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Kinship Circle: ABC/ Comment On Dogs Killed, St. Bernard Parish

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Jan 24, 2008 4:21 PM
Subject: ABC/ Comment On Dogs Killed, St. Bernard Parish

KINSHIP CIRCLE ANIMAL DISASTER RELIEF
PERMISSION TO CROSS-POST AS WRITTEN

GULF COAST
1/24/08: ABC Blog Wants Comments On Case Closure In SBP Dog Killings

http://www.KinshipCircle.org

FROM KINSHIP CIRCLE:

In the last several days, you should received urgent alerts related to the dismissal of the St. Bernard Parish street shooting case:
[history & facts] 1/20/08: Breaking News – Case Dismissed In SBP Street Shootings?
[letter-writing alert] 1/23/08: Demand Justice In Dog Killings, St. Bernard Parish

If you want either of these alerts resent to you, request them at: kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net

Another component to publicizing this miscarriage of justice is MEDIA. Today, ABC26 (local ABC affiliate in New Orleans) contacted Kinship Circle about an upcoming story. In the meantime, the ABC reporter asked that I direct people to a related blog question at the TV station’s website. He is looking for “good comments” to create buzz around the story.

Go the link below to leave comments. You may reference information from Kinship Circle’s sample letter (sent 1/23/08), but write in YOUR OWN WORDS.

And remember: There are two SEPARATE St. Bernard Parish animal shootings:

1. Sept. 2005: Street shootings videotaped by a Dallas photojournalist
2. Oct. 2005: Execution-style shooting of evacuees’ pets inside SBP schools

CASE THAT WAS RECENTLY DISMISSED: 1. Sept. 2005 street shootings
The SBP school shootings case is still open.

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Kinship Circle: ACT/ Justice For Dogs Killed, St. Bernard Parish

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Jan 23, 2008 6:11 PM
Subject: ACT/ Justice For Dogs Killed, St. Bernard Parish

KINSHIP CIRCLE PRIMARY – PERMISSION TO CROSS-POST AS WRITTEN

1/23/08: Demand Justice In Dog Killings, St. Bernard Parish
http://www.KinshipCircle.org

Kinship Circle - 2008-01-20 - SBP Dogs Shot In The Streets 04

PHOTO: A reporter asks: “So how many dogs [have you shot]?”
“Enough,” former St. Bernard Parish deputy sheriff Mike Minton replies, as he looks away and laughs…
SEE VIDEO: http://www.dallasnews.com/s/dws/photography/2005/katrina_video/straydogs.html

EMAIL kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net FOR WORD DOC OF A FORMATTED LETTER.
Easily modify letter and copy/paste it into an email or print out to fax or mail.

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DawnWatch: ABC’s Nightline on "Katrina Pets Executed" 6/11/07

Monday, June 11th, 2007

I remember Gigi.

Gigi & Judy Migliore

That’s Gigi and her human, Judy Migliore.

Gigi, shot in the head and left to rot by St. Bernard Parish deputies

And that’s Gigi’s decomposing corpse, after she was shot in the head and left to rot by St. Bernard Parish deputies.

I hope they nail the fuckers.

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Jun 11, 2007 3:50 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: ABC’s Nightline on “Katrina Pets Executed” 6/11/07

The following report is linked from the ABC news Nightline page, with the note: “More on this story tonight on “Nightline” at 11:35 p.m. EDT.”

Please thank Nightline for covering this issue. Feedback matters! Nightline takes comments at nightline [at] abcnews.go.com.

Lawsuit: Katrina Pets Executed
Investigations, Two Criminal Indictments and a Lawsuit Put the Heat on St. Bernard Parish’s Sheriff’s Office

http://abcnews.go.com/TheLaw/story?id=3265151&page=1

By JIM AVILA, ELIZABETH TRIBOLET and CHRIS FRANCESCANI
ABC News Law & Justice Unit
June 11, 2007

For nearly two years, pet owners from the low-lying Louisiana parish of St. Bernard have accused sheriff’s deputies of having wantonly killed dozens of dogs they forced evacuees to leave behind during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, without regard to the dogs’ size or the potential threat they might pose.

One owner said her family was forced at gunpoint to leave its dog behind. Another owner said residents became frantic when, they said, they overheard one deputy claim that “once everybody’s gone, we’re going to have target practice tonight.” They claim in court papers that deputies were under orders to shoot every dog they found.

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Kinship Circle: GULF COAST – Still Homeless In Katrina’s Wake (Parts 1 & 2)

Monday, June 11th, 2007

NOTE: Though Kinship Circle sent this email out in two parts, I’ve combined both in this one post. Just so there’s no confusion, ya hear?

