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Wed, Dec 19 | By Rebecca Andrews | 724

Pa. – An animal rights activist who took a chained dog from its home in central Pa. has been convicted of theft and receiving stolen property. In Sept. 2006, Tammy Grimes of Tyrone, Pa. took Jake, a 19-year-old German shepherd mix, fro… more ›

Animal Activist Convicted Of Stealing Dog
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Katie M.
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Katie M.
5 years ago

The dog deserved much better.

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EddieWayne
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EddieWayne
5 years ago

What about the dog's rights not to be chained in an unheathy environment.

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deb a.
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deb a.
5 years ago

What she done may have been legally wrong but kudos to her, the dog did deserve better, these people no water no food maybe a neglect charge, glad teh dog had a few good months

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Ethan W.
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Ethan W.
5 years ago

Kudos to her. I would've done the same thing!

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Betty W.
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Betty W.
5 years ago

I would've done the same thing...wait...I did do that once.

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BHOLTZ
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BHOLTZ
5 years ago

good for you! So would I!

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marc h.
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marc h.
5 years ago

Good for her! Granted she got arrested but look at the media attention it got and that means more awareness!

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ArthurCurtis
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ArthurCurtis
5 years ago

We would all HAVE to do the same thing!! Hope she is able to continue her good cause in other present ways

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Cindi K.
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Cindi K.
5 years ago

kudos for her, I would probably do the same thing

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DaffyDeb
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DaffyDeb
5 years ago

I don't think this is the whole story. It just gives a little bit of information. I would love to know more about the situation. I applaud her for saving the dog.

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Chitown
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Chitown
5 years ago

My first instinct is to applaud her altruistic action, but then I think: Why didn't she call animal control? And how valid was that report she "heard" about the dog having no food or water for three days? If there were exigent circumstances, i.e., the dog was in immediate danger if she didn't act, she probably would not have been convicted.

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Liz M.
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Liz M.
5 years ago

No dogs should be chained up to a tree or anything else

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Geoff L.
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Geoff L.
5 years ago

She broke the law and I don't like that but I can understand her frustration.

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DEREKDEMANE
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DEREKDEMANE
5 years ago

I know that what she did was against the law but if the laws for animal neglect/abuse were tougher and ENFORCED then a caring person would not of been put in a position that an animal control officer should of taken care of. I would of done the same thing myself!

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DEREKDEMANE
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DEREKDEMANE
5 years ago

I know that what she did was against the law but if laws for animal abuse/neglect were tougher and ENFORCED. Then a caring person wouldn't of been put in the position that animal control should of done. I would of done the same thing myself.

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Geoff L.
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Geoff L.
5 years ago

I understand it's their dog and people don't have the right to take the law into their own hands...but the laws aren't strong enough...and sometimes, someone has to speak up for the animals.

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Dorothy H.
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Dorothy H.
5 years ago

First thought that comes to mind is "The road to hell is paved with good intentions". Her heart was in the right place, but she should have been more careful and called the police or Animal Rescue.

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Sarah  W.
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Sarah W.
5 years ago

The hard thing about this story is is that we know she was trying to do the right thing, but rather we like it or not she also did the wrong thing as of depriving the owners of their dog. My question is: Did the owners want the dog?

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Andy K.
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Andy K.
5 years ago

The road to hell is paved with good intentions. Sometimes animal right's activists need to show a little more common sense. She should have worked through the proper channels. If she didn't get a response in a reasonable amount of time, then she should have acted but it does not appear as if she did this.

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Meg S.
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Meg S.
5 years ago

I hope they give her a stiff punishment. She had no right to remove the dog from it's property but should have voiced her concerns with the proper authorities instead.
Don't people want to try education and working with pet owners first? The owners must have been doing something right! Jake was 19 ! Good Lord....that is amazing.

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SJL78
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SJL78
5 years ago

I doubt this lady would have done anything differently. good for her.

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LilyK
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LilyK
5 years ago

I agree with Missy M., if it wasn't her place to get involved, than whose was it? The animal was being neglected. It is our collective responsibility to involve ourselves in situations like this to protect animals who can't fend for themselves.

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Nelson M.
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Nelson M.
5 years ago

The governor should pardon her. No harm done.

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Missy M.
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Missy M.
5 years ago

NOT HER PLACE TO GET INVOLVED??????? Most police deptartments don't have the backbone to get involved, yet the laws are enforcable by ALL law enforcement. And most animal control have too much work as it is due to irresponsible owners. Hurray for her.

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John H.
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John H.
5 years ago

It took some nerve. She deserves some credit.

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SandyReedy
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SandyReedy
6 years ago

Why didn't she call the police or animal control? Regardless, we cannot take the law into our own hands. There has to be some legal recourse for these situations.

