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This young German Shepherd "Bridges" was rescued from a High Kill shelter In georgia after he was dumped their by the parents of their teenage son that owned Bridges died of cancer. He had spent the last 3 months kept in a dark garage ONLY to be let out once aday for a bathroom break. When he arrived at the Clayton County Shelter he was scared, shaking, and cowered tail tucked behind his legs sad sad eyes.... The saddest Shepherd I have ever seen In my life. I took it upon myself to vow to him that I would NOT let him die in that shelter and myself as well as a host of people and another very good Out of state rescue stepped in to save him as well as many other people that wanted him to be safe. He was in fact spared from the gallows and was slated to go to that rescue, then abruptly that arrangement was changed and he went to a local Georgia rescue.. and thats the beginning of the spiral downwards for poor Bridges. When he was in the garage he had suffered a traumatic moment when someone tried to Muzzle the frightened dog ( not un common) and when this local GGSR tried to Muzzle him he also panicked and instead of comforting and assuring poor Bridges they threatened to euthanise him! Can you believe an animal rescue was prepared to Kill him so easily? so he was promptly returned Back to Clayton County shelter whereby someone made the decision that he would be temporarily boarded at a near by facility until he was able to be transported to rescue.
The boarding facility owner for reasons Unknown to any of us used a catch pole on BRIDGES , a device commonly used by Animal control to catch loose animals.. and His Killers story is bridges somehow bit his 5 yr. old child while resterained on this pole.. ( hightly unlikely) and he took it upon himself to shoot this poor scared dog at point blank right between the eyes two times.
This is EXCESSIVE force used upon a scared animal, in the presence of a small child who should not have been in that area to begin with. There are other measures he could have taken to control the situation,. the child was not attacked,,, and the bite was not even a serious one that needed medical attention.
I am seeking Justice for Bridges that did not deserve to die such a violent traumatic death by the hands of someone who was commissioned to Board him and provide BRIDGES this scared traumatized young Shepherd with a safe environment until he was transported to his waiting Rescue.
JOSE ORTIZ needs to be held accountable for his out of control OVER reaction to a situation that could have been easily prevented..and his dangerous use of a firearm in front of child, and needs to have his facility closed down and be restrained from being around other people's animals that they TRUST in his care indefinitely.
JOSE ORTIZ owner of PAW PRINTS Pet Transport and Foster 796 Barnetts Bridge Road ,Jackson, Georgia 30233~ 770 780 1384
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UPDATE: His Boading facility has been shut down! Vet Erica Ortiz and her husband Jose ortiz were operating illegally without a License.The Ag dpt. Of georgia after I asked them to check in to it did so and subsequently he is Not allowed to operate and hopefully they never offer him a License in the future.The Humane Society Of georgia in now involved and prsuing criminal charges of animal cruelty against them.