Help get Justice for Shepp, a German Shepherd
left to Starve
on the End of a Chain
Daines, who is becoming known
as the Goddess of Animal Rights Music, has
written an incredibly moving song for Shepp,
and is generously allowing DDB to keep any money raised from downloads.
what one reviewer said: "Gripping and emotionally
poignant!! Maria and Paul, you drive the message straight home
to the bone with this one ... this is one painful crying out loud
eulogy in memory of Shepp ... heart wrenching lyrics, Paul's blistering
and crying blues guitar solos ... and your voice Maria - powerful
and emotional, quivering and wavering fervently and painfully in
all the right places ... you send chills all up and down my spine,
spilling your heart out painting this picture of Shepp's horrific
pain and misery, left alone, sitting, lying, chained and starving,
eyes searching and waiting till the very end and that last lonely,
helpless dying breath of life ... hungry, tired, cold, wet and
alone ... for god's sake Lord, where are You? Where on earth are
You? This is one awesome song in every sense of the word - lyrics,
vocals, instruments, arrangement, production ... and purpose -
humanitarian. God bless you both for such amazing music!!"
The song is now up and making
top of the charts on music websites, you can listen and download
listen and download it from this widget, below:
of the case since DDB heard of it:
After being dumped off at an abandoned
home in Corpus Christi, TX, a German Shepherd was found in horrific
conditions last week on 9/16/08. Parts of his bones were exposed
due to constant friction from trying to move. No arrests have been
Laying on the concrete, unable to even get up from his side and
with what appeared to be a wound on his neck was a dog laying under
a carport. Barely within reach was an overturned bucket with some
Shepp, a German Shepherd, squirmed in an attempt to move when
the Animal Control people arrived. The dog was unable to budge
but a few inches. His ribs were protruding through the skin due
to him weighing 43 lbs., less than half of what would be considered
a healthy weight. Skin was actually growing over his collar and
there were wounds all over his body. The skin and the muscle had
worn through due to the friction of him struggling on the cement,
with approximately one inch of shoulder bone exposed. It is being
labeled as the worst case of animal neglect that local officials
have ever seen.
A neighbour told reporters that
a man in a tan coloured Ford Ranger pickup dropped the dog off
about a month ago at a vacant home. She said in the news report
that she knew the dog was indeed thin but didn't know to what extend
until this past Monday when it had apparently gotten loose from
whatever means the individual had used to tie it up.
The pickup was found at another residence in Corpus Christi. The
owner of the residence claimed to know who owned the pickup but
couldn't remember his name despite it being her brother-in-law.
She said he found the dog, according to the KZTV news report.
Sadly, Animal Control director,
Kelli Copeland explained how this case and so many other animal
abuse cases fall short of proper investigation and prosecution
due to limited resources. When there is a child abuse case versus
and animal abuse case, current available resources go to the children.
Shepp was removed from the horrific conditions in which he was
found but he died in a local animal facility last Friday. The owners
have not been charged with any crime and police are not confirming
that they know who owned Shepp.
"I started Shepp's petition.
I saw the news and was torn apart and enraged at the indifference
that people have for creatures. I went that Friday to donate money
and propose a fundraiser for Shepp. It so happened that the Director
Kelli Copeland came in and we discussed what we could do for Shepp
as he was to be transferred to OSO CREEK hospital later. At that
point she introduced me to Dr. House and the the techs. Then they
allowed me to see Shepp. He was propped up by pillows and had a
vet tech with him at all times. And what I saw was such compassion
and love. He wagged his tail weakly and tried to lift his head.
It was much later that afternoon that he passed. in my eyes the
neighborhood is more than guilty; it would have taken a simple
phone call." Sincerely, Ann Margaret
A major development
in the animal cruelty case of Shepp the Dog. TWO PEOPLE HAVE BEEN
ARRESTED! A 44-year old man named
Daniel Luna, and a 45-year old woman named Norma Luna. Both charged
with animal cruelty. The news link now has their mug shots up.
According to ACO Richard Golb, the DA who is prosecuting the case
is Deborah Rudder - here is contact info for that office :
Their docket call is 3/5/09 at 2PM. Their jury trial is scheduled for
3/9/09 at 9AM.
Date of Shepp's trial has been reset to April 27. 2009.
My son and I were present this morning ,The Officers from CCAC
and the Vets and Vet techs were present as well .In fact the
head ACO had to ask the bailiff if they were on the docket (Luna's )
as the Luna's were not called out for roll call ..So we were
told the trial was reset April 27 2009 ..We plan to be there
again ,I had made buttons for my son and i with Shepps
picture .So this gives my an opportunity to make more .
The petitions were delivered Thursday,
Thank you so much.
Any that plan to attend let me know and i will make a Shepp button for you. Ann Margaret <email@example.com>
We are struck by the similarity
between photos of Doogie and photos of Shepp. Doogie
was lucky we found him when we did, and that the neighbor did not stop looking
for help when humane officers failed to respond. Yet, despite
vets best efforts, Shepp died of the cruelty bestowed upon him.
Why does it seem that when concerned citizens and neighbors do
the right thing and get help to save the dog before it's too late,
advocates are arrested for providing that help, and when they don't,
the poor creature dies and then maybe, maybe, cruelty
charges are filed? We maintain that these dogs have MORE rights
than to die BEFORE cruelty charges are filed. They deserve to LIVE!