Project Remedy Update



In early March, LCHS sought out help in the form of foster homes and donations for a rescue referred to as "Project Remedy".

At that time, we had just responded to a situation with well over 50 animals in desperate need. Following a call from a Deputy at the Liberty County Sheriff's Office (LCSO), we visited two properties with conditions not suitable for any animal to live on. Unfortunately, the people involved were no strangers to several animal rescue organizations in North Florida who have tried to help in the past. With no local animal control or shelter, LCHS responded with the help of the LCSO.

After a stress filled day, we headed back to Tallahassee with a car full of animals, 15 to be exact. We drove back quietly holding in the tears for the ones that we weren't able to save that day. As rescuers, we have no authority to remove an owned animal from a negative situation without permission from the owner. Instead, we often must rely on the complicated act of working with the very people who are the cause of overbreeding, neglect, and abuse. Swallowing one's pride becomes an art when lives are at stake. After tending to the care of 15 very sick animals for several days at our location, we rejoiced as they began their individual roads to recovery and one by one were placed in loving foster homes. Another trip back three weeks later changed the tone of this rescue. The pet owners refused to cooperate any further and surrendered just one cat, as if it was of less worth to them than the dogs chained up around the property or the newborn kittens we were told were inside the home.

Following that second trip, we called upon the ASPCA for assistance and the next two months consisted of networking between LCSO, LCHS, and the ASPCA. All of that hard work paid off less than two weeks ago when the ASPCA and LCSO rescued 55 animals from the properties involved and 4 arrests were made. LCSO should be commended for seeing this case through. With no local resources to help with circumstances involving animals, this was relatively new territory for the law enforcement involved. None of the 71 animals that were rescued from this situation since March would have found comfort had that initial Deputy not gone the extra mile and reached out for help.

The Southeast Regional Director for the ASPCA Investigations Division was more than generous with his time and guidance even before the ASPCA becoming involved was a real possibility. He eventually took over as the lead for this case and led their team in to rescue, investigate, document, and treat the animals removed from the property. This case should stand as a testament to how many awesome people are invested in doing the right thing in the lives of animals, and how far we still have to go. Of the 16 animals that entered the care of LCHS, 13 have been adopted, 2 are awaiting their forever homes, and one cat died due to medical issues stemming from his past neglect. There are animals in situations such as this all over the world as well as in our neck of the woods and too often we don't know about them until it's too late. Without the dedication and teamwork of those involved, Project Remedy could have ended much differently.


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