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A state appeals court in Washington has declared Pierce County’s dangerous-dog ordinance unconstitutional — specifically, the part of it that requires $250, or more, to get a hearing.
“You shouldn’t have to purchase justice,” said Bellingham attorney Adam Karp, who represented a Pierce County woman who challenged the law.
The case stems from an April 2009 incident in which a 7-pound Pomeranian named Kayla was allegedly attacked by a Great Pyrenees mix named Blizzard. The Pomeranian was so badly hurt it had to be put down.
A Pierce County animal control officer declared Blizzard dangerous, which meant her owner, Heidi Downey, had to meet a number of stringent requirements if she wanted to keep the dog.
Under county law, animal control officers can deem a dog dangerous without holding a hearing. To get one, dog owners were required to pay $125 for an initial hearing, and another $250 to get a hearing with a member of the Auditor’s Office.
Downey paid for an initial hearing and lost. She paid more for a formal hearing with testimony from witnesses. She lost that one too. Downey appealed to Superior Court, lost again, and then took her case to the Court of Appeals.
In arguments earlier this summer, her attorney, in addition to presenting his client’s side of the story — that Blizzard had been wrongly identified as the perpetrator — argued the fees were unfair.
Last week, a Court of Appeals panel ruled the fees unconstitutional because they deprive people who can’t afford them of the right to challenge the county’s declaration of their dogs as dangerous.
The panel also ruled the county does not have a rigorous enough process for deeming an animal dangerous.
County Auditor Julie Anderson said, pending a planned appeal, she has suspended the practice of collecting fees from people seeking a hearing. The county will also will refund fees to those people who have paid but not yet had their hearing.
“This is a temporary measure until we can settle the law,” she told The News Tribune in Tacoma in an email.
Karp said the ruling could have repercussions for other governments that charge fees for dangerous dog hearings, including Tacoma, Lakewood, Puyallup and Bonney Lake.
Attorneys for the county argued that the policy allows dog owners a choice: They can get a $250 permit and take out a $250,000 insurance policy that allows them to keep a dangerous dog, or they can pay the fees to challenge the designation.
As one justice noted, though, the policy makes dogs guilty until proven innocent — and unable to have their innocence proven without paying up front.
And what about Blizzard? The appeals court ruled there had not been enough evidence presented to declare the dog dangerous. They ordered the designation reversed.
Posted by jwoestendiek December 6th, 2011 under Muttsblog.
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As white and fluffy as the clouds overhead, this Great Pyrenees sprawled in the grass seems to go on forever.
That’s because what you’re seeing are really two Great Pyrenees — Pyreneeses, Pyreni? (Actually, the plural is the same as the singular.)
We stopped to photograph the pair over the weekend, while attending a fundraiser for a new dog park in Tanglewood, outside Winston-Salem.
Opal and Pearl, who are sisters, were both adopted through Carolina Great Pyrenees Rescue.
Posted by jwoestendiek October 6th, 2011 under Muttsblog.
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It’s not something the typical dog owners does, but with enough sheddings and some hard work you can make a shawl out of your shiba inu, a cowl out of your collie, a scarf out of your Schipperke, or even an afghan out of your Afghan.
Denise Rothwell of Great Falls, Montana, has turned the fur from her two Great Pyrenees — Bella and Windsor — into scarves and throw blankets, with a litle help from her mother.
Shirley Rothwell spins Bella and Windsor’s hair into yarn, and her daughter does the knitting. Denise got the idea from a book, and asked her mother to make the yarn.
“The fur is white and beautiful. Great Pyrenees are double coated, with a long top layer and a short downy under layer. It’s really quite pretty. I first made her a scarf and I am working on an afghan,” Shirley told the Great Falls Tribune.
Shirley, with Bella and Windsor at her side, demonstrated how to spin shed dog hair into yarn over the weekend at the Montana State Fair.
Denise combs her dogs on a regular basis and collects the hair in plastic bags. She turns it over to her mother, who washes it with Dawn dishwashing soap and places it in a lingerie bag to soak in 140 degree water.
Dawn, Shirley said, takes out that wet dog smell.
Shirley has started an afghan made up of the coats of all six of her Great Pyrenees her daughter has owned. Denise sees it as a way to preserve her memories of them.
“Some people keep ashes or other mementos for their pets, and this is my memento,” Denise said.
(Photo: Larry Beckner / Great Falls Tribune)
Posted by jwoestendiek August 1st, 2011 under Muttsblog.
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The kindness of strangers has gotten Ozzie a long way. Now the Great Pyrenees — abandoned as a pup — is ready for his next big step.
Ozzie was one of three pups abandoned by a breeder. For five months, they wandered North Carolina’s coast, until a stranger coralled them and called Carolina Great Pyrenees Rescue.
The rescue’s president Martha Rehmeyer, of Winston-Salem, took the three brothers in.
The dogs were dirty and emaciated, didn’t trust people, and had never worn collars. They were also big — the gentle breed commonly surpasses the 100-pound mark.
Rehmeyer and other volunteers spent months training and socializing the pets and, once that was accomplished, Ozzie’s brothers, Big Um and Titan, quickly found adoptive homes.
