Saturday, November 15, 2008
Atlanta, GA - Back in August, after some pit bulls went on a cat-killing binge, we sarcastically stated that pit bulls might be the solution to the U.S. feral cat problem. It appears that our sarcasm was not far from the truth. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) reports that Jere Alexander signed out 83 feral cats at the Fulton County animal shelter. She gave the cats to an unlicensed "rescue" organization that she herself operates. Authorities do not know what happened to the innocent cats.
Perhaps the cats became bait animals for pit bulls.The AJC reports that one evening -- after Jere and Rocky signed out 19 cats -- longtime kennel manager Myles Swain, who was later fired by Jere, confronted the director the next day. Alexander told Swain that she took the cats to a rescue organization called Nine Lives, a "trap, neuter and release" group. Over a four month period, Nine Lives took 83 cats from the shelter, more than twice the number taken by all other groups. A subsequent investigation showed that Jere ran the cat organization.
"Rescue groups that take animals from shelters must be licensed by the state Department of Agriculture, but officials found no such records. An investigation by the department last week found Alexander ran the rescue group. But it could not determine what happened to the cats, including whether they were neutered or released. Charles Woody, who was listed on the form as a vet who neutered the cats for Nine Lives, said Friday he never heard of the group."Jere Alexander resigned earlier this month after Fox 5 news investigators exposed multiple dangerous, if not criminal, actions taken by Alexander while serving as the director. (Please see: I-Team, Fox 5 News Breaks Story on Fulton Animal Shelter). Among other things, Jere made a vicious dog ticket "disappear" after a pit bull attacked 5 children waiting for a school bus; she allowed pit bulls in the Fulton County animal shelter to terrorize and kill other dogs; and she broke county laws by chaining her own pit bulls.
American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT) Group Linked to Dogfighters
One of Alexander's first hires as Director of the Fulton County Animal Services was a pit bull breeder, Sherri Self, whose husband, Tony Self, was under indictment for transporting fighting dogs. Alexander also ran a website (pitarchive.org) with advisers who had dogfighting-related charges in their pasts: Tom Garner and T.L. Williams. Sherri Self is also the former president of the Georgia American Pit Bull Terrier Association. Alexander served as the Vice President of this group as recently as 2007.
This establishes a "direct" link between an APBT group and dogfighters. DogsBite.org imagines that many APBT and anti-BSL groups -- which forcibly lobby policymakers to oppose all breed specific laws (BSL) -- across the country are directly involved with breeders of fighting dogs and dogfighters.According to the AJC, Sherri's husband, Tony Self, pleaded guilty last week to a felony charge of transporting dogs for fighting and was sentenced to a year in prison. The AJC also noted that Jere's husband, Rocky Alexander, wrote on a website that he is "a professional canine behaviorist, trainer, handler, historian and conditioner" who grew up in Washington State in an area where "a professional dogfight was as normal as a baseball game." Neither Jere or Rocky could be reached to comment on the article.
The AJC also reported that Alexander and her husband, Rocky, took home one especially aggressive pit bull named "Beast" from the Fulton County shelter. They never returned the dog. Beast was being held at the shelter as evidence in a criminal dogfighting case.
10/31/08: Coverage of the Fulton County Animal Shelter - DogsBite.org
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| 11/16/2008 5:15 AM |
David York needs to become a focal point of this investigation. York, the co-owner of Barking Hound Village BHV and the foundation, is clearly up to his ears in this mess. Prior to the first story aired by Fox 5, BHV Atlanta -- not the Dallas or Austin locations -- ALTERED their pit bull policy. When Randy started the investigation, BHV explicitly rejected pit bulls from the luxury daycare facility, as the organization still does in Dallas and Austin. Due to the investigation -- or some other mysterious reason -- BHV altered the language on their website and APPLICATION at the Atlanta facility to and "dropped" this rejection.
Why did York fire Sherri Self? And why did he do so in October? Was she fired because her husband Tony Self was about to PLEAD GUILTY to dogfighting charges? You know the scenario, "cut the damaging ties" loose once the heat turns up. Sherri was one of Jere's first hires. The two ran the Georgia APBT Association in 2007, Self as the president and Alexander as the Vice President. York continues too cut ties in attempt to protect his organizations; this can't be more painfully obvious.
| 11/16/2008 8:20 AM |
Yes...Aggressive Pits whisked away and hidden, while the Adoption Placement Coordinator's husband is trafficking fighting dogs!
One by one these "family" Pit Bull organizations turn out to be fronts for dog fighters.
| 11/16/2008 8:36 AM |
Pullin said Alexander and her husband, Rocky, took home one especially aggressive pit bull named Beast. They never returned the dog, she said, adding “they said they had to put it down because of pneumonia.” Beast was being held at the shelter as evidence in a criminal dogfighting case, former shelter officials said.
