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Jan 5, 2009

This may be distrubing for a lot of you. However, the only way to get the word out is to see what we as Animal Control Officers deal with due to the negligence of others. Our job is not an easy one, and we carry emotional scars for every animal that we have to euthanize (put to sleep). It takes a very special person to do this job!  Deeply Heartfelt Thanks to all of the people that are involved in rescue organizations that help to make our jobs more bearable

Rowena Mitosinka
ACO Silsbee, Texas

--- On Sun, 1/4/09, Jen Benjamin <> wrote:

Please watch the video and send to your contacts, let's get the word out....
.people need to see what their lack of responsibility causes. This is my job
everyday because people want to breed animals, the ones left behind are the
ones I see and end their suffering.
To view video click on link

Adams County Animal Warden
Jenny Benjamin
507 Vermont
Quincy IL

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Posted: Jan 5, 2009 4:23pm
Nov 15, 2006
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Read
Location: United States
An arrest has been made in the Nellie Truck Dragging case....!!!!
David Howard
Kinder Harbors Animal Sanctuary
Teenager In Nellie's Dog Dragging Case Arrested For Drive-by Shootings
One of the teenagers who's admitted a role in a possible case of animal cruelty, has now been arrested in a string of drive-by shootings.
KLTV 7 was the first to bring you Nellie's story. She's the one year old labrador who was dragged down a Van Zandt county road behind a pick up truck, then left on the roadside severly wounded. The story prompted a nationwide outcry from animal lovers everywhere. Police say the two teenagers involved in the dragging insist it was an accident.
Now, as KLTV 7's Lindsay Wilcox reports, one of those teenagers is facing felony charges for something else. 17 year old Mark Jared Cann is accused in a string of drive-by shootings.
Carlton Davis' lives next door to his son, David. Last Monday night, David ran to check on his father after bullets from a 22 caliber rifle pierced the walls and shower of his Wills Point home.
"I couldn't believe it, actually. I asked my boy, 'Boy, you made any kind of enemies?' He said, 'I haven't that I know of," says Davis.
There was a close call at Mica Evans house, too. Her car was hit, then the shooters took aim at the house.  Mica's mother, LeAnn, was sitting inside on the couch. She says if the bullet had been a few inches higher, she could have been hit.
She says, "Somebody was shooting at the house.  I needed to get down, so I got in the floor. That's when I heard the second one, and when they shot a second time, that's when I said, 'I'm getting out of here."
The Van Zandt County Sheriff's Department arrested 17 year old Mark Jared Cann in connection with the drive-by shootings. He's now charged with deadly conduct, a 3rd degree felony.
Sheriff Pat Burnett says, "Anytime you fire a weapon, you're responsible for where that bullet goes, and if you're shooting at a residence and that bullet hits someone, you could be charged with murder if they die. I'm just glad we're working it as a deadly conduct and not a homicide."
The sheriff says three additional juveniles were involved in the drive-by shootings. Thirteen total offenses in the county, and there could be more charges coming.  Sheriff's Deputies are still trying to decide who the gun belonged to, but one of the juveniles involved in the drive-by shooting says the bullets were stolen from the Canton Walmart.
Those bullets did a lot of damage to personal property, and the victims of the drive-by shootings say they are glad the suspects were caught before anyone got hurt.
One of the three juveniles in the case is already in police custody. The sheriff's department is still pursuing the other two. The sheriff's department says the Wills Point police department is working on at least one drive by shooting involving the same people.
As for Nellie, she is doing well, but is not expected to go home from the veterinarian's office for a couple of more months.
Lindsay Wilcox/Reporting:

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Posted: Nov 15, 2006 9:51pm
Nov 1, 2006
Jenni <daydreamsranch@> wrote:
Date: Tue, 31 Oct 2006 15:25:01 -0800 (PST)
From: Jenni <daydreamsranch@>
Subject: Potential Canine Narcotic Dogs

Hi all~
I have spoken with a State Trooper out here in Parker County regarding testing potential dogs for the Drug Sniffing training program. He tested 11 dogs today and chose 0.
I am trying to set up a testing day for more dogs.
This is a great opportunity for rescue groups to bring some dogs and have them tested and possibly give them not only a home but a job.
The program has one training class a year and there is one in January so the  time is now to find qualified dogs. The trooper has found that shelter dogs are the best candidates, in fact the State no longer "buys" dogs for this, they find them at shelters and rescues.
The main characteristic they are looking for is a "Frantic Desire to Retrieve!"
These dogs must want to go anywhere at anytime to retrieve.( I think we've all had a lab or two like that!)
They only have 3 dogs so far and they need over 10 to even have the class in January.
We are out in Parker County and can have the testing done at a Little League field out here. It will be private and fenced in and have enough distractions for him to do the testing.
I can transport dogs from the Metroplex if need be and could provide transportation for others as well.
What I do need is a response from your groups as to what dogs you may have and if you are willing to bring them or have me pick them up and then return them. I could even possible keep overnight if the need arises.
The breed isn't important, he has seen mostly labs, border collies, shepherds etc. but the Trooper also told me that Beagles have done a good job and are used at the airports because they aren't as aggressive-looking to the average traveler as say, a German Shepherd.
Please contact me and let me know if you're interested.
If there are other programs out there that you guys are involved in such as this,  I am not trying to step on any toes, I am just trying to see if we can help some dogs out there.
Let me know as soon as you can and once again, thanks for all you guys do!!
Jenni Day
817 341-4748
817 808-1799
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Posted: Nov 1, 2006 1:55pm
Oct 17, 2006
Focus: Freedom of Expression
Action Request: Phone Call
Location: United States
Update on the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act—Your Phone Calls Still Needed!
Published 10/3/06 (Washington, DC)

Despite opposition from animal advocacy organizations from around the nation, S 3880, the Senate version of the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) passed by a unanimous vote in the Senate on September 29. A vote in the House may come in November, and your vocal opposition to this dangerous bill is now more critical than ever. Industry groups are doing their best to push it through quickly and with little public scrutiny.

Your phone calls are needed to make sure that the War on Terrorism, and the tragedy of 9/11, isn't used to push a political agenda and silence citizens and organizations working lawfully to improve the lives of animals.

Contact U.S. Representatives now and urge them to oppose HR 4239 (the House version of the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act).
Find your US Rep here:

The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act expands the Animal Enterprise Protection Act of 1992. Supporters say it is meant to stem illegal actions taken against controversial animal enterprises, or any company that does business with an animal enterprise. But the sweeping language in the bill—which shamefully equates many forms of animal protection advocacy with terrorism—goes much, much further.

  • The AETA is overbroad and vague, which may lead to a chilling effect on lawful activities taken in opposition to animal abusing industries.
  • The AETA is unnecessary. Existing federal and state laws against criminal activity already sufficiently address criminal activity.
  • The sanctions proposed in the AETA do not fit the crime. For example, those convicted of offenses (including attempted offenses), involving no economic damage, no bodily injury, nor fear of serious bodily injury, could still be sentenced to a fine and imprisonment of up to one year in federal prison.
  • The AETA could impact the ability to engage in litigation aimed at protecting abused animals against industries that exploit animals.
A vote in the House is expected soon! Even if you’ve never phoned or contacted your representatives, please join us at the Animal Legal Defense Fund in doing so today.

To read HR 4239, see:


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