Well, court was a rather frustrating and infuriating experience. We sat there 3 1/2 hours watching EVERY other case go up in front of the judge. Literally, ALL of them went and when no one was left they were ready to close up shop and no one had even said a word to us! The woman had been there but was nowhere to be seen and her vehicle was gone from the parking lot! So SU (Eddy) went up to the magistrate and asked him what was going on. He told Eddy that the case had been dismissed!?! Well, that didn't sit well with E and he said "What???? Why hasn't anyone said anything to us instead of letting us sit here for 3 1/2 hours". The magistrate then seriously bit Eddy's head off and said he didn't know - go ask that guy...and pointed to another man. This man ended up being the attorney for the city (By this time E was about to blow up. He went over to the attorney who just said "oh, sorry I forgot to let you know what happened" and then E just about came undone and then stormed out :-[ I thought he was going to get himself arrested for a second there because of his mouth! (Seriously, thank goodness my Dad was there...he escorted E out ASAP because he could see he was so mad - mostly due to the fact that we had sat there so long and NO one had the courtesy to let us know anything - E is not usually such a hot head but the whole thing REALLY set him off!) I stayed and talked to the attorney. Well, the case wasn't dismissed - it was "settled". I still don't understand what all happened...because it isn't really 'settled' in the way I know that word to mean. She didn't have to face the judge :-\ - an agreement was made between her lawyer and the city attorney. Basically, (here comes the good news) the woman has to work 80 hours of community service at the shelter over the next two months. I thought that was pretty good - a lot more than I thought she'd get (previously we were told they would "try" for 40 hours). In two months she has to go back in front of the judge. She better have completed her time by then because I don't think they are going to be too nice to her if she hasn't. If she has though she is still supposed to get a fine at that time, and of course it will be on her record forever. I'm very confused about the whole thing really. Becky (the animal control officer) was there and she never even spoke to us. When we got out to the parking lot she was pulling out and leaving! I just couldn't believe it. Well a bit after we got home she pulled up in our driveway. I was inside and E was sitting outside. She didn't get out of her vehicle. She told Eddy that she didn't know we were even in the courtroom! This is not really a large room we are talking about - and especially towards then end there was not many people there, I really don't know how she could NOT see us - PLUS she knows how much we cared about this case - of COURSE we'd be there! Eddy told her, "well we were - we sat there for 3 1/2 hours". She said (again) that she didn't see us and that she even tried to call us at home about 3:30 (she did, it was on our caller ID). Eddy told her (again) that we were there and no one even bothered to say a word to us the whole time. They sat in silence about 30 seconds and then she just backed out and left! No bye or anything! It was strange. I think I may try to call her tomorrow and explain why we were so upset and get more details about what had actually happened. I also want to make sure they will notify me about what else happens on the case.
Aside from how they treated US, the good news is I feel like the punishment they are giving the woman is just and all we could have hoped for....so that is what it is all about and I am pleased with that part.
Sorry that story was so long - I really needed to vent it out though!
Thanks again for all of your support - I don't know if I could have pushed this through without all of you! I'm so glad to be part of a community that really cares about animals. I feel like we won a small victory today. The Heeler is still gone - nothing will change that - but at least someone has been held responsible. At this point there is nothing better to have hoped for. It amazes me about how many things had to come together to even make this happen. I know I'll never forget it - it has definitely had a major impact on my life.
Again: THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Today is the day we go to court for the woman who dumped out the Blue Heeler.
SU and I both received our supeonas this past Friday. We have to be there at 1:30 (central).
I woke up super nervous this morning. I pray that the judge makes a 'fair' ruling...
Good luck! I hope she gets what she deserves.
Good Luck! You are doing the right thing.
Good luck, Kathy!! We'll keep our fingers (and paws) crossed for you today!!
Good luck to you!
Good luck to you both and thank you for standing up for that poor pup.
Relax and be confident knowing you are doing the right thing.
You are doing the right thing. I know you will speak from your heart. Good luck!
Katie and Boo
Good luck - keep us posted.
Brenda from Connecticut
~Veronica and Nikki~
Sweet Emma, 16th of February 1996~26th of November 2010
Always in my heart and soul. Together forever, my love....
Nikki 6 months
Good luck and I hope justice is served here. Please let us know the outcome.