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11/30/2012 6:00:00 AM
Kingman letters: A death sentence for dogs

Mohave County Attorney Dolores Milkie basically said that it's better to kill RUFFF's dogs than let them walk/lay on dirt - as nature intended! The county admits RUFFF has met every requirement except for lousy sand - over which they are anxious to kill healthy, spayed and neutered dogs that are in a safe environment just waiting to be adopted.

"Physically visiting" RUFFF is unnecessary. Veterinarians already know that sand can be dangerous to dogs. Ingested, it could cause impaction and death. It's hot/painful to paws, and germy/messy.

Milkie foolishly claims sand is easier to clean than dirt. What can be easier than picking up poop from dirt and spraying bleach on urine spots? Sand would only benefit a contractor - three inches, $15,000, every six months.

Hmmmmm, was there a contractor on the 2010 Animal Ordinance Committee?

The sand/gravel/cement requirement was defeated along with the 2010 Animal Ordinance. Page 5 Section 9 reads: Interior and exterior kennel and pet shop cages ... shall be constructed of durable material ..." - no mention of flooring. Federal law allows dirt - dirt should be approved for RUFFF. Other local rescues are exempt from this sand requirement - why?

Milkie said: "The county would not destroy all of the animals on the property." They'll be hauled into the dog pound and killed there, where euthanizations have always far outnumbered adoptions. "Sick animals ... would be treated." RUFFF's dogs are healthy, they're not sick! "Every adoptable animal would be put up for adoption." No doubt Milkie considers old, blind, deaf, three-legged special-needs dogs to be "un-adoptable" and will "need" euthanasia - so 90 percent of RUFFF's dogs will automatically be served the death sentence.

If "durable material" is the only thing preventing RUFFF's permit, every Mohave County pet owner, property owner, rescue and sanctuary should be scared of the rights and pleasures that will be taken from them next. Shame on the county for being so cruelly non-compassionate, and shame on those supporting the closure of RUFFF and the deaths of 268 innocent trusting critters.

Betsy Senn


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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Article comment by: One Solution

Let's just buy all the animals little booties! Maybe some of the far right posters can find time to knit some to help them vent some of their post election frustrations.

Posted: Monday, December 3, 2012
Article comment by: Lori Fonzi

I have also adopted two wonderful dogs from RUFF – one of which was abandoned at birth – the other born there because of negligent owners. Many of the dogs Allison has is because of irresponsible people and those dogs are thankful to be there rather than being 6 feet under the dirt. My husband and I visited many times before choosing our dogs. Each and every time we went, all the dogs were happy and well taken care of. RUFF may not be comparable to the Helen Woodward Center but God bless Allison for trying. If more people stepped in and helper her, maybe she could be better staffed and offer regular business hours but since it’s a non-profit and she must make a living for herself, I believe she’s doing the best she can. I don’t think this issue is about the dogs at all. I think its politics. Just let her be until the dogs are either adopted or die naturally.

Posted: Sunday, December 2, 2012
Article comment by: Do What's Best for the Dogs

I have called several time to see about adopting a dog, calls were never returned. So I went elsewhere. Does Allison really want to adopt the dogs. I think not. why is it you can't just go visit the rescue during normal business hours. I tell families who have a loved one in a nursing home if you can't just walk in at any time, something is not on the up & up. I know there are things that need to be done on a daily basis but I don't see why prospective adopters should be stopped from visiting. It would be good to see the animals interacting with the volunteers. I'm sure there would not be such crowd that it would be overwhelming, very few know where RUFFF is located, because that's the way Allison wants it.
@ Roy I agree all those that support RUFFF should send her money on a regular basis, it should not be put on everyone else.
There is a spay-neuter program that the public needs to be encouraged to use.

Posted: Saturday, December 1, 2012
Article comment by: Roy Trempy

Maybe it is about time that DOLORES MILKIE
be put out to pasture.

