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Loving pit bull couple redeemed to owner at the world's best shelter in Ventura

Statistics from the VCAS website and board of supervisors
Statistics from the VCAS website and board of supervisors
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When I received the email asking for help for these two dogs found in the Frazier Forest, I wrote an article to try and help the dogs As the veterinarian who found the dogs was fearful for their lives and wrote that this shelter doesn't adopt out pit bulls, I put the story together noting they were on death row.

Dogs redeemed to owner thanks to a village of hard work at VCAS shelter
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"Good afternoon. I am helping my local vet (Lebec, CA) in trying to find a shelter home for 2 Pit Bulls (1m, 1f) that she helped rescue from Angeles Nat'l Forest. The rangers were instructed to shoot them, but she intervened and caught them. They were living in a outdoor restroom. They are fairly young, but the female is blind. The male was taking care of her. They are very sweet. I do not have all of the details, but she told me Ventura is going to pick them up tonight and that they do not save Pit Bulls. If you or anyone can help, please call _______________. Thank you."

When the following mass posts began, I changed the story to try and please the irate crowd. The story was changed three times with the bulk of the text dedicated to one especially determined reader who was unconsolable. One poster rallied everyone on the American Pit Bull Examiner page to turn me in for libel with step by step instructions.

Luckily, the two dogs were redeemed by their owner who'd lost them and the posters on the VCAS page are rejoicing so happily, I almost heard them all the way in Texas....where earlier one of the posters told me to stick to writing about Texas dogs!

Perhaps the most memorable post was the one in which someone actually said the dogs were lucky to be in an animal control. That's one I'll remember for a long time. I've never been able to wrap my brain around the thought of any animal belonging in any acc facility...but that's me.

Thank you so much VCAS...you really are the WORLD'S BEST SHELTER! I have never witnessed in all these years of animal work such a splendid job of returning two lost dogs to their owners. It really does take a village! So thank you from American Pit Bull Examiner and all of our readers. We thank you so much for returning these two dogs!

With all these kind volunteers, it's comforting to know the animals of Ventura County Animal Services must be getting tons and tons of walks and adoptions. They certainly do not need any help from the public or from American Pit Bull Examiner.

Keep up the good work and thank you for your dedication and hard work. There are so many others to thank for their help today, so I'll just add all of them to the article so we can all learn a lesson today about how to save lives:

Jessica Lytle Ventura County has been no kill since january you should really get your facts straight before writing your article we have a 94% live release rate these dogs will be well taken care of until they find their forever homes
Yesterday at 4:59pm · Like · 18

Jamie Vansanten Ventura County Animal Services is a NO KILL shelter!!! Go to their page and see the true story.
Yesterday at 6:55pm · Like · 12

Jamie Vansanten Patti Angeliz.....yes there are reputable rescues here in Ventura....but.....they are stretched so if you can help please!! contact the shelter!
Yesterday at 6:58pm · Like · 1

Chad Atkins You do realize this is bordering on libelous. The statements you have made in this article are incorrect. I am happy that you are working tirelessly to help pitbulls, however, it does not help the cause when you make inaccurate statements about a shelter that has not only the support of my rescue, Paw Works, but many others in the community.
Yesterday at 7:55pm · Like · 14

Lisa McKeeman As a volunteer for Ventura County Animal Services and for Paw Works, this article is hurtful!!! We have been working so hard to become a No Kill shelter to save and rehome the animals just like these 2 dogs!!!! You have no idea what the staff and volunteers do for these beautiful animals, pit mixes are what we are striving to educate the public about because of their loving and loyal behavior. This type of article will only hurt the wonderful progress we have done to save so many great pitties and found forever homes for them. You should really do your research before slamming a terrific community. These two dogs are lucky to be at VCAS!!!
Yesterday at 8:32pm · Like · 16

Zuzana Hp Thank you so much for all those who dedicate their time and resources to help those innocent creatures who are abandoned or abused by ill informed humans. Your kindness does not go unnoticed by our creator.
Yesterday at 8:39pm · Like · 1

Kathy Uslan Your article is completely inaccurate and you should do your research and fact checking before publishing an article containing inaccuracy. Ventura County Animal Services has been a No-Kill shelter since Jan. 2014 thanks to the dedication of the staff, the partnership with amazing rescue groups, and of course, the actual adopters.
Yesterday at 8:43pm · Like · 11

American Pit Bull Examiner So they have rescue and will not be euthanized? That is guaranteed? If so, I will change the wording of the article you claim to be libelous.
Commented on by Cindy Marabito · Yesterday at 8:43pm · Like

American Pit Bull Examiner There are no animals killed at the shelter? Can you provide absolute stats? If so, I can publish those. That is amazing to never kill one animal. The finder and local rescues who asked me to write the article feel differently and stated this dogs are on limited time.
Commented on by Cindy Marabito · Yesterday at 8:45pm · Like · 2

Kathy Uslan I would suggest you contact VCAS directly so that you receive accurate information from the source. Here is their # 805-388-4341. Executive Director is Ms. Tara Diller.
Yesterday at 8:48pm · Like · 8

Chad Atkins They don't have rescue yet because their stray hold is not up until 8/10/14. So, your statement that they are on death row is completely false. Which is libelous. Libelous = is a written communication of a false statement that harms the reputation of an individual, business, product, group,government, religion, or nation. Saying that these dogs are on death row is untrue and it harms the reputation of Ventura County Animal Services and their commitment to No Kill. So yes I do believe it is libelous. You now have the correct information so I would think you would want to remedy your inaccurate statements. As I said before I commend your efforts in the pitbull community. However, you should be praising the efforts of Ventura County instead of causing fear among your readers and harming all the hard work that Ventura County is doing.
Yesterday at 8:52pm · Edited · Like · 15

