Sunday, March 15, 2009

Animal Owner Abuse

Even though we live in Georgia, our local animal shelter manager sent Jan an email on Texas Bill HB 1046 and since we read her mail (shhhh, don't tell!), we're going to share it with you. We know most of you don't live in Texas either but we can guess this type of animal owner abuse could happen in any state. And by extension, it is also a form of animal abuse. If you think otherwise, wait until this type of dishonorable animal confiscation affects you or someone you know. We are 100% against actual animal abuse -- and owner abuse!

John Stossel did a segment on the ABC News Documentary 20/20.

"Cruelty to Owners," Part 1

"Cruelty to Owners," Part 2

We hope you noted at the end a clear distinction was made between these independent SPCA groups and the ASPCA. The independents are not affliliated with the ASPCA, but whenever they make a highly publicized "raid," donations to the independent group go up.

HB 1046 allows for due process of the law and prohibits unscrupulous animal rights groups from denying the rights of animal owners in these cruelty cases. Many times these animal rights groups step way beyond the realm of cruelty as defined by Texas law in an effort to seize animals for their own financial gain or to satisfy their thirst for spiteful revenge. They prey on judges that are ill prepared to determine if cruelty has even been committed in an effort to get warrants for search and seizure. Unfortunately these animal rights groups portray themselves as experts in defining cruelty and convince the judges to go along with their suggested search and seizure.

There is currently no protection from the courts that allow the accused to prove his or her innocence. This is a shame and a disgrace for our judicial system. This leaves us with a one sided demon that opens the door for abuse at the highest level of our government.

Support HB 1046. Because as it stands right now in Texas, there is a hearing but not a trial.
1) If the judge turns animals over to an animal shelter or orders euthanasia, there is no appeal.
2) Judges are human and therefore imperfect. There needs to be a safety net.
3) The law requires an appeal bond to take care of the animals; therefore local governments will not be saddled with high appeal costs.
4) Hard to place animals (such as large dogs, older animals) have a high probability of being euthanized after the hearing.
5) If a cruelty case is strong and well documented, we should not fear allowing the defendants a chance to appeal.

HB 1046 is scheduled for a hearing in the Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Committee
2:00 PM or upon final adjourn./recess
Monday, March 16, 2009
PLACE: E2.010, State Capitol, Austin

If you can't attend the hearing, you can still call Monday before the meeting -- it's too late to write! -- and let the members of the Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Committee know you do not support animal abuse, but you do support this bill to help protect both animals and owners from a gestapo-type seizure and disposal of animals that are not being abused. And you want them to support HB 1046! Please be brief and respectful.

Representatives Email add area code 512- PHONE/FAX
Todd Hunter (Chair) 463-0672/463-2101
Bryan Hughes (Vice-Chair) 463-0271/463-1515
Roberto Alonzo 463-0408/463-1817
Dan Branch 463-0367/322-9935
Will Hartnett 463-0576/463-7827
Jim Jackson 463-0468/463-1044
David Leibowitz 463-0269/320-0555
Tryon Lewis 463-0546/463-8067
Jerry Madden 463-0544/463-9974
Armando “Mando”Martinez 463-0530/463-0849
Beverly Woolley 463-0696/463-9333


  1. ...and we all live in Dallas. Thanks for sharing.

  2. We live in Austin. LoLLy is a rescue from a very very terrible situashon and that is why we set up to help spred the werd about rescues in a fun and happy way to hopefully draw attenshon to the cause in our own way too. We will definitely get on this informashon thank you every bit helps. UGH! Sadly, your PaLs, LuLu and LoLLy.

  3. Dear Jan and Funnies, hi, it is us again. We just wanted to say a double dose of wow, this is definitely good to make everybody think. OK, by again, LuLu and LoLLy

  4. This crazy guy needs to be stopped. It does not sound like he cares about the animals at all. I'd like to bite him, but I haven't got many teeth left.

    licks & slobbers

  5. Hi, thanks for stopping by my garden party!!!

    xoxo Jonesie

  6. Thanks for always being up and about in protecting animals!
    As for the hula: the grass skirt isn't even Hawaiian! It came from the Gilbert islands in the late 1900eds. And the costumes you see in the video on our blog aren't really old hula style either - it was the missionaries influence that messed up the authentic Hawaiian....
    But the dances you see at the youtube channel we put up is pretty much what real hula is all about....

  7. Don't live in Texas, but it does make us think.. Thanks for posting the videos.

  8. Oh, this man is EVIL. We hopes he can be stopped. We can't imagine how awful it would be to be taken away from our home like that. And how can a JUDGE make an intelligent decision when they are only hearing one side. The Judge should have to hear from the OWNER before they can let that mean man seize the animals. ~S,S,C & F

  9. Wow. Thanks for sharing this info.

    Tinkerbell, Oscar and Tucker

  10. wow...thats is scarry stuff...meow....thanks for sharing it with all us furry ones...meow...oh yeah mom said to thank yous fur the "happy B Day" greetings too...mes is getting to be an ole furry one here...meow....

  11. We dont live in Texas, but this is certainly unacceptable. Thanks for posting this and bringing awareness to the issue Jan.

    jaime and the furkids

  12. We saw both videos and they left us speechless. The "hearing" before the judge gave out the warrant was ridiculous! What a horrible situation for those animal owners!!!

  13. OMG that is just not right. Those animals had good homes. We do realize that their are legitimate cases of abuse but these do not appear to be that..

    Big Sloppy Kisses
    Gus, Louie and Callie

  14. So there'sualification standard to determine what is or is not abuse. Why not REQUIRE a sworn statement by 3 veterinarians. What type of American justice offers not route of appeal? where is the ACLU?
    - TBH

  15. Thanks for sharing with us and creating awareness..

  16. Wow, we don't live in TX but we think it is important for everyone to be aware of such things. Thank you!

  17. It's good that you share this with us so that it raise awareness..

    ~ Bae

  18. Thank you for sharing this important information!!!

    These things I warmly wish to you-
    Someone to love
    Some work to do
    A bit o' sun
    A bit o' cheer
    And a guardian angel always near.


  19. Beans are over zealous and outrageous. Shame on dem!

    Happy St Patrick's Day!

    We is lookin forward to corn beef later if we can get it away from Jake the woofie first.

  20. We have a little request we'd like to pass on at our bloggy- there is apparently was a mass animal hoarding situation and lots of kitties in Chicago need homes.

  21. Thanks for sharing this important info and videos. We live near Dallas.

  22. Thanks for visiting to wish a happee birfday last week!!

    Dazey and Jesse

  23. How terrible! We hopes all those terrible beans will be stopped.


  24. Jan,
    Thanks so much for raising awareness about this issue. We hadn't even heard about it, and now we're going to be a lot more proactive about getting information. Fingers crossed that the good guys win!

  25. Thanks for calling our attention to this. The accused should always be allowed the opportunity to defend themselves against accusations.

  26. Jan, thank you very much for posting important issues as always!!! We haven't watched news for ages and we weren't aware of this.

    Happy belated Birthday, Samaritan!!!

    Momo & Pinot

  27. Thanks for the enlightment.

    As far as FurballsX2 is concerned. They moved back to their home state and mom bean says there computer is down. It won't stay fixed. So, for now, I guess they won't be back online. Maybe someday.


  28. and they call themselves an animal rights group! what some people will do for publicity and money.

    thanks for your gracious comments about Smalley in the Hedge :)

  29. We watched the video and were outraged! This evil person has to be stopped.


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