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Officials right to step in and help dogs

July 6, 2012
The Leader Herald

Among the front page stories on June 29 about the health care ruling and Attorney General Eric Holder's contempt citation from Congress was a story of hope.

Fulton?County Judge Polly Hoye, Fulton?County District Attorney Louise Sira, Tina Murray of Mohawk-Hudson Humane Society and its director, Brad Shear, struck back at alleged animal abuse and misuse by taking over the care of animals allegedly victimized by Tirzah Henry.

Judge Hoye issued the warrant that permitted the Fulton County Sheriff's Department and Murray to relocate 34 dogs to Menands along with medical care.

These dogs were discovered more than a week ago in the "care" of Henry and yet she was allowed to transfer them to the care (again questionable) of family and friends where the dogs were confiscated on June 28 by the sheriff's department and Murray. If the dogs were in poor care some time ago, why were they not transfered to safe and healthy care and not left behind with Henry?

While easy answers are sometimes escapable, animal abuse is not. I have hope as long as Judge Hoye, D.A. Sira and Murray are holding the line on this frightening disorder causing far too many of our animals to suffer. High praise and deep gratitude for the people who say: enough.





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