Chad Atkins May I ask what local rescue ask you to publish this false story? Also, as a writer do you not have a duty to check your facts. This is not an editorial where you are stating opinion. I work long, hard hours to help keep Ventura County No Kill and I will not allow anyone to discredit my work, my partner's work, our adopters, fosters, donors, other rescues and VCAS commitment to the animals.
Yesterday at 9:05pm · Like · 19

Kaitlyn Elisabeth Greenelsh Seriously? This pisses me off beyond belief. Even terminally ill dogs, have been pulled by Paw Works and put into hospice foster. Aggressive dogs have been pulled and been given the second chance and rehabilitation that they need. Sick dogs have been pulled and given the medical care that they so desperately need. VCAS is a great NO KILL shelter. Paw Works is one of the wonderful rescues that pulls these animals and I am so blessed to be able to be a part of it. Please correct this information and give these amazing people the credit that they deserve!!!
Yesterday at 9:13pm · Like · 12

Laura Herrmann You might want to check your facts next time. And while you're at it, you might like to know that Paw Works is the only local rescue in this county that has focused on Ventura County only. This article is disgusting and false.
Yesterday at 9:34pm · Like · 9

Susan Naylor Hughes I would suggest that those wanting to pledge should donate your money to Paw Works since they have worked tirelessly for the last seven months along with VCAS to keep Ventura County no kill. That way you will be assured your money is going to the right place. I have fostered and adopted an animal that was severely injured that would have otherwise been PTS if not for Paw Works before No Kill seven months ago
Yesterday at 9:35pm · Edited · Like · 10

Jean A. Roberts Printing articles like this about dogs that are not in danger, who are awaiting their owner, or a rescue, leaves other dogs unsaved. Why don't you write about impound facilities in Texas, that do no adoptions. Untrue sob stories do no one any good. Did you EVEN call the shelter??? Of course not, that won't make good press.
Yesterday at 9:55pm · Like · 10

Kathy Jenks Who are you and where do you get your misinformation ? This kind of patently untrue sensationalized story is exactly why some shelters don't like crazy so called "rescuers". Why don't you check with any of the over 100 rescues that work with The Ventura County Animal Services Dept. Before you post this garbage? You really have no clue what you are writing about but you don't seem to want facts, just headlines. Kindly remove the post and find some animals that need rescuing.
Yesterday at 10:12pm · Like · 7

Cori Ramirez So sad that people have to tell lies and cause problems for an organization that works so hard to save and help all animals!!! It's interesting that you would write an article without investigating and getting all the facts first!! What kind of writer are you?
My daughter and I have fostered several animals who were elderly and or sick through PAW WORKS. They gave those dogs a chance to live out there lives in a comforting home verses a kennel at the shelter. If those dogs were not placed in VCAS care they would have been most definitely euthanized elsewhere!!! Get your facts straight before you start writing disgusting and filthy lies about a place you obviously know nothing about!! Pathetic!!!
Yesterday at 10:13pm · Like · 7

American Pit Bull Examiner All I asked was if these dogs are guaranteed rescue and will not be killed. Have the shelter director or kennel superintendent send me a letter to that effect and I will print in the article. Very simple.
Commented on by Cindy Marabito · Yesterday at 10:22pm · Like

American Pit Bull Examiner could some of those 200 rescues speak up for these two?
Commented on by Cindy Marabito · Yesterday at 10:22pm · Like

Lori Leonard Cindy, please do your due diligence and fact check. A simple call to VCAS would have given you the correct info. VCAS has a NO KILL status. After the mandatory hold they are either pulled by rescue, fostered or adopted. I adopted my own baby Bear through a network of very hard working people in that county and I am in Seattle. Bear came from VCAS, pulled by PAW WORKS, sent to SUNNY SKY'S ANIMAL RESCUE in WA and now is currently sitting on my lap in Seattle. As they say...it takes a village. That being said, I do believe your heart was in the right place and I respect any one in the village that helps save lives.
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23 hrs · Like · 8

Cori Ramirez If VCAS IS A NO KILL SHELTER then obviously they will not be euthanized and every effort will be made to find them wonderful homes!!! Why should the shelter director have to write you a letter when your the one who is telling lies!!! You should be calling the director and interviewing her and discussing it with her! That's your responsibility as a writer!!!
23 hrs · Like · 12

Jean A. Roberts Exactly. As a person writing an article, you should fact check. How would you like it if I posted untruths about your organization? Do you know there are impound facilities in Texas where animals cannot even be adopted?? That is a horror and a shame.
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Susan Naylor Hughes I agree Cori Ramirez . They are asking us to do the work that they should have done in the first place and are now still refusing to do. If they had done their research this never would have come to this. Paw Works was recently brought before the Board of Supervisors to commend them in the work they have done. Also a recent article in the VC Reporter on our No Kill Status.You also need to research what no kill is. When you have an animal come into the shelter that is hit by car etc that is damaged beyond repair and suffering the only humane thing to do is euthanize that animal. The percentages are calculated into that. No healthy or fixable animal is ever euthanized and a lot of money has been spent on getting these animal the care they need. Do your research. Arent you fighting against sterotypes of pit bulls and misinformation. Looks to me you have done the same thing here by making inaccurate statements. We are all in this together, our fight to save lives. I know there are far better places to put your energy towards.
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Kathy Uslan American Pit Bull Examiner it is upon you as the writer of the article to contact either the shelter director or the kennel superintendent directly. To not be willing to follow through and do so undermines what little credibility you may have been able to redeem.
23 hrs · Like · 5

