Persistence does pay off … eventually! I can be very persistent, and in this case, it just might be paying off. My “never say die” attitude can also get me in trouble, but I think I might be actually making some headway with the Environmental Control/Rabies Control Department of Florida :)))))). Who said I had to start at the bottom when pleading the case for my Lady? 😉
Yes, I called the Environmental Control Agency for Florida and gently told them my story. They didn’t really seem to care because they were “following the letter of the law”.
Soooooo, I retold them my story, a little more intensely….they became just a touch more sensitive, but basically still didn’t care because they were simply “following the law and they could make no exceptions”.
So, I told them my story again with a little more punch….this guy was just as persistent as I am and he stuck to his guns and said he was “simply following the law and they could make no exceptions”.
Sooooo, what choice did I have but to haul out the BIG GUNS… here was our basic conversation:
I said “my 13 year old dog is 91 years old…would you put your grandma in prison if she bit another dog?”
He didn’t say anything…
then I said “What are my options?”
he said: “You can obey the law and leave your dog in quarantine for the full 10 days or you can choose to disobey the law but you’ll have to face the consequences.”
I said: “What are the consequences?”
He said: “If you choose to disobey the law, there could be penalties of fines”
I said: “What if my dog dies in confinement…she’s only been there 3 days so far and is so stressed out that she’s already developed a urinary tract infection”
He said: “Ma’am, I know this sounds harsh, but we’re not concerned as to whether or not your dog dies, we are concerned about the spread of rabies.”
EEEEEWWWWWW…. WRONG ANSWER! (Does he realize them is fightin’ words?)
I said: “That’s just it, she doesn’t have rabies”
He said: “Did you or did you not properly vaccinate your dog?”
I said: “I have always properly vaccinated my dog”
He said: “That’s not what I asked, I asked, did you or did you not properly vaccinate your dog?”
I said: “I always vaccinate my dogs, since they were puppies I have never missed or let the vaccines expire. But life has gotten busy and I forgot and missed by one month.”
At this point, he actually became human and said he understood, but that they still had to follow the law. A few more words were exchanged that included me possibly saying something about suing the state of Florida if my dog died (hmmmm…did those words come out of my mouth? Don’t mess with Vicky! :P). Anyway, he claimed immunity and blah, blah, blah, but then finally, finally, finally asked me: “Who is the person that your dog bit” and I said: “that’s just it, You see, if she had bitten a person I probably would have had her put down because I don’t believe dogs should be allowed to bite people…but she didn’t bite a person, she snapped at a 2 month old stray puppy that I have in my house because the puppy stole her rawhide chew. She didn’t even do very much damage to the puppy but because it was near the eye it swelled and I took the puppy to the vet…..you know the rest of the story.”
He said: “You mean your dog didn’t bite a person?”
I said: “No, she snapped at a puppy, grazing the skin by the eye and the puppy’s eyelids swelled”
He said: “Oh…let me get this straight, your dog didn’t bite a person?”
I said: “No, she bit a puppy…and the puppy is fine, hardly any worse for the wear.”
He said: “Oh….that kinda changes things.”
“Let me talk to my supervisor and if you can get your vet to send me an email stating that she feels it’s detrimental to your dogs health to stay quarantined at their facility, then I will see what I can do to get your dog an in-home quarantine.”
*SIGH* … see …persistence pays off!! It robs you of energy and mental stability!! But it pays off!!
So … I called Dr. Jenni at NAC and she said: “Of course I’ll write that email for you!” :)))))) Thank you Dr. Jenni – she’s soooo sweet!!!!!
So now I wait for “Shaun” over at Environmental Health Agency of FL to call me back :)))))
Pray, please that Lady gets to come home 🙂
Here’s some pictures of our visit with Lady in her jail cell today: