By Sloane Quely-Miner – [email protected]
On March 1st a call for help was put out to the rescue community regarding a dog we now call Pinky, living in deplorable conditions in Far Rockaway, NY. BSL News’ friend Christine Drakatos immediately went to help the dog and investigate the situation. The ASPCA failed to remove the dog despite the horrendous conditions,but thanks to Christine, the owner reluctantly took her inside after Christine stood outside for two hours, refusing to leave until the dog was inside.
The next day the original person who put out the alert on Pinky to the rescue community spoke to someone at “Rescue” Ink. This is what they said to her, and I quote her, “He went on and on about the dog looks fine they took pictures the dog has food”.
Really! The dog chained to the stairwell is fine? Even the ASPCA made the owner take the dog off the chain the next day on Saturday when they came again. This is not acceptable that a dog on a chain in a stairwell warrants the end of their investigation and the help they provide to Pinky. But according to “Rescue” Ink the dog is fine, all is well and that was that.
Next “Rescue” Ink rolled down the street to a different house where I help Christine care for the dogs there. When the owner told “Rescue” Ink that we were caring for the dogs, Rescue Ink asked the owner not to tell Christine they were there. This in and of itself is shady and not on the up and up. Why did they tell the owner not to let Christine know they were there if they were acting in good faith?
The help that was offered to the owner by Rescue Ink was that concrete be poured in the front of the house. What good is pouring concrete going to do if the owners do not clean at all? And how is that helping the dogs unless people come to clean? Does “Rescue” Ink want to start coming to the house to clean too?
Next Rescue Ink posted a lie filled, defamatory note on Facebook claiming that we were not properly caring for the dogs after Christine had already spoken to them giving them the full story of what was going on with the owner and the dogs. They also chose to only post pictures of the dogs after an entire night of rain and chose not to post the multiple pictures that we sent Rescue Ink showing all we do and that are posted below.
Last year the ASPCA came to this house and found four pit bulls living in feces in the front of the house in a broken down crate. The dogs had no food or water but the ASPCA said that they could legally not remove the dogs. This is when Christine found out about dogs and got involved. Only after the ASPCA said they could not remove them.
After a few months of caring for the four dogs Christine at last convinced the owner to release two of the pit bulls to her and they have since been adopted into loving forever homes.
We do the best we can for these dogs while working within the parameters of the law. We offer to take the remaining mama and her daughter into rescue every time we go there. Until this happens we do the best we can in this situation. Because of our efforts, the dogs have igloos, feeding stations and water. I cannot tell you how many hours we spend cleaning, feeding, watering, and visiting with the dogs at the house every week.
Rescue Ink knew all this this prior to their posting yet they chose to lie to the public in an attempt to make themselves look good for doing absolutely nothing. Why? To fundraise?
Then they had the audacity to make yet another fradulent post making the untrue suggestion that they are the reason we are cleaning there when in fact we are there all the time. And according to them a kennel that we have been in the process of getting for some time now that we also installed is all their doing too. They blatantly lie, writing “Sometimes even a rescue group needs an education. The rescue group that stated the dog was fine and to leave the owner alone has now joined the clean-up.” We are there all the time! Then a recruit says “Glad everything is taken care of now”. Really, how is everything taken care of, Rescue Ink?
These guys are liars plain and simple. And anyone who knows Christine and I, including the rescue groups we do work with, who actually help us, know we are 100% for the animals. These guys are not on the up and up and routinely abuse their pseud0-celebrity “status” to fundraise without doing much at all for any actual, real animal.
No one loves the dogs more than Christine and I and those that help them regularly. It is HEARTBREAKING that the ASPCA did not remove these dogs. And it is DEVASTATING to us every time we go there because we cannot give them what we really want to. But it is UNCONCIONABLE that “RESCUE” INK has gone after us, slandering us, for actually doing what real rescuers should do, all the while trying to spin things to make themselves look good when they have done nothing.
Below are the pics “Rescue” Ink didn’t show you as well as a picture of the dogs in their new kennel as they are today.