M Monique Comeau Author should have made a call to VCAS / Paw Works to confirm that this shelter is no kill prior to publishing. The shelter has been "no-Kill" since Jan 2014. ( At one time they weren't but THEY ARE NOW.) That the author did not due her due diligence and now won't withdraw the "libelous death row" allegation without a letter from VCAS Director is irresponsible and...dumb..
22 hrs · Like · 4

Kathy Uslan American Pit Bull Examiner- In reviewing all of the above posts I see no mention of "200 rescues" as you have stated in your above post. I do however see a post by Kathy Jenks that states "over 100 rescues". Again, please state information accurately and do not misquote, distort, or inflate information.
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Susan Naylor Hughes Kathy I caught that also. They also said that the finder-rescues who asked them to write the article feel differently and stated these dogs were on limited time. Sad that they would publish something someone said with no research at all of the facts. Totally irresponsible.
22 hrs · Like · 5

Laura Moder Anyone can post anything on Facebook. It doesn't gave to be factual, intelligent, well-written or helpful. Libel, however, is a serious offense. If you know VCAS and Paw Works, you know this story is inaccurate and libelous. Please take action:
From Your Facebook Account

Step 1
Log in to Facebook and navigate to the libelous post.

Step 2
Click the "X" at the right corner of the libelous post and then click "Report/Mark as Spam." A message appears thanking you for your feedback and offering two additional options. "Undo" will undo the report you just made, and "Report" allows you to file an in-depth complaint.

Step 3
Click the word "Report." A pop-up window will appear.

Step 4
Choose the "It's Harassing Me" option under "Yes, This Post is About me or a Friend" and then click "Continue."

Step 5
Click the box next to "Block (Name of Person or Group)" if you wish to block the person who made the libelous statement.

Step 6
Click the box next to "Get Help From an Authority Figure or Trusted Friend. Forward This Post to Someone Who Can Help you in Person."

Step 7
Click the box next to "Report to Facebook" and then click "Continue."

Step 8
Type in the email address of a legal authority or other trusted figure that you wish to report this libel to when you are prompted and click "Send Message." If you don't wish to do so, you may skip this step and click "Skip." A message stating "We Have Received Your Report" appears to confirm that the report was filed with Facebook.

Non-Account Holders

Step 1
Launch a Web browser and then click the "How Does Someone Who Doesn't Have an Account Report Violations?" page on Facebook (link in Resources).

Step 2
Click "Submit an Inquiry Here."

Step 3
Click the "Other Abuse or Harassment" option under "What issue are you trying to report?"

Step 4
Click "No" when asked if you have a Facebook account.

Step 5
Select a number when prompted to choose the number of pieces of content you want to report. Options include 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 pieces of content.

Step 6
Copy and paste a link to the content you wish to report for libel. For users who don't have a Facebook account, Facebook suggests asking a friend with Facebook access to help you obtain the link.

Step 7
Type in a description of the libel in the "Description" field and then click "Send" to complete your libel report.
21 hrs · Like · 2

Nancee Fillman Dole Why does someone need to call you to "guarantee" the dogs won't be killed? Hello!!! It's a NO KILL shelter and one minute of fact checking would have verified that for you. How does that not answer your question?
21 hrs · Like · 5

Lisa McKeeman Unfortunately damage has been done because of this article. There have been numerous shares to grouos, some of them rescues, and people who have in turn shared and now these dogs who are in a great safe and environment are being seen as on a PTS list at a high kill shelter in Ventura county. The writer really needs to step up and resolve this problem!!! The Village of staff, volunteers, rescues, and public of Ventura County and beyond don't deserve this!!!! After working so hard at making Ventura County Animal Service a NO KILL shelter and doing so much for the animals ESPECIALLY PIT BULLS!!!
20 hrs · Like · 5

Sandra Fearing American Pit Bull examineless - what possible new followers you could have gained, had you just owned your mistakes. What a shame.
16 hrs · Like · 1

American Pit Bull Examiner I correct my statement..I misread your complaint. Ask the hundred rescues to save these dogs and please send me the freedom ride picture.
Commented on by Cindy Marabito · 12 hrs · Like

American Pit Bull Examiner The article is updated to reflect absolute no kill. If you would like your statements published please advise.
Commented on by Cindy Marabito · 12 hrs · Like

Chad Atkins You corrected the title!
However, the article still states they are on death row. Please remedy.
12 hrs · Like · 4

Jamie Vansanten American Pit Bull Examiner you have gotten responses!!! Maybe not 200 but the 20+ responses here (not to mention the responses that are on other pages where this was posted) should tell you to at the very least you should reconsider your position. It is YOUR responsibility to check your facts. It is YOUR responsibility to contact the shelter. Really all you had to do is google the shelter and you would have found a number of pieces on how the shelter has progressed. There is no such thing as 100% no kill. You will always have animals dumped or picked up as strays that are beyond help for numerous reasons. But when you DO look at the facts you can see the numbers of animals that are HUMANELY PTS at VCAS is minute in comparison to the numbers that come into the shelter every year. Do the right thing.
12 hrs · Like · 4

Lori Leonard PS - If you were quoting information you received from another source (and do not fact check) then they should have been referenced in your article.
12 hrs · Like · 4

Cori Ramirez American Pit Bull Examiner.. What part of "They don't have rescue yet because their stray hold is not up until 8/10/14" do you not understand? There is no need to send you a picture of their freedom ride because you have already done yr damage with yr disgusting lies!!! We as a community, VCAS and ALL RESCUES in this county, don't need to prove anything to you. You only need to update yr article and tell the facts of what's going on. You haven't corrected anything. If you really are a true and honest writer you would correct your previous allegations! If you were honorable you would publish our statements and get yourself to VCAS IMMEDIATELY and get all the facts!!! What's stopping you? Please advise!!!!
12 hrs · Like · 4

