01-23-2010, 11:27 AM
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Denver, CO
This has been popping up all over my various rescues lists. Below is the most recent from Pilots N Paws:
First, let me thank ALL of you for coming together, networking and working
towards finding these missing dogs, I am very proud to be a part of the
rescue community. In case you are unaware, the niece involved with this
case has been arrested for a false report. Unfortunately, the directors of
Canine Hope Rescue are facing animal abuse charges.
The fact remains that 13 dogs are still missing. Unfortunately, the niece
lied about "how" they disappeared. The media's language disregards that
fact, saying the story was "made up". Yes, the way they disappeared was
made up but the fact that they disappeared is still a fact! Many believe
that the niece knows what happened to the dogs. Hopefully, she will come
forward with the remainder of the truth if she does know.
Regarding the animal abuse charges. From what I am told, there were new
rescue dogs in the facility and yes, some were in need of care. Most dogs
who enter rescue are. I was not there, none of us were there, so I choose
to not rush to judgement. The truth will come out in time. Keep in mind,
that Canine Hope Rescue is a group that many many of us have worked with
for several years now. Rarely does a rescue group who are abusive stay in
business. Our pilots have flown some of the dogs from this rescue. All have
reported that the animals were on their way to healing.
I have been in contact with the TN state representative of the HSUS. She
called me yesterday, offering assistance. She knows about these charges and
her focus remains on finding the missing dogs. As has been stated here,
other dogs have in fact been stolen from shelters not that far away. I was
told by the state rep that animal theft has been rampant in TN. So, where
are the missing dogs? And who will take the dogs that were confiscated
today and sent back to the shelter, many who have been there before?
Just devastating on so many levels. Please continue to focus on finding
these animals and if anyone has room to take in the animals who were
confiscated today, please get in touch with the Johnson City Shelter.
Hannah is the rescue representative there.
Thank you all again for working so hard to locate these dogs.
Co-founder, Pilots N Paws
Pilots N Paws|Saving the Lives of Innocent Animals
This is the rescue org in question, they've got their own story up on the front page: Canine Hope All Breed Rescue: LATEST INFORMATION ON STOLEN DOGS