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Happy Tails: Meant to be - The Coach and his dog

Not a coincidence. The Story of Hazard and the man whose become his fast friend: "The starving dog, close to death, was given a new life with a loving home. The amazing thing is that Abe had wanted Hazard while he was at the shelter and he just happened to come to the farm and there he was. This is more than just a coincidence. It goes to prove that if it's meant to be - it's meant to be. Proof that things work out for a reason." - Peg Schaeffer. With a rallying cry to get incoming Kentucky legislature to change laws which allow Kentucky to be known as the Best State in the Nation to be an Animal Abuser. Click on headline for story with photo(s)
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By Peg Schaeffer

Meant to be

I received a phone call from a woman who was very concerned about three dogs living in her neighborhood. The dogs were all chained and were not being cared for properly. They were skinny and unkempt and she wanted me to investigate. I don't have the authority to inspect living conditions, so I told her she needed to contact the Sheriff's office.

By the time they were able to research the situation one of the dogs had died. The remaining two were in critical condition. The owner was arrested and the dogs were taken to the Green River Animal Shelter pending the court case. While they were at the shelter they received proper care and medical attention. They were unavailable for adoption until the results of the court case were final.

The person who had reported the abuse stayed in contact with me and asked if the dogs could be released to the rescue. I was more than happy to help. She paid to have the two remaining dogs - Izzy, a female Beagle and Hazard, a male Pit Bull altered and I brought them to the farm when the case was over.

A few weeks after the dogs were at the farm a man came to see dogs available for adoption. His name was Abe Cross and he was the Wrestling Coach at Lindsey Wilson College. As he stood by the fence observing the dogs he saw Hazard.

He proceeded to tell me about a dog that looked just like Hazard that was at the shelter. He wanted to adopt the dog, but they told him he was on court hold. Hazard WAS the dog from the shelter.

Abe adopted Hazard and they have become best friends.

The starving dog, close to death, was given a new life with a loving home. The amazing thing is that Abe had wanted Hazard while he was at the shelter and he just happened to come to the farm and there he was. This is more than just a coincidence. It goes to prove that if it's meant to be - it's meant to be. Proof that things work out for a reason.

If you're wondering what happened to the owner who neglected these dogs - nothing. He moved out of the county and the charges were dropped. He has since returned to the area and is free to starve more dogs.

Kentucky ranks last in the nation for animal protection laws. Not a statistic to be proud of.

It is extremely important that we make the animals' voices be heard!

On February 14th, animal activists will come together in the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort to speak for those who can't speak for themselves. Kentucky ranks last in the nation for protection against animal cruelty because of "inadequate or non-existent protection laws." Because of sub-par laws relating to these issues, Kentucky has unfortunately been declared one of the "best states to be an animal abuser"!

By attending Humane Lobby Day in Frankfort, you can tell the "powers that be" in state government that animals are more important to us than law currently reflects.

The agenda for the day includes time from 10am to noon to meet with state legislators, a break for lunch until 12:45pm, followed by a rally and press conference from 1pm to 2pm (Time zone will be posted when found - CM). Please plan to attend this very important event on behalf of all animals.

Until we make it known that animal protection laws in Kentucky are unacceptable as they stand, nothing about them will change. You can go to: to find out more about Humane Lobby Day.

If you would like to participate sign up. We have many people from the area who travel to the Capitol for this event and I'm sure a car pool can be arranged. Please join us - there is strength in numbers. If you are unable to attend but have any concerns please contact me. I'll be glad to state your views when I attend the conference. If you can't attend Humane Lobby Day you can help by writing a letter of concern or calling your representatives and insist they support bills to reduce the abuse of animals. We don't want Kentucky to be the best state to be an animal abuser.

This story was posted on 2013-01-13 07:14:22
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Happy Tails: The story of Hazard

2013-01-13 - Sugarfoot Farm Rescue, 860 Sparksville Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Peg Schaeffer. Hazard, upper dog, and his dog pal, Molly, enjoyed a Sugarfoot Farm Rescue stay together. Hazard, was a victim of abuse, on court hold during his time at Green River Animal Shelter and at Sugarfoot. How he met his fast friend and is now at a permanent home was Meant to Be, Peg Schaeffer says, not just a lucky coincidence.
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