Jamie Vansanten Everyone please note the author did insert a statement correcting herself....you have to read carefully though....
12 hrs · Like

Cori Ramirez I just don't understand why we have to read carefully to see it's been corrected?? It should be in BOLD writing and clear as day!!
11 hrs · Like · 1

Kaitlyn Elisabeth Greenelsh Cori Ramirez it's at the bottom of the article. She didn't correct anything. She just wrote some sarcastic comment at the bottom.
11 hrs · Like · 1

Kathy Uslan Your exception to your article has been noted however I do not see who on staff at VCAS has been your contact. I for one, am not employed by VCAS and as such I offer only my personal opinion. I have no authority to speak on behalf of VCAS as a "representative" and should any of my comments have given that impression I apologize. Again, I urge you to contact VCAS directly at the phone # I provided earlier. I am including a link to their website if that is helpful. http://www.vcas.us
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Kaitlyn Elisabeth Greenelsh Here's something you could write about american pit bull examiner. How LUCKY a pit bull is to end up at VCAS rather than another shelter.
11 hrs · Like · 5

Cori Ramirez What needs to be corrected is the fact that you stated they are on death row, which is untrue!
As stated before, several times I might add, their stray hold is not up until 8/10/14. So therefore, they cannot get their freedom ride until then. They cann...See More
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11 hrs · Like · 3

American Pit Bull Examiner I run a rescue and don't think any animal should end up in a shelter.

Here is my announcement again as I made on the article. I'm not going to keep tweaking it all day. If you'd like to write up an announcement, I'll revise the article again. I'm get...See More
Commented on by Cindy Marabito · 11 hrs · Like · 1

American Pit Bull Examiner I'll be out walking dogs from the refuge for the next few hours and will check back to retrieve your statement early afternoon.
Commented on by Cindy Marabito · 11 hrs · Like · 1

Kaitlyn Elisabeth Greenelsh We've given you a number to call to find out yourself.
11 hrs · Like

Cori Ramirez That's awesome that you run a rescue!! And your right no animal should end up at a shelter, but unfortunately it's reality!! People surrender animals to the shelter everyday. People allow animals to roam the streets everyday because they don't safe gua...See More
11 hrs · Like · 2

Sandra Fearing Just arrogant and rude. I would be embarrassed if she represented Our local heroes (VCAS and Paw Works)
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Lori Leonard American Pit Bill Examiner, I can feel your frustration, but please remember that with a simple stroke of a pen you can ruin the reputation of these great people who have worked tirelessly to obtain a no kill state in Ventura County. How would you fe...See More
11 hrs · Like · 4

Lisa McKeeman Lori Leonard you are right on!! American Pit Bull Examiner you are the one that needs to get your facts straight and publish a new article about this not have us do it for you. The damage has been done and your article has been shared to many people and rescues that now have the wrong impression of what is happening to these dogs.
10 hrs · Like · 2

Lisa McKeeman Contact Ventura County Animal Services, Tara Diller is the Director and she has done some AWESOME things there!
10 hrs · Like · 2

Marcey Colter-Burns When you write a story, you are responsible to write the facts. Otherwise it's fiction and should not be in this type of forum. Bottom line, you didn't do your research and now you are paying the price for slack investigative reporting. And people are ...See More
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Susan Naylor Hughes Unfortunately your added note is at the bottom where no one will see it. It should be at the top and a whole new article written with all the correct information and you were misinformed and apologize for the error. That is not asking to much and would...See More
10 hrs · Like · 1

Lisa Tucci I understand the frustration going on here and I am a totally neutral party. So, I first want to say thank you to VCAS, Paw Works and all the other amazing rescues for their superb no-kill work (it has not gone unnoticed and we are all thankful for ev...See More
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Lori Leonard Lisa Tucci, no one has criticized APBE for their rescue work, only for the damaging article. Once a new article is issued regarding these mistakes and the source of her info, people will forgive and move on. The passion you read in these responses is the same passion these folks applied to getting Ventura County a non kill status.
10 hrs · Like · 1

Lisa Tucci Lori, I know it was damaging, but it can be easily fixed. Think about how many people read the APBE articles and the publicity they can receive (I'm thinking of the big picture! The more adopted, the more they can take in!) And I deal with the scum ...See More
9 hrs · Like

Ashley V Rials Everyone needs to stop fighting and debating-- it's taking time away from finding a home for these two. If people put half as much effort as seen above, we could save thousands of animals. Start networking!!
9 hrs · Like · 1

Lori Leonard Ashley Rials, please research VCAS, PAW WORKS, you will see the effort they put in finding homes for animals. It's 1000x the effort put into these responses. they ARE NOT taking away from their wonderful work, they are doing damage control. You would too if the misinformed article was about you.
9 hrs · Like

Lisa Tucci You know what, this thread is just ridiculous, so if you'll excuse me, I have 9 dogs in NYC going to die today, one of which is 10 months old, that I have to find homes for while you sit and bitch and moan about the dogs who are safe!!!! Quit your bitching and do something!!!!
9 hrs · Like

