The two loved canine members of James Lowell’s family are going to be put down at 5:00 PM today. They are ready to be released to James Lowell and the family, however, the they do not have the $4, 300 in charges for fees and costs by the Town Manager to free their dogs from the grips of death.
The dogs were picked-up February12, 2012. They have been held ever since for a total of seven months. One of pets had puppies last night. During their confinement in the town shelter, they were held in the same cage, when the female was in heat and was allowed to mate with the male.
The family wants all of the dogs to come home. Seven puppies were born this morning; three of them died. The mother of the litter needs to be kept alive in order to nourish the puppies. The Lowells want their canine family members back home safely in the arms of their down-syndrome disabled son, Chuck. The Lowell family is pleading that the dogs not to be put down because Chuck will be affected in his personal well-being.
The family is disabled. James Lovell and Chuck’s mother are disabled senior citizens. James is also a veteran. This entire fiasco has caused the whole Lowell family mental distress and anguish.
James said their son “Chuck is a happy guy. He always has a smile on his face, but he’s not smiling now.”
The Mayor, Dawn Rowe, and Town Manager, Mark Nuaimi, know all about the case and that the pets are being put down today.
Mr. Lowell makes a good case that the town manager has a vendetta against him. The Hi-Desert Star published a letter that created a community uproar over the taking of the dogs and the subsequent politics and absurd bureaucracy.
There is direct evidence that links the Town Manager to a vendetta against James Lowell and the family pets. There seems to be a paper trail with a preponderance of evidence to show the Town Manager interfered and ran rough-shod over this unfortunate situation.
David Peach of Yucca Valley reported that while he was seated behind Mark Nuaimi during a public hearing about the disposition of the dogs, he saw Nuaimi lean over and vindictively tell the town attorney to bleed the disabled veteran and his wheelchair-bound wife for all you can get. David Peach believes that Nuaimi “Had best hope that hell isn’t real.”
At issue: Will Mark Naomi euthanize the puppies and the two pets just because he can? Or will he pardon the two dogs and grant the Lowell’s a financial hardship so the dogs can finally go home to the family.
Nuaimi is abusing his discretion by overriding James Lowell’s visitation right say activists and concerned residents. Nuaimi will not let James visit his dogs, said James. James is not allowed on the property of the animal shelter.
Is this due process as provided by the California Constitution and the Fourteenth Amendment?
There was a letter about it in the Hi-Desert Star where it received much debate.
Many animal rights people and concerned citizens are waiting today for Dawn Rowe and Mark Nuaimi to show some compassion and pardon the two family pets from certain elimination. And grant the family a Financial hardship and waive the fees.
This family falls within the realm of a hardship waiver of costs and fees. Compassion, good city ethics and reason cries out for returning these pets to their owner. Even the IRS has a rule which relieves taxpayers of their tax liabilities due to hardship: “When a taxpayers liability can be collected in full but collection would create an economic hardship, an ETA offer based on economic hardship can be considered.”
Dawn Rowe already has a legacy of going back on her word of no new taxes. If the Mayor allows the animal shelter to put the animals down it becomes part of her political legacy. If Rowe wants to continue being a relatively new political star on the rise, she should show some leadership and confer with the town manager today to end the gut-wrenching stress upon the Lowell family.
James Lowell maintains that “The puppies of his canine Dakota are his private property.” Gerard Vandeveen is an advocate for James and a close friend who has been active in the matter since the taking of the dogs. He speaks freely about Naomi’s vindictiveness.
In one of the hearing documents, the city alleged that Gerard Vandeveen was contacted and interviewed by Animal Control officer, Kim Casey. The fact is that Mr. Vanderveen said “he never spoke with Officer Casey. Mr. Vandeveen alleges the entire matter has ended up as one big fiasco replete with misinformation and vindictive missteps of Nuaimi.
While the dogs may have not had tags or the right this or that, it remains true that the dogs ought not be put down just because the family does not have the $4,300 in fees and costs. Community advocates and others are calling it a “ransom.”
The Lowell family offered to pay all they had. Nuaimi refused to accept their offer of $1300 said James, and added that Nuiami would not accept payments to keep their pets alive.
This matter is protracted and complicated. It ended up in the Joshua Tree Superior Court. Case Number: CIVMS1200185.
It’s solution is not complicated: Pardon the pets from certain death when they have a loving home to get back to. Waive the costs due to a hardship.
It should be noted that animal control officers have report that both the pets are nice, loving dogs. Noted also is that Nauimi is demanding $5,000 for release of the family pets or they will be terminated.
This flies in the face of the intent and purpose of The American with Disabilities Act. The dogs are therapy dogs for Chuck. Doesn’t anyone at city hall care about Chuck and his struggle with down-syndrome ?