Thursday, October 3, 2013

Houston TX & beyond: Amicus Brief - Lira v Greater Houston German Shepherd Dog Rescue

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Hi all,

We all need to be in on this and this case is not getting much backing from the rescue community, per the attorney below.

Please support this action if not to protect rescue, then do it for the thousands of animals that will be killed do to the implications of the case.  We have got to unite and step up are so much will be lost.   Please forward to all dog and cat rescues and even horse rescue you know.

LMN Feline Rescue

Dear Rescue and Shelter Organizations -
You may have been keeping up with the Lira v Greater Houston German Shepherd Dog Rescue case, and may be aware that the District Court found against the GHGSDR, holding that the dog, which was transferred from the City of Houston to GHGSDR after the hold time had properly expired, was NOT the property of GHGSDR, but rather that the dog remained the property of the prior owners. 
The implications for shelters, rescues, and adopters are obvious.  According to THIS court, a prior owner could show up, and have superior rights to the dog, so a rescue or adopter would never really be the true owner. 
The case was appealed to clarify whether the trial court erredPlease see the attached Amicus Brief to be filed in the Appeal on behalf of GHGSDR, and if you feel so motivated, you are welcome to be part of the Amici Group. 
The outcome of the Appeal will most definitely affect live release rates at every shelter, public or private, and the intake strategy of every rescue organization in the state, some rescues having already limited intake to Owner Surrender Only, no shelter cats or dogs that came to a shelter as a stray.   As well as every adopter would be affected, not knowing whether some person claiming to be a prior owner would have superior rights to the animal, and would sue the adopter. 
Should your organization wish to become an Amici, here is the information to do so:
A RESCUE or SHELTER (gov't or private) that wishes to be part of the Amici Group referenced in the attached Brief, should submit via email to a short statement containing the following information:
  1. Subject line should read  "Amici Group Member – Lira"
  2. Message should contain a statement that they want to be a part of the amici group in the appeal of the Lira case, and;
  3. the formal name of their organization, and;
  4. their name and position (it will need to be an officer or board member, or someone conferred with the authority to represent the organization, not a general volunteer who has not been given formal authority to "speak for" the organization)
No other information needs to be in the message, and please note that the messages will be kept as verification of permission to add your organization to the Brief.
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