Dogs Rescued in Landmark Legal Case Make ‘Incredible Journey’ to Phoenix

Posted on February 17, 2006

(Phoenix, Ariz.) After years of suffering in horrific conditions
on the property of convicted animal abusers in the small town of
Sanford, North Carolina, a van-full of dogs rescued by the Animal Legal
Defense Fund (ALDF) in a groundbreaking lawsuit will be arriving this
Sunday in Phoenix, where they will be going to the first real homes
they have ever known. Seven miniature pinschers, who were among more
than 300 dogs seized from animal hoarders Barbara and Robert Woodley,
will be arriving at the home–and rescue headquarters–of Phoenix
resident Pat Daigle, where they will meet their new foster families for
the first time:

WHEN: Sunday, February 19, 2:00 pm

Why are these dogs buckled in for the cross-country journey to
the southwest? 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 houses the dogs at an ad hoc shelter
facility and in the homes of foster families. Because the Woodleys have
filed appeals, the dogs cannot yet be adopted out permanently.

When Daigle learned about ALDF’s legal victory–and the ongoing need for
foster families for the overwhelming number of dogs rescued from the
Woodleys–she volunteered to become the foster mom to Rufus, a
now-spunky miniature pinscher who is thriving with his new family. Word
spread that a number of his cohorts were still waiting for homes, and
several more Phoenix residents volunteered to take in foster dogs, many
of whom have special needs as a result of their years of neglect.
Daigle will also be caring for four more “min pins” while they wait for
new foster families. They will all meet up with their new dogs this
Sunday afternoon, when the van from North Carolina pulls in to town.

“It has truly been an incredible journey for these dogs, long before
this week’s cross country road trip,” says ALDF Shelter Director
Leighann McCollum, who will be driving the organization’s canine cargo
to Arizona. “After a year of working with these dogs day-in and
day-out, and watching them slowly learn to trust humans, to play, and
to sleep peacefully at night, it is wonderful to see them finally going
to the homes they deserve. These animals have suffered enough. We
couldn’t be happier to see them retiring in Phoenix.”

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 www.aldf.org.

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