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From: BCHA (Basset Hound Club of America)

"Most of the dog world has heard about the outrageous seizure of 11 Basset Hounds from the Murder Hollow Basset Hound Pack in Philadelphia. Supposedly there had been a noise/odor complaint from a neighbor, which is questionable, and the Pennsylvania SPCA claims the dogs were in "deplorable" condition.

A reputable attorney has been retained for Wendy Willard to defend her against the abuse and other charges brought against her. The citations were not served until some two weeks after the seizure of the dogs. The court date is Aug. 27.

Two separate legal funds are to be set up to take donations to assist with Ms. Willard's defense and to follow up with action against the PSPCA. Further information will be forwarded to all interested parties as soon as details are ironed out.

Initially, it was believed that the dogs had been turned over to Tri-State Basset Hound Rescue. After a few days of refusing to answer any inquiries, the Tri-State president did get on the phone with a representative of another Basset Hound pack and claimed they were supposed to get 10 of the dogs but never got them. The whereabouts of the 11 dogs is still a mystery.

Photos of the dogs, believed to have been taken shortly after they were confiscated, show them to be in excellent condition…good weight, clean, etc. What they look like today is anyone's guess.
Despite offers from several other packs to take the dogs in, the PSPCA has refused to communicate with anyone about the status of the dogs.

The Basset Hound Club of America is staying on top of the situation and anticipates being involved in the fund-raising effort which will get underway shortly. Our members, and all other dog owners everywhere, should be aware that if this situation is not resolved in favor of the owner and her dogs it could happen to any dog owner in any state or municipality."
 

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The National Animal Interest Alliance (NAIA) is coordinating a defense fund for Wendy Willard whose hounds were seized by the Philadelphia Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals under questionable circumstances.

"An attorney has been obtained and we are working with him to coordinate assistance from a number of interested groups, including the Masters of Foxhounds of Association, the National Beagle Club of America, Inc., the Pennsylvania Federation of Dog Clubs, local hunt clubs, local dog clubs and other interested parties.In addition, these groups and their members will be available to provide informational resources to bolster the defense in this case. We are exploring further actions regarding the Philadelphia dog limit law, their spay/neuter requirements, the possibly unconstitutional taking of her property and the violation of her civil rights. These actions will be costly, but we believe they are worthwhile.

The NAIA Trust uses its funds to combat overreaching legislation and to combat these types of laws around the country.If your club or you are able to donate to this crucial effort to correct injustice and combat laws that take away our right to own dogs, donations to the Defense Fund may be made on-line through PayPal or by credit card by clicking on the following link and entering the amount to be donated in the input box. After entering the amount of the donation, click on the "Submit" button which takes you to the page where you can identify yourself and provide credit card information. Please insert "Defense" in the space on the line available for the "billing address Line 2" so we can keep an accurate accounting of donations.

The donation link is http://www.naiatrust.org/donationForm.htm
If you wish to mail a contribution, you can send it to:
NAIA Trust Legal Defense Fund
PO Box 66579
Portland Oregon 97290-6579

Please circulate this to any interested parties.

Julian Prager
NAIA Legislative Coordinator
NAIA Trust Legal Advisory Board Member[/b]
 
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