Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Thanks to the RFT for publishing this ...

You all know how I feel about pets, especially dogs.  Over the years here, we've had a half-dozen mostly older adopted dogs, to whom we've given love that they may not have had in their younger years and made their senior and final years as comfortable as possible. We honor and cherish the memory of each and every one of them.

The RFT has gone after the abuse of dogs in North STL and, while it's a disturbing read, you need to know what these people are doing to animals that the rest of us love and cherish as companions.  Good on you, Chad Garrison.

My son knows Randy Grim and both Jason and I have an enormous respect for the work Randy does, largely unsung and mostly unpaid. I've done websites for stray rescue outfits and I had to quit because I just could not continue to watch the abuse that these poor creatures are put through. I could not do what Randy does. God bless him. That's Randy in the photo at left, from Chad Garrison.

Read it all here.

Excerpt: Animal Neglect Rampant in North St. Louis, Says Stray Rescue

This week, Board of Aldermen president Lewis Reed told reporters that he's witnessed packs of wild dogs -- 10 to 15 large -- roaming the streets of north St. Louis. A few days earlier, alderman Antonio French (Ward 21) posted a video clip onto YouTube showing stray dogs roaming near where kids stood waiting for a school bus in north city. Fellow north city alderman Quincy Troupe (Ward 1) has called on the city to round up and kill the dogs.

Listening to the politicians, you get the sense that north St. Louis could double as a scene from a documentary titled Wild Dogs of the Serengeti. But is it really that bad? And are the dogs really the problem?

Randy Grim, founder of animal shelter Stray Rescue, says no. He contends that the problem is the people -- particularly the people of north St. Louis -- who are absolutely clueless on how to care for their pets and obey animal regulations. He points to a particularly disturbing call he made last week after a woman called the city to complain about her own two dogs. Grim and his rescue team found one of the dogs so starved that it could barely walk. They discovered the other other dog, barely breathing, in the alley dumpster behind the house.

"She told us that she had thrown the other dog away," recalls Grim. "She said it as nonchalantly as someone might comment on the weather."