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] brick.net
Date: Jun 10, 2007 4:27 PM
Subject: #1. GULF COAST: Still Homeless In Katrina’s Wake

KINSHIP CIRCLE ANIMAL DISASTER RELIEF – PERMISSION TO CROSSPOST

6/10/07: [GULF COAST] PART #1: Still Homeless In Katrina’s Wake
PAST NEWSLETTERS: http://www.kinshipcircle.org/disasters/default.html

PART 1 / GULF COAST NEWSLETTER:

1. Shannon Moore, July 22, 1969 – May 31, 2006
2. Barn Homes Needed To Spare Hurricane Survivors From Death
3. Voucher Program To End At Expense Of Katrina’s Homeless
4. For Hurricane Season: Pet Friendly Hotel Info
5. The Velcros Need Homes
6. Vote For Louisiana CAAWS To Win $50,000 Donation
7. Join Living With Animals TV & Support MuttShack Disaster Aid
8. STILL Need Way Out…Can You Adopt From Plaquemines?
9. Prod St. John Officials to Build New Animal Facility
10. Dogs Shot In Lincoln Parish

PART 2 WAS SENT IN SEPARATE EMAIL.

If you did not receive PART 2, request it: kinshipcircle [at] brick.net

11. Katrina Lifeline Setting Up Another Major Transport
12. Is A Food/Water Program Still Needed In New Orleans?
13. New Orleans Sweeties Need Homes
14. Homeless Pet Crisis Persists In Katrina’s Wake
15. Animal Rescue After Katrina
16. Lakeview Cats Roaming
17. Adopters Return 2 Katrina Pooches To Owners
18. HSL Lemonade Stand Aids Ailing Katrina Dogs
19. The Woman Behind The Mandatory Spay/Neuter Bill

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Kinship Circle: [GULF COAST] Animals In Katrina’s Unending Wake

Sunday, December 10th, 2006

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] brick.net
Date: Dec 9, 2006 6:25 PM
Subject: [GULF COAST] Animals In Katrina’s Unending Wake

KINSHIP CIRCLE ANIMAL DISASTER RELIEF – PERMISSION TO CROSSPOST

12/9/06: Animals Still Suffer In Katrina’s Unending Wake
PAST NEWSLETTERS: http://www.kinshipcircle.org/disasters/default.html

Kinship Circle - 12-09-06 - 01 - Your hands

Your hands are their comfort…

ANIMAL ISSUE OF THE WEEK: Plaid Goes Bad In Burberry Fur Designs
TAKE ACTION

IN THIS ALERT:

1. ARNO Needs Donated Food And Other Aid NOW
2. Can You Make A Difference For Lakeview’s Forgotten Animals?
3. Grand Jury Indicts St. Bernard Parish Officers In Street Shootings
4. Lil’ Bit Is Home!
5. Tera – German Shepherd Lost In The System
6. Karekay – Tortoiseshell Cat Lost In The System
7. Nana – Black Lab-Spaniel Mix[?] Found
8. Sylvester – Black & White Shorthair Missing
9. President Signs Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act Into Law
10. Please Help Bring Sammy Home
11. FEMA Again Ordered To Restart Katrina Housing Payments
12. Jury Trial Set For Dogs Deserve Better Founder/Doogie Case
13. Lake Pawnchetrain Painting by Katrina Dog, Art 4 Rescue
14. Louisiana Horse Abuser Found Guilty
15. We Cheated The Hurricane Gods Once Again
16. Welfare For Animals Global Exposes Cruelty Without Borders

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Kinship Circle: UPDATE / Seized Jefferson Parish Dogs Need Help

Saturday, September 9th, 2006

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] brick.net
Date: Sep 8, 2006 9:50 PM
Subject: UPDATE/ Seized Jefferson Parish Dogs Need Help

Permission to cross-post

Please DO NOT reply to sender.

UPDATE: Seized Jefferson Parish Parish Dogs Need Help

SOURCE: Laurel Ley – LaurelLey [at] AnimalReliefResource.org
Animal Relief Resource, 904-571-6135

Jefferson Parish law enforcers recently raided a Marrero kennel run by Patsy Chism, 61, of 2501 Colorado Drive. Officials seized 80 dogs, four of whom were humanely euthanized. A fifth dog died. One puppy actually belonged to someone. Chism faces four counts of aggravated animal cruelty and 76 counts of simple abuse of animals. [KINSHIP CIRCLE’S ORIGINAL ALERT AFTER UPDATE].

WHAT WILL BECOME OF THE SEIZED DOGS?

On Sunday, Southern Animal Foundation (SAF) will evaluate all the animals to determine who is adoptable and who needs rescue. No animals will be euthanized for space.

