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90 Dogs Seized From Lancaster County Home

Postby Chownut » Wed May 20, 2009 8:54 am

Has anyone seen this yet? How horrible! They just Seized 190+ dogs from a "supposed" rescue here by me. It took a long time but finally! The ASPCA and the Humane Society of the United States are both involved in that one.
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Re: 90 Dogs Seized From Lancaster County Home

Postby Chownut » Wed May 20, 2009 8:58 am

Oops! Forgot to include the article. What a day!

AND it's a chow chow rescue


90 Dogs Seized from Lancaster County home in EAST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP, Pa


EAST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- The Humane League of Lancaster County seized 90 dogs Tuesday from a rescue organization in East Lampeter Township.

The dogs were rescued from a home in the first block of Linda Avenue. Terri Palmer-Roby operated a chow chow rescue at the residence, Humane League officials said.

Conditions at the home had deteriorated, resulting in unsanitary and unhealthy living conditions for the dogs and people.



The Humane League will assess the health of each dog, many of which are in fair condition.


Cages were stacked three high and several deep throughout the ranch-style house.

"This is really not an intentional act of cruelty. This is someone who got in way over their head and maybe did not reach out for help in time," said Meghan Gallagher Clark, of the Lancaster County Human League. "So, we definitely want to fix the situation and make sure it does not happen again."

The Humane League will assess the health of each dog, many of which are in fair condition. Some of the dogs, however, required serious medical attention.



"This is really not an intentional act of cruelty. This is someone who got in way over their head and maybe did not reach out for help in time," said Clark.


The Berks County Humane League is caring for some of the dogs. More than 70 remain at the Lancaster County Humane League's facility.

Palmer-Roby faces up to 10 misdemeanor charges in connection with the unsanitary conditions at her home.

Information about the dogs and their adoption status will be available on the Humane League's Web site.

Donations to care for the chow chows can be made online or by calling the Humane League at 717-393-6551.
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Re: 90 Dogs Seized From Lancaster County Home

Postby tabitha » Wed May 20, 2009 9:16 am

I'm shocked :(

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Re: 90 Dogs Seized From Lancaster County Home

Postby chowkidz » Wed May 20, 2009 9:25 am

WOW!!!!!!!!!!! This just blows my freakin mind. :cry: I talked with Teri and offered help many times but she never seemed interested then in March my company sponsored her at the Reading Pet Expo. It seemed like she only had a few,I had no clue she had that many dogs.
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Re: 90 Dogs Seized From Lancaster County Home

Postby muddydead » Wed May 20, 2009 10:21 am

How about Chow Welfare? Or the Chow Chow Club helping? I believe she is/was a member of both.
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Re: 90 Dogs Seized From Lancaster County Home

Postby tabitha » Wed May 20, 2009 10:34 am

:cry: "Over the next several days the League will assess the health and temperament of each dog. Information about the dogs and their adoption status will be posted on the League’s website, http://www.humaneleague.com. :cry:

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Re: 90 Dogs Seized From Lancaster County Home

Postby chow fancier » Wed May 20, 2009 10:34 am

I kept rereading this. It takes my breath away.

I followed this link to donate to help in the care of all these chows. Please join me.

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Re: 90 Dogs Seized From Lancaster County Home

Postby Auddymay » Wed May 20, 2009 10:45 am

I'm saddened to hear things went out of control for this rescue. As I was reading the first article, the names were familiar...then I saw the Pendrwgon name. They had animals on Petfinder all the time. All I can think is that they just couldn't say no...this is a tragedy for eastern US homeless Chows.

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Re: 90 Dogs Seized From Lancaster County Home

Postby Dogdad » Wed May 20, 2009 11:25 am

how sad.

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Re: 90 Dogs Seized From Lancaster County Home

Postby Sirchow » Wed May 20, 2009 11:30 am

This is quite unbelievable and so sad for all those poor chows. I hope that they can be found real homes but it is hard for me to imagine that that many chows can be rehomed we would struggle to find half a dozen in shelters in the whole of the uk. How did they fit that many chows in and how did the authorities not know? So sad.
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Re: 90 Dogs Seized From Lancaster County Home

Postby muddydead » Wed May 20, 2009 11:40 am

Here is the video of the Chows being seized. Looks like there are quite a few puppies....
http://articles.lancasteronline.com/loc ... 37834/2640

It is sad that her own Chows were taken as well ...
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Re: 90 Dogs Seized From Lancaster County Home

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Re: 90 Dogs Seized From Lancaster County Home

Postby Lisa_D » Wed May 20, 2009 1:43 pm

Oh My! I just seen this on the local news. I am so surprised and shocked!
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Re: 90 Dogs Seized From Lancaster County Home

Postby Sharons Chows » Wed May 20, 2009 8:40 pm

This is so sad....and as the news said...I am sure that it was not intentional.
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Re: 90 Dogs Seized From Lancaster County Home

Postby CoraP. » Thu May 21, 2009 7:44 am

I am so sorry to hear this. We got Molly from this rescue. If it hadn't been for Teri, Molly might not be here today. I'm sure it wasn't intentional...please don't judge her. As the articles say, things got out of hand. I'm sorry they also took her own chows. That seems unreasonable.
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Re: 90 Dogs Seized From Lancaster County Home

Postby Tsunami22 » Thu May 21, 2009 11:28 am

I read about this yesterday but hadn't seen the videos and pictures.