My Spidey sense is tingling at the prospect that there is no documentation of "Beast" seeing a Vet during his illness.... Gotta wonder if he was in a van headin' up North?
| 11/16/2008 12:12 PM |
Excellent point. The last fighting dog "VAN STOP" led to the massive Pima County dog bust. Interestingly, that van stop was in Chicago as well.
Beginning in Chicago...
"The dogs are being held as evidence in the case, which began last March when Chicago police stopped a van carrying several fighting dogs..."
This van bust -- with Brian James Bailey, 48, of Marion, Texas, and Tony Self, 35, of Stone Mountain, Ga -- was stopped in Chicago in July 2007.
| 11/16/2008 4:56 PM |
And these pit bull breeder and dogfighter-linked organizations are now involved with the No Kill community!
Remember the amicus brief that Best Friends Animal Sanctuary filed with the court and Judge Henry Hudson to get the Vick pit bulls and large amounts of money from Vick?
Best Friends falsely claimed to their members that they filed this brief with other "humane groups."
Well, they weren't humane groups at all! They were pit bull breeder organizations, including several of these pit bull breed clubs, and the national pit bull breeder organizations.
Not one was a humane group!
Here's who Best Friends was involved with. http://www.thedogpress.com/SideEffects/0710_Vick_Amicus-Brief-090207.htm
Clubs and groups with people like Jere and Rocky Alexander and the Selfs.
No Kill has become entwined with the Breeder Industry, and the results are devestating for the animals and the public when they manage to infiltrate animal control and shelters.
(And the term "responsible dog ownership" is a buzzword for BREEDERS. Any group that describes itself as this is breeder connected. The emphasis is on OWNER, as in owner can do what they want with dogs with no laws or rules. Best Friends should know this, as they discovered with the AKC. http://network.bestfriends.org/puppymills/news/11808.html But Best Friends is working WITH the breeder groups to advance this concept, and Best Friends connected No Kill leaders like Nathan Winograd say "no laws" and do just what the breeders want)
| 11/16/2008 7:18 PM |
Isn't that the van bust behind the Patrick bust and current court proceedings?
Also I just saw this
Jere Alexander (whose maiden name appears to be Recob) was first married to a Louis Tesser, who early in 2000s was an Asst DA in Georgia
And Jere Tesser has also been lobbying against breed specific legislation. http://mailbox.gsu.edu/pipermail/tedlog/2005-February/0
and Louis Tesser is one of the recipients of her anti-bsl lobbying
| 11/16/2008 7:49 PM |
Want to see where some of this garbage about pit bulls not being human aggressive and culling, and high prey drive not leading to human deaths comes from?
Well lookee lookee. It's Rocky Alexander
piling up the propaganda for the pit bull crowd
"It is not part of the American Pit Bull Terrier’s nature to be human aggressive and those dogs that are should be culled from the gene pool.”"
Rocky Alexander took a super aggressive dog Beast HOME FROM THE SHELTER! Who knows where that dog is now, or how many times it's been bred.
But then he twists in the wind and "It’s in the nature of ALL BREEDS to be human-aggressive. You can cull human-aggressive dogs from now until the end of time, and you still won’t eradicate the problem until people learn how to be better dog-owners.
Or LAWS require it!
| 11/16/2008 8:18 PM |
Want to know where some of the propaganda and whitewashing about temperament testing in the No Kill sector comes from?
Well, from people like expert-in-his-own mind only Rocky Alexander
Compare his lingo to some of the lingo put out by the No Kill people like Nathan Winograd or Best Friends.
So is the court (or people like Rebecca Huss) using people like Rocky Alexander to do temperament testing and evaluations?
| 11/16/2008 8:46 PM |
This latest post on randy's blog
"Beast disappeared in the summer. He was the biggest, meanest most aggressive Pit we ever saw at FCAS. He even attacked Rocky the Redneck, breeder/fighter. Rocky was fascinated with him from the start. Not only did Jere take him home she gave other Pits from the case back to their fighting owners. Another from the same case mysteriously bled to death after "being taken out for walk" once again at night. He had bite wounds from a fight. The Officer who was "walking him" put him back in his run where he bled to death overnight. Oh, and for some reason Jere did not discipline the officer. Wonder why??? But Myles got fired for a dog getting euthanized by mistake because the bite coordinator screwed up?
Perhaps Fulton will get off their duffs and do something about it. But we are talking about Fulton County here. They are the same clowns that put Barking Hound in this position to begin with."
| 11/17/2008 1:28 AM |
Such an excellent question.
Rocky Alexander -- the rockstar that "couldn't" -- did post a public want ad to Craigslist in October. It's still live! In it, he lists all kinds of skills including: "I've been a professional canine behaviorist, trainer, handler, historian, and conditioner for nearly eighteen years, and have studied canine behavior and health for more than thirty." The post goes on and on, I've listed it below the dotted line.
He adds at the bottom: "Feel free to call Fulton County Animal Services for a reference. 404-794-0358"
Dog Behavior Consultation/Training (Atlanta and surrounding areas)
Reply to: email@example.com [?]