Some dogs are in bad shape, with dental or eye (where the fluid takes over the iris) problems. Some may lose an eye. Most of the dogs are females (all but four) ranging in age from 3 to 7. The older dogs are in worse condition. Most of the dogs confiscated from Chism are Chihuahuas.

THE DOGS ARE SAFE NOW, BUT VOLUNTEER HELP IS CRITICAL:

* NEED Donated Veterinary Services
* NEED Foster For The Dogs
* NEED Adoption Into Forever Homes For The Dogs**

**All dogs are under owner surrender, so none can be returned to Patsy Chism. Dogs will be available for adoption after this Sunday. PetSmart Charities will help with some of the medical costs. However donations are critical to offset expenses.

**NO PHOTOS OF THE DOGS ARE AVAILABLE AS OF 9/8/06.

SEND DONATIONS TO:
Jefferson Parish
P.O. Box 10460
Jefferson, Louisiana 70181-0640
ATTN: Elena, RE: Chism Chihuahuas

TO OFFER VETERINARY AID, SHELTER/FOSTER OR ADOPTION FOR THE SEIZED DOGS, CONTACT: Elena Jones, Director, 504-736-6111, ejones [at] jeffsparish.net

*Please do not contact Elena unless you are serious about helping. Do not send activist emails or general questions because Elena’s plate is full.

*There will be some media coverage with the parish people for groups who can help these dogs.

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An American Opera Goes on an American Tour

Friday, September 4th, 2009

An American Opera (Poster)

This past weekend marked the 4th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Four years ago last Saturday, Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast, causing untold property damage, environmental destruction and loss of life from Florida through Texas. At least 1,836 humans died, victims of nature, government ineptitude and indifference, and racism and classism. The number of nonhuman animal victims will never be known.

Though I didn’t observe the occasion here in writing, the anniversary didn’t pass me by unnoticed. The weekend’s birthday celebrations were bittersweet; while spoiling my dog-kids with homemade treats, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the many dogs who perished in the storm and its aftermath – some of them murdered in cold blood, by people who should have been their protectors.

A year after Katrina, I marked the day with a sort a photo retrospective, which I titled “The Greatness of a Nation,” after the much-loved Mahatma Gandhi quotation. Three years later, I don’t have much to add, so I invite you to go check it out if you haven’t already.
 


 
The past four years have seen a number of books and films made about Hurricane Katrina; see, for example, Douglas Brinkley’s The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast (2006); Jed Horne’s Breach of Faith: Hurricane Katrina and the Near Death of a Great American City (2008); and Josh Neufeld’s A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge (2009). Many of these projects have focused on animal rescue efforts: Mike Shiley’s Dark Water Rising: Survival Stories of Hurricane Katrina Animal Rescues (2006); Best Friends’ Not Left Behind: Rescuing the Pets of New Orleans (2006); Cathy Scott’s Pawprints of Katrina: Pets Saved and Lessons Learned (2008); and even children’s books, such as Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship, and Survival (2008).

Released in 2007, Tom McPhee’s An American Opera: The Greatest Pet Rescue Ever! is a documentary recounting the spontaneous and titanic efforts undertaken by local and national animal activists to rescue the nonhuman animals caught in Hurricane Katrina’s wake:

Tom McPhee’s An American Opera: The Greatest Pet Rescue Ever! is a multi-award winning documentary film chronicling what happened during Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Louisiana when pet owners were forced to evacuate without their pets. An American Opera follows the pets, vets, owners, officials, rescuers, and adopters of animals as they try to remedy the situation, revealing that not everyone had the same goal of saving animals. Tom McPhee directed, narrated, and produced the film with the production companies Man Smiling Moving Pictures and Cave Studio.

Interviewing leaders of animal organizations and volunteers who went to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, it is revealed that at the beginning, everyone had different ideas about how things should be done, but no one was willing to take charge because the problem was bigger than anyone could have imagined. The film champions the volunteers whose only concern was saving animals, unlike the animal organizations who were more concerned with the chain of command.

After about a month, the state put the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in charge who told the volunteers to stop rescuing. Anyone not with the LA/SPCA was considered ‘rogue’ and operating outside the authority. Meanwhile, the police in St. Bernard Parish were shooting dogs in what they say was a form of mercy.

Months after Katrina, many owners are still not reunited with their pets because they do not know where they are and do not have the means to find them. Some people have found that their animals have been adopted out and cannot get them back.

The film ends with Barkus, a Louisiana pet parade, indicating New Orleans was not washed away with the hurricane.

