Saturday, August 25, 2012

Caring for the Spindletop Refugees

Since last July 17 when Leah Purcell called to announce her joint was being raided, Reunion Rescue has hit the deck running. We had four dogs boarded at Spindletop, BeBe (formerly known as Batgirl, Amber, Stella and Angel (who is now called Skinny Dennis.)

Life on the fast track would be an understatement of the first degree. It took four trips back and forth to Conroe to get our dogs back. Amber, Skinny Dennis and BeBe are safe here at the sanctuary and refuge soon to be the Reunion Rescue No-Kill Refuge. Stella is suspected of being one of the 38 killed dogs in Spindletop's Morgan Building.

We ended up with two more along the way. Nolan was literally en route to Spindletop with at least $450 in donations pocketed by Leah Purcell when his driver heard about the raid and turned her car around. Feo was illegally pulled from the city of Alvin shelter by Spindletop last winter by fraudulently using Reunion Rescue's federal EIN number.

Feo is boarded in Houston while we raise the money to transport Skinny Dennis to his new home.

Nolan is undergoing major veterinary care due to past abuse and being nearly starved to death by his former owners.

Our ability to raise funds for these and other dogs in the care of Reunion Rescue has been seriously impeded by Zandra Anderson, the Texas Dog Lawyer who represents Spindletop. Based on false accusations, Anderson has manipulated the Examiner in pulling all of the articles to try and help Reunion dogs, articles that tell the true story about what happened at Spindletop.

Reunion Rescue depends on these articles to help fund boarding fees, food, medical bills and care for the dogs. Amazingly, Spindletop and the dog lawyer had no problem cashing in the almost $10K paid out in boarding fees since May, 2011.

We have re-published the articles on this blog, Pit Bulls and Other Animals, but still need help to care for the ones still alive who survived the horrors at Spindletop and the other dogs in our care. All of these dogs can be accessed on our website. Some of the crossposted ones like Izzy, the Spindletop girl we tried to help, have been reunited with their owners and will soon be written up in a happy ending article.

Stella thought to be killed by Spindletop
Several of the trolls who populate the Spindletop camp have raised issue with Reunion Rescue raising money to pay for the animals needs. This is how rescue works. Reunion Rescue, unlike Spindletop, is a 501(c)(3) federal non profit in excellent standing. All monies raised go toward the care of animals without salaries, without meals, without house payments, no rum and no fireworks.

We will be getting a vet report on Nolan today with information about his situation and care.

To donate toward Skinny Dennis's transport, please visit our website and click on the donation button.

Feo boarded in Houston
Feo is still in boarding in Houston and will need transport to Austin.

The bills for Amber, BeBe, Nolan, Feo and Angel Skinny Dennis's care, spay/neuter, vet and food total 1661.76 which does not include the monthly boarding for our California dogs at $875 per month.

Reunion Rescue has always kept meticulous records in order to care for the animals in our charge. A concerted effort seems to have been waged to stop Reunion from being able to financially care for the dogs and continue our work in saving animals. Not only have the articles been removed by Zandra Anderson, but the effort to help other animals in need by writing articles has been severely halted.

We have created a page to try and care for our Reunion Rescue Spindletop Refugees:!/pages/Reunion-Rescue-Spindletop-Refugees/133786356764302

Spindletop dog
Please stop by and 'like' our page.

The Spindletop followers have attacked me personally for filing bankruptcy. This has never been a secret as the information is public knowledge. I would like to add that rescue work is debilitating and exhausting both financially and physically. Reunion Rescue continued to save animals no matter what hurdles we faced. Never in our almost fifteen years of rescue work have we ever stopped helping animals or turned any animal in our care over to a shelter or to another rescue group.

Skinny Dennis
We are not going to question why anyone would applaud people who run a place that was raided and in which almost 300 animals were seized from urine, feces, vomit-stained filth and attack a rescue trying to help animals. Some of the incredulous statements made by these individuals are astoundingly inaccurate and downright cruel. Personal comments aside, the attacks against Reunion Rescue will not be tolerated.

Our complete history is documented in Pit Bull Nation along with some wonderful resources about raw feeding, homeopathic treatment, detox and training even the most difficult dogs. Should anyone have a realistic complaint, why not do the research first and buy the book? All proceeds like all donations to Reunion go 100% to the dogs.

We would very much appreciate the ability to carry on our mission to save animals.

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