Lori Leonard Lisa, it can not be easily fixed, the damage is done. There are people who may not go to VCAS because they now see them as High kill or "death row" as she wrote. That is why a new article is in order. No one thinks Cindy is not doing good rescue work...See More
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Lisa Tucci Do not sit there in your holier then thou world and bitch about a misinformed article while others are dying
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Lori Leonard "thank you"
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Lisa Tucci Lori, I understand this, but anyone willing to dump their dog is in the "I could care less" stage
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Lori Leonard Lisa, I volunteer at my local county shelter. I donate to rescue organizations in WA, CA and TX. I have 2 rescue dogs, one from a shelter in TX and one from VCAS in CA (I live in WA). I do NOT sit on my butt doing nothing, nor do the other posters...who is posting miss information now Lisa Tucci?
9 hrs · Like · 2

Lisa Tucci And I totally respect and adore everything that you do! You are a hero! But, like I said, I deal in NYC....Today, one who was adopted 2 days ago was "too big", so they brought her back, 2 are 10 & 14 and can't deal with the medical issues anymore, so...See More
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Lisa Tucci And, in the interest of saving lives today, I will wave the white flag.....You are right and I am wrong
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Susan Naylor Hughes Lisa Tucci, your being very demeaning to all of those in Ventura County and all the work these devoted people do to save lives. The last thing we need is misinformation circulating around that may affect the animals themselves by pushing away any pote...See More
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American Pit Bull Examiner Looks like the dogs are being adopted by someone who read the article. If some of the volunteers and VCAS commenters would like to post some of the other dogs in the shelter that you are walking and caring for, here is an opportunity to have more of yo...See More
Commented on by Cindy Marabito · 8 hrs · Unlike · 2

American Pit Bull Examiner One of the commenters seems to be upset that I don't restrain my articles to only Texas dogs. My rescue is a California rescue and we have 1/2 Texas and 1/2 California dogs. While we can't save every animal in the world, I do write about dogs internati...See More
Commented on by Cindy Marabito · 8 hrs · Like

Lisa Tucci Susan.....Check previous comments instead of just reading 1 or 2
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American Pit Bull Examiner some of the others who want a new article, I plan to write a freedom ride article the minute these two are out of the 100% no kill shelter. By the same token, Examiner is hiring writers. Why not apply and write articles about this wonderful shelter and the animals who are lucky enough to be there? Please use my link as Reunion Rescue receives $50 for every referral.

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Commented on by Cindy Marabito · 8 hrs · Like · 1 · Remove Preview

Susan Naylor Hughes I have read every single comment here Lisa. And the comments from all of us in Ventura County have been about the misinformation printed here. Not about who was willing to dump their dog. Please, if you would be willing to point me to these comments about people "dumping" their dogs I would be happy to revue them again. Thank you.
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American Pit Bull Examiner Aubri Lancaster

The article has been altered to reflect all your views...hope that helps. Now you can get back to your volunteer work with the animals at VCAS. As I've suggested, why not send in some personal remarks about some of the dogs at VCAS that you are familiar with since the two unnamed A#'s the article is about are soon to be adopted by one of our readers.
Commented on by Cindy Marabito · 8 hrs · Like · 1

Lisa Tucci I responded to a comment about me providing misinformation about a post, without being told where the misinformation was, so I commented on everything in the post where I was told I was misinformed and telling lies, just to cover all bases
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Lisa Tucci Which included the dumping of dogs, which is where that came in
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Lori Leonard Lisa Tucci, if you work with your local county shelters, you should have them check out my local county shelter (King County WA). Through education, local rescues and what I believe is just a pet culture in the Pacific NW, the King County Shelter has ...See More
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Lisa Tucci And once again, I 150% agree with you Lori.....You are an amazing woman, a god send, and I hope that nothing I have said makes you feel any less then that, because you truly are a kick ass person! I'm hoping we can adopt the same No Kill structure as VCAS....Every living being involved would be the better for it
7 hrs · Like

American Pit Bull Examiner Were Chad Adkins an Examiner writer he would know that the url is not capable of being corrected. Please express your thoughts to Examiner. We writers at Examiner have been suggesting remedy for this issue for years. Thank you.
Commented on by Cindy Marabito · 7 hrs · Like

American Pit Bull Examiner I'm thinking if everyone on this list were to foster a VCAS animal there might not be one to write an article about. Have the two A#'s in article, the dogs the article was initially written about, received names yet?
Commented on by Cindy Marabito · 7 hrs · Like

American Pit Bull Examiner This is American Pit Bull Examiner's page. To the person who is using my page to try and have me arrested for libel, that's just plain bad taste. That is the same as me going to your job and asking your employer to fire you and call the I.R.S. You might not agree with the article, but try and express your ideas sensibly and professionally.
Commented on by Cindy Marabito · 7 hrs · Like · 1

American Pit Bull Examiner Here is part of the large group request I received initially to write this story...you might wish to do some damage control with the many people on the email list who do not feel VCAS is no kill:

"Good afternoon. I am helping my local vet (Lebec, CA)...See More
Commented on by Cindy Marabito · 7 hrs · Like · 2

Chad Atkins If I was an Examiner writer I would not publish misinformation. Whether be on Facebook or the Examiner stating something as fact means you have a responsibility to make sure it is correct. I suggest you let everyone know that the Examiner is based on opinion not fact or do your due diligence in the future. As with my name, it is Chad Atkins not Chad Adkins.
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Chad Atkins As for libel, you can not be arrested, you can only be sued.
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American Pit Bull Examiner Chad why not become one...an Examiner writer? If everything is just based on opinion, why not share your's with the rest of the world..and be sure to use my link when applying. Reunion Rescue gets $50 per referral. Sorry I misspelled your name.
Commented on by Cindy Marabito · 5 hrs · Like