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Kinship Circle: Updates, August-October 2008

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Wed, Oct 15, 2008 at 2:27 PM
Subject: Part 1/ UPDATES: AUG-OCT 2008

KINSHIP CIRCLE PRIMARY – PERMISSION TO CROSS-POST

PART 1: KC UPDATES / AUG – OCT 2008
Victories * Setbacks * Progress For Animals
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/updates/

PART 1: KC UPDATES / AUG- OCT 2008
1. Dogfighting Don’s First Day In Louisiana Court
2. Ringling Goes To Federal Trial October 20, 2008?
3. Dog Poisoner Gets 30 Jail Days + Counseling
4. HSUS Sues United Egg Producers
5. Bush Admin Objects, But Polar Bears Get Habitat
6. Our Visit To The Vice Prez Debate, St. Louis, MO
7. After AETA: Another Law To Silence Activists
8. Prop 2 Looks Good As Nov. 4 Elections Approach
9. Bush Admin VS. Gray Wolves: GOP Losing
10. Politics Trumps Mercy: Still No Downer Ban

PART 2: KC UPDATES / AUG – OCT 2008
PLEASE RESEND ME PART #2: kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
11. Humane Society Legislative Fund Endorses Obama
12. Police Sgt. Acquitted In Dog’s Death In Locked Car
13. Who Dumped HLS Animal Killers Lately?
14. Shooting Mayor’s Dogs Is “Justified.” Huh?
15. Freedom For Unlawfully Jailed Austrian Activists
16. 8 Little Lambs Left A Lab – To Live At A Sanctuary
17. New Development Proves: IAMS Kills
18. Nepal Bans Monkey Export To Research Labs
19. Korea to Classify Dogs as Livestock
20. NJ: Landmark Legal Victory For Farm Animals
21. EU Proposes Total Ban On Some Seal Goods
22. Calif. Law Bans Slaughter Of Downers
23. Hits & Misses For Animals

RE: 10/10/08: Don’t Let Soldiers Kill Beloved Dog In Iraq

NO ANSWERS YET, BUT SEE: Puppy love denied by U.S. army rules
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/World/2008/10/14/7080146-ap.html

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Business as usual.

Friday, April 18th, 2008

(Crossposted, without comentary, here.)

Sigh. Over the years, I’ve posted about countless injustices perpetrated against animals and the earth at easyVegan.info. So few of them make their way over here, because…well, because there are so. fucking. many. of them. Each case is as brutal as the next…routine abuses on factory farms, puppy mills, circuses, etc., etc. etc., all dismissed as “business as usual”; the abandonment of companion animals en masse in the wake of war, natural disasters and the mortgage crisis; seals clubbed to death for their fur, wolves shot from the air to “protect” cattle, “poultry” suffocated in the midst of bird flu scares. It’s fucking endless. Each issue is so fucking heartbreaking that, taken as a whole, a particular story has to be damn near crushing before I feel like posting on it over here, on my non-AR blog. Jax’s murder is such a story.

On April 14, New Orleans Police Officers were responding to a (false, it turns out) burglary alarm in the Lakeview neighborhood. While canvassing the area, they invaded the home of Jax and Scarlett, two Doberman Pinschers. They pumped eight bullets into 4-year-old Jax, with the justification that he lunged at them first. Problem is, Jax had recently undergone spinal surgery; his vet testified that it would have been impossible for Jax to “lunge” at anyone.

Neighbors called Jax’s guardian, Dr. Patrick Coleman, who rushed home to find Jax dying in his backyard. Rather than aid in CPR, the NOPD officers ordered Coleman to “restrain” Jax’s sister Scarlett – again, in their own fucking home. Scarlett was terrified, cowering in the corner of her home, watching her companion die. Jax bled to death while the officers allegedly laughed and snickered. And then, rather than call another set of officers to investigate the incident, the officers involved in the shooting collected all the evidence themselves. Coverup, anyone? (Not that a coverup is especially necessary; animal abuse is like rape in that the perpetrators are very rarely bought to justice. Animals and women, disposable objects in a disposable society. Men hate you and your dog.)

I very rarely get emotional while reading and posting about animal issues; I try to disassociate a bit, otherwise I think I might be crippled by the sorrow and helplessness. Not just in regards to animal issues, but especially in regards to animal issues – in the “Oppression Olympics”, non-human animals win, paws down. For all my silly beliefs about who should have which rights, I most often get mocked for my support of animal liberation causes. I mean, pffft. You think allegedly “liberal” men disdain feminists, GLBT allies, anti-racists, et. al.? Try being an animal advocate in liberal circles. Even members of the other marginalized groups don’t get – don’t want to see – how their own oppression is linked to that of animals.

