DDB: Grimes in Court Monday, October 29th for Motion Hearing on DA Quest to Bar Evidence

October 25th, 2007 8:19 pm by Kelly Garbato

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From: Tammy Grimes, Dogs Deserve Better – tammy [at] dogsdeservebetter.org
Date: Oct 24, 2007 9:32 PM
Subject: Grimes in Court Monday, October 29th for Motion Hearing on DA Quest to Bar Evidence

PA Dog Rescue Case Goes to Motion Hearing October 29th
Blair County D.A. seeks to bar defense evidence from the courtroom

Please come to the hearing on Monday if at all possible, we need your support!

October 24, 2007, Altoona, PA-Dogs Deserve Better founder Tammy Grimes will be back in court October 29th at 9:00 a.m. for a motion hearing to defend against the Blair County DA’s attempt to bar her most-compelling evidence–video, photos, and vet testimony of the dog’s condition–from the courtroom. Grimes was arrested September 11, 2006 after taking a dog–unable to stand for three days–for veterinary care; then protecting him from returning to the abusive situation.

Grimes maintains that there were clearly Pennsylvania cruelty laws being broken for at least three days by the time she arrived on the scene, and charges should instead be filed against the Arnolds for abuse and neglect.

She states, “We need to take a serious look at a justice system that favors animal abusers, and I would ask what kind of example this is setting for our children. We have ample proof of abuse in this case: neighbor testimony, vet testimony, video and photo evidence. If we as humans see an animal or human dying and in need of immediate help, it is our moral duty to help that being and protect him/her from further harm. A system that instead requires an abused child or animal to be returned to the situation in which the abuse is occurring is corrupt, and must be questioned and examined if we are to evolve as a society.”

The dog, who Grimes dubbed Doogie, had been kept safe and lived inside as part of a family until March 1, 2007, when he passed away due to age and a lifetime of neglect. Doogie’s body was returned to Altoona, Pennsylvania, where an autopsy was performed. The DA subsequently ordered the body to be held at the vet and returned to the Arnolds.

Grimes continues, “Barring my evidence from the courtroom may change the verdict in my case, but it will never change the truth. The DA knows that, and so do the supporters of our work at Dogs Deserve Better. I am confident that in the end the truth will set both Doogie and I free.”

Dogs Deserve Better has put out two new t-shirt slogans poking fun at the Pennsylvania justice system in Grimes’ case, and in honor of Monday’s motion hearing. “Only in Pennsyltucky: Save a Life=Go to Jail” and “Only in Pennsyltucky: The Best Offense is to Bar All Defense” shirts and other items are available from http://www.cafepress.com/dogsdeserve.

The Grimes case has made national headlines, and has been featured on Inside Edition, the National Enquirer, Animal People, animal magazines, and on blogs all over the internet.

Dogs Deserve Better is a 501c3 nonprofit organization headquartered in Tipton,
Pennsylvania, is the 2003 First Place Winner of the ASPCA Pet Protector Award, and currently has 150 area reps in 38 states as well as in Canada and France. Grimes was a Top Ten Finalist for the 2006 Animal Planet Hero of the Year Contest.

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Note: Members of the press may obtain hi-resolution images by calling 814.941.7447 or e-mailing Tammy [at] dogsdeservebetter.org.

New! Holiday Cards have Arrived, and Calendars are ready to Pre-Order

Thanks to Deb Carr, DDB Treasurer and Artist Extraordinaire, our Holiday Art is more special than ever this year and feataures Levi, our rescued Cocker Spaniel, see above, who is now happily in a great home!

Don’t miss out on one of a kind holiday cards that are available NOWHERE else, and which allow you to send a humane message at the time of year when it is best-received.

Plus, you can now Pre-Order your Calendars. Thanks to everyone who voted for their favorites. Chia was our winner, with close to 200 votes, you go, girl! But don’t worry, all your favorites will appear somewhere in our calendar. If you’re interested in using our Calendars for fundraising for your 501c3 nonprofit, e-mail us at Tammy@dogsdeservebetter.org.

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PLEASE Join Dogs Deserve Better today! We have a chance to change the future. With your help, we can let the world know animal abuse MUST be taken seriously. Don’t sit back and let it happen. If we DON’T stand up, this practice WILL NOT END. Please get involved today.

Sincerely,

Tammy Grimes
Founder, Dogs Deserve Better

Dogs Deserve Better | http://www.dogsdeservebetter.org | 877.636.1408 | P.O. Box 23 | Tipton | PA | 16684

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