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Chad Atkins Thank you for the offer Cindy but Paw Works keeps me busy enough and Ventura County is just the beginning. It would be lovely to meet you one day in Colorado. Take care and please check facts in the future. Much appreciated.
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Chad Atkins Freedom ride picture. Read the real story on Paw Works or Ventura County Animal Services' Facebook page.
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Nancee Fillman Dole Here is their update. They are no longer at the shelter.

https://m.facebook.com/story.php...
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Kaitlyn Elisabeth Greenelsh These dogs were not adopted by a reader. They were reunited with their owner. A happy ending.
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Kathy Uslan Looking forward to reading your freedom ride article now that the minute has passed and the 2 dogs are out of the shelter.. Please fact check first before writing.
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American Pit Bull Examiner writing the story now...thank you for all your help. I'll be sure to mention all of you in the story...and Mr. Adkins I'll try to get your name spelled correctly. Thank you all so much..you are great writers and hope to see your columns soon to help animals in Ventura County!
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Terry Rice Cmp • a day ago
People in Ventura County are sharing these two pups on Facebook. <3 They're available for adoption on 8/10. Check out the "Ventura County Animal Services" FB page as well as "Paw Works" and "All for Love Animal Rescue." We've been at no-kill status for a few months, so don't panic--but these two do need to be networked. We have a lot of beautiful Pitties at our shelter!
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MsPhillyG Terry Rice Cmp • a day ago
Thank you so much for the updated.
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Katy Patasi-Smith • a day ago
I will take then both!! They are just too sweet. I need someone to help me adopt these two as I live in Canada. I called the number in this article and they would need someone to actually come in to get them, something I cannot do. If anyone can help me get in touch with transportation services and maybe a rescue that can help with the adoption process. I can give them an amazing life !!
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Cindi Whitcomb Katy Patasi-Smith • a day ago
Contact All For Love Animal Rescue. They pull from VCAS and specialize in pit bulls! Good Luck. I would sure love to see them stay together!
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Katy Patasi-Smith Cindi Whitcomb • a day ago
Thank you Cindi! I'm calling them now!
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Debra Henkelman Therrien Katy Patasi-Smith • a day ago
Talk to Maripat at All For Love Animal Rescue , I can get them to Calgary for you
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Katy Patasi-Smith Debra Henkelman Therrien • a day ago
I could drive to Calgary to pick them up! I just called and left a msg and also emailed All for love animal rescue. Hope to hear from them soon.
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Terry Rice Cmp Katy Patasi-Smith • a day ago
AFLAR is wonderful! Check with "Paw Works" too. They work closely with the shelter. I saw one of their founders comment on this article on a FB page. So they're aware of these two dogs. Here's a link to their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pawwo...
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Katy Patasi-Smith Terry Rice Cmp • a day ago
Thanks Terry. Paw Works got back to me immediately, now just sending them the required information. The amount of support by complete strangers is amazing! There have been offers to help with the transportation which was one of my biggest concerns but now not so much. It's truly outstanding what people can do when they band together. I just hope this all works out and I can get them here!
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Terry Rice Cmp Katy Patasi-Smith • 11 hours ago
That's wonderful Katy! Paws crossed everything works out. ;) You have a big heart!
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MsPhillyG Cindi Whitcomb • a day ago
Could they help me get Slot the dog in Moreno Valley that is also in need? I saw his article on here a couple of days ago and I live in Florida.
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MsPhillyG Katy Patasi-Smith • a day ago
Good luck...
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Cindy Marabito • a day ago
Thank you..the hardest part is trying to maintain this discussion so that these two can be saved. A hate group has been attacking American Pit Bull Examiner on the comments section which we've had to remove. Please keep sharing this story and lets save these two beautiful, gentle and sweet young dogs.
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MsPhillyG Cindy Marabito • a day ago
Thank you for doing what you do.
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Claire Talltree • a day ago
Here is a direct link to the girl: http://www.petharbor.com/pet.a...
And a direct link to the boy: http://www.petharbor.com/pet.a...

If there is a link to facebook page that is working towards rescuing these two, please post!!!!
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bus0205bus • a day ago
How can it be that animals are only kept for 3 days ?? This is already
shameful (beside this the killing business is anyway beyond
understanding)! But that those two brave dogs who managed to get out of
the forest are now be rewarded with death ??? How heartless can people be !!!!!!!!!!!!
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Aubri Lancaster bus0205bus • 12 hours ago
They are NOT only kept for 3 days! That information is inaccurate. Ventura Shelter has met No Kill status every month of 2014 and they have many pitties who have been there for months! They are amazing at taking care of these dogs! These two dogs are absolutely not in danger, they just need a home.
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bus0205bus Aubri Lancaster • 10 hours ago
Oh sorry, then I probably misunderstood ?? I thought they were on death row...
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Aubri Lancaster bus0205bus • 10 hours ago
That was a misunderstanding by the author of this article. This is NOT a High Kill Shelter, it is a NO Kill Shelter. These dogs absolutely need a home and we should all network them to do so, but not because they are about to be killed, that is not the case.
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Cindy Marabito Aubri Lancaster • 7 hours ago
This is part of the large group request I received initially to write this story...you might wish to do some damage control with the many people on the email list who do not feel VCAS is no kill:

"Good afternoon. I am helping my local vet (Lebec, CA) in trying to find a shelter home for 2 Pit Bulls (1m, 1f) that she helped rescue from Angeles Nat'l Forest. The rangers were instructed to shoot them, but she intervened and caught them. They were living in a outdoor restroom. They are fairly young, but the female is blind. The male was taking care of her. They are very sweet. I do not have all of the details, but she told me Ventura is going to pick them up tonight and that they do not save Pit Bulls. If you or anyone can help, please call MountainAir Vet Hosp @ 661 248-1200. Thank you."
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Aubri Lancaster Cindy Marabito • 7 hours ago
So you reported based on this person's misperception on our local shelter and it takes the shelter sending you numbers directly to overturn an unfounded claim by someone you don't know?
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Cindy Marabito Aubri Lancaster • 7 hours ago
Just as your statements and opinions were included in the article with no foundation. I would think you would finally be happy. I've posted all your comments...I think..have I missed some?

