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This Florida Town Is a Dog Dumping Ground

By: Natalia Lima
March 26, 2016

It is a dog’s worst nightmare. They get in the car with their human for a ride thinking they’ll be going somewhere fun, probably the park or the beach, but when the car stops, the unthinkable happens. The person they trusted with their lives and who they love the most opens the car door from the inside, shoves them out and drives off. Confused, the dog runs after the vehicle as fast as he can but it’s pointless. He’s been abandoned.

Unfortunately, that heartbreaking scene is a regular occurrence in Redland, Fla., a rural community that’s become a dumping ground for unwanted dogs.

According to the local rescue group, Redlands Rock Pit Abandoned Dog Project, there are “hundreds, maybe 1,000?s of abandoned dogs roaming the area and we only cover one-third of the community.”

The animals roam around unattended, struggling to survive after spending part of their lives domesticated. Since Redland is an agricultural area with just over 10,000 residents, the terrain is also dangerous for the animals with snakes, spiders, insects and predators sharing their new habitat.

“When you think about dogs living in the wild, you think of wild dogs,” says Rick Chaboudy, executive director for the Suncoast Animal League, a Tampa Bay rescue group. “These are not wild dogs, they’re dogs living in a wild situation.”

Pictures both groups have shared of the area indeed show very friendly animals—albeit sick, clearly underfed and injured. A (heart wrenching) video released by Suncoast Animal League on its Facebook page shows dogs of all sizes and breeds next to each other sharing bowls of food that the Redlands Rock Pit Abandoned Dog Project keeps scattering around the area to keep the animals from starving to death.

“This is real and no one is doing anything for these dogs,” adds Chaboudy. “So we’re going to go down there and go really hard for three days and document it so people can see this is a real problem.”

The group is taking 19 volunteers in the over four hour drive to Redland with at least one rented cargo van, an air conditioned horse trailer and numerous SUVs. From March 24- 27 the plan is to rescue as many dogs as possible. A staging area will have veterinary technicians who will perform vaccinations, heart worm treatment and any other injury treatments (many of the dogs have been shot by locals).

Meanwhile volunteers will be in charge of bathing the animals, removing ticks from their fur and skin, and feeding them. The more experienced ones will join in the trapping and rescue mission.

The group expects to bring back between 50 and 75 dogs to Tampa Bay, which Chaboudy acknowledges will help but not solve the problem.

“If we get 50 to 75 of those dogs out, to those 50 to 75 dogs, that’s their life, it means the world to them but for the problem it’s a band-aid,” he laments. “If people continue to go and drop off dogs and do this, nothing is going to change.”

Both rescue groups are hoping their movement will generate enough awareness to get the Miami-Dade Animal Services involved. Since Redland is unincorporated, the area falls under Miami-Dade jurisdiction, but the groups say that, after concerned citizens reached out to government agency, it claimed to be unaware of the situation and therefore could not do anything about it.

Miami-Dade Animal Services did not return calls from Care2 for comment.

For those who want to help the abandoned Redland dogs, Suncoast Animal League is looking for donations to cover all the medical costs for the dogs and volunteers to help in the current and future rescue trips the group will make to the area. The March rescue mission will be documented on its Facebook Page and Chaboudy asks supporters to share the photos with their friends to bring awareness to the problem.

Monster Hired to Run Philadelphia’s Animal Shelter


Vincent Medley, who abused and tortured dogs at San Antonio Animal Care, has now been selected to run Philadelphia’s animal shelter

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After his appointment to Philadelphia he was asked but declined to respond to an online accusation of  “blatant cruelty” as dogs were removed from a hoarder’s house in 2013, saying he didn’t recall it.

the following is an article regarding his appointment as leader of  Philadelphia’s ACCT taken from here

Vincent Medley

“The fourth leader since 2007 of the Animal Care and Control Team, Philadelphia’s animal shelter, will be Vincent Medley, who has been assistant director of animal care services for San Antonio, Texas, for seven years.

He succeeds Sue Cosby, who left in March. Medley starts Nov. 2.

Even before Cosby’s departure, the city began a national search, which has taken about eight months. The first deadline for selecting a new executive director was extended, said David Wilson, the first deputy to the managing director who supervises ACCT, because the city wanted a larger pool of applicants. More than 70 people applied.

During his tenure in San Antonio, the 43-year-old Medley is credited with having a substantial role in increasing the live release rate from 31 percent to 81 percent, which is higher than Philly’s. “Live release” refers to animals that leave the shelter alive, to adoptive homes or rescue groups.

Prior to San Antonio, Medley was the field operations manager for the Houston Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care. He started as an animal control officer in Dallas.

When he was interviewed face-to-face several times during an all-day session, that was the first time the Detroit native had been in Philadelphia.

In a brief conversation, Medley wished to postpone an in-depth discussion of his plans until after his arrival.

He declined to respond to an online accusation of “blatant cruelty” as dogs were removed from a hoarder’s house in 2013, saying he didn’t recall it.

Wilson said the report was known to the city, had been examined and “it did not come to anything that was of tremendous concern.” I checked a newspaper account of the incident and I agree with the city’s assessment, but I am dubious Medley couldn’t recall it.

Medley has no contract, is an at-will employee tasked with increasing live release numbers at ACCT.

Last year’s live-release rate was 71 percent for dogs and 74 percent for cats. That’s up from the 2013 rate of 64 percent for dogs and 66 percent for cats.

Wilson cited Medley’s personality and experience as big factors in his selection, plus “his background in urban settings set him apart from other candidates.”

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Help Us Welcome ACCT Philly’s New Executive Director, Vincent Medley

This is another story showing Vincent Medley’s indifference toward animals and why he should not be allowed to work with animals.

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