Let’s find Alice her Wonderland – UPDATE !!!

Here’s an update on Alice.  Special thanks to Kara Blackburn for providing us with some additional information.

Alice - Photo courtesy of Southern Comfort Animal Rescue

We came to discover that Alice is actually owned by the elderly man’s (the one “housing” Alice) daughter. She showed Scott Bennett from Southern Comfort Animal Rescue the purchase papers, which indicated that she had paid $500 for Alice. We were told that Alice had been bred “a couple times” but from the way her breasts sag, it certainly appears that she’s been bred more than twice.  So, it can be presumed that one reason the owners don’t want to get rid of her is because they could use her for breeding again.

The police officer that went to determine whether Alice was living under acceptable conditions allowed Scott (Southern Comfort Animal Rescue) to provide an acceptable baseline.  If the owners complied, they would be able to keep her.  Scott indicated that Alice needed more adequate shelter, specifically a kennel appropriate for a dog; she needed daily distributions of water and food as well as a complete medical examination.

The owners did in fact move Alice into a larger chain link kennel with an igloo style doghouse.  They are using a small bedpan style bucket for her water, although it isn’t nearly large enough to hold enough water for a pit bull for multiple days, so we can’t determine whether she’s being adequately hydrated.  Plus, for several days in a row Alice’s dog dish was overturned in the same position, leading us to believe that she either has not been fed or that the owners are continuing to throw her food on the ground.  Amazingly, a local police officer said that he was okay with Alice being thrown food, indicating that it is actually the way he feeds his dog (great). New video of Alice here

The owner did take Alice to a veterinarian, but it appears that the examination was only a standard “healthy dog” vetting.  This meant that the vet ran no tests to determine whether Alice has any medical problems, including internal parasites, heartworms, or other issues.

Photo Courtesy of Southern Comfort Animal Rescue

When Scott told the police and the magistrate judge that Alice needed further examination, they informed Scott that the case was dead, stressing that, “The dog is healthy. We looked at her and we can tell.”  Again, it strains credulity that these officials can tell that a dog is healthy just by looking at it; any good vet will counter that a full battery of tests must be run before making such a statement with certainty.

The magistrate Judge Matheson, said that he would not approve animal cruelty charges, because the way the dog was treated was “in the past,” and that her situation had changed.  I feel that it is also important to bear in mind that when Scott asked about previous years’ rabies certificates, Judge Matheson said that there was no law that says people have to get their dogs vaccinated.  Again, we find it necessary to give Judge Matheson a bit of a refresher in the Rules and Regulations for the State of Georgia regarding rabies vaccinations.  Here is the law for your state…try applying it:

Rabies Control Law-O.C.G.A-31- 19

Georgia law requires that all owned dogs and cats be vaccinated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian using approved vaccines in accordance with the national Compendium of Animal Rabies Prevention and Control.

Clearly this judge will continue to turn a blind eye to the law he is supposed to apply based on the facts presented.  He continues to make up the law as he goes stating that the animal cruelty that Alice endured is “in the past.”  Not surprisingly Judge Matheson continues to make up the law as he goes. There is no statute of limitations for animal cruelty and considering this was brought to your attention last month I am sure animal cruelty qualifies.

Alice getting new friends by the hour - Photo courtesy of Southern Comfort Animal Rescue

I’ll leave you on a final note that is continuously ringing in the back of my mind. First, Alice’s owner has indicated that she has FOUR other dogs.  I think most us are concerned about what conditions those animals are in currently.  Second, I’m interested in knowing what she is using them for because after we have seen the condition that Alice was subjected to, I’m afraid there may be a darker, and perhaps illegal, purpose for them.  Certainly it isn’t for a loving companion animal.

