AlphaTex Needs YOU

January 20, 2012

Were all of the AlphaTex animals cruelly treated? NO. Were ANY of the AlphaTex animals cruelly treated? NO. So says a unanimous jury.  Today, in west Texas, a team won a huge victory for all of us, human and animal.  But this fight is far from over and YOUR help is now needed.

"The six-person Randall County jury decided no cruelty had occurred at the kennel located near Aiken and that the close to 200 animals seized almost four months ago by the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department should be returned to Mark and Sandra Smith."

The Smiths and their attorneys, Paul Holloway and Jessica Casenave-Skinner, have done an absolutely incredible job in defending their (and all of our) constitutional rights to own and keep animals without a summary taking by the government being allowed to impinge those rights.  The rest of us are at less risk every time an owner wins the right to make the decisions for their animals without the type of draconian interference that was imposed on the Smiths at their AlphaTex Kennels.  The Smiths have their civil judgment for return of their animals but NOW those who took the animals simply MUST be held accountable.

The Smiths have already filed their federal lawsuit and each and every one of us needs to pitch in every penny we can to help that suit be successful.  Lawsuits are EXPENSIVE.  The Smiths do not have that kind of money, most of us don't.  When lawyers like these are willing to front their TIME, the least the rest of us can do is help fund the actual costs which can easily run into the tens of thousands.  Every time we help fight back lessens the chances of someone knocking on our doors and deciding they can let the media and a bunch of untrained volunteers trample through our homes on a mission of death and destruction of our lives and those of our animals.

Three of the Smiths dogs were summarily killed during the raid.  "three dogs euthanized the day of the six-hour seizure.  Smith said one of those, Comet, suffered from hair loss due to a thyroid problem, not mange as was speculated. Another euthanized dog, Morgan, had been kicked by a horse, while another, a black German shepherd puppy, had a hard time walking but was on the road to recovery and was to be adopted by former AlphaTex employee Rebekka Terrell."  This was NOT "euthanasia" which is the killing of an animal to prevent suffering.  This was blatant wanton killing of their dogs without consent, without any rational basis at all.

Time for each of you to step up and help; to make a commitment to give what you can now and commit to making a gift toward this case each and every month until it is won and these killers are held as fully accountable as possible.  If you own animals, your rights are on the line too.  No excuses, make your gift today and every month hereafter to protect us all.  Go to Assisting AlphaTex Kennel Owners for updates, to make your gift, and PLEASE share this with everyone you know and encourage and cajole them to pitch in.

"First they came for.. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me."  If you own animals, they are coming for YOU.

You need to speak with your voice and your dollars or there may be no one to speak for you.

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The info to pitch in contributions is at Assisting AlphaTex Kennel Owners

But a friend has asked me to add it here too:

Contributions to fund the case against Floyd County, TX (and in support of all owners and their rights) can be sent via mail to:

Jessica Casenave
207 E. 6th St,
Plainview, Texas 79072
Please note AlphaTex on your check!
or via Paypal to Jessica@caprocklawyer.com  Please send contributions through Paypal as a "gift" and note AlphaTex on them.

 

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If every breeder, large or small, commercial, show or hobby breeder pitched in $10.00 a month it could make a huge difference in their future. Remember, every case we win sets precedence and gives us a tool to fight these seizures in the future. This author is correct - if you own animals they are coming for you if we don' turn the tide. This is the best chance we have had in a long time.

What's the address to donate to Paul and Jessica? Can we use Paypal or do we mail in?

Wow! Why didn't you have this little fundraiser BEFORE Alpha Tex lost the dogs in the first place... Seems it would have been better for Alpha Tex to ask for help when they realized they couldn't properly care for and feed their animals. Hmmm, but that would have been too easy. It's much better this way. Waste everybody's time and money then bawl and start suing. You people are a 'breed' apart and I will NEVER buy an animal from a breeder. You people have no f*&king morals.

Cyd:
Lots of people don't ask for help for some very good reasons. First off, there are spies everywhere. In one case, an 80-something year old woman, asked for help to clean up her dogs when the rains ended. Animal control showed up at her door, seized the dogs and arrested her before the rains even ended. Secondly, there are many rescuers and breeders who are in huge competition with each other, and who, if you ask them for help, will instead call animal control and say you can't handle your animals on your own. I, personally, live in a very cut-throat rescue town and would NEVER even think of endangering my animals by asking any of these sanctimonious egomaniacs for help for anything. As far as any fundraiser before this happened, well, gee, I don't have a crystal ball, although I know a lot of people around here who would like you to believe they do.

While I am at it, I cannot quite figure out WHY no one is calling abuse on the fact that 3 or so dogs were summarily murdered on the spot, without a veterinarian's input as to their medical condition. Who made those decisions and why are they not being prosecuted? Is outright, wanton murder not considered abuse?

I think anyone can file a complaint about a veterinarian with the Texas Veterinary Board (offices in Austin, TX) to have this incident with the three animals investigated and in fact, it should!!! I think that vet was totally unethical in his actions and those animals did not belong to the humane society at that time since the courts had not awarded them yet so the Smiths were still owners of those animals and they did not give permission to have them euthanized.
I totally agree that asking for help nowadays puts one at risk. Many dog show people are as vicious as they come and would just as readily "turn you in" before putting out some effort to help a fellow breed person.
I would be willing to bet some of those rescue groups do not return those dogs-hope they are required to pay the Smiths for the poor care they did in taking care of those dogs by "losing them" by compensating them with some of their money.

Cyd,

Tell you what, loan me that crystal ball of yours and next time we'll have a fundraiser before the animals are wrongfully seized. Don't you think we'd like that better? And time and money have been wasted, if anything, by the people who wrongfully seized the dogs in the first place. The Smiths have suffered, their health has been compromised, their reputations have been tarnished, their lives have been threatened, hate has been spewed. They deserve compensation. I'm sure they'd rather a
magic wand be waved and their lives could go back to the way they were before, but that isn't possible, so money is the remedy provided by the courts. I hope they get a massive judgement and people think very carefully before snatching up animals in the future.

Pretty soon the blowhards for the hate pages on Facebook will be taken down as I have made my reports to facebook and any of the like that comes along.

Oh and Cyd, I am sure you are one of those types of people that the second help is begged for you are the first to call the humane societies and the SPCAs to complain about "the worst conditions you have ever seen."

@Fairydogmother & Michelle | Guess we'll never know because they apparently didn't trust their OWN community and PREVIOUS patrons to come to their aid. So they just did nothing...

@Gabby | FYI - I have helped several kennels in times of great need and prevented just this type of occurrence. My very dear friend has a kennel and I would drop everything to help if asked.

I could never in good conscience buy an animal from a shelter now. The attacks against breeders have taken over the shelter culture and expended any credibility that these people had before. I refuse to make the effort to make this easier on them.



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