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Michelle H.
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Michelle H.
6 years ago

I think she did the right thing and had a lot of courage to do so. I think we need stricter laws protecting animals.

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Jholt
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Jholt
6 years ago

I think it would be great to have legislation prohibiting chaining dogs outdoors overnight. That's a good start. Always amazing when the person doing good and trying to help ends up getting in trouble. What cruel treatment especially for a dog of that age.

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Jeanie F.
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Jeanie F.
6 years ago

Did you try to get someone to help her first? Although, the police probably wouldn't have done anything.

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Ashlee S.
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Ashlee S.
6 years ago

Huge heart!!!!!!!! Took a lot of guts to save that pooch!!!!!

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Sandra P.
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Sandra P.
6 years ago

Granted, she should have involved the police, but what would they have done? I bet she doesn't regret what she did for this dog. I'm happy she gave him a chance to live his last few months in a loving foster home, instead of dying at the end of a chain outside without food and water.

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MELODY Q.
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MELODY Q.
6 years ago

I hate to see Ms. Grimes punished for her good hearted gesture. Hopefully this will bring attention to the main matter.... dogs, chained and neglected should in no way be accepted or allowed. Those are the people that need to be punished for their neglect towards the animal.

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Mary G.
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Mary G.
6 years ago

Tammy's heart is in the right place. A nineteen year old dog, chained outside for three days without food or water???She perhaps should have contacted her local ASPCA or animal control or even the police and alerted them to the situation. But she not only took the poor old boy to a vet, she placed him in a foster home where let's hope the last few months of his life were happy ones. Good for her!

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Jill6Johnson
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Jill6Johnson
6 years ago

I think the focus may be in the wrong place. However, the proper authorities should have been involved too.

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Iseeurn
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Iseeurn
6 years ago

her heart was in the right place but maybe should of handled the situation a little different

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Tanya F.
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Tanya F.
6 years ago

I am strongly against dogs being chained out all the time because most people do not properly take care of the animal. I don't mean everyone though because I have seen some people who chain their dog outside but take them for a walk everyday or play ball and that works. But too many times I have seen them just chained and left with no interaction and what's the point of owning a dog then. I wouldn't have taken the dog myself but would of called animal control but as long as their is food and water on the premises, they can't do much.

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Adaira  R.
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Adaira R.
6 years ago

I feel for this woman and I think I would have done the same thing, but I have learned that you have to go through the proper channels. She could have got the same result if animal control was present. She could have made the same arrangements under animal control. I'm sure they would have been happy to accommodate.

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linda s.
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linda s.
6 years ago

Guess she should not have taken things into her own hands. Should have called animal control

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Sarah M.
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Sarah M.
6 years ago

Stupid punishment. Especially since the dog die, the focus should not be on the woman who tried to save it.

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5doxiemom
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5doxiemom
6 years ago

Maybe she should have left some food and water and then try to counsel the owners. If that didn't work then proceed to the next step.

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Elineen
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Elineen
6 years ago

What? Did the dog have food and water? If the dog was neglected, these people don't deserve time with their dog. This sounds ridiculous.

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WANSTREET
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WANSTREET
6 years ago

Grimes was sentenced for rescuing the poor old dog? Did the negligent owners get into any trouble?

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Balletkat
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Balletkat
6 years ago

So what are they doing to the owners for obvious neglect?

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Seana B.
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Seana B.
6 years ago

I think that she should have followed the law. I understand her good intentions, however too much damage is done when someone acts rashly like this. It adds to the stereotype that anyone who believes in caring for animals is a rabid, out of control activist that is willing to break the law to make a point.

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Lynda
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Lynda
6 years ago

She needed to call the police , the tv the news anybody that would listen and help her help the dog.

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Wyoming County S.
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Wyoming County S.
6 years ago

the dog was 19. they must have done something right

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Wyoming County S.
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Wyoming County S.
6 years ago

sometimes people think they are justified and they have no right to interfere. why didn't she call a cruelty investigator

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Wyoming County S.
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Wyoming County S.
6 years ago

they should be out to do their duty and if the owner is out with them

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Janetfinegan
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Janetfinegan
6 years ago

Don't know what to think of this since not all the facts are known.

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8critters
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8critters
6 years ago

It is a sad society that charges rescuers more than abusers. No wonder so many people find it so easy to look the other way.

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Greg
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Greg
6 years ago

So sad, I agree with the name of her organization, Dogs Deserve Better. I guess in the future, she should pull up oin front of the house and call 911 to get back up/support.

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Jobe
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Jobe
6 years ago

These people were deprived??? Huh??? A responsible loving person would not keep a 19 year old dog chained up for 3 days if they loved him

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