“A nation can be judged by the way they treat their animals” ~ Ghandi

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12 Comments

  1. Mary Hays
    Posted March 25, 2011 at 4:10 am | Permalink

    While I do not generally agree with the idea of banning certain breeds of dogs I am beginning to agree with the idea that, for their own safety, it may be best if the breeding of pit bulls is placed under strict controls. I have no doubt that, when raised and cared for by a loving owner, these are fine and loyal companion animals. Unfortunately there seems to be no way to keep these beautiful animals out of the hands of cruel people who enjoy abusing them and forcing them to fight for the amusement of sick people. They are also abused by people who want a “mean” dog to show how tough they are or, all too often, to protect illegal activities. Irresposible or ignorant owners are most often to blame when these, and other dogs both large and small, bite or attack people or other animals. When that happens the dog is blamed and both the animal and the person attacked are victims. I am coming to believe that banning certain breeds may be the only way to protect the animals in question from humans. I realize that is not the reason many people or communities are calling for bans on “vicious” breeds. We need a ban on vicious owners.

  2. valerie
    Posted February 22, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

    The reason Mr. Corley didn’t return your call is because he has nothing to do with the case of “Alice.” He is the over the city dogs; the county has their own animal control officer although the two entities share a joint pound. Many of the contacts listed on the internet have nothing to do with, nor have any association with anyone who would be in charge of an investigation into the pit bull. I’m not condoning that the dog wasn’t living in squaller, but all the negativity on the web is hurting, not helping, the efforts of the local animal protection society who work above and beyond to save dogs. Boycott anything in Georgia, but please don’t destroy the already fragile relationship between the local animal POUND the the IN OUR COUNTY animal protection society, which by the way, is NOT Southern Comfort! They are not located in Toombs County.

  3. admin
    Posted February 22, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    Hi Valerie and thanks for your comment. I did get my facts straight before “publishing on the internet.” Unfortunately, after several messages were left I did not receive a return call back from anyone in the administration, including Mr. Corley. Also, if you read the article you will see that I never said that the same vet that saw Alice was the same vet whose license had lapsed. I hope this clears up some of your frustration. Also, please understand that there have been numerous other articles written citing that Mr. Corley did make those statements.

  4. valerie
    Posted February 22, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

    You really need to get your facts straight before publishing on the Internet. Darel Corley NEVER went to a Chamber of Commerce meeting. In fact, he only hid during an actual city council meeting.

    Also, the vet that saw “Alice” as you all call her, is certainly licensed. The vet who euthanized the 77 dogs license was lapsed, but he is the only practicing vet in the county who is not licensed. Check with the Secretary of State’s webpage for verification next time!

  5. admin
    Posted February 21, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    Helena we could not agree with you more!

  6. Helena Ciranello
    Posted February 21, 2011 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

    GIVE THOSE A VOICE WHO OTHERWISE DO NOT HAVE ONE…..SAVE “ALICE”

  7. Jayne
    Posted February 19, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

    This is why I love animals more than people. So very sad. I hope someone can please please save her & the other 4 dogs!

  8. admin
    Posted February 18, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

    Hi Amber,
    Thanks for commenting! We are working on getting an update right now for you!

  9. Amber
    Posted February 18, 2011 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    Could you update us and let us know if there’s been any change? I am hoping so much that she’s in a better environment with people who’ll love and care for her soon. I know there are many dogs in environments as bad, if not worse, but I’m hoping Alice can be the catalyst that brings about changes in the animal cruelty laws in Georgia. It breaks my heart that anyone could treat their pet like this.

  10. bumblefoot2004
    Posted February 13, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

    Seriously, who the hell throws their dog’s food on the ground? What a dick!

  11. Brenda Hubsher
    Posted February 13, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

    I cant believe Im reading this….the insane response from the judge and police officer who seem to be saying that just because they got a pen and dog box for Alice and a cursory vet exam, that it was if the owners “had gone a wadin’ in the water, but now their feet were dry”. Does that same mentality hold with child abuse, or domestic violence because “Im not beating the child anymore”? Is the message that this judge is sending that if you get caught you dont get in trouble if you stop? Do the laws only apply if he wants them to? Unbelievable!!!!

  12. Shawn
    Posted February 13, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

    It’s ridiculous to hear the ignorance of these officials that are supposed to uphold the law. We pay these people? Freakin stupid backward ass officials. Do what you are paid to do!! No wonder this world is going yo he’ll in a hand basket.

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