|3 Collies Turned into 93: Collies in Cruelty Seizure Need Your Help! Tomball, TX (8/29/14)
Despite the judgment, Kmiec refused to return the dogs saying someone else had them. Another suit was filed to get a receiver appointed but on the eve of the hearing, Kmiec filed bankruptcy which stayed all state court proceedings.
The bankruptcy case is being handled by attorney Famose Garner who secured a preliminary injunction to enforce Kara’s judgment for the return of her 3 dogs. However, the bankruptcy judge went farther and ordered that all dogs on Kmiec’s property be turned over to the Houston Collie Rescue. Kmiec testified in court on Friday morning, August 29, 2014 that she had 35 Collies on her property. The judge made his order about an hour later and the Houston Collie Rescue, spearheaded by its president, Vickey Willard, went into action.
It was soon learned that there were over 60 dogs on the premises which was the last count when the media left around 9:00 p.m. to head back to do the nightly news. But the numbers kept growing. There were yells of “we found some more” throughout the night until all 93 dogs were removed. Soon there will be more because two of them are about to deliver pups. All 93 Collies were safely removed without one single incident. Some neighbors even helped providing supplies and even a horse trailer to help remove the dogs saying they were looking forward to some peace without the dogs barking.
None of the dogs knew how to walk on a leash and many of them dropped to the ground rigid because they were not socialized so they had to be carried. But with little exception, the Collies were very friendly and seemed to be glad to be out of the imprisonment they were enduring.
The Good News. All of the dogs were removed to a beautiful facility that has provided them with state of the art pens, clean water and fresh food. They are receiving vet care and much needed grooming. There will be a hearing in the bankruptcy court to determine what will be done with them in the very near future. This will hopefully be the start of a real life for the Collies.
How Can you Help.The rescue is utilizing its volunteers who are knowledgeable about dogs from cruelty seizures to do the hands on care but donations are desperately needed. Please consider donating any amount to the Houston Collie Rescue to help with the costs of caring for the dogs and for all of the veterinary care they will all need for months to come. No amount is too small and will be greatly appreciated by these deserving dogs and the rescue.
Donations may be made online: Houston Collie Rescue
Or, checks may be sent to:
Houston Collie Rescue P.O. Box 526 Stafford, TX 77497
Thank you so much for helping the Collies on their new start in life! Woof!
Here is the link to the coverage of the seizure: Collie Cruelty Seizure (KHOU)
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