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Survivors from animal rescue up for adoption

Posted April 9, 2010

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— A half-dozen dogs rescued from a Zebulon home last week are up for adoption, a Wake County spokeswoman said Thursday.

The dogs were among 100 animals seized March 30 from a Zebulon home. The conditions at the home were so bad that most of the animals did not survive, authorities said.

Their owners, Johnny and Mary Morton, were charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty.

The dogs are available for adoption Wake County Animal Control Center. They have heartworm, which is treatable, said Wake County Public Affairs Manager Sarah Williamson-Baker.

The animal shelter is also looking for donations to help with the dogs' veterinary expenses, she said.

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  • Garnerian Apr 9, 2010

    Was this case not about neglect? I understand where you come from and believe me when I say if I saw someone torturing an animal I would try my best to stop it. I'm not an animal hater. I guess its how bad they treat the animals I guess. Some people just arent right in the head and should be in a mental institution. They need help to do that just to be mean.

  • magsgundah Apr 9, 2010

    "I'm all for taking care of your pets but when you would choose to ruin a persons life over an animal I see something wrong with that picture. "

    The criminal chose to ruin his or her own life.

    A person's life outranks an animal's; I'd save my worst enemy before my own dogs - and I love my dogs more than I like most people. But, once a person decides to torture an animal, they most certainly should be charged with a felony.

    Neglect is a misdemeanor, torturous abuse should be a felony.

    It's not about valuing the human over the dog - but that doesn't mean that we get to treat them however we choose because they're lesser beings. Torturing an animal should be a felony because it's torture.

  • rescuefan Apr 9, 2010

    If you want to think your dogs don't love you, so be it. I am very comfortable knowing that my dogs love me unconditionally. They are not my children, I have never suggested that they were. But that doesn't mean that they don't feel love. And it sure doesn't mean that I don't feel love right back.

    I happen to have therapy dogs and I volunteer with them, so I don't think you could say that I value dogs above people. Well, above some people, like the woman who suffocated two of her babies or those horrible people who raped the 7 year old little girl or the disgusting mom who sold her 5 year old into prostitution. My dogs are definitely more valuable than those people.

  • Garnerian Apr 9, 2010

    rescuefan:

    Go back and read my post. I'm all for taking care of your pets. And what I said was correct. I also said there should be punishment for animal abuse but I dont think an animals life is worth the same as a humans. If you do then that's fine too I guess.

  • rescuefan Apr 9, 2010

    "Thank you! I'm sick of these people who think animals are more important than humans.
    Groovy"

    Where is anyone thinking animals are more important than people? They are living beings, though, and deserve to not be starved and/or tortured.

    As for Cesar Milan, he also doesn't believe in beating or torturing an animal and is active in helping fight animal cruelty. He has never said that a dog doesn't love his owners, either. He HAS said that what some people think is love is the dog trying to own the person. If you are citing his show, at least cite it properly. Or understand what he is actually saying.

  • Anonymouse1 Apr 9, 2010

    Anyone who could mistreat an animal is not someone you want to trust. Don't they say many serial killers started out torturing and killing animals? This article says animal rescue...does this mean they had good intentions but weren't going about them the correct way/bit off more than they can chew or were these people actively abusing the animals? It's horrible most did not survive.

    And Groovy-its not that people think animals are more important than humans..its more like life/innocence is valuable and is something to be protected, very much like children.

  • WF Zookeeper Apr 9, 2010

    So how do you stop someone from ever owning another animal? The same way you stop people from driving by taking away their license - it's not possible! And they ruined their own lives by mistreating animals. Many people that abuse people started by abusing animals. And I have a child and pets! And my child has two children - and pets! And both of us would defend our children and our pets because there are people like Garnerian who just don't get it!

  • Garnerian Apr 9, 2010

    They don't know why you are hurting them and they can not defend themselves. Just like a child.

    Do you even have children? And I promise if you tried to hurt my dogs they could easily defend themselves. Problem with people treating animals like people is they are not people. Ever watch the dog wisperer? He teaches people to treat them as dogs. They have a different mentality than us. You see it as loving on you and they see it as owning you. I'm all for taking care of your pets but when you would choose to ruin a persons life over an animal I see something wrong with that picture. I see punishment for the crime as being a misd. That is good enough knowing they will never be allowed to own another pet.

  • eternalrage83 Apr 9, 2010

    Human or other wise I think it is horrible to knowingly torture another living creature. I think what makes people so angry when it happens to animals normally thought of as pets (dogs, cats, etc) is that they are short of like children in the way that they are blindly trusting of there masters, dogs especially, and it is a sickening thought to think about someone hurting something just for their own amusement that's only crime in the world is wanting to love you. They don't know why you are hurting them and they can not defend themselves. Just like a child.

  • Groovy Apr 9, 2010

    "felony for harming an animal? If people cared more about thier own species the world would be a better place." Thank you! I'm sick of these people who think animals are more important than humans.

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