Verdict: GUILTY For Saving A Life! Urge PA Governor to Pardon Tammy Grimes
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Verdict: GUILTY For Saving A Life!
Urge PA Governor to Pardon Tammy Grimes
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Verdict: GUILTY For Saving A Life - Tammy Grimes, Dogs Deserve Better

BACKGROUND:

Tammy Grimes, founder of Dogs Deserve Better, was arrested September 11, 2006 for helping a dying chained dog named Doogie who could not stand in East Freedom, Pennsylvania.

Read about the case with photo and video documentation:
- http://www.dogsdeservebetter.org/doogie.html
- Press Release from Dogs Deserve Better

12/14/07: A Blair County, Pennsylvania jury has found Tammy Grimes guilty of theft and receiving stolen property. Sentencing is set for February 23, 2008.

FROM KINSHIP CIRCLE:
After speaking to Tammy today (12/15), I understand her misdemeanor “crimes” could merit 1-2 years jail time. Although, she is more apt to incur a fine and probation at her sentencing in February. During the trial, Tammy and her lawyer were NOT permitted to show video footage of Doogie (called “Jake” by his negligent caretakers)...on the ground unable to move or stand for at least three days.

Tammy wrote:
 “When we arrived, we took photos and video of Doogie. We initially thought he was dead, as he was not moving and his back was to us. We found out the people were not home to talk to about him, so I made the decision that I would not leave him lying there on the cold wet ground for one moment longer, and I would accept all consequences of my decision.”

TAMMY’S HEROIC EFFORTS IN PHOTOS & WORDS:
http://www.dogsdeservebetter.org/doogie.html

From: Tammy Grimes, tammy@dogsdeservebetter.org
Subject: I Was Found Guilty
Date: 12/14/2007

Today at 5:00 p.m. EST I was convicted of theft and receiving stolen  property in a Blair County, PA courtroom... I will not stop working for chained and penned dogs. I hope supporters will stay with me... To still  believe in us and the differences we are beginning to make in the lives of chained dogs...

For you, Doogie: May you rest in peace, knowing you were loved and cared for [at the end].

FOR MORE INFO ON THIS CASE,
READ ANIMAL LAW COALITION REPORTS:
http://animallawcoalition.com/tethering-penning/article-271

Visit and/or Donate to Dogs Deserve Better:
www.dogsdeservebetter.org

CONTACT INFORMATION For Governor Rendell:

Ask Pennsylvania’s Governor Edward G. Rendell to PARDON Tammy Grimes for the “crimes” or theft and receiving stolen “property” in her action to save a dying, chained dog called Doogie.

Governor Edward G. Rendell
225 Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17120   

Phone:
717-787-2500     

Web Email:
http://sites.state.pa.us/
PA_Exec/
Governor/
govmail.html

 

 

 

 

UPDATE: February 22, 2008
Tammy Grimes Trial Update

Today Grimes was sentenced to 300 hours community service for a 'people organization', because 'people are dogs too'. She was also ordered to pay for the cost of the trial. This was justified by the judge because she said that Grimes chose to go to trial over ARD, therefore she should have to pay for it. Isn't it every person's right to go to trial? Does that right come with a price tag? Interestingly enough, according to Grimes' attorneys, this is not only NOT OFTEN done, but RARELY done. The costs were around $1700.

She was also ordered within 10 days to take everything Doogie related off any any site she 'has control or influence over'.
[Editor's note: whatever happened to freedom of speech?]

"We [DDB] will be appealing most if not all of the sentencing asap."

The absolute worst part of it all was the way she was treated by both the DA and the judge. The saddest thing is that they actually seem to BELIEVE the horrible things they said about her. They seem to actually BELIEVE that the taking of Doogie was a publicity stunt by Grimes, so that she could be a 'hero'. That the Arnolds are 'victims' of her lies, and that 'the dog was just old'.

The DA said he was shocked this was her first offense, because her disrespect for the law and it's officials is like his worst hardened criminals. He also said that everything on the DDB site is a lie, twisted by Grimes to make people believe her. He was seriously ticked off that the Arnolds received Valentines and a brochure attempting to educate them this Valentine's Day. Yet, at trial he insisted DDB should try to educate them, so which is it? Do you want them educated or not?

She is now again not to have any contact with 'the victims'.

The judge said that Grimes was no Rosa Parks or Martin Luther King, Jr. That she has disgraced herself and her cause, as well as her supporters by her actions. That two wrongs don't make a right. (If she's admitting there were 'two wrongs', then why are the Arnolds still not being convicted of abuse?)

We are saddened by the state of affairs in Blair County, Pennsylvania. Saddened by the people 'in control', and saddened by the beliefs they put out into the world.

Pictures and video do not lie. If it were a he said/she said situation, we could understand how they would believe the Arnolds when they say the dog was just old. But with the abundance of evidence of neglect, there is absolutely NO EXCUSE for the behavior of both DA Richard Consiglio and Judge Elizabeth Doyle. Pictures and video DO NOT LIE.

Video statement from Tammy Grimes on 2/11/08:

(Click Here for a printable Word Doc of the transcript.)

Editor's note: stay tuned for additional updates to this alert.

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