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Boggs Mountain Humane Shelter Rabun County Georgia Killing Dogs

Investigation exposes humane society ‘Lucky Dog’ program – Atlanta

Boggs Mountain Humane Shelter Investigation Rabun County GA-Killing Dogs!!!

http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/story/19059474

 Fox 5 Atlanta I-Team Randy Travis exposed this–Thank him!

This was claimed to be a no-kill shelter. What these employees have been doing is disgusting and possibly illegal– if so, they should be prosecuted! Taking $100.00 from a donor to save a “Lucky Dog” and then euthenizing these dogs and telling the donors that the dog had been adopted or sent to another shelter!! Watch the Fox 5 Video. The Rabun County Sheriff and the District Attorney should review Georgia Code 16-8-3, “Theft by Deception” and, if applicable to the circumstances, prosecute the offenders.

Voice your outrage:

Rabun County Sheriff
25 Courthouse Square, #3
Clayton, GA
PH (706) 782-3612
Fax: (706) 782-775
Visit their site-they have a direct email. Start emailing!!

Rabun County District Attorney
25 Courthosue Square,
Suite 121
Clayton, GA 30525
(706) 782-4501

Take care,

Tuck the Law Dog
http://tuckthelawdog.wordpress.com

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Littering is a Crime! Pick up your trash!

Tuck at Work

I went to the park yesterday. I go most days to run on the trails.  My mom always carries a  “poop bag” (or two) for my “occasional spills.”   On my drive to the park,  I couldn’t help but notice various “human droppings” along the roadway and in the parking lots:  McDonalds cups and straws, Coke cans, water bottle, thousand of cigarette butts, and even one tennis shoe (which always reminds Mom of George Carlin’s skit about “why is there always only one shoe on the road–where is the other shoe?”).  Why do humans have to litter?   How often do you ever see dog food cans, dog food bags, or dog toys littering the streets and parking lots?  Like, never.  Mom uses baby wipes following my “toilet” but, if we are out in public, she discards them into the nearest trash can, and carries the soiled ones until she finds a disposal.  But that’s too much trouble for some humans–they think they are being discreet when they “place” used Pampers under their cars–and then drive off.  I saw y’all.  Littering is a crime.  It is sad when we need an ordinance because some humans lack respect for others property,   for our environment, and apparently for their own self.    Use trash cans, or, keep your garbage until you get home.

Take care, y’all,

Tuck the Law Dog

http://wwwgeorgialaw.blogspot.com

http://criminallawyercherokeecobb.com

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THANKSGIVING 2011

I am Thankful that my Mom and Dad adopted me from the Shelter.
I am thankful that there are no-kill shelters for dogs and cats.
I am thankful for all the nice people that come to our law office every day and let me sit on their lap.
I am thankful and grateful that I have food and a warm place to live.
I am thankful for my grandma, aunts, uncles and cousins.
I am thankful for the champions of animal rights.

I am thankful that I have no fleas.

Happy Thanksgiving, ya’ll,

Tuck the Law Dog
 Morgese Law Firm
http://criminallawyercherokeecobb.com
http://dogswithblogs.com.au
http://wwwgeorgialaw.blogspot.com

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DOGS-CARS-INSURANCE-LIABILITY…and a LEASH

 While doing some research to, I came across a story (albeit over a year old) about a dog that allegedly had been let out for his usual evening run. According to the story, the dog apparently ran into the street, was struck by a motor vehicle, and died at the scene. The dog’s family was upset that the driver’s motor vehicle insurer wanted them to pay for the damage to the driver’s car (the driver was not cited, as it was dark and the dog had darted out and the driver could not avoid the accident). The dog’s family believe that the insurer was being unsympathetic and callous, and without a heart. The “comments” from reader’s to this story were divided between their support for the family vs. the insurer. One person described the insurer as being at fault for being a “big corporation” and how dare this “big corporation” come after this family in its time of grief. Practicing “plaintiff’s personal injury” I am often at odds with insurance companies. However, I find myself siding with this insurance company. The dog was allowed to run, at night, unleashed. It is not unexpected that a dog (even myself) or a child will run out into the street without looking (I tend to get distracted when I see a squirrel-and thus, on my walks find myself tied to my Mom). Parents and pet parents have a moral, ethical and legal duty to insure the safety of their pets and children, and can and must be held accountable for damages the children or pets cause. I feel the anguish this dog’s family must have felt–but I feel a much, much greater sorrow for the dead dog lying in the street, a beautiful dog who would still be alive but for the lack of a leash. Obey your local ordinances and keep your dog leashed.

