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Missouri dog handler Mary Wild is charged with eight counts of animal abuse. Each charge carries up to 1 year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Mary Wild gets paid to handle dogs. She let 7 show dogs die in her van after returning from an Iowa dog show June 21st. The Dodge Sprinter van was parked in the driveway. In the morning sun.
Little Bird � The Dog Press 07|24|09 - Wild is currently free on bail but then you know all that. What you don't know is what I know. Mary Wild told police that she arrived home about 1:00 AM but she should have been home by 10 PM. Did she lie? If not, what did Wild do on the way home?
I may tweet a lot but you won't find any of this on Tweeter. A (real) professional handler lives approximately the same distance away in another direction. He left the showground long after she did but he still arrived home at 10 PM after stopping to dump his rig and again to gas up. He observed that �Wild Mary� must have partied or slept on the way to her mother�s house in Arnold.
Well it seems that she did stop to visit friends and that makes you wonder when was the last time the dogs were watered or pottied? When she decided to stay for hours, did she bother to take the dogs out there in that subdivision? Let's hope that her Junior Handler assistant took care of the dogs while Mary Wild partied, I'm told that's why the old-time terrier men had assistants. On the other foot, she told police that the dogs had been in the Dodge Sprinter van for about 8 hours but the facts dispute that.
Wild�s story is that she �planned to put the dogs in kennels in her garage� but that she left the dogs in their crates in the van �because of the heat.� That must mean the garage had no ventilating fans or air-conditioning. So worse than what she told police, she intended to put the dogs in the garage later? In the heat of the day?
I am only a bird-brain but this makes no sense to me. If the garage would have been cooler during the day, why did she put her own comfort ahead of the 15 minutes it would have taken to see to the comfort and safety of those dogs? Does it matter if they were only going to be moved to more crates in the garage? She told police she got up to check on the dogs about 4 A.M and they were fine but when she got up again at 6:30, they were dying. I don't think the police or the vet believed that and neither do dog people. Some even go so far as to speculate that she was "passed out" but not from driving 7 or 8 hours.
Sitting on power lines and wires, I am really tuned in to dog people because the boss pays me real seeds instead of peanuts. A breeder called a friend and I heard her say that Mary Wild had bought a dog from her but the check kept bouncing. She said Wild then told other people that the dog had been �abused� which seems to have had something to do with her not paying for it. There was a lot of crackling on the line but that choice of words made my tail feathers go up knowing that woman abused these dogs to death. I heard one of Mary Wild�s clients felt sorry for her and made the check good. I wonder if that client feels sorry for her now?
Her mother has Malamutes and I heard that Wild showed a Champion Malamute that �looked good in the group� whatever that means. I look good in the flock but� well, back to what puzzled me. They said the Malamute and two of the Goldens were not shown the next day and the judge�s book showed them marked �absent.� They were wondering what could have happened to those dogs to keep them from being shown.
I can�t read newspapers but The Dog Press staff can and they are cawing like crows about the vet who apparently received the dead dogs. The editor said the vet �s statement implied she felt sorry for the handler despite the horrible fate of those dogs. Laura Ivan, DVM said "This was not intentional, but a horrible, tragic accident."
The media guy Dennis, said a professional driver who ran a race on worn-out tires could expect to have a wreck and that would never be called an accident. The editor agreed, observing that Mary Wild also took money from people and going to bed without having seen to the well-being of every dog in that van was no accident. BJ said it was a conscious decision of self-interest taking priority over the dogs she was paid to protect. I�m just a little bird but I understand that!
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster. You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together.... Author unknown...
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