Pennsylvania Humane Society

1837 E. Pleasant Valley Blvd.
Altoona, PA 16602

Original Story

This Humane Society is not taking the proper responsibility to care for the animals in their jurisdiction. I received an email from a person today that had called them on an incident over the weekend and she got the run around.

Read what took place in Freedom Township and view the pictures & especially the video.

I will add the facts of the phone conversation after that.

And will update the page as I get the facts

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Here is the background info:

We (Dogs Deserve Better) got a call from Kim in East Freedom this morning, crying because Doogie hadn't gotten up since Saturday.

She had been calling the Central Pennsylvania Humane Society since Saturday to no avail. We told her we aren't law officers, and she needed to call the humane officer. Then we got another call about the same dog, from another person who
passes him every day. At that point we called Kim back to see if she'd
heard from the Humane Officer. She had not, so we promised her we'd go
out and see what we could do. When we got there, we took photos and
video of Doogie. We initially thought he was dead, as he was not moving
and his back was to us. We found out that the people were not home to
talk to about him, so I made the decision that he could not lay there
on the cold wet ground for one moment longer, and I would accept all
consequences of my decision.

The neighbor Kim has agreed to testify on my behalf if necessary. She
cried the whole time we were there, you can hear her on the video.

I think once you see the video and pictures, you'll understand why I
made this decision.

The vet documented his general negligent condition, low weight, sores,
missing fur, and took X-rays of his back and hips. He determined that he
has very bad back spurs that are causing him a lot of pain and are most
likely responsible for his inability to walk. He also saw an
undetermined mass near his hip on the X-ray. He gave him a shot for pain
plus some B vitamins for energy, so that perhaps he could have even one
good day or a few good hours. He wrote a letter stating his condition
in case we needed it.

Shortly after we got Doogie to my home, situated, bathed (had to, the
stench was too bad), and fed and watered an Officer Flag called from
the Freedom Township Police Department (I know, Freedom, isn't that
ironic?). He wanted me to return Doogie, which I refused to do.

Here's what I need from you all. View the videos and photos, below. I
think you'll agree with me that this is NOT acceptable in ANY kind of
humane society, and we cannot allow this kind of animal abuse. We MUST
stand up and STOP accepting this to be ok for people to do to their
dogs, and STOP jailing those who are trying to help them.

I could never look myself in the eye again, much less sleep tonight,
had I left Doogie there dying, shivering in the dirt. I will spend the
rest of my life in jail as opposed to handing him over to be abused
further by these people.

Please, contact ALL media with these photos and videos. Get justice,
for Doogie and for me. Do NOT allow this treatment of those who are
here to help, and who actually care. Call the Pennsylvania Humane
Society and tell them you expect them to stand with me against this
kind of abuse.

Doogie after vet at Grimes house:


Officer Flaig: Cell 814.201.0149 (Apparently cancelled cell phone)

Blair County District Attorney Richard Consiglio, Esq.: 814.693.3010

Freedom Township Police Headquarters: 814.695.8545

Central Pennsylvania Humane Society: 814.942.5402; cphs@altoonarail.net

Humane Officer Paul Gotshall: 814.942.3780

Altoona Mirror: 800.287.4480; pbanko@altoonamirror.com; news@altoonamirror.com

WTAJ-TV10: 814.944.1414
WJAC-TV 6: 814.255.7600

Honorable Craig Ormsby
800 East Main Street
Roaring Spring, PA 16673
814.224.4168

Honorable Paula Aigner
311 Union Street
Hollidaysburg, PA 16648
814.693.3210

All national media! Make sure to send them links tothe video, it's very compelling. Don't stop until there is Justice for Doogie and me! Any help with legal fees to get a competent attorney would be much appreciated.

We can now accept donations over the phone
using a major credit card at 1.877.636.1408.

If you prefer to donate by mail, send check or
money order to P.O. Box 23, Tipton, PA 16684.
Thank you!

Tammy S. Grimes (Founder of DDB)

Pictures

Doobie is on the ground

 

 

Now for the email

She said she called the Humane Officer & got one of the personnel there & he transferred her to the Director.

She explained why she was calling and ask that they not put Tammy in jail as she personally knew her & what a wonderful person she was. That she was only trying to help an animal in need. She said if anyone needs to be in jail its the owners.

First she(director) him hawed around as to why she was calling them & acted as if it wasn't any of their concern and how did she(the caller)get the number & why would she call them.

