Dogs Rescued in Landmark Legal Case Have Something to Wag About at Annapolis Cruise Fundraiser

Posted on September 7, 2006

After a lifetime of suffering in horrific conditions on the property of
convicted animal abusers in the small town of Sanford, North Carolina,
a Jack Russell Terrier named Ben who was rescued by the Animal Legal
Defense Fund (ALDF) in a groundbreaking lawsuit will be cruising with
his Annapolis-based foster family in a gala fundraiser for the animal
organization. Joined by a miniature pinscher named Franklin who was
rescued along with him, Ben will cast away for a night of celebration
with more than fifty dogs–and their human families–who will be enjoying
the sold-out celebration aboard the Harbor Queen.

WHEN: Friday, September 8, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

WHERE: Departs from the Annapolis City Dock on Watermark’s Harbor Queen

Why is the Annapolis City Dock going to the dogs? Last spring, the North Carolina judge presiding over ALDF v. Woodley
found the animal "hoarders" (a term used to describe people who keep
far more animals than they are able to care for) guilty of multiple
counts of animal cruelty and ordered the removal of their hundreds of
dogs – many of whom had been living in their own excrement and urine,
denied appropriate human contact and care, and kept for their entire
lives in dark packing crates. In the landmark victory, custody was
awarded to ALDF, which now works to keep them all placed in the homes
of foster families. Because the Woodleys have filed appeals, the dogs
cannot yet be adopted out permanently.

When Larry and Michelle Kownacki, the owners of Pets Paws Boutique in
Annapolis, learned about ALDF’s legal victory–and the ongoing need for
foster families for the overwhelming number of dogs rescued from the
Woodleys–they volunteered to become the foster mom and dad to Ben, a
now-spunky Jack Russell terrier who is thriving with his new family.
Michelle organized the now-sold out cruise for 150 humans and more than
50 canine supporters as a fundraiser for ALDF’s ongoing work in this

"It has been an incredible journey for Ben on the way to this
week’s high seas celebration," says his foster mom Kownacki. "After
almost half a year with us, he is slowly learning to trust people and
has even begun playing with toys in the past few months. He was close
to death not long after joining our family, and I made a promise that
if he pulled through, we’d have a big fundraiser, in honor of him and
all of the effort that went into his rescue."

ALDF was founded in 1979 with the unique mission of protecting
the lives and advancing interests of animals through the legal system.
A number of dogs rescued as a result of ALDF v. Woodley are still in need of homes. For more information, please visit


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