Take care, ya’ll,

 Tuck the Law Dog

http://wwwgeorgialaw.blogspot.com/

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 Tuck can also be found at: http://dogswithblogs.com.au/

and at Technorati:   “Tuck the Law Dog”

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DEATH PENALTY FOR DOGS

Tuck the Law Dog is and will continue to be a champion of animal rights and animal safety.  Today, however, I want my readers to be aware of a vicious dog attack that occured recently in Forsyth County, Georgia, for which I will provide a link.  Two Pit Bulls (they just happen to be the breed of dog I am referring to in this incident, and in no way am blaming the Pit Bull breed in intself, ’cause I know some very sweet tempered lovable Pit Bulls)  apparently broke out of the basement where their owner kept them  (that in itself appears cruel) went into the pasture next door, and viciously attacked a horse.  The pictures of this poor horse are so sad and pitiful–it’s face and legs chewed to shreds.  The horse had to be put down.
Just as human criminals that are sentenced to death for their egrigious, vicious and sadistic crimes, regretably, so should these two dogs be put down for what they did to that horse.  I say regretably, because a large part of the blame for what these dogs did ultimately is the result of their treatment and the living conditions inflicted upon them by their owner(s).   I do not buy the excuse  some criminal use to mitigate their crimes by claiming that their behavior is a result of abuse by their parents–most humans can make logical decisions,  and know right from wrong, and choose to commit crimes.  These dogs, could not reason like a human, and due to abuse by their owner,  will likely harm another creature if allowed again to be free.  It is very sad.  I can’t get the pictures of that poor horse out of my head, nor the thought that two dogs should be put down due to an uncaring owner.  May that lovely horse rest in peace. 
This story can be found at: 
http://www.forsythnews.com/section/6/article/10478/

Pit Bulls Kill Horse  http://www.forsythnews.com/section/6/article/10478/

Take Care,

Tuck the Law Dog

 
 

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Dogs and Pick-up Trucks and the Law

Dogs should never, never, ride  in an open pick-up truck bed, loose nor tethered.  That’s basically the message I want ya’ll to hear, and I really shouldn’t have to say more.  Unfortunately, there are still thoughtless and indifferent pet owners who think it is “cool” to have their dogs ride in the bed of the truck.  It’s not “cool” nor is it safe.  If the vehicle has to suddenly stop, a loose dog will go flying out of the bed, and a tethered dog  could hang himself or be severely choked while flying out of the bed.  Or, a dog could see something that attracts his attention  and the dog decides to jump out of a moving vehicle to go chase it.  I was behind such a vehicle last night on the way home from work.  Two dogs were running loose in the bed of the truck, this truck traveling down the highway at over 45 miles an hour.  I exited the highway pray that these two beautiful dogs made it “home” safe–I must question the type of treatment they receive at “home” from such an indifferent, thoughtless, and yes, ignorant person.  While the enactment of an ordinance or law could help diminish this type of behavior, I like think that we could do with a few less laws, and a lot less ignorant, thoughtless people.  Stay safe, my four-legged friends.

Take care, ya’ll,

Tuck the Law Dog

wwwgeorgialaw.blogspot.com

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ANOTHER ANIMAL CRUELTY CASE IN COBB COUNTY, GA

ANOTHER ANIMAL CRUELTY CASE IN COBB COUNTY GEORGIA
COBB COUNTY, Ga. — After miraculously surviving being stuffed in a burning oven, Melody, a 20-month-old pit bull mix puppy, is recovering smoothly. Gary Moore Jr., 25, of Cobb County, was charged with felony animal cruelty under a new statute in connection with the incident. Moore appeared in court and asked that his bond be reduced so he could be released from jail. Detective Steve Nolan testified in court that Moore confessed to putting Melody in a hot oven, saying the puppy had reminded him of an estranged boyfriend. “Their relationship was not going forward and at that point he grabbed the dog, placed it in the oven, closed the door and held the oven door shut for a period of a few seconds.”
Moore told the detective he released Melody when she began howling, but did not seek medical treatment for her. His roommate took her in four days later. Judge Frank Cox granted Moore a lower bond under the condition that he move in with his mother, and not live near any animals. So Moore got his bond lowered and bonded out.
If I, Tuck The Law Dog, was the Judge, I never would have lowered Moore’s bond–he doesn’t deserve freedom–he deserves to be put in a hot oven, let out, and refused medical treatment! Please, please email the District Attorney, Cobb County, Georgia; the Solicitor General of Cobb County, Georgia, letting them know you are keeping an eye on this case and to make sure this 25-year old poor excuse for a human being, if found guilty, gets the maximum punishment.
I feel so much pain and hurt for little Melody–I wish you a speedy recovery, my friend.
**Moore has not been found guilty nor convicted of any crime at this time, and has only been charged.

