We wanted to give it one more try to rescue Bear, so my sidekick, Bobbie, and I headed out to Bear's Sunday afternoon. His owner was home and after we talked about how Bear could have a much better life than living in solitude day after day, she signed him over! However, she did not want to be there when we took him.
So, we took a short drive and she went to work. We then went back and tried to work our magic getting him to come to us.
Mind you, this dog has never been off that hill except for a few times in 4 four years. He has been isolated and not used to strangers.
After we saw that we were going to need help, we called our Animal Control to assist us as they were aware of the situation.
The "on call" officer said she would come after she was finished with the call she was on, however after waiting some time she called me back and said "she called her supervisor and she was not allowed to come because it was a non-emergency." smh,
But, that they would go out there in the morning and get him, take him to the shelter and I could come pick him up at no charge.
Since I'm not stupid, that plan was not going to happen and I said we would handle it ourselves. Having dealt with this shelter and their antics for 15 years now, I know better. It's pretty bad when our own county (Scott), will not support our efforts. Instead, they go out of their way to make it difficult for us to get help for the dogs that we have reported or asked for assistance with.
We rarely make that call for them to check on anything because they tell the people that SOAR is the one who reported it, as with Bear today. This not only breaks our "anonymity", it could put us in danger. The officer was already out on a call, so what harm would it have done to come help us?
Had we waited until later, Bear's owner could have changed her mind and we would have lost the window of opportunity. So, we lit up our phones and called and texted our rescue friends in the community and then there were Five!! And we were able to get Bear out of his yard and into the van. Once he was in there, it was a breeze. He knew his life would never be the same.
Bear will be going to Pyrenees Rescue, but in the meantime, he is hanging out in the air conditioning and will be getting a much needed grooming.
Thanks so much to our friends, Denise and her husband, and Remy for helping us out..teamwork gets it done!