Very sad. And I know it's completely irrelevant but they're all. so. cute. cute cute cute cute.

And no matter how cute they are, I'm a bit of a pessimist and don't think they can possibly adopt out all 90. The puppies will get swooped on, especially with the news coverage. But what if they have aggressive tendancies?? We all know a chow's bad rap, it isn't that way for no reason. It takes a LOT to properly socialize a chow. And I may be wrong, but I've read that some dogs, after one huge traumatic event can just turn. I don't know if the Humane leauge is a no-kill shelter. I really hope not.

Because at FIRST eval or temperment testing, I'm almost sure a lot of chows wouldn't pass. Which is the saddest part of all.
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Re: 90 Dogs Seized From Lancaster County Home

Postby CoraP. » Thu May 21, 2009 11:32 am

I agree, Tsunami. That's what I'm afraid of...that many of them won't make it to homes. :( :(
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Re: 90 Dogs Seized From Lancaster County Home

Postby Layla » Thu May 21, 2009 4:27 pm

PLease don't judge Teri. She took in more dogs than she could house or cope with becaues she was unable to say 'NO' to those that were too sick, or thought too aggressive to adopt out from shelters. That was her main problem. She honestly believed that she could get them healthy & adopted out... Also, the facts are NOT all correct in the reports, not at all! There are other agenda's at work here :-x We are working to get as many dogs out as possible right now, including ones that the Humane league wants to euthanise. Most of Teri's personal dogs are co-owned & have already been pulled & taken to live with the co-owners.
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Re: 90 Dogs Seized From Lancaster County Home

Postby Boogie and Linda » Thu May 21, 2009 4:43 pm

I agree Layla. Actually looking at the chows, they are in pretty decent shape. You can tell some are old and have health issues but anyone who has seen chows in need at shelters (Just look in the chows in need section here) can tell you how bad they can look and these guys look well fed. The news stories conflict each other anyway. I hope they are able to adopt them out. The problem is, they ended up here because no one wanted them to begin with so it will be extra hard. I feel very badly for the woman and for the chows. I can easily understand not wanting to say no to a chow in need. It is so sad.

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Re: 90 Dogs Seized From Lancaster County Home

Postby CoraP. » Thu May 21, 2009 5:05 pm

Please, Layla, let us know if there is anything we can do. As I said, we got our Molly from Pendragwn, and I loved talking to and meeting Teri. She is intelligent, well-spoken, and very compassionate. I hope things will work out for her and the chows.
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Re: 90 Dogs Seized From Lancaster County Home

Postby Layla » Thu May 21, 2009 5:51 pm

All of Teri's own chows (& the two puppies) are out & as of this evening there are 40 rescues left. If anybody knows of rescues that may have room to take any in please call Lancaster Humane League... keep trying, they have been returning calls when they are able.

The behaviourist who is doing the temperament tests has spoken to a few chow people & they feel she is knowledgable about the breed & keen to give each dog a few trys. She's also happy to tagged dogs as just for adult homes, if they just fail a section of the test. This is very very good for Lancester county!

Please remember that there is a LOT more to this than you see on the surface.
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Re: 90 Dogs Seized From Lancaster County Home

Postby CoraP. » Thu May 21, 2009 5:53 pm

Thanks so much! This makes me feel a little better.
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Re: 90 Dogs Seized From Lancaster County Home

Postby chowkidz » Fri May 22, 2009 4:29 am

Lalya the fact you are in Seattle and have better info then what i can find an hour away is amazing, =D= the time and dedication you must have put into getting this is amazing. Thank you. =D=

I am headed to the humane society tomorrow (had i not just taken vacation i would be there today also)to help with bathing the chows and to see if i can help with anything else.

John asked that i only bring one home to foster because he knows she won't leave :wink:
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Re: 90 Dogs Seized From Lancaster County Home

Postby CoraP. » Fri May 22, 2009 5:36 am

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Re: 90 Dogs Seized From Lancaster County Home

Postby Layla » Fri May 22, 2009 11:08 am

If anybody is in the area, the humane society are asking for people to walk the dogs. They are currently mostly double kennelled & they need to be taken out so the pens can be cleaned. The Humane League also hope to start adopting out the remaining chow mixes today if anybody is interested. Most will not be avalible to homes with children under 8yrs old & people need to sign to say they understand the character of chows & grooming needs. There are some real friendly cuties there :D
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