex was deemed 'dangerous.' 

Now, his life literally hangs in the balance. 

The board members of the Mid-Atlantic German Shepherd Rescue are torn over whether or not Alex should be saved. Some want to fight for his life - others feel that he should be put down. 

Currently, Alex is housed at the Anne Arundel County Animal Control. Unless the board members of the Mid-Atlantic German shepherd Rescue appeal the decision to euthanize him - he will die. 

Regardless of the fact that this dog has been in a highly stressful environment - while recuperating from surgery. 

A Facebook page has been created for Alex - "Save Alex the German shepherd dog". 

Those fighting for Alex's life have also created a petition - you can read more and access the petition at this link. 

The individuals who created the Alex Facebook page are pleading for people to email the board of directors at the Mid-Atlantic German shepherd rescue. 

If just one board members agrees that Alex's life is worth saving, the rescue will stand a chance of getting Alex released from the county animal shelter. 

Polite correspondence voicing your questions and/or concerns can be directed to the rescue at this address: 

BOD@magsr.org. 

A dog bite should be taken seriously - however, the circumstances surrounding that bite must be taken into account. 

Was Alex displaying the behavior of a vicious dog, or that of a dog reacting to a stressful situation? 

Was Alex biting due to outright aggression, or was it reactionary and provoked by bad circumstances? 

Was the foster handler bitten because hands were in the middle of a dog fight (where they shouldn't have been in the first place)? Or, did Alex seek the foster handler out and viciously attack without provocation? 

If nobody fights for Alex, those questions will never be answered. 

His cross country trek and pull from a high kill facility will all be for naught." 

TY! We lost the fight for poor little Polar.....we cannot afford to lose the fight for Alex! >^..^< M. 

 

 

 

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2 years ago

Dear Friends:  Thanks dearly to all who have signed for Alex. We all know petitions don't always get sent in time. Some don't get sent at all. Please feel free to modify my letter below (I'm wordy-I know!) but send your pleas to MAGSR immediately and demand Alex's life be spared. He deserves life. TY! >^..^< M.

Send your comments to:  BOD@magsr.org

Dear Madams and Sirs:

I will respectfully cut to the chase:  ALEX THE GERMAN SHEPHERD MUST NOT BE EUTHANIZED. The global animal welfare community has learned of Alex's plight and has mobilized to save his life.
The world is watching and cognizant of all the facts that led to his present and deplorable circumstances. Petitions have been gathering signatures and a FaceBook support page has been dedicated to his cause.

Your organization was informed up front about Alex's physical weakness and ear infection. MAGSR was advised NOT to neuter Alex until he gained strength and overcame his ailments, yet your organization squarely IGNORED this advice and put him through surgery immediately after a grueling flight from Los Angeles to your rescue in New Jersey against better judgement.

To add insult to injury, you immediately fostered Alex out to a family with existing dogs who squarely IGNORED your advice to allow Alex to rest and stay quiet after his surgery. To the contrary, this so-called 
"foster family" took Alex to a dog park immediately after his surgery and allowed him to run around with other dogs unleashed. To Alex's credit, being a good dog, he behaved at the park and faired well.

Despite no mishaps at the dog park, things unraveled the next day when Alex---exhausted from his cross-
country commute, raw from surgery and admittedly unsocialized to his new surroundings and "caretakers,"
got into a scuffle with one of the family dogs. Against proper protocol, the owner tried to get in the 
middle of the two dogs and was allegedly bitten by Alex. 

This family had no business taking Alex to the park so soon after surgery. More significantly, MAGSR 
had no right to send Alex into this environment until proper rehabilitation and socialization was implemented 
after his surgery. Why your rescue group ignored the recommendation of the L.A. rescue to refrain from
neutering the dog until after he healed from his present ailments is another argument altogether.

Now Alex is languishing in a prison cell awaiting the same fate as he did in Los Angeles while the board
members of MAGSR bicker over whether he should live or die. Why must this dog die because of your poor
judgment? 

The circumstances of Alex's imprisonment, and all of the events that led to his current incarceration by
your local animal control, falls squarely on the shoulders of MAGSR. This dog was flown to your organization 
to be given a new lease on life, not damned to the same fate he faced in Los Angeles!

YOU HAVE FAILED THIS DOG ON EVERY FRONT....AND NOW YOUR DECISION IS TO KILL HIM!? 

YOUR JOB; YOUR DUTY IS TO PROTECT THIS DOG AND GUARANTEE HIM A LIFE OF CARE, SAFETY AND 
DIGNITY! THAT IS ALLEGEDLY WHY YOUR RESCUE TOOK HIM IN TO BEGIN WITH!

Please immediately send Alex to a sanctuary---a true "rescue" organization---where he will be given the opportunity 
to properly heal and socialize with other dogs. Alex's life currently hangs in the balance while you debate an
"ethical" response to this situation, but so does the reputation of your organization.

2 years ago

Great article. Thanks for sharing.

2 years ago

UPDATE FROM THE PETITION AUTHOR SUSAN, WHO I CONTACTED TODAY!

PLEASE READ!

SOUNDS LIKE GOOD NEWS FOR ALEX!

NOW MAGSR NEEDS TO PROVE TO THE COUNTY BOARD THAT ALEX SHOULD BE RELEASED! LET'S VOUCH FOR THEM AND THEIR EXCELLENT DECISION TO APPEAL! CONTINUE TO SIGN AND KEEP THE BALL ROLLING! TY! >^..^
"Hi Michelle......

The petition so far (its still open to gain continual support for Alex) was sent to MAGSR and the Anne Arundel County board. Wanted to let you know that MAGSR did file an appeal! They reached an agreement with Diamonds in the Ruff Rescue to transfer Alex to them. DITR will then transfer Alex to Rescue Helpers, INC in AZ. Now that an an appeal is filed, they will need to show the County Board that Alex should be released.

Thanks
Susan"

2 years ago

Noted and already signed. Thank you Michelle.

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