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10 WAYS TO HELP-FREE THE DOGS IN THE BOX
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10 Things You Can Do To Help
by Free The Dogs In A Box on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 1:10pm ·

1.  MAKE CONTACT:

 

State Officials:

Attorney General http://www.ag.virginia.gov/ContactUsForm/ContactForm.aspx

Congressman - https://morgangriffith.house.gov/contact/contactform.htm

Delegate - http://www.annebcrockett-stark.org/Contact_Us_.html

Senator - ralphsmithsenate@cox.net

Governor - http://www.governor.virginia.gov/AboutTheGovernor/contactGovernor.cfm

State Police BCICID@vsp.virginia.gov

Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs - Animal Welfare Division - 804.786.2483

 

Local Officials:

supvr_blacklick@wytheco.org, supvr_westwytheville@wytheco.org, supvr_eastwytheville@wytheco.org, supvr_fortchiswell@wytheco.org, supvr_leadmines@wytheco.org, supvr_speedwell@wytheco.org, supvr_atlarge@wytheco.org, crimetip@wytheco.org, commatty@wytheco.org

 

Media

http://www.roanoke.com/services/newstips.html or http://www.facebook.com/roanoketimes

jsage@wythenews.com

http://www.cnn.com/feedback/forms/form5.html?106

http://www.usatoday.com/marketing/feedback/feedback-online.aspx?type=18

 

Animal Rights Groups

ASPCA publicinformation@aspca.org

 

Celebrities

Ian Somerhalder - https://twitter.com/iansomerhalder

Ellen Degeneres - https://twitter.com/TheEllenShow

Alicia Silverstone - https://twitter.com/AliciaSilv

Tommy Lee - https://twitter.com/MrTommyLand

Katherine Heigl - https://twitter.com/KatieHeigl

Betty White - https://twitter.com/BettyMWhite

Pink - https://twitter.com/Pink

Charlize Theron - https://twitter.com/CharlizeAfrica

 

 

 

PLEASE DO NOT USE FOUL LANGUAGE OR THREATS.  PLEASE KEEP YOUR LETTERS CIVIL BUT TO THE POINT.  PLEASE DO NOT VISIT THE HOME OF MR. THOMAS, HE IS A VERY DANGEROUS MAN.

 

 

My Letter to the Sheriff, County Administrator, and Board of Supervisors:

 

To Whom It May Concern:

 

My name is Shannon Allen, I am a resident of Giles County, VA.  I am a national animal advocate and rescuer.  Two years ago I assisted with the de-fleaing of dogs living in a make-shift dungeon at the home of Mr. Mike Thomas on Walton Furnace Road.  He refused to surrender the dogs to us.  One of the dogs had already died of flea anemia.  I have been advised by concerned neighbors that this situation has worsened; the 'kennels' are filled with urine, feces, and fleas, and they hear the dogs fighting.  I have also been advised that there is no running water at the home.  Myself among other residents have asked Animal Control and the Sheriff to remove these dogs to no avail.

 

VA statute § 3.2-6500 - Defines Adequate Care, Exercise, Feed, Shelter, Space, and Water.

 

VA statute § 3.2-6503 - Calls for the Adequate Care, Exercise, Feed, Shelter, Space, and Water  None of which these dogs are receiving.  Violation of this statute is Class 4 Misdemeanor.  My question is, why hasn't Mike Thomas been charged?  I know for fact that AC and the Sheriff's Office have received multiple complaints over the past two years.

 

Please too be advised that Mr. Thomas may possibly be holding in his home an arsenal of unregistered weapons therefore my next point of contact will be to the ATF.

 

I would like to know what if any action you plan to get these dogs to a safe, healthy; and under VA law, a LEGAL environment.

 

I would also like to be advised if these dogs are seized as I would like to get them all to a veterinarian and make sure they are placed in loving homes.

 

If these dogs continue to suffer in these conditions I will be reaching out to higher authorities, the media, and the animal advocacy community to see that this atrocity is exposed.

 

Respectfully,

Shannon Allen

 

 

2.  Sign Our Petitions -

http://www.causes.com/actions/1668314

http://www.change.org/petitions/free-the-dogs-in-a-box#

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/173/433/328/free-dogs-from-the-real-animal-mike-thomas/

http://www.change.org/petitions/officials-of-wythe-county-virginia-free-these-dogs-provide-them-with-medical-treatment-find-adoptive-homes-3

 

3.  Contact any and all National media outlets

 

5. Leave your comments on media links:

http://www2.wsls.com/news/2012/jul/19/national-rescue-concerned-about-12-dogs-wythe-coun-ar-2070296/

http://westofroanoke.com/2012/07/19/animal-rights-activists-angry-with-county-officials-over-dog-dungeon/

http://westofroanoke.com/2012/07/20/county-minutes-reveal-complaints-made-against-fort-chiswell-property-last-year/

http://www2.wsls.com/news/2012/jul/25/wythe-co-investigates-controversial-dog-shed-amid--ar-2084406/

http://www2.wsls.com/news/2012/jul/26/veterinarian-has-health-concerns-wythe-co-dog-cont-ar-2087329/

 

6.  Because this is also a Health Department matter for which the local Health Department

2 years ago

6.  Because this is also a Health Department matter for which the local Health Department is ignoring, you can contact the Virginia Department of Health at: Epi-Comments@vdh.virginia.gov

 

My letter to the VA Department of Health:

 

To Whom It May Concern:

 

I am writing you in regards to a situation on Walton Furnace Road in Fort Chiswell, VA (Wythe County).  A gentleman by the name of Mr. Mike Thomas is inhabiting this property illegally.  He does not own the property, is squatting.  There is no running water, sewer, or electricity.  In addition he is holding 12 or more dogs in a filthy, flea infested, makeshift dungeon in the back yard. The Wythe County Health Department claims that the conditions are fine as the trailer he is living in has 'skirting'.

 

Citizens have tried multiple times to have him removed from the property but county officials continue to ignore the situation.  County officials acknowledge the fact that Mr. Thomas is mentally unstable but have put the burden of his removal on the shoulders of the citizens asking them to take out warrants related to threats citizens have received from Mr. Thomas.  The citizens fear retribution and therefore have yet to take out warrants. 

 

Here are board meeting minutes discussing the situation in 2011 http://www.wytheco.org/documents/111011Minutes.pdf

 

Please also see the attached photos.

 

Respectfully,

Shannon Allen

 

7.  Follow us on Twitter and Retweet - https://twitter.com/FreeDogsInABox #freewythedogs

 

8.  Comment on Care2 - http://www.care2.com/news/member/953421444/3415902

 

9.  Repin on Pinterest - http://pinterest.com/pin/143130094378216570/

 

10.  Post to other Facebook pages


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