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What's in the box?

What is lurking in your car?

A young lady walks into the animal shelter yesterday with a box.  My thoughts race. Could it be a baby bird, kitten, or just a food donation?  Well, guess what it was. None of those things.  It was a recently deceased, (could tell by the smell, wheweeee stink) Emperor Scorpion about 8 inches long stinger to pincers.  It's even scary to me that I know what one looks like.  I know that they are sometimes kept as "pets," an oxymoran if there was ever was one, but I couldn't wait to hear the story behind this find.  So with some trepidation I asked the young lady (Shay Holter) how she came upon this lovely little critter that usually resides in Africa.  Well, the story went like this:  Shay was vacuuming out her 1997 A-4 Audi, color black, when the vacuum sucked out this dead critter from under her passenger seat by the heat vent.  "Did your car come from Africa?" I asked... No. "Did you ever have one of these for a pet?"... No. "How long have you owned this car?"...Seven years.  "Do you still have the car?"...No.  (I can't say I would have kept the car either.) "Do you have any idea where this critter may have come from, like maybe a friend with a twisted sense of humor?"...No, maybe, I don't know, possible.  "Well, then, that makes it a bonafide mystery." 

So I have to thank Shay and her friends for giving me another adventure to have nightmares over and also why you will never hear me say, "I have seen it all" because I'm really afraid of what I might see after saying that!...Oh yeah, have you looked under your seats lately?

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Maryanne Barra August 20, 2011 at 11:52 PM
Why are there no answers to anyones` questions about Buddy? I just recently learned about this dog on facebook - would someone - anyone - give the caring public some information??
Richard Rosenthal August 21, 2011 at 12:16 AM
I guess he feels answering "I refuse to answer on the grounds that anything I say might tend to incriminate me" would be too humiliating
Gary Jeanfaivre (Editor) August 21, 2011 at 12:51 AM
It is clear from the comments that community members would like an update on Buddy. We will work on an article that addresses the questions posed in your comments. Thank you. Gary Jeanfaivre - Patch Regional Editor
Robin Sanchez-Mittasch August 21, 2011 at 01:03 AM
The Lexus Project would welcome the media really looking into this and reporting back on it, similar to what the Tolland Patch did for Luna. We can only hope it will be true investagting reporting and not white washing for a friend who blogs for the Patch. Feel free to contact us, The Lexus Project regarding this matter,
Susan Gothing August 21, 2011 at 05:50 AM
At @ 25 comments regarding Buddy, I appreciate the follow up, however I want Rich George to answer for himself......or is he afraid to incriminate himself?
Sandy Bailey Hennessy August 21, 2011 at 11:57 AM
Let's get some real comments for Rick George. He comments on everything else except Buddy. As Director of Animal Control, shouldn't this be top priority? How did he get this postition anyway, doesn't seem to be managing the department very well.
Sandy Bailey Hennessy August 21, 2011 at 12:59 PM
ASPCA HAS BEEN NOTIFIED
Mark Upham August 21, 2011 at 01:17 PM
animal abuse by the town and state... period
Tammi Monical Stubblefield August 21, 2011 at 01:30 PM
Please allow Buddy the golden retriever, that you have seized 10 months ago and put in solitary confinement, out. Keeping him locked up with no visitors, no outdoor playtime, is cruel and inhumane. I would ask that you allow a vet to visit him, release pictures of his well being, and allow him fresh air and social interaction. I do not understand how you can work with dogs and not know that depriving them of this is extremely harmful for their health and mental status. Please allow rescue groups to save Buddy from a terrible fate.
Nicole August 21, 2011 at 01:58 PM
Free Buddy. It's that simple. He doesn't deserve to be locked up like some kind of monster. I don't understand how someone can treat an animal this way. Show the public some proof of buddy's wellbeing and let a vet see him! Has he even gotten his rabies shots? I sure hope so because he's illegal in the state of CT if he doesn't have them. I can only imagine the amount of psychological damage Buddy has gone through from lack of contact. PLEASE update us on the status of Buddy and release him to a reputable rescue group!!!
Ruth Tremblay Hanley August 21, 2011 at 06:09 PM
Have you seen all the comments about Buddy and the Milford Dog Pound on the Fox CT facebook page under "Worst idea ever" ? Also many comments on the article about Orange County using the Milford animal control. People are pretty upset. Buddy needs to be seen by a reputable outside vet and I don't mean just the dog pound vet and the aco needs to consider releasing him to a rescue instead of just deciding to kill him. The Milford animal control says it's the states decision and the State animal control says it's the town's decision. Just another case of everyone passing the buck so they don't have to accept any responsibility. Why can't Buddy be seen by anyone? What does the Milford dog pound have to hide?
