UPDATE: Call to Action – The Lancaster County Rock Stars Need Your Help Sept 9th – Protest at the Lancaster County Courthouse

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RockStarB1UPDATE 9/6/13 CALL TO ACTION – SEPT 9TH 8:00 AM – LANCASTER COUNTY COURTHOUSE

The jury trial for Julia Hudson, of Malcom, Nebraska, was set to start Sept 9th. Ms Hudson is the former owner/breeder of the 19 Lancaster County Rockstars that Hearts United for Animals rescued on April 15th, 2013. Authorities had been battling with Ms Hudson for months over the filthy conditions at her facility and the condition of the dogs. While she agreed to surrender 19 of the dogs, that only represented half. The rest are still there, suffering, and it is suspected that she has added more. Conditions cited included inadequate shelter, inadequate food and water supply, and inches of feces in the ramshackle little shanty that many of the dogs were housed in. The larger dogs, Standard Poodles, had no shelter at all. She was charged with animal cruel neglect/abandonment. It is a class 1 misdemeanor.  On September 5th she pled no contest and was found guilty.  We believe it was in an effort to avoid the media attention she knew was coming with our demonstration.  Her attorney insisted upon sentencing that day, no doubt so that she could avoid negative publicity.  The county attorney insisted on a pre-sentence investigation and the judge agreed.  She will be sentenced at a later date.  This will give time to gather more documents to be submitted for consideration.  On Sept 9th we need to make our voices heard.  See below to RSVP on our Facebook events page or email lori@hua.org.  We will have 150 signs featuring the dogs we rescued and photos of the conditions inside the Taj Mahal kennel owned by Julia Hudson.  The signs will be imploring the judge to implement 28-1019, which will sentence Mrs. Hudson to not own animals again for a period of 5 years.  We do not find anything less to be acceptable.  Fines won’t stop her.  Jail time would be nice, but won’t stop her.  Taking away her breeding license still means that she can own dogs, and we are not certain that the Nebraska Department of Agriculture will take away her license.  NO MORE DOGS FOR HUDSON is our request to the judge.

Hearts United for Animals documented the conditions of the 19 dogs rescued from Ms Hudson’s property, taking over 500 photos and submitting an extensive written report to the district attorney and sheriff from the HUA veterinarian, Dr James Gigstad, who triaged the dogs on the day they arrived. Conditions noted included:
• Dogs shaved so brutally that they were burned and bleeding
• A deep open cut oozing infection on the inside of one of the dog’s legs
• Mats the size of golf balls causing one dog to be unable to walk well or see
• Nearly all were underweight
• Feet encrusted with filth from walking in feces in their small cages
• Nails overgrown and curling under
• Luxating patellas
• pH imbalances, likely due to not having been provided with enough water
• Skin infections
• Ear infections
• Eye infections
• Scores of teeth hanging on by a thread in their putrid, infected mouths
• Hernias from giving birth over and over
• Pyometra infections of the uterus
• A 6-month old puppy with a deformed leg, possibly caught in wires
• Lower jaws rotted completely away due to infection
• Upper jaws with holes rotted into the sinus cavities (fistulas)

Video of the dogs rescued can be viewed here:

HEARTS UNITED FOR ANIMALS IS REQUESTING THE PRESENCE OF AS MANY VOLUNTEERS AS POSSIBLE TO HOLD SIGNS OUTSIDE OF THE COURT ON SEPTEMBER 9TH AT 8:00 AM (WE WILL PROVIDE SIGNS) AS A SHOW OF SUPPORT FOR THE DOGS RESCUED AND THE DOGS STILL SUFFERING AT HER BREEDING FACILITY. WE WANT THEIR RELEASE!  AND WE WANT JULIA HUDSON TO BE UNDER COURT ORDER TO NOT OWN DOGS AGAIN!

PLEASE RSVP ON OUR FACEBOOK EVENTS PAGE OR TO lori@hua.org SO WE CAN HAVE A SIGN READY FOR YOU AND KNOW HOW MANY PEOPLE TO EXPECT.

Winning the War on Puppy Mills – 37 Puppy Mill Dogs Rescued in July

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Scene3In the month of July, Hearts United for Animals rescued 37 puppy mill dogs from mills in Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota.  The 17 from South Dakota were surprisingly young.  Many of them are just puppies!  When we asked the puppy miller why she was giving them up she said that even the most adorable highly sought after breeds were not selling.  This is fabulous news, as it means that public education efforts are paying off.  People know not to buy puppies from pet stores or online, because they are becoming educated on the conditions that the parents of those cute little puppies live in.  They know that if they give that pet store or online retailer their money it will mean continued misery for the parents who are trapped in filthy cages year after year with no human interaction, poor veterinary care – if any, and many times even a lack of clean food and water.  The public is starting to understand that they are the number one vehicle to effect change – they have the power to stop puppy mills.  The HUA veterinarian still found the typical conditions in many of the dogs, including mammary tumors, infections and terrible teeth, but at least because the dogs were younger their conditions were not as advanced.  The puppies are having a wonderful time at HUA, just so happy to be able to run and play in grass for the first time, and learn about toys and hugs and kisses and tummy rubs.

The 15 dogs who came from Minnesota were not as lucky.  It was clear that the long confinement in exceptionally rotten conditions had taken a toll.  We knew the minute we saw them that their medical needs would be extensive and their emotional scars would be vast.  One sweet little maltese could not even be identified as a particular breed until she had the years of caked on filth and mats shaved off.  It took the staff and volunteers hours to find her hiding under all of the crud.  Her back legs were fused together with matted waste from living in inches of feces and urine.  She had trouble even going to the bathroom.  It was very painful.  She was so happy to be clean and free for the first time in years.  Two of the dogs were so completely wild with fear of humans that they could not be handled when they arrived.  They had to be coaxed from their travel crate into their large open wire crate in the intake/quarantine area.  They hung their heads and would not make eye contact once they were in their new accommodations.  They wouldn’t eat or drink with humans near them.  They are going in for their veterinary work now.  Many had rotten teeth dangling by a thread, causing them to be virtually unable to eat.  They will receive soft food until their mouths heal from the extensive work and extractions that will need to take place.

The 5 dogs from Nebraska, all Pomeranians, had also led a very rough life.  Their medical needs have been ongoing since they arrived in early July.  But they are happy and grateful to have all the comforts provided to them at HUA.  Just the smallest things make a difference – the opportunity to go outside several times a day, clean nutritious food, fresh water, a blanket to call their own, a clean place to sleep.  It means the world to them.

While it is so sad to see dogs in this condition, it is also happy that they now have a chance at normal, healthy lives.  They have a chance to be adopted and be the loving family members they always should have been.  The South Dakota mill is going out of business by choice, because the pups are not selling.  The Minnesota mill is going out by force from government officials.  The Nebraska one says they are going out of business, but we aren’t so sure and will monitor the situation.  July was a very good month for these 37 dogs, and the war on puppy mills.  Please continue to spread the word – Don’t Shop.  Adopt!  It makes all the difference for dogs who continue to suffer, held prisoner, all in the name of greed.  YOU can stop puppy mills!

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Please consider a donation for these dogs’ care by going to our donation page at www.hua.org or mailing a check to Hearts United for Animals PO Box 286, Auburn, NE  68305.  If you are interested in adopting one please write to tera@hua.org for more information.

 

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