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Supporters of Noah's Ark
QUESTION: WHY DO (SOME) PEOPLE JUDGE BY ONLY MEDIA
From what I know, Noah’s Ark is a big place to house so many "unwanted", and "special needs", cats/dogs that were slated for immediate euthanasia by the LA City/County shelters. All of these poor animals cannot be pulled by rescue and so many die (I have the stats if you want them). Animals coming into a shelter with critical medical conditions, orphaned kittens/puppies, cats/dogs labeled as so-called "bad temperaments" (would not we humans have bad temperaments if we were caged in a cold kennel?) are certain to be killed (unless a rescue is allowed to get to them in time or at all) by our high kill shelters. Have you or anyone on CL who is forming such negative opinions against Noah's Ark went to their website? Have you been to their facility? I believe that they are also open seven days a week – nearly all rescue groups are not lucky enough to be able to do that. Isn’t a “no-kill” facility a wonderful thing? Do you realize that they also adopt animals out to homes that they will have love & a forever home?
It is my understanding that these kennels are cleaned at least twice a day and if you think about it, the number of dogs & kennels, with the help of volunteers - this seems sufficient.
In no way do I believe any of these animals went without food or water nor do I believe that all water/food dishes were filthy. Possibly a few (I am guessing) - dogs & especially puppies can get a water dish dirty within minutes of it being cleaned & holding fresh water. The media showed pictures of some dogs that did look terrible, but they arrive from the shelters that way – figures those are the images that appear on then news or newspapers. It does take a little time to make sure all-important issues are taken care of first and if they arrive at a low weight, it takes time to build that weight up to normal.
The question was brought up about the animals "going immediately to the Vet”, but, because some dogs are not people friendly, or not approachable, that a few days could go by, with the fur matted and if you know long hair animals there is a huge problem with feces getting on the fur unless the back area is shaved.
I feel confident enough to say that a) it is better to allow the animal to trust the person before putting it thru' a traumatic event right on top of another (being pulled from the shelters) and b) that the # of these animals are the minority.
Have any of you who have judged in such a negative manner have the knowledge that this news is traveling all over the US? The support behind Noah's Ark will be tremendous and hopefully, it will put an end to what some of the Long Beach City Shelter staff created. If these animals are held for at least a year as quoted by Quigley herself, some will die as they need the medical attention they “were” receiving, many are senior animals just looking for someone to love them and just like putting humans in nursing homes, this certainly will have some effect on the spirit of some of these animals. It is time for the people to stand up against shelters who have a vendetta and I hope that everyone will educate themselves on this entire issue and help the animals get back to Noah's Ark from the Animal Shelters where so many were rescued from - the animals need YOU. Think about the certain deaths of the "normal" numbers of animals that will be coming into this shelter everyday - they are sure to be killed much earlier in the game all because shelters and many people think rescues are a bad thing. There are good & bad but I can assure you that the good rescues certainly outweigh the bad ones.
Noah's Ark has nothing to do with hoarders either - they make every effort to adopt out as many of the animals that they can.
Hi Friends- 8/25/06
Thanks to all who called the media. There was quite a bit of coverage of the rescuers' side of this story today. Thanks especially to those who came to the hearing . It was very hard to sit and listen to the lies and misrepresentations being spouted by the LB City attorney without being able to dispute anything she said. It was a constant stream of pure bs. BUT we had a couple of wonderful attorneys (Thank you so much, Jennifer Pryor!!!) and a rational judge found in favor of ordering a temporary injunction whereby the vets contracted by LB AC must contact Noah's Arks' vet (who has offered to treat the animals free of charge!) if they deem any animal that was seized from Noah's Ark should be euthanized. It's a small victory and it was fought tooth and nail by LB AC and the LB city attorney but the injunction is supposed to hold for 14 days. One step at a time. There will be more hearings and continued support will be needed.
I must give major kudos to LAAS GM Ed Boks. He showed up at 8am and spoke in defense of the animals to the press. When we were told there would be a change of venue from LB to San Pedro, he got in his car and drove to San Pedro and stayed through the entire hearing (it lasted until 3PM) His presence lent credibility to our side of the case especially with the press. I must say I was very impressed. He stood up for the animals and the rescue community and that scores him a lot of points in my book.
If any of you have pictures and stories of animals that went to Noah's Ark please send them to me. We want evidence of the condition these animals were in before they went to Noah's Ark. AC is trying to portray Noah's Ark as having "sick, emaciated" etc animals but what they are not telling the public and the court is that THAT IS HOW THESE ANIMALS CAME IN!
Thanks and best wishes-
EMAIL LONG BEACH
OFFICIALS TO PROTECT ALEX'S ANIMALS
PLEASE SEND EMAILS TO THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE. WE NEED TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO PREVENT LONG BEACH ANIMAL CONTROL FROM KILLING THE SENIOR AND SPECIAL NEEDS ANIMALS CONFISCATED FROM NOAH'S ARK.
WHEN THEY GET INTO THEIR OFFICES ON THURSDAY MORNING, THEY SHOULD KNOW THAT RESCUERS AND ANIMAL- LOVERS ALL ACROSS L.A. COUNTY AND BEYOND ARE WILLING TO HELP.
TELL THEM WE WANT TO SECURE THE RELEASE TO LOCAL RESCUE GROUPS OF THE SENIORS AND ANIMALS NEEDING DAILY MEDICATION.
