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‘Skinny Vinnie’ Makes His Foster Home A Permanent Residence

'Skinny Vinny' makes his foster home a permanent residence

Sunday, June 19, 2016 06:25PM

A wiener dog that gained national attention for his pudgy frame — and again later for his incredible weight loss — finally has a family.

The husky dachshund arrived at his foster family’s home with the name ‘Fat Vincent’ but after he shed 38 pounds, he earned a new nickname: ‘Skinny Vinny.’

Fat no more

Now it appears that Skinny Vinny’s foster family has decided to keep him around permanently.  The dachshund recently was adopted by them.

Congrats on finding a permanent home, Skinny Vinny!

 

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April 15th 2016

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Animal Shelter at Capacity After Hoarder Dumps More Than 70 Dogs

August 11 2015 – ABC13 (KTRK), by Deborah Wrigley

Hoarder dumps more than 70 dogs at shelter

HOUSTON (KTRK) — The Harris County Animal Shelter is said to always be at capacity, which is why a single person surrendering more than 70 dogs in a short period of time poses such a problem.  Video here.

Since June, a man described as a hoarder, has delivered 78 “Chi-Weenies” to the facility in northeast Houston.  The dogs are a mixture of Dachshund and Chihuahua.  The man who turned them over to the shelter is not being identified by the county.

By law, the shelter cannot refuse to take in any animal surrendered by residents of unincorporated Harris County.

According to shelter director Dr. Michael White, the hoarder was recently evicted from his home, and had to get rid of the animals.  “How can you live with 70 animals in your house?,” White asks.

The dogs were not spayed or neutered.  “It may have started off with a couple of dogs, and they breed, and a couple can turn into 60.”  White says there’s nothing to suggest the man was a breeder, but a hoarder.

More than two dozen were dropped off this past Saturday, including a mother and nine, tiny puppies, all of which appear friendly and healthy.

A few dozen more are housed in three large kennels at the shelter.  None seem to have health problems.  For some, human attention seems new to them.

The problem is that so many animals from one source creates problems for other shelter dogs, which have been housed longer.  When space disappears entirely, euthanasia can be part of the discussion.  It is something Dr. White, who comes from a back-ground of having a private veterinary practice, prefers not to do.

“There are plenty of adoptable animals here, and this affects the ones already here.  If you’re going to be a responsible pet owner, you need to spay and neuter your dogs.  That’s the conversation we need to be having.”

Mary Tipton, of K-9 Angel Rescue, is a fixture at the shelter taking animals, some of which are scheduled to be euthanized on the day she pulls them from the list.  “I met him, the hoarder, on the day he dumped 19 animals here on a Saturday afternoon,” she says.  “I offered to help him have his dogs neutered and spayed. He seemed offended that I thought he didn’t love them.”

A rescuer who recently moved from Wyoming to Bellaire took five of the dogs.  Her daughter took another five.  Dale Jones has taken the pups in for their shots, spaying and neutering. She also has a Facebook page: “Save the Chiweenies!”

The county shelter on Canino Road will have a half-price adoption event this Saturday, August 15, 2015 featuring cats, dogs and the Chiweenies.

 

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Houston Cop Forces Man to Abandon His Elderly Blind Dog by the Road to Die

Cop Forces Man to Abandon His Elderly Blind Dog by the Road to Die

 

This is how a simple traffic stop turns to tragedy.

If you’re a dog lover, this story will make your blood boil and will break your heart.  In fact, you merely need to be a decent human being to be outraged.

According to Houston, Texas, resident Josie Garcia, her husband and a friend were out in their truck on Sunday, July 13, when the police pulled them over for failing to use a turn signal.  With the men in the truck was the Garcia family dog, little Guero.

Guero, a 14-year-old white Chihuahua, suffered from cataracts and was nearly blind.  He always accompanied Garcia when he tooled around town.

family photos of guero

Upon conducting a search of the truck, the officer reportedly found a controlled substance belonging to the man riding with Garcia.  He took both men into custody and arranged a tow truck to move the vehicle.  What he reportedly did not do was make any arrangements for taking care of the dog.

