Thanks Jim & Jamie Dutcher for permission to use photo of Lakota.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Operation: Rescue Jasmine

Jasmine is one of 14 dogs and 44 cats rescued from a rescue shelter in Driggs, Idaho forced to close due to mismanagement and poor operations that threatened the welfare of several animals. In the midst of a behind the scenes political scandal, Jasmine, a 2 1/2 year old female pit-mix, became a scapegoat for the shelter’s myriad issues.

In May, a vet tech came to the shelter under instructions to euthanize Jasmine. When asked who authorized this, the reply was, “A Board Member.” One phone call proved this to be false.

The inexplicable plan to destroy this lovable dog was the first of many attempts to take control of the shelter — attempts involving authority figures in a small community where politics run deep.

After more threats were made against Jasmine, I was allowed to remove her from the shelter. Together we visited an organization in Kanab, Utah, nationally renowned for rescuing and rehabilitating 22 dogs having once belonged to Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, Michael Vick. There she received a wonderful evaluation before we drove to upstate NY and Vermont, where she remains in temporary foster care.

Jasmine is a happy girl despite spending nearly a year in a shelter. She is playful, loyal, and super affectionate with men, women, and children.  She desperately needs a permanent home — ideally with a fenced in yard to run and play fetch with her owner and perhaps one other dog, but NO cats!  Please contact me if you‘re interested in bringing Jasmine into your life.

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