HERE'S A LINK TO AN ARTICLE IN THE LONG BEACH PRESS-TELEGRAM ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED:
Gary DeLong, Alex's City Councilmember
DeLong's Administrative Analyst
DeLong's Legislative Analyst
Mayor Bob Foster
Mayor's Chief of Staff:
City Manager Gerald R. Miller
City Attorney Robert E. Shannon
City Prosecutor Thomas M. Reeves
Subject: 911! NOAH'S ARK'S ANIMALS SEIZED BY POLICE: RESCUERS PLEASE HELP: TIPPI AT RISK!!
Subject: Pound confiscated all Noah's Ark's animals!
This is urgent. Weeks a go Alex of Noah’s Ark filed a complaint with the Long beach City Attorney. Then today Long Beach “raids” Noh’s Ark. Coincidence?!
The Long Beach Pound will most likely kill any of the animals they want without a hold by claiming them as being “ill”. They don’t want to feed and care for the animals and it helps their case if they can say they HAD to kill b/c they were ill. This means animals like Tippi may be murdered without even considering that she had surgery recently and is actually healing (see photos I have attached to this email). Alex has taken so many seniors and so many who have required surgery. Those are the ones the pound will quickly put into “unadoptable” or even “ill” categories. I have had personal interaction with Officer Quigley who they say is in charge of this and this officer is not a person who is on the side of the animals.
These animals’ lives are at risk now! Please call Long Beach ASAP at 562-570-7387 and please contact all the names of the people below. Please please take the time to write to everyone of these officials. Also contact Lisa Siegal at KCAL (323-467-9999) and ask her to tell the other side of the story. Demand that they tell the other side at least.
P.S. Does anyone else find it amazing that the scandals at the pounds never seem to make it on the news? Who is it who calls the news for this? It must be someone at the pound who sees this as an opportunity.
I'm sorry if you are getting this as a duplicate. I just got back from picking up our last South L.A leftover from spaying and heard the terrible news about Noah's Ark on the radio then got home and got several emails. This seems to be the latest one. If you are not aware of the situation, please read the email from the bottom up.
We are being asked to call the Long Beach shelter (I guess we'll have to call tomorrow am OR you could send a fax anytime as the fax number is listed too) and politely ask that the seized dogs be released to other rescues/fosters. Many of the dogs that were seized are senior and special needs dogs. Alex, the head of Noah's Ark has been the last hope of many dogs who no one else would take. It would be such a tragedy to see them killed. Please help. Donations are being accepted through Jennifer Pryor.
Update on Noah's
Ark and Long Beach Animal Control
Long Beach Animal Control is seizing all the animals. There are approx. 100 dogs and 150 cats.
PLS DO NOT go down to Noah's Ark and attempt to get your animals. They will not be released to you.
A restraining order has been put on the animals by Alex's attorney. For now the animals will not be killed. They are being held as evidence at the Long Beach Shelter.
There is a possibility that anyone who bailed a dog out for Alex under their own group or name will be able to redeem the animal from Long Beach Shelter. I will have more details on that later.
Additionally, I am hoping to have a complete list of all the animals who originated from LAAS. I will e mail a list with impound numbers and/or names of animals as soon as I get it.
Alex and the animals need your help. Long Beach shelter is an extremely HIGH KILL SHELTER. As such, the animals will need to be rescued the moment they are released as evidence and become available. If you have any room pls help by taking one or two into your rescue.
I will follow up with descriptions of the animals when I have a complete list.
Subject: Noah's Ark and
Long Beach Animal Control: CALL THE NEWS
Dear Animal World:
KCAL 9 news' Lisa Segal just did a fluff piece on this terrible tragedy. I do not know Noah's ARk but i know one thing, these 250 animals are not better of in the Long Beach Pound. They are HIGH kill, they hate feral cats (personal experience) and they will make any excuse to kill these angels.
What Ms Segal did not present or know i assume, is that:
1. Maybe Noah's Ark JUST got these animals out of the pound, streets etc and that is why they look so bad.
2. That the Long Beach Pound (I refuse to call them a shelter) did not have to take all 250 animals like gung ho cowboys. They could have easily told her to have a moratorium on taking in animals and could have told her to clean up her act. But no, at taxpayers' expense, they took everyone.
3. WHAT we forget is that the POUND is no better and the pound's solution is killing. In this day and age, we say NO to killing healthy and treatable animals.
I saw many, many many beautiful dogs being walked out of there and they looked great. There was no suffering there. maybe they lived in a cage for now but as for their physical health, they were in good shape, better than the pound i might add.
So I BEG you to nicely call Lisa Segal at KCAL 9 NEWS and ask her to interview those of us know the REAL truth.
Please call KCAL 9 Lisa Segal 323-467-9999 Ask the newsdesk for the comments line. PLEASE include my points.
And also call the Long Beach Pound and tell them how you feel. Tell them they should have worked with her, not taken all her dogs and cats at huge taxpayers' expense and animal suffering.
Stray Cat Alliance/
Feral Cat Alliance
Subject: HELP!!! NEED MEDIA QUICK!!![Fwd: 911! NOAH'S ARK'S ANIMALS SEIZED BY POLICE: RESCUERS PLEASE HELP: TIPPI AT RISK!!]
Of UTMOST urgency! !! Many poor dogs,
as well as the survival of the entire rescue community are at risk!
If we ever needed it, now is the time to call in any media contacts to put pressure on Long Beach Shelter for their fascist raid on poor Alex, the rescuer who saved and rehabilitated little "Tippi", that dog with the tumor on her head that you helped us with before. This is sheer retaliation (see attached history) from someone who adopted a dog from
her, then wanted to euthanize it, rather than give it back to Alex. Alex called the police for help - not only did they not help her, now they are joining the retaliation and /harming/ her and the animals! If we can't expose this, and reverse the travesty, this will be allowed to happen to ALL rescuers; unchecked; at any moment!!
If you can think of anything to do or anyone to call........???
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