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Wonderful News, Happy Ending!
A Miracle for the Two Dogs Featured in this Case As Their Caretakers Decide They Want to Be a Success Story—Release the Dogs to DDB!

Hailey and Kilo after rescue

 

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June 6, 2010, Altoona, PA — Dog In January 2010, Dogs Deserve Better Founder Tamira Thayne was charged with trespassing for providing food, water, and straw to two underweight chained dogs in Lilly, PA. Thayne lost the case in magisterial court, but the charges were not prosecuted on appeal.

In a twist that is being described as miraculous, dog caretakers Jason and Krystal Cann came to her and Dogs Deserve Better in June with the willingness to release the dogs to her organization. On June 6, 2010, everyone got their miracle.

Says Thayne: "I have renewed faith in miracles today! When Jason called me and expressed a desire to relinquish ownership of the dogs to DDB, I admit I was suspicious there was some kind of trick. But both he and wife Krystal desired a better life for the dogs, and they wanted their dogs to be a Dogs Deserve Better success story.

"I commend them for their courage in doing the right thing. That's a first for me, and I'm happy to say that tonight these two dogs have gotten their miracle. They will spend tonight sleeping in the home and will now learn how to live inside as part of the family."

Video of the rescue can be seen on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuzyIjIY4m8.

History of the case

Dog advocate charged with trespassing after providing straw to underweight dogs chained in freezing temps

Skinny boxer

Charges point to immediate need for
stronger dog protection laws nationwide

February 6, 2010, Altoona, PA

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Video of the case


February 6, 2010, Altoona, PA — Dog advocate Tamira Ci Thayne, founder and CEO of Dogs Deserve Better, a non-profit working solely on behalf of chained and penned dogs, spent the coldest night of the year sleepless despite being snug and warm in her bed.

The faces of dogs chained out in single-digit temperatures and sub-zero windchills haunted her, and she worried if these dogs would survive the night in their inadequate houses, many of which contained not even the single insulating element that could well save their lives: straw.

Determined to help local dogs, she rose early and, with another DDB volunteer, took straw, food, and water to some of the worse cases.

Both dogs

In Lilly, Pennsylvania, Thayne spotted two skinny dogs with inadequate shelter, minimal straw, no food, and no water. She knocked on the door, and when no one answered she left a Dogs Deserve Better calendar and stuffed the doghouses with straw to save the dogs from immediate danger of death by freezing. She gave the dogs each a bone, food, and water. They shivered nonstop while they ate in the -11 degree wind chill.

Boxer skinny

Boxer Ribs

The boxer mix had very short fur, a too-large doghouse with an opening as large as the dog, and every rib and bone in her back stood out starkly as she tried to decide whether to eat or run into her house for what little warmth it offered.

Current Pennsylvania law dictates that dogs must have access to"sustenance, drink, and sanitary shelter which will protect the animal against inclement weather and preserve the animal's body heat and keep it dry." Thayne knew the law was being broken, so she returned three days later to speak to the caretaker on behalf of the dogs.

Boxer

Again, no one answered the door. She left a brochure and a note saying the doghouses were not meeting legal requirements, including her phone number in case they wanted help or to release the dogs to rescue.

As she gave the dogs treats and a pat on the head, a woman came out screaming at her to get off the property. She immediately left.

Husky

freezing dog

doghouse

Two days later she received a call from a Pennsylvania State Police officer saying she was being charged with Summary Defiant Trespass. Under Pennsylvania law 18 Pa.C.S.A.§3503(b), a person commits the crime of defiant trespass if he or she comes onto or stays on your property AFTER being told to stay away.

However, Thayne had only been told to leave the property once, which she immediately did. She has not returned. She was informed by the State Trooper that the dog caretaker claimed she had told Thayne to leave twice. Thayne rebutted this statement, but the officer said it was her word against the owner's.

Thayne has a witness—the volunteer from the first day—who will testify in court that: 1. Although Thayne made a good-faith attempt to speak to the caretaker before taking action on behalf of the dogs, no one indeed answered the door, and 2. No one EVER asked them to leave the property on Sunday, January 3, 2010.

Thayne's report to the Cambria County Humane Officer brought no relief of the dogs' suffering. He had the guardians fix one of the doghouse openings, but never charged them with cruelty for inadequate housing, the underweight condition of the dogs, the lack of food and water, or leaving the dogs to freeze in sub-zero wind chills.

Thayne will be in district court on Main Street in Portage, Pennsylvania, at 9:30 a.m. on February 16, 2010 to defend against the bogus charges. She will be bringing photo and video evidence, and well as eye-witness testimony.

Thayne is asking all Pennsylvania residents to stand against this form of abuse by joining the coalition to Unchain Pennsylvania Dogs. The coalition seeks to pass HB1254, a bill setting time limits on chaining, and creating better conditions for Pennsylvania's dogs. Sign up today at Unchainpadogs.com.

Please visit the website at DogsDeserveBetter.org to learn more about dog chaining, the reasons it is cruel to dogs and dangerous to humans, and to find a local area representative.