Tuck the Law Dog
wwwgeorgialaw.blogspot.com
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Email your support for Melody to:
cobbda@cobbcounty.org
barry.morgan@cobbcounty.org

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Hump Day–It’s not Just for Dogs!

Hump Day–It’s not Just for Dogs!.

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“This Ain’t Ally McBeal!”

TV shows about the law are pretty much out of touch with reality. That goes without saying of not only Ally McBeal (the “dancing doll”), but with, The Practice (whatever happened to the cast?), Boston Legal (cigars on the rooftop and mad-cow disease), The Good Wife (do they ever lose?), and the most recent with Jim Belushi-The Defenders (they are in trial a few days after getting the case–yeah, right)-which was given the kiss of death by moving to Friday night. But Jim is doing a Broadway show now and he says he’s happy.
I shall focus on criminal matters for this article and discuss the process from arrest to resolution. I’ll focus on Georgia law, but much of this information may pertain to other jurisdictions as well. One can be charged with a misdemeanor-a lessor crime, or one may face a felony-a serious crime. In Georgia, a misdemeanor carries a sentence of up to 12 months, whereas a felony carries a sentence of one year or more. Examples of a misdemeanor are Simple Battery, Reckless Conduct, Possession of Marijuana Less than an Ounce, some moving vehicle violations. Examples of a felony are Aggravated Assault, Murder, Robbery, Possession of certain Controlled Substances (Drugs). Following an arrest, one may be “booked” into jail. The arrestee would have to put up a “bond” which can be a cash or property bond in order to secure release. Following booking into jail, a hearing is held either in court or by video, in which the arrestee goes before a judge and is informed of the charges he or she is facing. If a person has the cash or property, he may bond out. Sometimes, certain felony crimes require that the arrestee goes before a judge who will determine if bond will be granted. Not all charges have a “bond scale,” and those that do not require appearance before a judge. Thus, someone could bond out in a few hours, and some may take several days. Some people may be denied bond based on a flight risk or criminal history. There can be several agencies and individuals involved in a criminal case, to include the prosecutors, their investigators, the arresting officers, witnesses, the attorney, the attorneys staff, etc. It is not uncommon for a jurisdiction to have a backlog of cases. There are only so many people assigned to the hundreds of arrests each month in any given county. And thus, unfortunately, the length of time from arrest to the resolution of a criminal case could take months and even years. The TV shows I mentioned above depict an arrest, an investigation, and a trial, all in a matter of a few days. It just doesn’t progress that quickly–but it would be really great if it did. An attorney needs to look at all the evidence, review this evidence to determine if any motions need to be filed, as for example, were any constitutional rights violated that would necessitate a “Motion to Suppress”? An attorney may need to locate and interview witnesses, research case law, check the background and history of co-defendants. It can take a few weeks to get police and lab reports. And all this waiting can cause anguish and emotional distress on not only the person facing the criminal charge, but on that person’s family as well. Yes, there are cases that proceed quickly. Sometimes a person just wants to enter a plea without waiting to review all the evidence. Or sometimes, there is very strong evidence to establish a person’s innocence, such that the matter can be disposed of promptly. Sometimes the wheels turn quickly, sometimes they turn slowly. Sometimes it is in one’s best interest that the wheels do turn slowly–witnesses disappear, evidence gets old. The important thing to remember is that every case is different, and to not compare your case with someone else, as there are so many variables. Some matters are best pleading out, and some should be taken to trial, and up through Appeal, if justified. My Mom and Dad want to resolve each person’s case as expediently as possible, but they feel that each case must be resolved in the best interest of their client and with their client’s wishes. No one is advised to enter a plea for something they didn’t do. I hope that you never find yourself facing a criminal charge. But if you do, try and understand that “This Ain’t Ally McBeal!”

Take care, ya’ll,

Tuck the Law Dog

wwwgeorgialaw.blogspot.com

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