But Ozzie didn’t, mainly because he walked funny – like a duck, Rehmeyer explained to the Winston-Salem Journal. His back paws splayed out at 90-degree angles. X-rays showed that the knee ligaments in his back legs weren’t properly developed. Ozzie underwent surgery on his right leg, to insert a pin that would hold his knee in place, and thereby straighten out one of his paws. A few months later he had the same surgery on his left leg. He’s now staying temporarily in Greensboro with a foster mom, Susan Tanzer, who calls him a “bionic” dog. The rescue organization is seeking a forever home for him.
Carolina Great Pyrenees Rescue charges a $250 adoption fee for each dog, an amount meant to cover the cost of spaying or neutering, as well as house training and socializing the animals for adoption.
Rehmeyer wouldn’t divulge how much Ozzie’s surgeries cost, saying that wasn’t important. “We do it for the love of the breed, for the love of the dogs.”
To learn about Ozzie and the rescue’s other dogs, visit its website.
(Photo courtesy of Carolina Great Pyrenees Rescue)
Posted by jwoestendiek January 7th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
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A day after Jeter died in a fire, condolences and offers of help were pouring in to the Piqua, Ohio family whose lives the Great Pyrenees helped save.
Glenda Moss said she was awakened by Jeter as she slept in a recliner about 6 a.m. At first she tried to brush the 120-pound dog off, but then she smelled smoke.
Moss ran down the hall, woke up her son, David, 19, and fled with him and Jeter. Then, for unknown reasons Jeter went back inside the house, where he died in the fire.
Since then, the Dayton Daily News reports, Moss has received offers of a new dog, including one from the owner of Petland of Piqua.
“It’s really hard to hear when people lose their pet,” Jacque Lavy, store sales manager, said. “We wanted to do this. We are not here to replace him, but offer another companion.”
Connie Cawthon of Texas e-mailed after reading about Jeter to let the Moss family know that her husband’s boss has a dog — part Pyrenees — who needs a good home. She offered to drive up with the dog and meet her halfway.
Others, most asking to remain anonymous, offered donations, a pet memorial and a pastel pet portrait of Jeter.
Firefighters said the fire at the Moss home started in the garage and spread to the house, causing $90,000 in damage. The cause remains under investigation.
Jennie Leininger of Cincinnati, Moss’ daughter, said her mother appreciated the offers.
“She said her broken heart was very warmed by all of the response, by people reaching out.”
Posted by jwoestendiek June 15th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
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A three-year-old boy lost for two days in Missouri’s Mark Twain National Forest may have been kept warm enough to survive by the family’s giant white fluffy dog.
Joshua Childers wandered away from his home last week and into the forest, spending two nights in temperatures that dropped to 40 degrees, according to KSPR in Springfield.
“One of our initial concerns was how could a 35-pound child could stay alive in forty degree weather in the rain for two nights and three days,” said Steven Crawford, Childer’s doctor. “That may be the answer, and he was telling about being with the dog at night.”
The family dog is a Great Pyrenees, and weighs about 125 pounds.
“The fact that the child survived the exposure to begin with, it’s miraculous as far as I’m concerned,” Crawford said. Crawford said the child told him he drank stream water and that he didn’t sleep much. The child was released from the hospital this weekend after being treated for hypothermia, scratches and bug bites.
The family’s dog disappeared around the time Joshua did and reappeared at the family’s home right after he was found. The doctor thinks the dog was with Joshua the whole time, although, when the child was found, two other dogs were with him. The family thinks those dogs may have scared the family pet away.
Luke Robinson set out on a walk with his dogs in March of last year — a 2,000-plus-mile walk, from Austin to Boston.
He’s still going.
Robinson and his two Great Pyrenees dogs — who have made it as far as Ohio — are trekking across the country to to call attention to, and raise funds to combat, canine cancer, which claimed one of his dogs in 2006.
After that, Robinson, who was working a 90-hour week at his high tech and life science business firm, did some re-evaluating, during which he came upon the idea of the walk.
Accompanying him are Murphy, who is about 7 years old, and Hudson, who’s 2.
They set out Austin in March, headed for Boston, which is Robinson’s home. In July, the passed through Arkansas; in August they made it through Memphis. They’re stopping to volunteer at shelters and humane societies along the way, which Robinson says gives him a chance to interact with animal lovers, experts, caregivers and those doing research into canine cancer.
“Definitely it has made the experience richer and fuller after hearing all of the stories,” he told the Willliamson Herald in Tennessee. “People want to know what is causing canine cancer and we have found that canine cancer is a crisis. Not only is cancer significant in dogs, but it is also hitting them at a younger age. It is so prevalent that some dogs are having their life spans downgraded.”
Malcolm was only 6 when he was diagnosed, Robinson said, and 8 when he was put to sleep. On the trip, Robinson wears one of his Malcolm’s claws and some of his ashes around his neck.
They average eight to 10 miles per day, he said. “When we are walking, we are working,” Robinson said. “When I get on the road with them and they get a rhythm, we work well together…the first 15 minutes, they are just pulling me.”
Robinson’s website, keeps track of his travels, and contains information about the walk and products you can buy to support it.
Posted by jwoestendiek March 29th, 2009 under Muttsblog, videos.
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