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10/23/2006 8:03:29pm


Outside cleveland Ohio

PLEASE HELP. I found a dog Saturday afternoon in an apple orchard near death with his bones sticking out and a raw and bloody neck from his choker chain. He was chained to something and broke free and the chain was dangling around his legs. He was living in a trash pile (a burn pile in the middle of the orchard-- hello health violation), and is near death. Did some research and found out the dog belongs to the ORCHARD OWNER. This guy is completely neglecting this animal and God only knows what else. I don't know what to do...
Name of apple orchard -- Miller's Orchards on Vermilion Road in Amherst, Ohio. Dog's name is Ruby I found out through a Rabies tag on his neck. He wasn't reported missing. This owner needs to pay whether it be through animal cruelty charges or the burning of his whole damn orchard and livelihood...

ALF response: It doesn't sound like the owner wants Ruby. He may be happy to give Ruby to you. Have you asked the owner? If not, please do so immediately. If he won't let you have Ruby, maybe he will let you feed or walk Ruby. Let us know.

Excerpt from email: He approached me with tail between legs and head down. His bones were sticking out of his body, i could see his entire skeleton. He had a Rabies vaccine tag on the choker. After removing the choker to free his breathing and neck, my sister and I called and found out the DOG IS REGISTERED TO THE ORCHARD OWNER. This is the same owner that gave us nasty looks when we entered the orchard with OUR dogs that day. I don't know what to do. I think I need to get pictures of the dog to nail this guy for animal cruelty, but I am not sure what to do and am getting caught up in a whirlwind of rhetoric trying to explore options through the state and county websites and other traditional means. To make it worse, we asked the orchard if they knew of the dog and they said NO. They blatantly lied to our faces. The name of the orchard is Miller's Orchard in Amherst, Ohio on Vermillion Rd in Lorain County. The orchard phone number is (440) 988-8405. The dog owner's name is Roger Miller and the dog's name is Ruby, we found out through the center that vaccinated him. PLEASE feel free to call me immediately with advice on my action plan, I don't know what to do! The worst part is -- right across the street from the orchard is a place called Yorks Lazy Acres. It's a veritable doomsday facility for German Shepherds. The place is crawling with dogs, its filthy, and the males fight until they bleed trying to gain the Alpha role. The females and puppies are in wire cages overgrown with trash and brush, and it's now approaching freezing temperatures. The males run free and literally jumped in front of our car in the middle of the road. This is a dirty and inhumane dog breeder that needs to have these animals taken away from him. My sister and I are at our wits' ends here trying to figure out what to do...

10/24/2006 3:34:15pm


outside Cleveland, Ohio

Thank you for your response to my previous posting. I should have told you that I actually spoke with the owner. He took my phone call and I, very politely, asked if he was Ruby's owner. He hesitated, then said yes. I asked him if he was aware that his dog was living on the burn pile in his orchard, was bleeding and emaciated, etc. He said, and quite rudely I might add, 'I don't have a dog that fits that description.' I said, "Didn't you just tell me that you are Ruby's owner?" And he hung up on me. I went to the County Sheriff and filed a report last night, on the recommendation of my dear friends at PETA. We have contacted the APL many times and the SPCA is now involved as well. I went back to the farm to try to retrieve the dog last night and could not find him (the orchard is about 10 acres), but left food in strategic places. The APL's Humane Officer is being deployed to the property today, and PETA has lit a fire under the butts of the APL for not responding to me ASAP. This owner is fully aware that his dog is dying on his grounds and he doesn't care. That was made heartbreakingly apparent to me yesterday when I spoke with him.

ALF response: You have taken all the right steps. Thank you.

10/24/2006 7:08:59pm


outside Cleveland, OHIO

Thanks for keeping up with my communication RE: Ruby. PETA and I just received APL confirmation that Roger Miller shot and killed his dog Ruby Saturday night after an APL officer left a note on his door. PLEASE -- if you live in Ohio PLEASE refrain from EVER visiting Miller Orchards in Amherst. FYI the phone number for the orchard is (440) 988-8405. Roger Miller was fully aware that his dog was near death in his orchard and proceeded with shooting him after concerned customers asked employees about the dog on Saturday, and after the consequential visit from the APL.


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