This was part of a large effort by fellow California rescues with this vet's statement included. Did you not receive the same group email to your rescue?
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Aubri Lancaster Cindy Marabito • 7 hours ago
Saying that Ventura County Animal Services has achieved No Kill status is not an opinion it is a fact and is stated on their website. So my information is coming directly from the shelter in question. I also know volunteers there and volunteer with a rescue that helps contribute to pulling dogs from their facility. However, I don't have the specific statistics because I'm not writing an article on their No Kill status. If you are writing and publishing about them, the burden of proof is on you, not me. I should not have to prove you wrong unless you yourself are siting a reliable source, but instead you are siting that someone said that they HEARD that VCAS doesn't save pit bulls. Why is this my responsibility and not yours?
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Cindy Marabito Aubri Lancaster • 6 hours ago
Ma'am ..I've posted all your comments in the article..there is no more room for your statements. Are you just wanting to fight? I don't understand. The article has been changed. Your viewpoints now consume the entire piece. One of my followers is adopting the dogs from reading the article. Shouldn't you be able to find something about the situation to be happy about?
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Guest • a day ago
Is there a facebook page on these two, working towards finding them a rescue/home? If so, please post! Thank you...
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Cindy Marabito Guest • a day ago
Not yet, but we can organize here while the comments section is free of the pit bull hate group.

OR....please feel free to post on our American Pit Bull Examiner Facebook thread:

https://www.facebook.com/ameri...
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Claire Talltree • a day ago
Keep up the good work! I hope these two get rescued...
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Cindi Whitcomb • a day ago
These two are being housed together in the same kennel (#98) at Ventura County Animal Services. They are both available for adoption on August 10th. I have been a VCAS Volunteer for almost 4 years, and have seen how far we have come to be a NO KILL COUNTY. For those of you who do not know it, we have been No Kill for over 7 months now. Breed or Illness are not an automatic death sentence, as this article would have you believe. Please check your facts before spreading such rumors. Thank You!
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Cindy Marabito Cindi Whitcomb • a day ago
Bless you Cindi..you are doing great work...I started my rescue in 1999 at San Francisco Animal Control and was banned when they nearly killed Slappy. Slappy lived, but I've been having to rescue under the radar ever since and they're still killing. We are trying to get the city to instate a humane director and staff with our petition:

https://www.change.org/petitio...

The last dog I wrote about had a chip in and was nearly out of Sonoma Shelter until the SFACC hate group attacked my article and the person who organized the chip in. Rudo is still at the shelter and rescue bowed out.

Ordinarily we'd try to create a chip in for these two, but since this hate group is working full steam ahead to stop all American Pit Bull Examiner efforts to help dogs, have to be very very careful. I wish there were more people like you who work hard for the animals. Just think how many we could save!
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MsPhillyG Cindy Marabito • a day ago
Cindy, I actually was very interested in Rudo until the 1st of Aug I was sent and email saying he was in the process of being pulled. I explained that I live in Florida and would have loved to give him a home. So he is still at the shelter....I really need some help with contacts in California because I don't have FB and I can't comment. I just tried emailing a rescue trying to see if they would help me with Slot.
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Cindy Marabito MsPhillyG • a day ago
Thank you so much! Are you on Facebook? If so, can you friend me and allow me to help you?
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Aubri Lancaster Cindy Marabito • 12 hours ago
Would you be willing to edit your article with the new information about Ventura County Animal Services as being a No Kill shelter? It can actually hurt rather than help local dogs if people think that dogs taken to the shelter will only have 3 days to live. This is just not true at this amazing shelter. We have several local rescues that work diligently to pull from this shelter and the shelter workers are amazing at promoting their dogs! This shelter deserves an article talking about their program to get dogs day trips to the beach or senior centers! Or how they work WITH local rescues rather than against them to get dogs with special needs extra attention. Please don't let people believe that this is just another heartless shelter. I swear to you as a member of the local rescue community, this is a shelter that all others should model theirs to be just like! Please don't let people think anything less!
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Cindy Marabito Aubri Lancaster • 12 hours ago
it's been edited and announced to your group. I've offered to publish your 100% no kill statistics and have requested reports several times. Also offered to publish the names of your group to give you credit for all the hard work done by your group and the shelter.
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Aubri Lancaster Cindy Marabito • 11 hours ago
100% is just not possible. Some dogs are in pain and just as you would not let your own dog suffer, the shelter has to make those decisions too. That effects the no kill rate. You will never find a shelter with 100% unless they are finding some way to cook the books to find someone else to euthanize those dogs who are dying or in excruciating pain. Is there no middle ground between "death row" and an impossible 100% no kill?
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Cindy Marabito Aubri Lancaster • 11 hours ago
if you wish to provide stats, I will publish.
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Aubri Lancaster Cindy Marabito • 11 hours ago
I do not represent the shelter so do not have access to the exact numbers, but here's an article that got their numbers directly from the shelter: http://www.vcstar.com/news/cam...

And here's another: http://www.vcreporter.com/cms/...