“My husband pleaded with the officer to let him call someone to come get Guero, and asked him to call [the Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care (BARC)], but he said it wasn’t his problem, that the dog would be fine,” Garcia told KTRK.

Just like that, Garcia was hauled away in a police car, forced to watch as the cop and the tow truck abandoned his little blind dog by a busy road.  To see a Houston TV news report that includes video showing the location where Guero was left, click here.

As it turns out, the scene of this arrest was literally two blocks away from the BARC facility.  Getting animal control to the scene or dropping the dog off at BARC would have been easy and quick.  Despite this, the police officer apparently did nothing and left Guero to fend for himself.

Imagine the poor dog’s confusion at this moment.  His human, obviously distressed, is driven away by a stranger in a car while the familiar family truck is towed away – and then everyone is just gone.  There Guero must have sat, alone by the road, listening to the roar of traffic, paralyzed with fear, wondering when someone was coming back for him.

The Search for Guero Ends in Heartbreak

When Garcia finally reached his wife, Josie, that Sunday, she began peppering the area with “lost dog” fliers.  Here’s one captured by a Twitter user.  We’ve redacted the Garcias’ phone number for privacy purposes:

lost dog flyer

From Sunday to Tuesday, there was no news.  On Tuesday, a caller told Josie Garcia that he’d seen Guero walking on a traffic ramp and had tried to grab him. Unfortunately, rush hour traffic prevented him from successfully rescuing the dog.  Josie rushed to the location, only to find her dog’s dead body on the shoulder of the highway about a half mile from where he’d been left.

Guero had been struck and killed by a car.  Josie wrapped his tiny, crumpled body in a towel and took him home to bury him.

“I felt so much pain like I never knew I had,” Josie Garcia told KTRK.

Officials dropped all charges against Garcia, by the way. In the end, he did nothing wrong except fail to use that turn signal, but now his beloved dog is dead.

An Apology From Houstons Mayor is Not Enough

Devastated, Josie Garcia appeared before the Houston City Council on July 22.  She spent her allotted three minutes telling her story.  You can watch video of her statement and the reaction of the mayor and council members at this link.  Fast forward through the public comment session to 105:32.

“Let me give you a public apology right now on behalf of the city of Houston,” Mayor Annise Parker immediately responded.  “I don’t know what airhead — there’s another word in my mind but I’m not going to say it — would throw, you wouldn’t put a kid on the side of the road.  You shouldn’t put someone’s pet on the side of the road.”

Reportedly, the mayor and city council members now are wondering whether Houston has a clear policy regarding the proper handling of pets involved in law enforcement situations.  If they don’t have such a policy, they clearly need one.

josie garcia befor city council

The Garcias have filed a complaint with the Houston Police Department (HPD).  HPD says its internal investigation into this incident may take up to six months to resolve.  Whoa – stop the clock.  Six months?

Craig Malisow of the Houston Press took the city to task in a blog post on July 29, 2014.  Excerpts from that post hit the nail on the head:

We can understand why a complex case with multiple witnesses with conflicting stories might be a real quagmire of a case, but, really, to say it could take 180 days to determine whether an “airhead” (to quote Mayor Parker during the public input session) left a freaking dog on the side of the road is a bit of a stretch.

We don’t understand why a complaint as odd as this is allowed to remain unresolved for more than 72 hours.  Either Garcia is withholding part of the story, or just fabricating it outright, or this police officer acted irresponsibly.  Call us selfish, but we think the public — if not Garcia and her husband — deserves a timely answer.

Forcing someone to abandon a helpless pet by the road is inexcusable conduct.  That a law enforcement official is reportedly to blame for making Garcia do such a heartbreaking thing is outrageous.

If you agree, please sign this petition.  Care2 will ensure it gets to Mayor Parker as well as Houston’s Chief of Police and its City Council.  It asks them to ensure there’s an appropriate disciplinary outcome to this investigation, and to ensure there is a mandatory protocol for handling a situation like this so it never happens again.

Poor little Guero.  We’re sorry, buddy.  You didn’t deserve this.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/cop-forces-man-to-abandon-his-elderly-blind-dog-by-the-road-to-die.html#ixzz39LB49tP4

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