But I started blubbering like a baby when I read this one. I have five dogs and a cat, all of whom are loved like children by their otherwise childfree parents. They’re my babies. I’d do anything to protect them, to keep them safe and happy. And so did Dr. Coleman, even installing an alarm system to look after his Jax and Scarlett when he couldn’t. And it was that alarm system that brought the officers who murdered (yes, murdered) Jax. It hurts my heart to think what that must feel like.

As I write this, the libertarian douchebag and I are hunting around for alarm systems right now for that very purpose. We live in a small town that hasn’t seen a murder in dog knows how long, and break-ins are rare. Yet I hate leaving the animals alone; what if there’s a fire? Who will rescue the dogs? Four-legged children aren’t exactly a top priority in an emergency situation. There are some heroic firefighters who might risk their own lives for those of Ralphie, Peedee, O-Ren, Kaylee, Jayne and Ozzy, but I wouldn’t bet their lives on it.

And yet Jax was shot, murdered in his own backyard. On his own property. In his home. I get the fear that so-called “dangerous” breeds engender in some people (“bigots” would be the proper term…if dogs were given human consideration, that is), but Jax was on his own fucking property. Certainly a dog should be safe in his own backyard?

By the by, this isn’t the first dog shooting scandal to hit New Orleans. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, St. Bernard Parish Deputy Sheriff Mike Minton and Sergeant Clifford “Chip” Englande were videotaped shooting companion animals whose guardians had been forced – sometimes at gunpoint – to leave them behind. Charges against both have been dismissed. This is not be to confused with another case, in which companion animals left (supposedly in safety) in four schools elementary in St. Bernard Parish were gunned down, execution style. The case(s?) is still open.

If you’d like to learn more – and I hope you do – all of the relevant alerts are available on easyVegan.info. Search for “St. Bernard Parish“.

Please also email NOPD, Mayor Nagin, etc., and demand that Jax’s killers are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, and that measures are put in place to stop such an atrocity from happening again. Jax, Scarlett and their father deserve as much. This was a needless, senseless killing. A tragedy. And it could happen to any one of us, our animals, our children, our family.

And then put down that burger, because the cow you’re eating had a family, too.

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Update, 4/18/08:

After doing some further research on the case – because, as I mentioned at Elaine’s place, I can’t stop blubbering about it – I want to correct two mistakes, one minor, one not so much.

The officers fired eight shots at Jax, but according to his vet, only four hit their mark. Minor quibble.

Now for the more significant correction. The shooting apparently started in Dr. Coleman’s fenced backyard, where the officers first found Jax and Scarlett. Once the officers started firing bullets at the dogs, they ran into the house through the dog door. The officers either followed the dogs inside, into their home, their refuge, and kept pumping bullets into poor Jax, or somehow fired into the house from outdoors, as shell casings and/or bullets were allegedly found inside the home as well as out.

When Dr. Coleman arrived on the scene, he found Jax crumpled in a corner of his home (the living room?; in any case, not the backyard as I previously stated), bleeding to death beside a terrified Scarlett. It’s unclear from the new reports whether the officers were inside the home when Dr. Coleman arrived, or if they followed him inside. In any case, it’s at this point that the officers prevented Dr. Coleman from performing CPR in order to “restrain” Scarlett.

Which begs several questions: if they were so freaking scared of Jax and/or Scarlett, why follow them inside, into their own home, into a confined space? Likewise, if Scarlett was acting in a threatening manner while Dr. Coleman was trying to save Jax, why not just leave the fucking house instead of pester the no doubt hysterical and otherwise occupied Dr. Coleman? I mean, even if Dr. Coleman’s efforts to save Jax were futile, couldn’t you at least let the poor man be with his beloved companion in his final moments?

Heartless fucking monsters. How I wish I knew their names, because they need to be slurred far and wide.

As far as I can tell, the incident is under investigation – but not the shooting, just the officers’ conduct (coverup) afterwards. Whether this was a “justified” shooting or a clear case of animal abuse is not even up for discussion. Which means we have to make it an issue.

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Kinship Circle: ACT/ Cop Fires 8 Bullets Into Beloved Dog

Friday, April 18th, 2008

Crossposted, with commentary, here.

UPDATE, 5/11/08:

Excerpted from Kinship Circle: [GULF COAST] On The Streets, Since Katrina

RE: 4/17/08 – NEW ORLEANS COP FIRES 8 BULLETS INTO BELOVED DOG

http://www.kinshipcircle.org/letter_library/letter_new.asp?LetterID=1735

KINSHIP CIRCLE received the “thank you” below from Dr. Patrick Coleman, the Lakeview, New Orleans resident whose dog Jax was needlessly slaughtered by police in his fenced backyard.