She explained they were listed & it was in their jurisdiction and that someone from that are was calling them all week end. The director said -well we are not here on the weekends.

Now I just copied these hours from their NEW site

Hours:

Mon, Tue, Thu,
Sat & Sun
12:30 pm to 4:30 pm ?????????????????? Does this mean they are closed??

Friday
12:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Closed on Wednesday

 

OK On with the conversation.

 

Well our officer is in the hospital today. The caller replied well couldn't you at least check it out? and if they took the dog make sure it is being taken care of?

No was the answer - I can't do anything till I can talk to the officer to see what he knows about it.

She then(caller) suggested they call the person who called them & left messages. Well they can't do anything as they have rules & regulations.

 

This went back & forth for a little while & the caller was getting no where fast. The dogs welfare seemed to be the least of her worries.

Finally desperate the caller told them she was in Harrisburg & if she had to she would go to the Governor as ask for his help. she said you know he rescued a couple dogs & he does care about them as he is working on the puppy mill problems. OH then the director said OH Yes - she thinks he is really doing a good job at trying to do something for the animals. The caller then said Yes & he will do something about the shelters that don't do their job too.

 

The director finally said I will check on this & see what I can find out to help. TO bad you have to threaten them to move their butts!!!!!!!!! BUT Did she? Probably not. She said she sure did get the run around and when she got off the phone felt like its was a wasted phone call.

So lets see what they do!!

This is a Humane???Society???

Update

First - Tammy & also the person who called the humane society are both reliable & honest people This I know for a true fact.

What Tammy said the Humane officer said to her does not jive with what the emailer said the Directore says So what I would say the Humane society is Not telling the whole truth & squirming outof not taking the responsible action they should have taken. By not investigating the phone calls & lying about not being open - they sure look guilty in my eyes.

 

Here is the update of what happen to Tammy

As we got to the vet, the CPHS Humane Officer Gotshall was just leaving, and he stopped us. He was about to go out to the residence. When he found out we had Doogie with us, he was not happy. I volunteered to take Doogie back and he could pick him up instead. He refused that, and stated that I should get him the vet care he needed, and to call him afterward on his cell.

When I later called him, he did not answer, I left a message asking him what he wanted me to do with Doogie, he never called back.

Shortly after we got Doogie to my home, situated, bathed—had to, the stench was too bad—and fed and watered an Officer Flaig called from the Freedom Township Police Department (Freedom, isn't that ironic?). He wanted me to return Doogie, which I refused to do. I explained that I had video and photos documenting the animal cruelty, and the neighbor was willing to testify; why didn't he pursue that as they were the perpetrators of the crime, and should be charged? He refused, and was not interested in seeing my evidence.

He and three other police vehicles arrived at my home at approximately 9:30 p.m. As I refused to hand Doogie over to be returned to death on a chain, and would not tell them where he was, I was taken into custody, transported to the East Freedom police office, and charged with theft, receiving stolen property, criminal mischief, and criminal trespass. I was released on $50,000 unsecured bond and ordered to appear at a preliminary hearing September 21, 2006.

I was treated like a common criminal, especially by Chief Reilly, who called me a 'freakin' idiot', 'incompetent', and I overheard him telling Officer Flaig that if I ever came near his dog I would have a slug in my a**. Again, there was no interest in any evidence that the dog had been abused or criminally neglected. As far as they were concerned, the dog's safety or condition was not even an issue.

I was released after seeing Judge Aigner, where Chief Reilly asked that I be not given bail but incarcerated for my failure to cooperate. It was 2:00 a.m., and I had no ride home, over 30 miles away. I had to walk to a local all-night store to call and get a cab, because there was no concern over how I would get home. Their attempt to dehumanize me didn't work. I held my head high and still do. I looked Chief Reilly square in the eye at every opportunity. I will not be broken.

Here's what I need from you all. View the videos and photos. I think you'll agree with me that this is NOT acceptable in ANY way in any kind of civilized society. We cannot allow this kind of animal abuse. Period. Not ifs, ands, or buts.
Insist that all charges against Tammy Grimes are dropped and animal cruelty charges are instead filed against the Arnolds of East Freedom, Pennsylvania. Pass along the photos and the video, or a link to it, as much as you possibly can.

Thank you

Tammy

 

More Photos

This poor baby was starving.

 

This was the beginning of a nightmare

Go to Page 2 to see the final outcome as of 2/25/08 and see how the criminals became the victims & the rescuer became the criminal. It's is so unfair & unjust!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Verdict

©2006