Some times fate has a way of stepping in. For Opal, fate saved her life. What’s happened since then has been a long and sometimes extremely difficult path for her. In the the first year of her life, kismet has continued to save her as she consistently fought to live. A broken leg, a cliff, and parvo have all been monumental obstacles this 3 pound Papillon has had to overcome to find her forever home.
On June 18th, our friend, Sherri, set the ball in motion. Unsure of going to local legendarily dangerous cliffs alone to spread her father’s ashes off “The Rock”, we told her we would take her and help her commemorate her father. Once we arrived at The Rock, Sherri stated her peace for her dad, and his remains conjoined the magnificent view of the Potomac River. There was something odd going on since we kept hearing sounds of sliding stones. Would dust really make that much sound as it hit the earth below the cliff’s edge? Then the whining began. We peered over to see a tiny speck of black and white. What was it? We didn’t know at first, but it looked like it was fighting yet backsliding, with a potential to completely hit the bottom. Then we saw the tail. A dog! What is a dog doing over a cliff? There wasn’t much time to contemplate, but driven to action, Sherri suddenly walked to the edge, sat down and was going to attempt to slide down. Quickly Jim told her he had a rope and would be able to fasten himself to our car and retrieve this displaced dog. Here is the footage Sherri captured…
Once Opal was secured from the 50 foot precipice, we got her home and had her seen by a local vet. Her leg was broken, and she had a cast put on to allow her leg to heal. During the initial couple of days, we were sharing pictures and her story online. One of the Animal Control Officers alerted us to the fact that a man had came to the shelter the previous Thursday with this dog, her leg broken, and he wanted the shelter to take her to the vet. This man was told that he needed to take his dog to the vet. I then found out that the man did attempt to take her to the vet, but since he didn’t have any money and wouldn’t apply for Care Credit, some words were exchanged which led to him being escorted off of the property by law enforcement…. with his dog and her broken leg.
Within a week of having Opal, I woke up one morning and after taking her outside, she threw up 6 times within 45 minutes. I immediately called my vet, and once there, she was diagnosed with parvo. After a 4 day stay, she came home to recover. My heart has bled for this dog. This 10 month old who was discarded as if her life were of no value. This dog that up to the point of Father’s Day had been given no more consideration than a piece of trash.
I contacted the Allegany County Animal Shelter to see what legal actions could be taken on her behalf. Since the crime occurred in neighboring Mineral County, West Virginia, it would be up to them to pursue the case. The ACAS told me they would work with and provide the complaint they had filled out when the man came in to their shelter with Opal, before he dumped her to assist in filing the charges. I called the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, who directed me to the Mineral County Animal Control. I have called them dozens of times, left several messages, none of which have been answered or returned.
Opal has become a blessing for us, all it takes is just a look into her eyes after she’s been playing to understand the innocence of this soul which is far larger than her tiny body. She’s fought a hard fight the last couple of months, but she has overcome. Her cast was just removed and she is learning to walk again. She has a bit of atrophy, but her life is full of love and joy. She has received an outpouring of support from our community who has watched her rescue from the cliffs and followed her progress online. She even visited the nation’s capitol during the No Kill Conference in July. Thanks to everyone who helped us during her battle. Your love and support is greatly appreciated.
Some pictures of Opal throughout her journey….
Opal visiting Washington, D.C. during the No Kill Conference…
If any body within society should set the example of what is and is not acceptable treatment towards animals, one should surely be municipal animal services. Isn’t that their purpose? Is that not the reason our tax dollars are provided to them; To uphold the law and protect and shelter those in need? What examples are being set for our children and those who look for guidance? Are these the lessons we really want to teach? I know the lessons that I want to profess, and what values I want instilled throughout our society, and while Mineral County Animal Control may ignore my calls, they will be seeing me at their October rabies clinic. They won’t be able to ignore me there.
PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is a multi million dollar non profit organisation located in Norfolk, VA with 297 employees and 130 volunteers. PETA is lead by President Ingrid E. Newkirk who oversees a Asset of about $21,000,000. For more detail please read the latest PETA Tax Return, Form 990.
PETA also operates a very nice website with the following mission statement:
“People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is the largest animal rights organization in the world, with more than 2 million members and supporters.
PETA focuses its attention on the four areas in which the largest numbers of animals suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of time: on factory farms, in the clothing trade, in laboratories, and in the entertainment industry. We also work on a variety of other issues, including the cruel killing of beavers, birds, and other “pests” as well as cruelty to domesticated animals.
PETA works through public education, cruelty investigations, research, animal rescue, legislation, special events, celebrity involvement, and protest campaigns.”
Unfortunately, not everything PETA does is mentioned on their website. As example, most people do not know that PETA is operating an Animal Shelter in Notfolk, VA. I would like to encourage the reader to keep PETA’s “Mission Statement” in mind while continue reading.
Since 1998 PETA killed more then 25000 domestic animals in it’s Shelter. Unfortunately, most animals entering the PETA Animal Shelter do not leave the Shelter alive. The kill rate always is between 92% and 97%.
2008: Received 2218 animals, adopted out 7, killed 2124
2009: Received 2366 animals, adopted out 8, killed 2301
2010: Received 2345 animals, adopted out 44, killed 2200
And remember, this is paid for by “your” donations. But wait, there is more:
In 2005 two PETA employees were charged with 31 felony counts of animal cruelty each, after authorities found them dumping the dead bodies of 18 animals they had just picked up from a North Carolina animal shelter into a Dumpster. According to the Associated Press, 13 more dead animals were found in a van registered to PETA.
In 1991, PETA killed 18 rabbits and 14 roosters it had previously “rescued” from a research facility.
In an Interview Ingrid E. Newkirk once said after she was asked about her work in an Animal Shelter in the 1970’s:
“I would go to work early, before anyone got there, and I would just kill the animals myself. Because I couldn’t stand to let them go through (other workers abusing the animals.) I must have killed a thousand of them, sometimes dozens every day.”
I’m asking myself if Miss Newkirk just doesn’t know what ethical means or if she just gave ethical a whole new meaning?
For you, Miss Newkirk:
eth·i·cal: Being in accordance with the accepted principles of right and wrong that govern the conduct of a profession
Gandhi once said “I hold that the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man”. The question is, why do we, as society, allow animal abuse and cruelty in so called Animal Shelter? Animal abuse that is broadcasted live over the Internet through the installed cameras in the Memphis Animal Shelter, as example. We see animals are being abused day by day from Animal Control Officer’s and from other Staff in the Shelter. 41 animals disappeared from the Memphis Animal Shelter during the last 8 month. The City of Memphis must be aware of this, unless they are blind, deaf and/or ignorant. The people of Memphis should be aware of this and should be outraged. Outraged about the happenings in the Memphis Animal Shelter and outraged that the City of Memphis does nothing to stop it. But for some reason, I don’t see the outrage in Memphis and I ask myself, what does that say about us, as a society? I don’t think we all became numb and ignorant. Enough is enough. Somebody in Memphis needs to step forward and stop the insanity. It only takes one single person to light the fire. We have seen it over and over in other communities happening. I know it, I am one of the people that stepped forward in Allegany County. I ask you, Memphis, when is enough enough? You are not alone but you do have to take the first step. Martin Luther King once said: “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor political, nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him that it is right.”
Enough is enough, the time is now…..