From: Patrick Coleman, wpcoleman [at] gmail.com
Date: Sat, 3 May 2008 / Subject: Thank you Re: Jax

Thank you so much for the information posted regarding Jax, my 4 year old Doberman, who was shot and killed by a police officer responding to a false burglary alarm at my home on April 14, 2008. With so many people writing letters, blogging, posting… I only hope that his death brings about change as his life did for myself and everyone who met him.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart in memory of Jax, Patrick

W. Patrick Coleman IV, M.D. / 4425 Conlin Street; Metairie, LA 70006
Office: 504-455-3180; Fax: 504-885-2512

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Fri, Apr 18, 2008 at 3:18 PM
Subject: CORRECTION/ Cop Fires 8 Bullets Into Beloved Dog

1. FAX NUMBERS from City Of New Orleans website for Superintendent Warren J. Riley and Orleans Parish District Attorney were incorrect. CORRECT FAX NUMBERS are inserted in original alert below (shown in RED). [Kelly’s note: I have updated the original alert to include the correct fax numbers.]

2. To send Mayor Nagin comments:

— Go to main home page: http://www.cityofno.com/
— Click on: “Contact Us” at very bottom of page.
— On Contact Us page, scroll to “Select A Department” drop-down menu.
— Select “Mayor’s Office” and hit “Go.”
— Your browser page will refresh, showing a security code you need to submit comments.

3. Several people have asked, but Kinship Circle does NOT know (at this time) the private email address or other contact information for Dr. Patrick Coleman, whose Doberman Jax was slaughtered by an NOPD officer.

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Thu, Apr 17, 2008 at 5:27 PM
Subject: ACT/ Cop Fires 8 Bullets Into Beloved Dog

KINSHIP CIRCLE PRIMARY – PERMISSION TO CROSS-POST AS WRITTEN

4/17/08: New Orleans Cop Fires 8 Bullets Into Beloved Dog

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Kinship Circle - 2008-04-17 - New Orleans Cop Fires 8 Bullets Into Beloved Dog 02

Kinship Circle - 2008-04-17 - New Orleans Cop Fires 8 Bullets Into Beloved Dog 01

Jax, the black Doberman on the left, was shot and killed by police responding to a burglar alarm that proved to be a false alarm.
http://www.findinternettv.com/Video,item,302619517.aspx

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Kinship Circle: [GULF COAST] Still Healing, One Animal At A Time

Sunday, April 13th, 2008

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Sat, Apr 12, 2008 at 9:33 PM
Subject: [GULF COAST] Still Healing, One Animal At A Time

KINSHIP CIRCLE ANIMAL DISASTER AID NETWORK – PERMISSION TO CROSS-POST
Networking resources for animal disaster victims + companion animal campaigns

GULF COAST
4/12/08: Still Healing…One Animal At A Time

http://www.kinshipcircle.org/disasters/

IN APRIL GULF COAST NEWSLETTER:

1. Chance For Justice In St. Bernard Shootings?
2. Can YOU Find Forever Homes For Kitties Of Lakeview, New Orleans?
3. Louisiana Shelter Needs Help From Anywhere!
4. Maddie’s Fund Effort For Southeast Louisiana
5. Highlights & Updates
6. NOLA’s Forgotten: A Miracle Named Sabrina
7. Join Us In NOLA For Katrina Animal Memorial 2008
8. Noah’s Wish & EARS Disaster Response Training

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Kinship Circle: [GULF COAST] Your Last Hard Day Was Yesterday

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Fri, Mar 21, 2008 at 12:49 PM
Subject: [GULF COAST] Your Last Hard Day Was Yesterday

KINSHIP CIRCLE ANIMAL DISASTER RELIEF – PERMISSION TO CROSS-POST
Networking resources for animal disaster victims + companion animal campaigns

GULF COAST
3/21/08: Your Last Hard Day Was Yesterday

http://www.kinshipcircle.org/disasters/

IN MARCH GULF COAST NEWSLETTER:

1. Tour For Life 2008: April 9, At SAF In New Orleans!
2. March 29-30: SpayMart Super Adoptathon In NOLA
3. Feedback: Missouri Floodwaters Rising
4. Highlights & Updates
5. Dear Sabrina, Your Last Hard Day Was Yesterday
6. A Second Chance For St. Bernard Parish Animals
7. A Nursing Mom’s Tragedy & The Power To Act
8. Certification As A First Responder For Animals

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Kinship Circle: [GULF COAST] Time To Remember, Time To Act

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Wed, Feb 20, 2008 at 9:07 PM
Subject: [GULF COAST] Time To Remember, Time To Act

