AR-News: (TX - US) Guard dogs at dealership in Houston kept indeplorable conditions

Andrew Gach unclewolf at olypen.com
Fri Aug 15 09:12:26 EDT 2003


I sent email to the dealer at  <jjanke at tommievaughn.com>  but the e-mail was
returned with "unknown user" designation.

Maybe he changed his e-mail address when complaints started to come in.

Andy

----- Original Message -----
From: <Snugglezzz at aol.com>
To: <ar-news at envirolink.org>
Sent: Friday, August 15, 2003 5:10 AM
Subject: AR-News: (TX - US) Guard dogs at dealership in Houston kept
indeplorable conditions


> Sent: Wednesday, August 13, 2003 10:25 PM
> > Subject: TX:  Houston Ford Dealer Guilty Of Mistreating Guard Dogs!
> >
> >
> > Please send to your email and animal activists groups.
> >
> > The guard dogs at the Tommie Vaughn Ford  Dealership in Houston are
> > confined in a small windowless box  during business hours and are
exposed
> > to the sun with little air  or ventilation. Sanitary conditions for
these
> > guard dogs are  unacceptable.
> >
> > The temperature in Houston and Harris  County has averaged anywhere from
> > 95 degrees to 103 degrees with a  heat index of sometimes as high as 108
> > degrees.
> >
> > You can contact Tommie Vaughn Ford in Houston by sending an  Email or
FAX as
> > follows:
> >
> > Jim Janke,  General Manager
> > Tommie Vaughn Ford
> > jjanke at tommievaughn.com
> >  FAX: 713-869-5168
> >
> > You can also write a  letter or make a TOLL-FREE telephone call to the
Ford
> > Motor Company  Corporate Headquarters:
> >
> > Ford Motor Company
> >  Ford Customer Relations Center
> > P. O. Box 6248
> >  Dearborn, MI 48128
> > PHONE: 1-800-392-3673
> >  No email address available for corporate headquarters.
> >
> > You should also email and FAX to the Houston SPCA:
> >  Ms. Patricia Mercer, Executive Director
> > hspca at hspca.org
> >  inv at hspca.org
> > FAX:  713-869-5857
> >
> >
> > THE STORY!!!
> >
> > Houston County and Harris County residents as well as  employees working
> > for Tommie Vaughn Ford in Houston
> >  have requested help from PETA.
> >
> > PETA has  received and continues to receive countless calls from Houston
> >  County residents-and several from callers claiming to be  dealership
> > employees, upset by the apparent mistreatment of  so-called "guard dogs"
> > rented by the Tommie Vaughn Ford Dealership  in Houston.
> > According to our complainants, the business keeps  several dogs
> > mercilessly confined during all business hours to  so-called "K-9
> > stations" which appear, by our complainants'  descriptions and
supporting
> > photographs, to be little more than  enclosed, windowless boxes.
> >
> > PETA's July 11 letter  to an official of Tommie Vaughn Ford Dealership,
> > imploring him to  reconsider this arrangement in favor of humane, more
> > effective  security measures, has not received a reply.
> >
> >  Forcing animals to exist in any kind of isolation and/or confinement
is
> > unquestionably cruel, but the Houston SPCA confirms PETA  caseworkers'
> > research suggesting that these K-9 stations may be  legal under Texas
> > law.
> >
> > However, Jim  Boller, chief cruelty investigator for the SPCA, has
> > ignored our  repeated inquiries as to exactly how the interior
> > temperatures of  the stations (which are fully exposed to the sun) are
> > monitored  and regulated-if indeed they are regulated at all.
> >
> >  The SPCA has also ignored our inquiries as to whether the dogs are
> >  forced to exist in their own waste or whether the car dealership  makes
> > any provisions for routine, frequent cleaning and  sterilization of the
> > stations' interiors.
> >
> >  Please urge the Tommie Vaughn Ford Car Dealership to replace these
dogs
> > with a humane, effective, and cost-efficient electronic  security
> > system
> >
> > Mr. Jim Janke,  General Manager
> > Tommie Vaughn Ford
> > 1145 N.  Shepherd
> > Houston, TX 77008
> > FAX:713-869-5168
> > EMAIL: jjanke at tommievaughn.com
> >
> > Please also ask the Houston SPCA to ensure that in  the event of
> > continued use of the "guard dogs," the "K-9 stations"  are equipped with
> > adequate, fail-safe temperature-control systems  and that the dealership
> > is diligent in cleaning the interiors so  that these confined animals
are
> > not made to live in their own  filth.
> >
> > Ms. Patricia Mercer, Executive  Director
> > Houston SPCA
> > 900 Portway Dr.
> >  Houston, TX 77024
> > FAX:713-869-5857
> >  hspca at hspca.org
> >  inv at hspca.org
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
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