Date: 2008-10-03, 2:14AM EDT
By the time I finish this post, thousands of dogs across the country will have been euthanized -let's not sugarcoat things...KILLED- or dropped off at shelters where they'll likely be killed later, all because of "problematic behavior."
"My dog won't stop chewing my shoes."
"My pet won't stop growling at visitors."
"...won't stop peeing in the house."
...and so on.
What many dog-owners don't always realize is that the vast majority of problem behaviors in dogs can be corrected easier than one might think, and it need not require a fortune to pay for some professional assistance. There are no bad dogs, but there are some who might be a little misunderstood.
Don't you owe it to your dog to try to understand why it behaves the way it does and how you may be able to influence behavior which is more desireable? It isn't always easy, and sometimes no matter how hard you try, nothing seems to work, but at least you can take comfort in knowing that you gave your dog a chance.
My name is Rocky Alexander. I've been a professional canine behaviorist, trainer, handler, historian, and conditioner for nearly eighteen years, and have studied canine behavior and health for more than thirty. I specialize in pit bull-type breeds.
I take a holistic approach to resolving behavioral issues, and strive to balance the needs of each dog with those of his or her owner. My services include:
* Behavioral consultation and evaluation.
* Temperament testing.
* Obedience training.
* Cruelty Investigation
* Working with new owners of APBTs and related breeds on issues such as containment and dog aggression.
* Integration of former fighting dogs into pet homes.
* Guardianship in animal neglect, cruelty, and dogfighting cases.
* Exercise/conditioning programs
* Education of animal welfare workers and law enforcement.
* Pre-inspections for breeders applying for kennel licenses.
* Advanced training techniques, including agility, tracking, dock-jumping, weight-pulling, and catch work.
I provide in-home consultation in which I evaluate your dog's behavior and formulate a modification program that is specific to the individual dog.
For a short time I'll be providing sessions for only 40.00 (consultation sessions normally run 100.00 on average) to make it easier for pet owners who are having a hard time coping in our current economy.
If you're experiencing problem behaviors with your dog, I can probably help. Euthanasia and/or surrending your pet to a local shelter should only be considered as a very last resort. You have other options.
Give me a call.
Feel free to call Fulton County Animal Services for a reference. 404-794-0358
| 11/17/2008 5:07 AM |
• Tony Self, of Stone Mountain, and a business partner were arrested in Illinois two weeks ago after police searched their van and found starved and dehydrated pit bulls lying in urine and feces.
After investigating, police charged the two men with felony dogfighting and aggravated animal cruelty, alleging they were part of a dogfighting ring that stretched from Texas to Chicago to Georgia and beyond.
Self's home sits on the Gwinnett side of the county line. Last week, Officer Hearst surveyed the 35-year-old's backyard from the DeKalb side, counting 10 muscular dogs chained beside dog houses. Some were hitched to buried vehicle axles.
Most were pit bulls. Self's wife Sherri said the couple keeps 20 dogs that they raise for shows and competitions.
Her husband, she said, was hired to drive the van and believed he was transporting family pets and show dogs "That's all he knew, that's all he did," she said.
| 11/17/2008 1:14 PM |
"Self's wife Sherri said the couple keeps 20 dogs that they raise for shows and competitions."
This is what all the dog fighters & breeders say when someone starts looking at their operations.
Michael Vick said that too for a long time. That he just "loved the breed" and breed pits for pets and for "dog shows."
The "pulling dog" false front has been a big fake out cover for a while.
Too bad the shows and competitions are pit fights.
And some of these dog fighters have falsely claimed they were running pit bull rescues.
When will government wise up to these people? Breeder licensing and inspections will deal with this.
| 11/17/2008 3:32 PM |
"Guardianship in animal neglect, cruelty, and dogfighting cases."
Does this mean hiding pit bulls that have mauled, or where the owner has been busted for dog fighting or cruelty?
Some of them got caught doing that a while back.
| 11/17/2008 7:08 PM |
Bingo on the "pit bull showdogs" nonsense. One popular pit bull website proudly displayed pictures from the latest ADBA show, in what looked like an empty garage. There were picture of smiling owners "facing off" their dogs; some pictures caught the dogs in mid-air, snarling and lunging at other dogs. Tell me what legitimate dog show would allow this?
Dog fighting websites often have links and sections for posting "rescue" information. Does anyone really imagine the "rescue organizations" don't understand what these people are talking about? Some dog fighters pose as show dog owners on pet message boards, and post information about bloodlines, etc, leaving a trail of breadcrumbs for other dog fighters to follow. They can then be contacted through private messaging and communicate with other dog fighters without having to post any info on the known gamedog boards, which are under closer scrutiny by humane law enforcement organizations.
| 11/18/2008 4:00 AM |
Goota wonder if the dog(Chico #5)that attacked the five school children was one of Jere and Sherris dogfighting buddies?