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Callie, dear Callie

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This is for Ms. Callie;
I am so sorry. I let you down. A lot of people tried to do the best for you but were thwarted at every move.  The dog walkers, Jordan Holder and others at LCHS, Animal Assistance of Niagara, Dave McMahon, all tried. All but those that should have, are paid to care and try to do the right thing. You sweet girl are another victim. You like so many before you and so many more to follow . Victims.

Please help Callie

Please help Callie

I have to believe in Karma.

No one should be allowed to get away with what this guy has done to this poor sweet girl and not be “rewarded”

This from the “compassionate” SOB!

Hi everyone,
As many of you know, Callie has been with a new foster parent for a little while now and she has been doing very well in her now home. A few weeks ago we asked for a foster parent after we found she was losing some weight. We also had blood test and x-rays done. Earlier today we learned that Callie has cancer and has little time left. The veterinarian has suggested to keep her in her foster home for her final week.
This is very sad news to share for a dog that so many people worked with and were quite fond of. Thank you to everyone for going to bat for Callie and finding her a loving and caring home to enjoy her few remaining days in. We (and Callie) truly appreciate it.
Kevin Strooband
Executive Director

CALLIE’S STORY

November 9, 2012 by | Leave a comment

Callie: On the night of October 17th, post AGM meeting that wasn’t I was speaking with one of the volunteers from LCHS. We chatted about the events of the evening which then led into discussion on other matters  and concerns, which then led to my learning about Callie. She was going to be killed within the week. Callie is a a beautiful 90 lb.King Shepherd Wheaten cross. She is a return adoptee as a result of a temperament issues.  She is an independent girl that loves to run and play. She loves her toys  but is quite reticent about sharing them. She is a high energy, full of spunk girl with a great sense of humour. Callie needs a home where she can run and play. Callie needs a child free home where she is the only furry companion. She is in the shelter and has been for a very long time Her cage, until very recently has  sported a PTS (due to aggression).

Emails were dispatched to rescue groups asking for others to post  Callie, they did and continue to do so.I contacted the very well known and highly respected Dog Trainer, Dave McMahon who immediately responded with an offer to profile Callie on his radio show and have her profile posted on his FB. He has even offered his services free of charge to her new family. One of the LCHS volunteers that works with Callie was to go on the show @ 8:50 am to talk about her. Very late the evening prior to the broadcast I receive a telephone call from the coordinator of the show asking me what was going on.   I am totally ignorant of the problem but apparently the volunteer has bailed on the interview BUT LCHS ED has stepped in to save the day! Strooband has discovered this golden opportunity to hit the airwaves, bumps the volunteer, rearranges the interview time, goes on the air and promotes himself and the Spay Neuter Clinic in a Public Service Message! Naturally, I tuned in at the previously agreed to scheduled time to listen to Strooband speak not knowing he had rescheduled and heard nothing until just before wrap up when some man (the coordinator)”called “in to elaborate on  Strooband’s profile of Callie to explain her issues. HUH?  Strooband had once again, made hay at the expense of one of the animals. He did not discuss Callie other than to say she was an aggressive dog  because he doesn’t know anything about her. He was going to kill her!

Animal Assistance  Niagara has been absolutely incredible. They have put up posters around town which have resulted in some interest calls. McMahon called me and offered me another shot on his show to promote Callie.

All of a sudden, Callie appears on a video on the LCHS FB page. It is a great video BTW and then a profile pic appears and she is available for adoption. This is great news and we are all delighted that not only is Callie alive (the PTS order has been removed from her enclosure), at least for now, but she is getting the attention she needs and deserves. Because, Strooband has finally stepped up, I have backed off, declining to go McMahon’s show suggesting that some one that knows her e.g. a volunteer speak on her behalf and have referred all inquiries regarding Callie to LCHS.

And then yesterday, I see this: click here to see how Callie is once again in jeopardy

The following is a posting Callie’s former person wrote in the LCHS Facebook.  Do YOU think Callie should have been killed as Strooband ordered?Judging from the final sentence it seems pretty clear Callie’s former person did not know she was on death row and is once again……….

“CALLIE is beautiful girl at the Lincoln County Humane Society at great risk of being euthanized. She is in URGENT need of a home, or even a foster home.”

“Hey everyone! I wanted to do a little post on Callie!
I had Callie for one year – and in a lot of ways it was one of the best years of my life! We went running every day, sometimes twice a day, and so much weekend hiking (car rides are her favorite)- she has so much energy! I loved the time we spent outside together…the reason I have decided to give her up, is because I work full time and have started school at night…trust me, I would much rather be running Callie in the fresh air :p :( Unfourtunately I also did not have the time to socialize callie to my horse, who is my 1st priority …she won’t be able to be the “horse show dog” I was hoping she could be. ….my horse will be 5 next year and we will be gone a lot to an environment that would be too much for cal…she would have to stay at the boarding kennel…she LOVES kids and no, she doesn’t bite to hurt people…if she has ever put her teeth on someone it would have been accidental. she’s a SWEET heart to people …she is capable of getting along with other dogs but under a very supervised watch…she really is a fantastic dog who deserves a loving home… if Callie is not adopted by 2013 I will be adopting her again myself…she is loving and beautiful and she deserves the right home…thank you LCHS for helping to find the right place for her

What Lisa did not know was that  contrary to what she was told by Strooband “for her (Callie), there is no alternative”, “she will be adopted”, Callie was going to be killed without any effort at finding her a home. And she was going to be killed within two weeks of her surrender, never getting a chance.

Many of us tried to save Callie. She was kept in the “stray” area for months where the public are not permitted. How would this accomplish adoption. She then made it to the adoption area where the public could see er but were afraid to approach due to the orange pylons in front of her enclosure and the signs warning she would bite. Really?  This is the same dog that was taken to a an adoptathon where she behaved beautifully. This is the same dog that had her picture taken with Santa with no problem.

Well, Mr. Strooband you are going to get your way, Callie is going to die and the best part is her death will not even count against your annual statistics. You didn’t have to stick a needle in this one’s heart. You just broke it, that’s all.

CALLIE

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One thought on “Callie, dear Callie

  1. Very sad.

    You also nailed it on the head when you wrote that there were orange pylons outside her enclosure. WTF?????? Orange f—-ing pylons??? What the hell does the LCHS actually DO for animals in its care? Absolutely disgusting. I can’t believe that animals actually come out of that place alive.

    Thank God that I adopted three of our cats (that now live the life of luxury in a safe and normal home) and that they escaped their certain fate of euthanasia over there on Fourth. *One of those cats, at 7 months, was slated for euthanasia because she was a “biter and unsociable”. As I write this, she’s sleeping on my lap. At 7 months of age she had already been abused by her former owners who left her abandoned when they moved house. She is now four years old, happy, content, and is a delight.

    Sadly, Callie was never given the chance, as so many animals over there aren’t.

    Thanks for writing this piece, Julia.

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