Healthy and Well Feed Equals Abuse! What The @#@$%#$

Posted on 05/20/2009

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By ESaunders AR-HR.com

Healthy, Well-Fed and Well Cared For = Charges for Animal Neglect

By ESaunders AR-HR.com

Picture it, you’re 58 years old, your health isn’t what it used to be.  It’s a small town, so everyone knows you’re not doing as well as you used to.  Your animals are admittedly healthy, well-fed and well cared for but you find your property raided and you are being threatened with multiple counts of animal neglect unless you surrender your animals.

Doesn’t make any sense?  Tell that to Ted Tellefson of Oregon, because it happened to him on Friday March 13, 2009.  3 weeks ago, the local sheriff charged Mr. Tellefson with 100 cases of animal neglect which were dropped after he agreed to surrender the majority of his dogs.  The same sheriff that laid the charges is the same one that indicated the overwhelming majority of the dogs were, ” healthy, well-fed and well cared for”   The real crime wasn’t neglect, but in the sheriff’s words “”He had more dogs than 50 people would need”  

Since when did the number of dogs owned come to equal neglect?  No danger, no abuse, no cruelty,  just one person’s opinion of  “too many dogs.” 

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