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Andi Elliott: So What DOES it take?

January 31st, 2010 by Halli

By Andi Elliott

Just wondering… what does it take to get animal cruelty charges filed in Jefferson County?

I can tell you what it doesn’t take. It doesn’t take allowing your dog with multiple broken legs and laying in your yard for almost 5 days without medical care. It doesn’t take half starving your horses winter after winter until the horses are stunted. And for sure, it doesn’t take throwing a Chihuahua puppy against the wall and breaking its shoulder.

The 7 hounds in Menan will tell you that though they were starved to mere skeletons… it wasn’t enough for animal cruelty charges to be filed until public pressure forced authorities to act. Ask the old horse who made it through one more winter and come spring, looked like “hide stretched over bones”. That wasn’t enough. When she could no longer stand…that wasn’t enough either.

According to Idaho Codes Chapter 25-3511…it takes “allowing animals to needlessly suffer”. It takes a veterinarian’s statement of condition. But also, it takes a sheriff who will enforce the law. It takes county commissioners who refuse to look the other way. Sometimes it takes an irate public.

I have learned that you can have “the law”, and a vet’s statement”, and you can have incomprehensible cruelty but what it really takes is a sheriff with compassion. One who is willing to utilize the resources offered for help. But above all, it takes a sheriff who realizes that he may be the only hope to end an animal’s suffering.

Andi Elliott
Hamer, ID
For the Love of Pets Foundation

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Posted in Guest Posts, Idaho Falls Issues, Politics in General, Property Rights | 2 Comments »

2 Responses

  1. Trimelda McDaniels Says:

    Hey, ladies, just wanted to give a shout out to you guys and a big support for Ms. Elliott. Talk about getting a raw deal-that’s for sure in this case.

    We would like to support her in her fight to bring justice for all including the small. So, if you post her court dates, we will definitely attend.

    God bless you.


    PS: My number is (208) 589-5230. I’m taking the year off from other things to focus on organizing for freedom in CAT-Christians Against Terrorism. If you would like to know more, please give me a call.

    Love you guys.

  2. Halli Says:

    Trimelda, it is TERRIFIC to hear from you! I will try to let you know the court date in May. I think a good showing of friends would be good for her cause.

    I’m also excited about your CAT organization. I have another friend who is chapter leader of the Idaho Falls ACT for America, which is trying to expose the Muslim agenda in the US. If that is anything that might be useful to you, I can get you in touch with him.

    Would you ever like to talk about CAT on my little internet radio show?

    Hope you and yours are well!


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