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A letter to Oconee County Sheriff from the rescue that saved Piper

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President and Direct of Upstate Animal Rescue Foundation of SC, most recently known as the group that worked so hard in catching a dog with a pipe on his head, has written a letter to Oconee County Sheriff Crenshaw.

That letter, written by Kelley Blair, can be viewed on this link, which directs the reader to where it was uploaded on Google Docs.

Upstate obtained permission from Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Captain Reid back on Friday, May 16, 2014. Reid granted permission after Oconee County Animal Control told the rescue they weren't allowed to put in any overtime for what was essentially considered a non-emergency case.

This meant that come 5 p.m. Friday, Animal Control would be off duty until Monday morning.

Upstate and Captain Reid agreed that the rescue's veternarian would take responsibility for the care of the dog, known to the rescue as Piper, and to the community as Pup. This included any expenses deemed necessary to be sure Piper was in good physical conditon, should he be caught.

Oconee County Animal Control set one large trap in the area, and told the rescue to call them if anything was caught. Otherwise, they would return to the area Monday morning.

Two very qualified veterinarians joined the rescue team, where A FLIR, Forward Launching Infra Red night vision device was donated to enable those on the lookout for Piper to be able to see the dog. The rescue team had use of the special vision glasses Saturday and Sunday.

It was soon decided the trap wouldn't be enough to catch Piper before he ran out of time. The worst was feared in the beginning-that Piper could neither eat nor drink with the pipe on his head. It was determined later that Piper was able to take in water.

Volunteers decided to build a coral, and fence Piper, along with a female friend of his in. They constructed the enclosure, and baited it with good and tasty food.

Upstate Animal Rescue Foundation of SC and Seneca Animal Hospital of Seneca, SC provided all fencing, had the equipment hauled in and volunteers hauled all the equipment in the wooded area to set up the coral, it was heavily baited with raw red steak, and bacon.

The area was cleared at midnight, only allowing those key to the capture of Piper to remain in the area.

On Monday, May 20, 2014 Upstate Animal Rescue Foundation of SC was notified by an area resident that the dog had been spotted at the edge of their yard and the helmet was off his head.

The rescue notified Lt. Lyle early Monday morning of the corral set up, where it was located and if the dog was caught by his agency that Seneca Veterinary Hospital in Seneca, SC had offered to provide medical treatment for free.

Instead of this happening, Animal Control of Oconee County took him to the Oconee County Animal Shelter and he was sent to get medical care at the county vet. Although things didn't go as to protocol agreed upon in the beginning, Piper will be going to a new home. A man who has been caring for him for a year immediately expressed a desire to adopt Piper.

Upstate Animal Rescue Foundation of SC has donated 400 square feet of outside kennel space, and the citizen donor funds that have been received by the rescue agency will purchase a dog house, shavings and one year supply of heartworm and flea prevention. All donated items will arrive to the new family before Piper, now known as Pup, arrives at his forever home.

All future donations should be sent to Mr. Charles Williams(adopter), for PUP, and mailed to 470 Rich Mountain Road, Westminster, SC 29693.

The rescue would like to personally thank Dr. Robert Tope, DVM, of Electric City Animal Clinic, in Anderson, SC, Dr. Freddie Axson, DVM, and Medical Technicians from Seneca Animal Hospital in Seneca, SC, for their knowledge, direction and physical hard work against terrible weather and a circus of citizens arriving to do it “their way”, Seneca Animal Hospital for their generous offer to provide PUP free medical care once caught.

Special thanks also go out to the anonymous donor of the night vision glasses. The rescue is also grateful to the many volunteers who gave of their time, and those who provided necessities such as food and drinks to those dedicated to save the dog.

An offer was made by Kelley to Oconee Shelter Manager Jaimee to take the female dog into their care once she's caught. Upstate Animal Rescue Foundation of SC planned to take the female into their care, and cover the cost of vetting her and keeping her in one of their kennels. Kelley was referred to Captain Reid for approval, and never returned her call.

The rescue has no jurisdiction to take the dog, as it could be considered interferring with Oconee County Animal Control. It's hoped that Captain Reid will get in touch with Kelley, and grant her permission for their veterinarian to gently sedate the dog and take her in.

The Westminster area in Oconee is well known as a pet dumping ground. The case of Pup and his lady love are only one example of the problems that may occur when an animal is abandoned in an unsafe, unfamiliar territory.

The world watched as Piper was first seen wearing what was later determined to be an air conditioning duct pipe. Please support Upstate Animal Rescue Foundation of SC as they continue to help the animals in the Oconee.

You can keep up to date by following their Facebook page. Please keep in mind that this rescue and those who volunteered are are the ones responsible for saving Pup. Animal Control only finished the job, and somehow ended up with much of the credit.

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