From Dogs Deserve Better:
Altoona, PA — Dogs Deserve Better founder Tammy Grimes will be back in court October 29th at 9 a.m. for a motion hearing to defend against the Blair County DA’s attempt to bar her most-compelling evidence — video, photos, and vet testimony of the dog’s condition –from the courtroom.
Grimes was arrested September 11, 2006, after taking a chained dog, who was unable to stand for three days, for veterinary care; then protecting him from returning to the abusive situation.
Grimes maintains that there were clearly Pennsylvania cruelty laws being broken for at least three days by the time she arrived on the scene, and charges should instead be filed against the Arnolds (the dog’s owners) for abuse and neglect.
She states, “We need to take a serious look at a justice system that favors animal abusers, and I would ask what kind of example this is setting for our children. We have ample proof of abuse in this case: neighbor testimony, vet testimony, video and photo evidence. If we, as humans, see an animal or human dying and in need of immediate help, it is our moral duty to help that being and protect him/her from further harm. A system that instead requires an abused child or animal to be returned to the situation in which the abuse is occurring is corrupt, and must be questioned and examined if we are to evolve as a society.”
After the rescue, the dog — who Grimes dubbed Doogie — had been kept safe and lived inside as part of a family until March 1, 2007, when he passed away due to age and a lifetime of neglect. Doogie’s body was returned to Altoona, Pennsylvania, where an autopsy was performed. The DA subsequently ordered the body to be held at the vet and returned to the Arnolds.
Grimes continues, “Barring my evidence from the courtroom may change the verdict in my case, but it will never change the truth. The DA knows that, and so do the supporters of our work at Dogs Deserve Better. I am confident that, in the end, the truth will set both Doogie and I free.”
Dogs Deserve Better has put out two new T-shirt slogans poking fun at the Pennsylvania justice system in Grimes’ case, and in honor of Monday’s motion hearing. “Only in Pennsyltucky: Save a Life=Go to Jail” and “Only in Pennsyltucky: The Best Offense is to Bar All Defense” shirts and other items are available from www.cafepress.com/dogsdeserve.
The Grimes case has made national headlines, and has been featured on Inside Edition and in the National Enquirer, Animal People, animal magazines, and on blogs all over the Internet.
Dogs Deserve Better is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization headquartered in Tipton,
Pennsylvania, and is the 2003 First Place Winner of the ASPCA Pet Protector Award. The group currently has 150 area reps in 38 states, as well as in Canada and France. Grimes was a top 10 finalist for the 2006 Animal Planet Hero of the Year Contest.