Folks, I do know all of the things most of you have said to me. I do know the challenge we are up against. But I am not walking away from this and having this wonderful rescue who does not only a service to their community by providing a food bank for animals, but all the rescued dogs that have come and been adopted out to wonderful homes that are now loved. I was hoping for a little more information instead of what I am feeling is all negative and without hope and basically picking everything I am saying apart. I have seen injustices in these courts, but I have also seen compassion and working out a problem with good results as well. That is what I am hoping for. And obviously, I could not possibly give all the details, which if I gave them like I did from the first response with further details, you all would be able to see more of our defense on this. And yes, we all agree 70 dogs is far too many, no arguement on that one. BUT we have good, viable solutions to this which we were never able to present as options here as putting all these dogs down certainly is not one of them.
1. witness statements were never challenged by our attorney. For example, a neighbor on one side stated she cleaned the kennels every one or two weeks. Between her property and this neighbor, there is a 10foot wooden fence, making it IMPOSSIBLE for him to even see into her property. The neighbor on the other side complained of the barking, but again our attorney never challenged the aspect that they are forever throwing firecrackers over the fence into the kennels of the dogs making them totally freak out. They antagonize the dogs by blowing horns at the beginning of her driveway. None of this was brought out.
2. One claimed of odors. Yet, this kennel has been in existance since 1983 with several inspections per year, yet were NEVER, again let me say that NEVER written up for unclean pens or odors. And for those of you that are not clear on how these inspectors operate, they just drop in on the kennels, unannounced, so if these pens were not clean, she would certainly have been written up during all these years of operation. She was fully licensed and insured. This is no fly by night operation. These are only a FEW of examples of things that should have been brought up or challenged. I have more.
3. with all due respect, I do not need any more negative comments, like you highly doubt we will win. We did not get a fair shot at defending the rescue due to this attorney failing to have adequate knowledge of code violations and all that goes with it and just the basics like discrediting witness which is Law 101. And I guess, if I took your attitude, just say, Oh well, sorry about our luck, shut the kennels down and kill the dogs. And for the millionth time, WE DID NOT HIRE THIS ATTORNEY. You make it sound like we sought out a personal injury attorney. This attorneys wife has her own rescue and offered his services, which we could not afford and were thankful for him. None of you even said any nice comment about us not even considering suing him....You folks just let that comment slide....Most people would be out for blood, first stop, malpractice towards the attorney. But not us. Do you folks have a clue what daily operations for a kennel the size of hers costs per day? This is a non profit and with money being tight everywhere, there was no money left in the budget to hire a lawyer. And we assumed, he WAS a lawyer, a lawyer whose wife had her own rescue, and would be competent so now we and these dogs should be penalized simply because he was not competent? No way.
And yes, I have had success in the past as for your information, I actually beat the DOJ pro se. How many people do you know have done that? But in that case, it too was an attorney that screwed it all up and I was the one that straightened it all out. I know everytime I go into a courtroom it is a crap shoot as to whether we win or not, especially since being pro se, we have to go way past the normal representation just to get the judges and attorneys to even give us the credit we deserve. Its just that I believe in what I am doing and all this education I have from a fine university here in Pittsburgh, has allowed me an opportunity to help people, when normally they would be unable to come up with the million dollars per hour an attorney wants and truly cares less about their homes they might be losing.
And as far as your comment about emotions, thank God I am not defending in THIS forum as I have found little if any compassion here within this forum and responders. But with that case I mentioned with that dog that mauled that 3 day old baby, people coming forward in his defense saved his life. THAT IS FACT and you should never minimize the power of public support. The court had already ruled to put the dog down. Public opinion changed the courts ruling. And I do not intend to base this purely on emotions. We have good solid legal grounds here of all the fatal errors. Put all these dogs to death simply because we had a bad lawyer? You have certainly gotten cold over the years, lost your faith, whatever you wish to deem it as you already have us losing the case and just disposing of these animals with no thought. I am not saying that to be mean, but you really should step back and see if all this negativity which these courts are full of, has not gotten to you. If we did that, we would be as bad as the abusers. Maybe you need a rescued dog.They are wonderful and I feel they are thankful for you adopting them and giving them a good home. They are a blessing to many families.
I came to this website for pointers, advice or suggestions and I have gotten negative comments, and little if any hope. Again, I do realize the mountain we are up against but I am a very good writer, a compelling writer and I always seem to have faith that somewhere justice will prevail here and a solution, which we plan to introduce, will be the ending result. One that keeps the rescue alive and works for the surrouding neighbors, all of which own dogs themselves.