Contact:
Tamira Ci Thayne • CEO, Dogs Deserve Better • 814.941.7447

 

Initial video containing the dogs in question

If you are outraged and wish to express your concerns, while at the same time making a difference, come to the hearing in support of Tamira Thayne. Call the following number and express your disgust. No dog deserves to be chained outside in -11 temperatures...and NO one who dares to leave their warm and cozy homes to help them survive should have to pay the price for doing so.

Guardians who leave their dogs to starve and freeze to death should be arrested and convicted of abuse.

Cambria Humane Society 814.535.6116

Live in Pennsylvania? Please join our coalition to Unchain Pennsylvania's Dogs to pass HB1254, a law to limit chaining. Five minutes of your time can save them from a lifetime of misery. Join today at http://www.unchainpadogs.com.

Read Thayne's Article: Can You Feel the Wind Changing for Chained Dogs?

Update: Dog advocate receives second conviction
for helping America's forgotten dogs

Skinny boxer

Will Appeal Trespassing Charges for Providing Straw, Food,
and Water to Underweight Dogs Suffering in -11 Wind Chills

February 19, 2010, Altoona, PA

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February 19, 2010, Altoona, PA — Dog advocate Tamira Ci Thayne, founder and CEO of Dogs Deserve Better, a non-profit working solely on behalf of chained and penned dogs, has received a second conviction for helping America's forgotten dogs: those left chained or penned and suffering in Pennsylvania's frigid winter temps.

Thayne's first arrest came for helping a dog who’d been chained for 13 years, and needed medical help in order to go on. The cowards who chained him left him lying on the ground, unable to stand, for three days while they waited for him to die and save them the $100 vet fee. Thayne took him to the vet and refused to return him to those who abandoned him in his time of need.

On Tuesday, February 16, 2010, Thayne was again convicted of a crime for helping chained dogs. This time she added trespassing to the list, for daring to stuff two doghouses with straw and giving underweight chained dogs bones, food, and water to help them survive on a day with wind chills at -11 degrees.

Says Thayne: "I am committed to unchaining Pennsylvania’s dogs, America’s dogs. I will not quit until I see Americans treat our companions with the respect and care they deserve. I have come to accept I may end up with a rap sheet longer than my arm for helping chained dogs. It’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make—in fact, I consider it an honor. They deserve that kind of dedication. It’s time America grows up. Time America follows European countries such as England, Austria, and Germany, who know how to make dogs part of the family and would never allow their neighbors to chain their dogs in today’s society. I remain optimistic because I know that time is short on the side of the abusers. We are simply not willing to tolerate the abuse any longer. Chaining your dog for life IS abuse. Be intolerant with me."

Thayne will appeal. She is asking all Pennsylvania residents to stand against this form of abuse by joining the coalition to Unchain Pennsylvania Dogs. The coalition seeks to pass HB1254, a bill setting time limits on chaining, and creating better conditions for Pennsylvania's dogs. Sign up today at Unchainpadogs.com.

Update #2: Dog advocate wins appeal of trespassing charge for helping underweight chained dogs

Thayne May 11, 2010, Altoona, PA — Dog advocate Tamira Ci Thayne, founder and CEO of nonprofit organization Dogs Deserve Better, received a "nolle prosequi" when appealing a second conviction for helping America's forgotten dogs: those left chained or penned and suffering in Pennsylvania's frigid winter temps.

"Nolle prosequi" formally means that the prosecution ended its criminal case against Thayne, therefore the case did not proceed before the judge in Cambria County, Pennsylvania.

The Commonwealth's witness and accuser, Krystal Cann, of Lilly, Pennsylvania, failed to show up to testify. Without a witness, there would have been very little chance of the Commonwealth proving its case.

Says Thayne: "I was very happy that justice was finally served in this courtroom. Krystal Cann's failure to show up signals to me that she didn't want to perjure herself further. Animal advocates have just as much right as any other citizen to knock on a door and attempt to speak to someone. If they are told to leave, they must leave, and I followed the letter of the law in this case. Krystal's accusations were false, and she knew it."

Thayne's first arrest came for helping a dog who’d been chained for 13 years, and needed medical help. The dog's caretakers left him lying on the ground, unable to stand, for three days while they waited for him to die and save them the $100 vet fee. Thayne took him to the vet and refused to return him to those who abandoned him in his time of need.

Unfortunately, Cann's two dogs remain chained to this day. Thayne is asking all Pennsylvania residents to stand against this form of abuse by joining the coalition to Unchain Pennsylvania Dogs. The coalition seeks to pass a bill setting time limits on chaining, and creating better conditions for Pennsylvania's dogs. Sign up today at Unchainpadogs.com.

Please visit the website at DogsDeserveBetter.org to learn more about dog chaining, the reasons it is cruel to dogs and dangerous to humans, and to find a local area representative.

Update #3: Sugar gets new home

March 7, 2010, Altoona, PA — Sugar's before and after pictures sent by her forever home caretakers.

Sugar before and after

 

 

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