If you have not read the previous blog post about the dog named Barbados - please do so here http://projectfifty-two.blogspot.com/2013/04/barbados.html as this is a follow up on the story.
When I was told Barbados was returned to Florida in very bad shape, I was concerned for many reasons. My biggest concern was that I had been told he was emaciated and covered in sores after being found in West Virginia ... and when the information got to me that he was returned - It was said that he was in a boarding kennel - the Dog House. No one was talking about him. No posts about how he was doing. No requests for help for medical care. No posts warning others what had happened when Barbados was sent to the Bowmans Bernards and Big Dogs Rescue in West Virginia. Only silence.
I wrote the previous blog entry, because it is important to talk about. Currently, there is little to no oversight on rescues so the only real voice the animals have are when we see something that needs to be spoken up for. It was obvious from the start that Barbados should not have been sent to the place in West Virginia and I was afraid of where he might be sent next if it was not brought to light. Remember, this was a dog that was not only starved and injured- but, one with a bite history... there are many aspects to this that make 'hiding' him and his story all potentially dangerous to the dog as well as the public. So, I wrote.. and, of course, made those involved incredibly unhappy.
Before the blog went public, I had asked the transporter how he was and what the rescue was like- I was ignored. I had asked the woman who was integral in sending him to WV how he was - I was told fine. I understood the Bowman's had been trying to adopt him- no mention of a bite history.. and after he was found dumped and starved.. they said he had been adopted. (I understand that the Humane Society that helped the dog had not been shown any adoption papers or proof of him legally changing hands from Bowmans Bernards to any individual for adoption.) It is not as if I didn't ask about the dog, the rescue,or the situation from those involved.. it is just that I was ignored or not told the truth. Neither are good when dealing with the life of a dog in rescue and the public in regards to a dog with a history.
Barbados had been initially pulled out of Miami Dade Animal Services (MDAS) under a rescue named SOS4Paws and I was told by the head of the rescue that he was signed over to Sarah Leddick (an independent rescuer) after his pull. After the blog was posted, Sarah contacted me via message on Facebook. It was a strange conversation.. so let me do my best to summarize it....
I was told she had tried every sanctuary that I had suggested, prior to Barbados being shipped off, and they were either full or ignored her. (When I had contacted sanctuaries myself, I had been told the owner of the dog needed to contact them- so I cannot confirm whether or not they were all full... but, I do know that the legit sanctuaries do get a large number of people wanting to place dogs with them). She reminded me that an approved rescue pulling a dog from MDAS and handing it over to another rescue can be suspended- so at least she is aware that what has been happening so much out of Miami is in breach of contract with the rescues pulling dogs that are actually doing so on the behalf of others. I was told by her to stop my witch hunt, to not criticize and help (at that point she must have forgotten the multiple places I had suggested to contact as well as the research done on the WV rescue showing the many red flags - reasons not to send him to begin with - that WAS help that I provided for the sake of the dog). She also went on to say that my friends or I should adopt him (yet, later admitted that she would not herself for safety reasons).. at one point, she asked me if she should commit suicide - I want to say, for the record, I have never had someone ask me that. As someone who has lost people to suicide, I find it appalling and immensely bizarre that anyone would ask me that over a bad rescue.. and.. NO... I would never suggest anyone to commit suicide- it is disgusting and mental to even ask someone that. She also told me that I was giving her shingles on her head and would be responsible if I made her break out and get meningitis...and then asked me if I was beaten as a child. After that madness, she then offered to meet me in Miami to take his photos- of course I agreed to that (I was, admittedly a little leery considering the bizarre things she was saying- I needed to know the dog was ok though).. but, when I said this ...
She was suddenly sick and could not meet me- she told me she had blisters on her eyes - was hoping she would not go blind-- and offered to send me a photo of her blistery eyes. I did decline that offer.. my interests were more in seeing photos of the dog.. and not so much in eye blisters. The offer to meet me was taken away, I was told that not only must I have been a Nazi officer in a former life .. but, that I am not allowed at the Dog House. I was told I would regret my lies, she would not ever work with me (to be honest that did not upset me in the least), that I should 'shut the fuck up' and suck and egg. I did give her a list provided to me from Best Friends of places to contact and asked her that if I could find a sponsor for an animal behaviorist - if she would be interested. She never responded. The only other contact I have had with her since has been on public Facebook threads- at one time she accused me of not getting her side of the story- but, ignored the questions that I asked her on the public thread.. I can only guess.. the truth must make her eyes blister?
(I do have this all in writing- like I said.. this is a summary.. but, the bizarre statements were all made and if it is claimed that I have made any of it up- I would have no problem posting the entire conversation to prove these things were actually said.)
At no time did she express regret for the situation or say that something like this would ever happen again with another dog.
Below are some of the comments that occurred regarding the situation on a Facebook page. You can clearly see that I did post questions to her and gave her an opportunity to explain.. but, she did not respond to the majority of the questions. The screen shots are taken from this link https://www.facebook.com/groups/255260724617591/permalink/264875660322764/
|Originally, it was stated that Jim had worked with the Bowman's before - yet, now it is being claimed that only 2 dogs have ever been sent there. Who is not being truthful and why?|
|As you can see, I gave her an opportunity to answer many questions.. she did not address them and left the thread shortly after.|
|I have verified with those who did the home check that neither have seen the 'amazing compound' I have yet to see a single photo or talk to someone who has seen it. (Also, the rescue is not in VA- it is in WV.) Is this safe rescue??|
|Barabados was taken from MDAS in October and sent to WV in January - why would he have arrived in a starved condition needing $800 in care if he had been under a rescue for months? This screen shot is taken from here https://www.facebook.com/groups/338071579626283/permalink/345443052222469/|
|This was a week or two after he was moved from the Dog House to a new boarding kennel. I have heard they are taking excellent care of him.|
Barbados does need to get out of boarding and either into a home where he can properly be cared for and safely kept away from cats and other dogs. Or else he needs to find a legit sanctuary that can keep him safe and provide him a life that is not about being warehoused. He is currently posted for adoption on a couple of sites under a rescue listed as Rescue Inc. of West Palm Beach.. I have no idea who that rescue is- but, the contact information does go to the rescue SOS 4 Paws who he is actually under. If you are able to provide him a home or run a legitimate sanctuary and can provide him a life with you- please contact them.
|For the record I have never sent MDAS 100s of emails. I am not a drunk or a witch. I also do not watch Fox News and am not a Republican. I am a non drunk, non witch, non mass email sending, non Fox News watching Independent.|