UPDATE 9/6/13 CALL TO ACTION – SEPT 9TH 8:00 AM – LANCASTER COUNTY COURTHOUSE
The jury trial for Julia Hudson, of Malcom, Nebraska, was set to start Sept 9th. Ms Hudson is the former owner/breeder of the 19 Lancaster County Rockstars that Hearts United for Animals rescued on April 15th, 2013. Authorities had been battling with Ms Hudson for months over the filthy conditions at her facility and the condition of the dogs. While she agreed to surrender 19 of the dogs, that only represented half. The rest are still there, suffering, and it is suspected that she has added more. Conditions cited included inadequate shelter, inadequate food and water supply, and inches of feces in the ramshackle little shanty that many of the dogs were housed in. The larger dogs, Standard Poodles, had no shelter at all. She was charged with animal cruel neglect/abandonment. It is a class 1 misdemeanor. On September 5th she pled no contest and was found guilty. We believe it was in an effort to avoid the media attention she knew was coming with our demonstration. Her attorney insisted upon sentencing that day, no doubt so that she could avoid negative publicity. The county attorney insisted on a pre-sentence investigation and the judge agreed. She will be sentenced at a later date. This will give time to gather more documents to be submitted for consideration. On Sept 9th we need to make our voices heard. See below to RSVP on our Facebook events page or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We will have 150 signs featuring the dogs we rescued and photos of the conditions inside the Taj Mahal kennel owned by Julia Hudson. The signs will be imploring the judge to implement 28-1019, which will sentence Mrs. Hudson to not own animals again for a period of 5 years. We do not find anything less to be acceptable. Fines won't stop her. Jail time would be nice, but won't stop her. Taking away her breeding license still means that she can own dogs, and we are not certain that the Nebraska Department of Agriculture will take away her license. NO MORE DOGS FOR HUDSON is our request to the judge.
Hearts United for Animals documented the conditions of the 19 dogs rescued from Ms Hudson’s property, taking over 500 photos and submitting an extensive written report to the district attorney and sheriff from the HUA veterinarian, Dr James Gigstad, who triaged the dogs on the day they arrived. Conditions noted included:
• Dogs shaved so brutally that they were burned and bleeding
• A deep open cut oozing infection on the inside of one of the dog’s legs
• Mats the size of golf balls causing one dog to be unable to walk well or see
• Nearly all were underweight
• Feet encrusted with filth from walking in feces in their small cages
• Nails overgrown and curling under
• Luxating patellas
• pH imbalances, likely due to not having been provided with enough water
• Skin infections
• Ear infections
• Eye infections
• Scores of teeth hanging on by a thread in their putrid, infected mouths
• Hernias from giving birth over and over
• Pyometra infections of the uterus
• A 6-month old puppy with a deformed leg, possibly caught in wires
• Lower jaws rotted completely away due to infection
• Upper jaws with holes rotted into the sinus cavities (fistulas)
Video of the dogs rescued can be viewed here:
HEARTS UNITED FOR ANIMALS IS REQUESTING THE PRESENCE OF AS MANY VOLUNTEERS AS POSSIBLE TO HOLD SIGNS OUTSIDE OF THE COURT ON SEPTEMBER 9TH AT 8:00 AM (WE WILL PROVIDE SIGNS) AS A SHOW OF SUPPORT FOR THE DOGS RESCUED AND THE DOGS STILL SUFFERING AT HER BREEDING FACILITY. WE WANT THEIR RELEASE! AND WE WANT JULIA HUDSON TO BE UNDER COURT ORDER TO NOT OWN DOGS AGAIN!
PLEASE RSVP ON OUR FACEBOOK EVENTS PAGE
OR TO email@example.com SO WE CAN HAVE A SIGN READY FOR YOU AND KNOW HOW MANY PEOPLE TO EXPECT.