Yucca Valley, CA– The Town has held two dogs for seven months, Dakota and Blaze. The Y.V. Animal Shelter allowed Dakota and Blaze to mate at the Shelter. They have four pups that survived that are barely a week old. The Town manager, Mark Nuaimi, refuses to accept liability for the health of the pups.
He has transferred the costs to the owner, a disabled senior citizen. Meanwhile Dakota and Blaze continue to be held for costs of $5,000 before they are released by Mark Nuaimi for causing a elderly woman to fall, and an unfortunately bit her ankle reacting to her actions of falling to the ground and covering her head.
Meanwhile the Town alleges they’ve spent $51,000 on the dogs since February 2012 when only 3 weeks ago it was only $30,000. It jumped to $20,000 more in 3 weeks?!
The Town’s September 5, 2012, Press Release is no more that a manufactured cover-your-ass letter, not a professional press release.
What started off as a one time bite case has turned into a trained wild animal mauling?
First off let me say, this is not to down Ms. Chester, the 83 year old lady involved. This should never have happened, but unfortunately it did.
It was not a mauling as they want you to believe, it was an accidental getting out for Blaze, I believe it was a startling situation for both the lady and Blaze. They both reacted!
Ms. Chester also said in her news release she doesn’t wish anything to happen to the dogs.
Now they want you to believe that the dogs were constantly running loose, scaring kids and dogs in their own yards, where’s the proof? There are no animal control or police records of this ever happening?
They want you to believe that they have been properly cared for during the stay at animal control kill shelter?
That’s partially true, the proper care didn’t start till approximately four months after they were locked down, and their owner, James Lovell, had to complain to Melanie Crider, Animal Care and Control Manager, about their care and the placing of pit bulls next to them, causing conflicts between the dogs.
Now here’s the biggest problem that was the taking of both dogs, they were not both guilty! Dakota went out with Lovell while he was trying to help the lady, which made it appear as 2 dogs were at fault. Even Ms. Chester stated that she fell to the ground covering her head, and that she didn’t see the dogs, she only heard barking.
If anything she should have been released to Lovell after the 10 day quarantine? Not be labeled as “Potentially Dangerous” ruining her visiting the veterans’ hospital and Sky Harbor with her last set of pups, doing what she was made to be on this earth for, making disabled veterans and others feel better during their time of misery or pain!
They say they separated Dakota n Blaze during the heat? Then they put him back in, due to he wasn’t eating and being depressed, everyone knows that male dogs around a bitch in heat won’t eat during that time, and he was of course depressed due to not being able to get to her?
So they put him back in with her, supposedly to save his life.
Now we have puppies and the town doesn’t want the liability for the pups! Really? Why did the Animal Shelter allows them to mate?
Dakota had 7 puppies, of which 3 died. Lovell was never notified of her having the pups or he could have been there to help her with her delivery, till 4 days after she had them.
He gets a letter from the town’s lawyer, stating “In case you didn’t know it, Dakota had 4 puppies, (No she had 7 puppies not 4) and if he wants to pick them up and take them from the mother during the most crucial time for both)
Before they will release them he has to once again sign a waiver releasing them from all liability?
Who’s liable for the 3 puppies that died, that possibly could have survived had JR. been notified when she started her delivering!
Now the lawyer again got in touch with Lovell, pressuring him to take the pups?
They say they are locked up in the best and biggest pens they have, that’s wonderful, problem is they are still locked up!
Another thing, according to their own laws (A.S.P.C.A.), they state it takes a professional and qualified expert to label these dogs “Potentially Dangerous”
That never happened. There have been a lot of mistakes made here from both sides. The ones suffering are the dogs, and the disabled family, including the down-syndrome son who is depressed over the long confinement of the family pets.
Dakota should never have been locked up and kept and Blaze has served his time and punishments.
One of the dogs was in training to be a service dog for veterans. Both dogs are therapy pets for Chuck, the down-syndrome son and James Lovell.
ENOUGH ALREADY, OR HOW MUCH MORE IS IT GOING TO COST?