I have been the owner of 4 dogs in my life time and have loved all 4 of them. You can call me, a lover of dogs. I would like to share a very sad experience with my last dog, Judge Goodie.
I had the privilege of owning Judge Goodie for about 6 years. Although he was very challenging, I loved him dearly. Approximately 5 years ago, Judge Goodie was involved in a disturbance with a technician at an animal hospital.
Both my veterinarian and the veterinarian at the animal center concurred that Judge Goodie was a good dog, but people needed to be careful with the way they handled him. . Approximately 3 years ago, Judge Goodie bit my sister. At that point I felt I had to give him up for adoption.
My dog’s groomer informed me she knew of a wonderful animal rescue group that could find Judge Goodie a good home. And so, I gave the dog to the groomer along with a check for $250.00 with a promise of another $100 once the animal rescue group found him a good home. She told me I would be able to get pictures of the dog and I would be kept informed of his progress.
To make a long story short, although several weeks went by, I never heard from the groomer. Therefore I called her and was told she would get back to me. Again, no word from her. So again, I made another call to her and again, she said she would get back to me. No word from her again. And so I made another call to her. Finally she stated that the dog was in a wonderful home in Anne Arundel County.
When I asked her for the name and address of the new owner, I was given a name, but no address. I just wanted some assurance the dog was O.K. After 6 months of trying to locate the dog and also the hiring of a private detective to try to locate the dog, the only thing the detective was able to do was trace the dog to the Baltimore County animal shelter. Pursuing this clue, I contacted the shelter and inquired about my dog. , Based on my description of Judge Goodie, the interim director reported to me they had no record of Judge Goodie having been there.
I then realized that my dog and I had become the victims of a phony animal rescue group. The interim director acknowledged that this is a chronic problem throughout the state of Maryland. She called it animal trafficking.
Wanting to do something about this situation, I decided to try and seek some justice in the Maryland State legislature . My intent was and still is to have a bill passed designed to put these phony animal groups out of business. Therefore, I contacted my new state delegate, Shelly Hettleman and asked her to introduce such a bill. I asked a number of my students and associates to also call her to lend support to my request. But it was to no avail. Delegate Hettleman closed her ears to the callers. She refused to cooperate. Trying another course of action, I contacted the State Senator Susan Lee of Montgomery County who was supposed to be sympathetic to animal rights. However, the result was the same – no cooperation from her either.
In my opinion, the response from these 2 state legislators is appalling and shameful. To this day I still do not know what really happened to Judge Goodie.
We need a bill introduced and passed in the Maryland state legislature that will put these phony animal rescue groups out of business.