KINSHIP CIRCLE ANIMAL DISASTER RELIEF – PERMISSION TO CROSS-POST

GULF COAST
2/20/08: A Time To Remember, A Time To Act

http://www.kinshipcircle.org/disasters/

IN FEBRUARY GULF COAST NEWSLETTER:

1. NOLA Rescuer Arrested While Trapping Cats
2. A Time To Act: St. Bernard Parish Killings
3. A Time To Remember…
4. Highlights & Updates
5. Support Humane Society Of Louisiana’s Recovery
6. For Buddy: Toughen Mississippi’s Lax Cruelty Law
7. Kane: Featured Katrina Dog – Where’s My Family?
8. Blue Eyes: Featured Katrina Cat – Where’s My Family?
9. Think Of Animals When Disaster Strikes

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Saturday, February 9th, 2008

Action Alerts

The Center for Food Safety: Food Safety in the Farm Bill
Wildlife habitat, water quality and diverse family farms are under threat with a new proposed provision to the Farm Bill (HR 2419.EH § 10106).

DawnWatch: Please thank Anderson Cooper for Vick dog rehab coverage 2/7/08
Last night, Thursday February 7, Anderson Cooper’s 360 on CNN included a wonderful piece on the rehabilitation of the Vick dogs at the Best Friends sanctuary.

National Wildlife Federation (NWF): Stop Congress from Plowing Over Wildlife in the Final Farm Bill
Members of Congress say they are not hearing from enough constituents who care about conservation, so MAKE SURE YOUR VOICE IS HEARD!

National Wildlife Federation (NWF): Polar Bears Need Your Help
Despite public and congressional pressure, on February 6, the Department of Interior proceeded with the sale of oil and gas leases in important polar bear habitat.

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC): Whales in Danger
Tell the U.S. Navy to take measures to protect whales during sonar training.

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Kinship Circle: [GULF COAST] New Witness To SBP Killings + MORE

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Jan 30, 2008 1:54 PM
Subject: [GULF COAST] New Witness To SBP Killings + MORE

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GULF COAST
1/30/08: New Eyewitness To St. Bernard Killings + MORE

http://www.kinshipcircle.org/disasters/

IN JANUARY GULF COAST NEWSLETTER:

1. Never Forget: Animals Lost To St. Bernard Killings
2. New Eyewitness To SBP Shootings Steps Forward
3. Highlights & Updates
4. Desperate To Save Dog Rescued In New Orleans
5. Appeal For Forgotten Animals In Leland, MS
6. Day In Court For Dogfighter – Shreveport, LA
7. 200 Animals Face Death In Miami, FL Eviction
8. ARNO In The New Year… See Spot Happy!
9. Goals for 2008 – Sheltering Facilities in Louisiana
10. Featured Lost Katrina Dog: Zena
11. Featured Lost Katrina Cat: Lynx

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Kinship Circle: NEVER FORGET: St. Bernard Killings Memorial, 1/30/08

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

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Date: Jan 29, 2008 1:24 PM
Subject: NEVER FORGET: St. Bernard Killings Memorial, 1/30/08

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1/29/08: Memorial For Dogs Lost To St. Bernard Parish Shootings
If You Can’t Attend, Donate Toward Flowers…

ALERT FROM / REPLY TO:

Charlotte Bass, table25 [at] bellsouth.net, 504-522-0222
http://www.animalrescueneworleans.org

CROSS POST TO EVERYONE WHO LOVES ANIMALS!
Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008 * 2:00 pm
P.G.T. Beauregard Middle School
1201 Bayou Rd., St. Bernard, LA
Locally we know this as St. Bernard Hwy., the continuation of N. Rampart to St. Claude, and turns into St. Bernard Hwy. after Arabi.

Show support against the dismissal of charges of the two St. Bernard parish sheriffs who were involved in the murder of dozens of pets. If you cannot be there at that time, place flowers and notes anytime today or tonight or tomorrow morning… We need to send a message that blatant cruelty should be prosecuted. We need to give these murdered pets a voice since they are no longer here because of the heinous shootings that happened in St. Bernard Parish in the days after Katrina.

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Kinship Circle: CASE CLOSED? SBP Dogs Shot In The Streets

Sunday, January 20th, 2008

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Date: Jan 20, 2008 8:59 PM
Subject: CASE CLOSED? SBP Dogs Shot In The Streets

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GULF COAST
1/20/08: Breaking News – Case Dismissed In SBP Street Shootings?