You should contact the shelter directly for their stats if you would like more. I hope this helps! :)
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Cindy Marabito Aubri Lancaster • 10 hours ago
like I said I am very busy with my own rescue animals. Again if you would like to take tine from posting to call the shelter and forward intake and outcome live release numbers I will post them for you.
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Aubri Lancaster Cindy Marabito • 10 hours ago
Here's another one:

"These two loving dogs are now at Ventura Animal Control, sent to death row two days ago, August 6, 2014. California law only protects impounds for 72 hours so these dogs are in danger of being killed."
They will not be available until August 10th, so this is inaccurate. It is also very inflammatory language to say "death row." Why don't we reserve that for the dogs that are actually on a kill list? How about "These two loving dogs are now at Ventura Animal Control and will be available after August 10th and we need your help to get these lovers a home."
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Aubri Lancaster Cindy Marabito • 10 hours ago
If I could request another couple of edits, you say "high kill shelter" but this shelter is a NO Kill shelter. If you do not accept that, at least you should be able to accept that it is not "high kill." Perhaps a compromise would be "to keep them out of the shelter." (Though I also take exception with expecting a vet to act as a rescue and keep the dogs in their care when we have a No Kill shelter available for them to send the dogs do, but at least don't call VCAS a "high kill" shelter.)
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Aubri Lancaster Cindy Marabito • 10 hours ago
I saw that you changed the title of your article, that is a huge step and is very much appreciated.
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Aubri Lancaster Cindy Marabito • 10 hours ago
Since when is the burden of proof on those being written about rather than the person doing the reporting? Why is it not your responsibility to verify your facts before writing your article? If I were to contact the shelter and get these numbers for you, you would still be getting them from a third party. Why do these articles not suffice as a method of delivering these statistics? The only way you are going to be completely 100% confident in the numbers you are looking at is if you contact the shelter yourself. I understand you're very busy, so is the shelter. By sharing this article with misinformation about this shelter you damage their reputation and make it harder for them to continue to help animals that come through their doors. Why would you not want to do everything you can to support shelters who work hard to maintain a No Kill status?
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Cindy Marabito Aubri Lancaster • 9 hours ago
I've offered several times to post your comments and concerns but the articles have a 500 word limit.
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Cindy Marabito Cindy Marabito • 7 hours ago
Here is part of the large group request I received initially to write this story...you might wish to do some damage control with the many people on the email list who do not feel VCAS is no kill:

"Good afternoon. I am helping my local vet (Lebec, CA) in trying to find a shelter home for 2 Pit Bulls (1m, 1f) that she helped rescue from Angeles Nat'l Forest. The rangers were instructed to shoot them, but she intervened and caught them. They were living in a outdoor restroom. They are fairly young, but the female is blind. The male was taking care of her. They are very sweet. I do not have all of the details, but she told me Ventura is going to pick them up tonight and that they do not save Pit Bulls. If you or anyone can help, please call MountainAir Vet Hosp @ 661 248-1200. Thank you."
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Fortune Flores • a day ago
Pitbulls are the most loving, caring, faithful, obedient, greatest dogs on the face of this earth. It is evil, degenerate, subhuman monsters that force them to a life of violence. Their beautiful, gentle dogs on the whole. I can't see why stupid disgusting hate groups would even dare to say otherwise on here or anywhere unless they were of low mentality. There is just no truth whatsoever in any foul-mouthed rubbish they are implanting in people's minds. Don't believe those sorry sobs because there isn't a grain of truth in whatever they say. Those people are not fit to sniff a dog's butt and what comes out of their mouths is excrement and not fit for human ears. Y'all need to have someone drop a sledgehammer on your heads so you can think right and stop all this bulldust your spreading. So stop your lies and settle down stupid people. No one with any sense will believe your stories anyway, not if they have ever been in contact with a pit and seen how loving and intelligent they really are.
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mongibello • a day ago
How heartbreaking; fingers crossed that they can be saved.
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Kaitlyn Greenelsh • a day ago
Just an FYI to all of you. Ventura County Animal Shelter is no kill. These dogs are not in danger if they are there. They are lucky that's the shelter they ended up at. I hope they get adopted but saying the dogs are on death row is the wrong way to go about this.
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Tina • a day ago
Ventura County Animal Shelter is a no kill shelter. They have wonderful non-profits who help make this possible.
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MsPhillyG • a day ago
They are so beautiful....and so adorable. I wish there were more Pit Bull rescues and sanctuaries for dogs with disabilities until they get a forever home. Got my fingers crossed for this fur couple.
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Debra Henkelman Therrien • a day ago
VCAS has been No Kill for months now. These guys are not on death row.
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Cindy Marabito • 7 hours ago
American Pit Bull Examiner Here is part of the large group request I received initially to write this story...you might wish to do some damage control with the many people on the email list who do not feel VCAS is no kill:

"Good afternoon. I am helping my local vet (Lebec, CA) in trying to find a shelter home for 2 Pit Bulls (1m, 1f) that she helped rescue from Angeles Nat'l Forest. The rangers were instructed to shoot them, but she intervened and caught them. They were living in a outdoor restroom. They are fairly young, but the female is blind. The male was taking care of her. They are very sweet. I do not have all of the details, but she told me Ventura is going to pick them up tonight and that they do not save Pit Bulls. If you or anyone can help, please call MountainAir Vet Hosp @ 661 248-1200. Thank you."

Thanks to all the budding writers who joined me at American Pit Bull Examiner today and please do as I suggested and share your knowledge and skills with the Examiner..they're looking for savvy writers. Just don't forget to use the American Pit Bull Examiner link so Reunion Rescue gets $50 per referral!

Looking forward to all those articles about VCAS animals bringing the live release rate to 100%!!!

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