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Rest well, dear girl..

 

 

 

This page is in memory of Sugar, a girl I loved.  Sugar had a difficult life before coming to rescue, and when we first got her, she attacked everyone -- even the most docile of pups -- I think it was because of her hard life.  Being a stray seems to do that do dogs.  After a while, though, Sugar came around, and she learned to trust me and my dogs.  One night, when I was doing email, I got up and walked towards the kitchen.  Sugar was sitting on the sofa, looking around, like, "Hey, this isn't bad... I think I am happy here..." -- I will never forget that look on her face, and how proud I was of her. The picture to the left, is the day we got her. Below are her sofa-shots... her just enjoying life, and her trusting Spud enough to use his butt as a cushion!

 

 

 

 

I have reputable references for the following discussion, which are available upon request. The references are beautiful people, who helped me through a horrible situation. They will vouch for my credibility, because the following gets difficult and can be easily lied-through by someone trying to twist the truth.

 

Shortly thereafter, a group of fellow "rescuer" "ladies" started saying I was being cruel to my dogs, abusing them, fighting them and breeding them.  All falsities, of course, and all allegations that the local ACO in Stamford investigated and found false.  The ACO even had her officers come tour my house, and had pictures taken of my dogs.  The ironic thing is, almost all of these "ladies" I had never met or spoken with -- nor had they met my dogs -- I just knew them through email "rescue" groups, if at all. A witch-hunt, of sorts. I am not going to fill this tribute with hatred and evil, as I have seen -- it is in memory to Sugar -- she deserves this --

 
During this challenging time, I decided to have some of my fosters stay with other rescues, lest these "ladies" have them stolen from my house, or call the police, saying I was fighting my dogs, etc. and get all the dogs impounded -- which would be VERY ugly, since police and pit bulls rarely mix well, and I am sure it would have been a horrible encounter, with the dogs losing in the end.

 

 

I returned Apollo to his shelter in Upstate New York, and had a fellow rescuer, and supposed friend, working through a rescue (I'll call it AAR), in Ann Arbor, agree to help with Sugar.  This rescuer was ecstatic when I asked her for help, and I had seen her go WAY beyond the call of duty in aiding her pup with its babesia, so I felt confident in my decision.

My Dad and I worked very hard to transport Sugar to Ann Arbor, Michigan from CT.  The picture at the right is the hand-off of Sugar, from my Dad to AAR in Ann Arbor. As you can see, Sugar was in great shape. She had been seen by my vet, Dr. Lazarus, two weeks prior her departure, for her spay. Dr. Lazarus said she was in excellent health, as were here organs, which he saw first-hand in the surgery.  She was an absolute sweet girl.  She was with me for 4 weeks.

 

The co-founder of AAR, received Sugar on a Thursday.  Pictures were posted of her, showing how great she was doing.  Here's what they said --

"Sugar took to her new foster home perfect.  Her new foster sisters were so well mannered and loving.  The new parents were so happy and fell in love right away.

She said hi to the new foster pets too!!!!! see pics.

Enjoy the pics and more to follow."

Here's the last picture taken of Sugar -- on her arrival in Michigan -- ironically, the "rescuer" entitled the photo "Yay I'm Home" --

 

On Saturday, the co-founders of AAR took Sugar to the vet, in Ann Arbor. The vet, mentioned on their site, said that Sugar had internal organs that were exaggerated (??) and that she had only a few months to live.  This was all contradictory to Dr. Lazarus' expert findings where he was observing her during her spay.  The co-foudner from AAR said the that the founder of AAR decided to kill Sugar, instead of treating her, seeing that AAR could stretch their dollars on "much more adoptable" dogs.

 

I heard this story that Saturday night, after Sugar was dead.  I was also told me the foster family mother wasn't keen on fostering Sugar any more, since she was older (or "broken" as she said), since she didn't want her daughters having to go through the heartache of an animal that wouldn't live too much longer.  This prognosis by the vet, incidentally, was never documented.

 

 

Also, to prove the absurdity of their justification, the "rescuer" told me that someone had tried to paint Sugar's teeth silver in the past with nailpolish -- this was a rookie observation -- anyone who sees silver residue on a dog's teeth first asks what color crate the dog is in, and if the dog is trying to escape the crate on a normal basis, which Sugar did.

The absolute height of my frustration from this situation was AAR's handling the situation, during and after they killed Sugar.  They did NOT contact me at all when they made the decision to kill Sugar, and they did have my cell phone number.  I would have driven to Detroit to pick Sugar up.  Also, afterwards, the founder was absolutely uncivil with me, swearing and yelling, saying the dog was in AAR care and they had no duty in contacting me when they decided to kill her.

 

To make things absolutely worse, in the end, I requested her vet call Dr. Lazarus, to discuss Sugar's evaluation.  They never had their vet do this, nor did they fax over his records of her.  They had their vet not answer my calls, too.  Finally, they would not ship me her remains for cremation, which I always request.

 
 

 

 

This situation was awful.  I learned a lot from it -- to trust hardly no one in rescue, and to keep my rescue extremely private.  Had these "ladies" who initially started their witch-hunt been civil and not lied about my rescue, etc., I would have never gone through this, and Sugar would be alive.

Here is Sugar's memorial on my Petfinder page -- happy and healthy, two weeks before they killed her --

 
 Sugar was and is a beautiful girl -- they treated her as a broken dog that couldn't get them a quick adoption fee, not the blossoming sweetheart that she was.

Sugar, you taught me so much. You did not die in vain. Please know that I care for you, and that I love you.

May 2004