Sandy Bailey Hennessy August 21, 2011 at 06:15 PM
Maybe others like Buddy, God Forbid. If it's happened to one, I'm sure RG wouldn't hesitate with others. That man needs to go.
Marybeth August 21, 2011 at 08:07 PM
Why the big mystery around Buddy, the golden retriever you've kept imprisoned since October 2010? Why can't he be seen by a reputable vet? Why is he being kept in solitary confinement? Why is he not allowed any interaction? Why are you not answering any of the questions people have asked about Buddy? What's with all of this secrecy? Release Buddy to people that will care for him, properly! What is happening to this dog is cruel and inexcusable!
kath August 21, 2011 at 09:31 PM
Call the AG or State Senator
Michele Flores August 22, 2011 at 12:46 AM
Let this dog be seen by a Vet, you should be ashamed of yourselves! We in America don't even treat prisoners like this! Karma WILL come back to you, trust me. Golden's are one of the sweetest dogs in the world, I know, we adopted my deceased sister's, had her for 1 yr 8 months, time I will always cherish. RELEASE this dog.
Melanie Kondor August 22, 2011 at 02:14 AM
I used to be a tech at a vet in milford that worked closely with you when pat liptak was in charge..I don't think she would ever have done this to buddy! You are abusing the very animals you are supposed to be helping...shame on you for this poor management
heather bearz August 22, 2011 at 08:25 AM
Ok, Mr. George. It seems to me that you have been caught with your "pants down" and don't know what you are doing with "Buddy". IF you were ANYTYPE of a human being, you would have some type of thought process to have BUDDY evaluated. It seems to me that you are not suitable to be an ACO, period!! Does this situation make you feel very powerful to hold a "Living Creature" for months without having ANY contact with the outside world? SHAME ON YOU! Don't take your anger out on a dog that you couldn't do any else with your life. BTW.. Anybody can go on the internet to find out what kind of "scorpion" that was supposedly hidden under a car seat? Get real...Do you think people are "dumb" enough to believe your story??
Donna Cianciola August 22, 2011 at 02:21 PM
As you can see from the posts that a follow up story needs to be done soon. How much more can Buddy take....Thank you to Gary Jeanfaivre Patch Regional Editor for responding to these posts with a promise to a follow up story...
C. Val August 22, 2011 at 03:43 PM
If Buddy didn't have behavioral issues before, how can we expect him not to now after almost a year in solitary confinement? The treatment you have shown this animal really makes me question your qualifications for the position of ACO.You don't seem to have the general common sense needed in dealing with another living breathing animal. By the way as a public servant, your public is requesting information about an animal that is in your " care", your lack of response only reflects poorly on yourself and your credibility. Professionalism is appariantly not a strong point on your resume. Do your JOB and give proper care and treatment to this animal in your facility. This is an abomination.....
Michele Flores August 22, 2011 at 04:21 PM
This needs to be brought to the attention of Fox News, yes it does!
Ruth Tremblay Hanley August 23, 2011 at 11:06 PM
Dear Rick George, you made a serious mistake trying to screw over a journalist with your lies when there is still over a week until the court date. You wanted to get the public off your back by making people think that you were entertaining the idea of releasing Buddy. I didn't think it was possible for you to look worse than you already did, but congrats! We'll add liar to your resume. The attorney drew up the papers and you wouldn't sign. You absolutely have the authority to release Buddy to a rescue so he can get help, but instead you want him dead. Shows how scary it is to give someone with a small mind a little bit of power.
Danielle Petrin August 23, 2011 at 11:21 PM
Mr. George, who is it helping to keep holding Buddy captive? He is an elderly dog who was following his animal instincts and no humans were seriously injured by him and those that were were harmed trying to break up a dogfight. He has never attacked a human unprovoked. If you are seriously worried about the safety of Milford's residents let an out-of-state rescue take him as happened in the case of Luna the husky. Treating a poor, defenseless animals with no voice this way is despicable. I have been telling all I know and will continue to do so. Shame on you for treating a dog who cannot stand up for himself so inhumanely!