IN THIS ALERT:

1. Clarification: Two Cases, One Sheriff’s Office
2. Dogs Gunned Down In The Streets: Case Dismissed?
3. Slaughter In The Streets, On Video
4. Slaughter In The Schools
5. A Miracle Named Mercedes

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Kinship Circle: [GULF COAST] Thanksgiving Hope For Homeless

Monday, November 26th, 2007

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Date: Nov 24, 2007 1:31 PM
Subject: [GULF COAST] Thanksgiving Hope For Homeless

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GULF COAST
11/24/07: Thanksgiving Hope For Katrina’s Homeless

CHECK OUT KINSHIP CIRCLE’S DISASTER VICTIMS SITE:
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/disasters/

IN NOVEMBER GULF COAST NEWSLETTER:

1. Volunteer For SpayMart & Help Katrina-Affected Cats
2. Lakeview Looking For Feeders, Trappers, Fosters, Adopters
3. Still Roaming. Still Hungry. Can You Help Feed Them?
4. [RELIEF GLOBAL] Sponsor A California Fire Dog Or Puppy
5. Katrina Custody Case: Woman Who Lost Dog Appeals TX Ruling
6. Have You Seen Me? Katrina Reunions Ongoing…
7. VIDEO: Dogs Of St. Bernard Parish
8. FEMA Animal Responder Credentialing Finalized
9. Historic Court Arguments For Animals, Louisiana – Dec. 3
10. Manhattan Borough President Awards Katrina Animal Rescuer

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Kinship Circle: [GULF COAST] Two Years And Still Counting

Sunday, September 2nd, 2007

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Date: Sep 1, 2007 12:00 AM
Subject: [GULF COAST] Two Years And Still Counting

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GULF COAST
9/1/07: Two Years And Still Counting…

CHECK OUT KINSHIP CIRCLE’S DISASTER VICTIMS SITE:
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/disasters/

IN THIS ALERT:

1. ARNO: Two Years And Still Helping Animals
2. Pet Evac. Exercise/Humane Training
3. A Time Line In Photos Of Katrina Pet Rescue
4. Last Chance To Help KAT 5 Win A $10,000 Grant
5. Lawyer’s Perspective On Katrina Pet Adopters
6. The Pets of Hurricane Katrina – Then & Now…
7. UPDATE: Coys Charged With 12 Counts Of Animal Cruelty
8. Watch This!
9. Michael Vick Did NOT Adopt 14 Katrina Pit Bulls

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Kinship Circle: JUSTICE SERVED? St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office In Hot Seat

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

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Date: Jun 11, 2007 11:07 PM
Subject: JUSTICE SERVED? St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office In Hot Seat

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6/11/07: JUSTICE SERVED?
Lawsuit Puts St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office In Hot Seat

WE MUST NEVER FORGET, from Brenda Shoss, Kinship Circle:

I weep, even now. Not a day passes that I don’t conjure images of those babies, ripped from loving arms. The tiny poodle, GiGi. The faithful Lab marooned on a rooftop, only to watch his people fly away without him.

GiGi’s story (featured in ABC article below) was among those gathered when Shannon Moore and I devoted our days to Louisiana’s Pet Evacuation Bill.

Gigi & Judy Migliore

GiGi with Judy Migliore, before Hurricane Katrina

GIGI’S STORY, as told to me while gathering resources during effort to pass Louisiana Pet Evac Bill:

As Judy and Santo Migliore evacuated on to a barge, an official threatened to handcuff Judy if she didn’t abandon GiGi, a 10-pound toy poodle. Judy clung to her 6-year-old dog with the apricot marks inside one ear and along her back. But officials stood firm and Judy was forced to leave GiGi with a St. Bernard Parish Deputy in Violet, Louisiana.

The Migliores and three of five adult children were now homeless, their former addresses washed away in the levee break after Katrina. Desperate to find GiGi, they embarked on an internet search from their hotel room in Lafayette, LA. The checked every shelter in Louisiana and perused Petfinders, once stumbling upon a white miniature poodle relocated to a Michigan Humane Society shelter. That lead, like others, was a dead end.

On October 7, an email arrived: “I am so sorry if this is GiGi,” Dana, a rescue volunteer, wrote. “You cannot see it in the pictures, but the dog’s nails are painted… The dog was found either in room 206, 208, or 210. Please, please accept my condolences if this is GiGi…”

In the photo, a tangle of white fur rested atop a puddle of feces and blood. Patches of sunlight framed the tiny dog and a discarded cigarette butt lay by her head. GiGi had finally been found.

On October 7, Judy Migliore wrote to Ellen Little, another volunteer in the search for GiGi: “Ellen, just wanted to let you know that my baby, GiGi, was found and that it’s been confirmed she was never taken from the shelter. She died. The Pasado Animal Shelter in St. Bernard Parish found her… Once again, thank you and all the kind people who tried to bring this to a happy ending. But, now it has ended in sadness…”

Kinship Circle - 2007-06-11 - 01 - GiGi

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