Posted: Saturday, December 1, 2012
Article comment by: Fort Mohave resident

There would be no need for shelters like this if humans would step up and take responsibility as animal owners. Have your pets spayed or neutered. If you're not financially stable don't have a pet. Too many pets are obtained on whim decisions. Count me in for any and all labor needed to help these folks out. I give the Miner my permission to release my phone number to the person or persons who can get the ball rolling. Available anytime due to our great economy. Hope to hear from some organizers soon.

Posted: Saturday, December 1, 2012
Article comment by: DR J Stone Stone

NY loves Rufff and we wish half of Animal Sanctuary would be run as good as Rufff that has a hands on mananger on sight 24 hours a day who personally answer the phone and give advice and support and that cost your state nothing, so its time to get real and reconize Rufff, as one of the top 20 five star organization in America not costing tax payers one dollar.

Posted: Saturday, December 1, 2012
Article comment by: Animal Lover

I have adopted two wonderful healthy dogs from RUFF ,one was 14 months old and the other 6 months old,I have had them for 4 years now,with no problems what so ever! I encourage anyone looking to adopt,to consider RUFF.I have also donated to help raise money.Theydo a great job there!

Posted: Saturday, December 1, 2012
Article comment by: Enough is Enough

Thank you, Ms. Senn, for getting this right. Everyone seems to be missing the point. This is about dogs, not people. You cannot have them on cement, Mr. Belcher. Have you slept on cement? It is horribly uncomfortable - let alone the damage it would to your bones, joints, skin, and such. Ridiculous idea. There is nothing more natural than plain old God made dirt. The sand will blow out, get kicked out, and worst of all, ingested. I am sure that you have heard of "sand colic" for horses who eat their food off the ground. Why would you think it any different for a dog to eat sand? It is deadly.
I have been to all the shelters, and they do NOT have 3 " of sand in them...wonder why only one of them is being threatened with closure for not complying to something that is not a law, ordinance, or statute? Why, Ms. Milkie? Could you please answer? It is personal..and the point is being missed. This is about dogs, period. These RUFFF dogs are living in a sanctuary, not a kennel or shelter. They are there to live out their lives in peace. They are all in excellent condition, well cared for, loved, and having all their needs met. I have seen for myself. This isn't about sand, Ms. Milkie. Admit it! This is your sick and sad personal agenda.
These are living, breathing creatures that we, as humans, domesticated. It is OUR responsibility to care for them. Care for them...not KILL them because they are living on dirt. This has crossed the line of ridiculousness. What a waste of taxpayer's money, Ms. Milkie! Stop your personal attacks. Move on and give her the permit to continue doing good work for these wonderful animals. There is nothing, absolutely nothing, wrong with RUFFF.

Posted: Saturday, December 1, 2012
Article comment by: Connie Larkin-norris

As the adoptive parents of two wonderful dogs from R.U.F.F.F. (one 14 yrs old & one very active 4 yr old), I tell you, do not give up on any of these dogs & cats, the love & happiness you can give & receive, even if it is only for a year, can be more rewarding than you can imagine. Ralphie & patience, thank you for all of the love & smiles, we are blessed Hilary, thank you for letting us come to RUFFF, there are so many wonderful animals we have gotten to know there. Oh and yes we volunteer our time and donate our money!

Posted: Friday, November 30, 2012
Article comment by: Legal Begal

A county rule that is Vague? Seriously? Damn near all of the ordinances Mohave County has arevague and open to interpretation.

That's why they have lawyers. If the rules made any common sense they would be easily interpreted and we wouldn't need litigation.

Posted: Friday, November 30, 2012
Article comment by: Betsy Senn

TJ Denton - Who's saying anything about state-funding a private dog shelter? RUFFF, just like all other local Rescues, is strictly supported by donations and out-of-the-pocket of the founders. However, your tax dollars are paying to kill dogs and cats by the thousands each year at our local "Humane" Society - cost to tax payers is hundreds of thousands of dollars! You'd rather your taxes be spent killing these innocent dogs and cats, than a County-funded spay/neuter program?!?