Richard Rosenthal August 24, 2011 at 01:04 AM
The Lexus Project As to what we can do, let's begin by feeling real pity for the administration of Milford. With so many real problems facing our cities, crime, the economy, foreclosures and limited resources, it really is amazing that the administration can waste this much money and time fighting for the right to kill a dog. It is a sorry commentary
Liz Emmett Garfield August 27, 2011 at 04:45 PM
I am a dog. I am a living, breathing animal. I feel pain, joy, love, fear and pleasure. I am not a thing. If I am hit - I will bruise, I will bleed, I will break. I will feel pain. I am not a thing. I am a dog. I enjoy playtime, walk time, but more than anything, I enjoy time with my pack - my family - my people. I want nothing more than to be by the side of my human. I want to sleep where you sleep and walk where you walk. I am a dog and I feel love...I crave companionship. I enjoy the touch of a kind hand and the softness of a good bed. I want to be inside of the home with my family, not stuck on the end of a chain or alone in a kennel or fenced yard for hours on end. I was born to be a companion, not to live a life of solitude. I get too cold and I get too hot. I experience hunger and thirst. I am a living creature, not a thing. When you leave, I want to go with you. If I stay behind, I will eagerly await your return. I long for the sound of your voice. I will do most anything to please you. I live to be your treasured companion. continued...
Liz Emmett Garfield August 27, 2011 at 04:46 PM
I am a dog. My actions are not dictated by money, greed, or hatred. I do not know prejudice. I live in the moment and am ruled by love and loyalty. Do not mistake me for a mindless object. I can feel and I can think. I can experience more than physical pain, I can feel fear and joy. I can feel love and confusion. I have emotions. I understand perhaps more than you do. I am able to comprehend the words you speak to me, but you are not always able to understand me. I am a dog. I am not able to care for myself without your help. If you choose to tie me up and refuse to feed me, I will starve. If you abandon me on a rural road, I will experience fear and loneliness. I will search for you and wonder why I have been left behind. I am not a piece of property to be dumped and forgotten. If you choose to leave me at a shelter, I will be frightened and bewildered. I will watch for your return with every footfall that approaches my kennel run. continued...
Liz Emmett Garfield August 27, 2011 at 04:46 PM
I am a dog - a living, breathing creature. If you choose to take me home, please provide me with the things that I need to keep me healthy and happy. Provide me with good food, clean water, warm shelter and your love. Do not abandon me. Do not kick me. Do not dump me when your life gets too busy. Make a commitment to me for the entirety of my life, or do not take me home in the first place. If you desert me, I do not have the means to care for myself. I am at the mercy of the kindness of people - if I fall into the wrong hands, my life will be ruined. I will experience pain, fear and loneliness. If I wind up in an animal shelter, I have only my eyes to implore someone to save me, and my tail to show you that I am a friend. If that is not good enough, I will die. continued...
Liz Emmett Garfield August 27, 2011 at 04:48 PM
I am a dog. I want to give and receive love. I want to live. I am not a thing. I am not a piece of property. Please do not discard me. Please treat me with kindness, love and respect. I promise to repay you with unconditional love for as long as I live. Why are you refusing to release Buddy? what have you done to him?? PROVE that he is being taken care of... SHOW evidence of his vet visits... PROVE he is not being abused and/or neglected... DO the right thing... RELEASE him and FREE him to responsible people!
Sandy Bailey Hennessy August 30, 2011 at 11:09 AM
Rick George, when will you answer these questions?
Ruth Tremblay Hanley September 03, 2011 at 04:21 PM
I have been told that the town of Milford is demanding $3300 in order to release Buddy. They also demand a civil and criminal release for themselves. It leaves me to wonder about their reasoning. So, Buddy is safe to be released as long as that money is paid? Why do they need a release for themselves - are they saying they acted inappropriately or that Buddy was mistreated in their care? No matter what side of this case you are on, surely this does not make any sense. Is the $3300 some kind of a ransom? Who has money in this economy to pay that? Is Milford animal control saying they will kill Buddy if that fee isn't paid and if so, what does that say about them? There is a reputable rescue out of state that is willing to take Buddy, to evaluate him in a safe environment and to accept all responsibility for him. This seems like a win-win for Buddy and Milford animal control and I just don't understand why they aren't open to this. Animal control is often a thankless job and I do appreciate the good things that they do. I was very happy when they relocated the dogs to a safe shelter during hurricane Irene. I really would like to hear from Mr. George and the staff to get their take on Buddy. We're all just people here. We get hot about issues that we are passionate about. But when it comes down to it, we need to come together for the best interests of the animals who cannot speak for themselves. Does anyone really feel that it would be best to kill Buddy?
Robin Sanchez-Mittasch September 05, 2011 at 01:14 AM
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