Posted: Friday, November 30, 2012
Article comment by: Common Sense

Common sense, people. You think the only problem is dirt or sand? How about the fact that Rufff does not show for hearings? Have you read the recorded facts of this case? Have you actually been to the facility? I have. You should really get all the facts before crucify the County, who is in fact trying to protect animals from good-hearted people who do not know what they are doing. Answer this, is there any other rescue in Mohave County that is having trouble with the County?? Not that I know of or heard about. Wonder why? This is deja vu of Pet Protection, God help those poor animals. I know for a fact there are rescues that have been over and above the requirements since they opened and they do not have deep pockets, probably less than RUFFF gets. But you know what, they are for the animals and have COMMON SENSE.

Posted: Friday, November 30, 2012
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“No thank you, not with my tax dollars”

LoL – when did you start paying taxes?

Posted: Friday, November 30, 2012
Article comment by: Concerned Citizen

Roy Belcher, I suspect that most of those who are writing in support of RUFFF already are donating. It takes a lot of money to purchase food, cat litter and proper veterinary care for 100 or more animals. Using that money to "pour cement" would not only be a waste of money, but it would be unhealthy for the dogs. Have you ever tried walking, standing and sleeping on cement 24 hrs/day 365 days/yr?

Posted: Friday, November 30, 2012
Article comment by: Tj Denton

State funding for a private dog shelter? No thank you, not with my tax dollars

Posted: Friday, November 30, 2012
Article comment by: william Hargrove

Sand or dirt they both can be cleaned or replaced, there is a contractor on the board that could profit from this that is bad, how much would it cost to kill them? i have meet the people at ruff, good people and keep up the good work. We the people should not let the board or the board member profit from this or let the animals die because a few people wont to make a buck.

Posted: Friday, November 30, 2012
Article comment by: Laura Scher

I must be missing something here. There isn't a problem with this rescue except sand issue? As a rescuer myself I would say that is FANTASTIC. Instead of penalizing them, how about "finding some state money" and help them get the gravel or whatever they need. Sounds to me that they are doing a good thing, instead of a bad. Just saying.

Posted: Friday, November 30, 2012
Article comment by: I'mmm just saying

Great Letter Betsy....

The Debate goes on & on: Sand, Dirt, or Durable Material?? I know what Sand is & I know what Dirt is....What is Durable Material anyway??? It's a "Vague" term simply listed in the Rules of the 2007 Ordinance. Hmmm, maybe the County SHOULD HAVE had an Atty write the Verbiage with a little more definition on what Durable Material really means. Regardless, the County did NOT....Sooooo why are the County Officials now rushing to make their next move & shut Rufff down. Ultimately Euthanizing many Animals because the the County wants to Flex their Muscles. Or are the County Officials scrabbling before Jan 2013 when the 5 Board of Supervisors take their positions and they Fear their Stupidity will be reversed?? I say "If" the County wants to proceed with this Ridiculous Plan of Action don't send them to the Humane Society to do the Dirty Work. Let Milkie personally be the one to look at these Dogs/Cats in the Eyes & inject the Needle into a Living Creature who did nothing wrong. Any Shelter Employee who has ever had to put down an Animal "just because" it eats away a little piece of your soul each time.

Meanwhile as all these PEOPLE Disagree the Doggies & Kitties will happily be fed & taken care of and Wag their Tails Unconditionally Day by Day until a Reasonable Resolution can be determined.

Posted: Friday, November 30, 2012
Article comment by: desert dweller

The thought has crossed my mind at times that lawyers are "unadoptable" and would be better off euthanized! And talk about "dirty"!

Posted: Friday, November 30, 2012
Article comment by: Roy Belcher

Easy solution here. All those who have written in support of RUFFF, pitch in a few dollars and have cement poured in the kennels. Have a doggie bake sale to help with the project.

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