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Recall the maltese dog 'breeder' who severely abused them?

by Angeline Booher / September 14, 2004 11:52 PM PDT

This is the one who gave Viagra to the studs.

She was found guilty on all counts. Unfortunately, her crimes occurred before the animal abuse law was strengthened. I think the judge did the best he could under the existing law.

There will be a "restitution" hearing later. There were many complaints that the pups sold were inferior and fraught with health problems.

The Franklin dog breeder accused of abusing more than 200 Maltese dogs has been sentenced. A judge sentenced Jennifer Siliski to 10 days in jail on Monday night. During the sentencing, Judge R.E. Lee Davies told Siliski that he couldn't believe she thought she had done nothing wrong.

http://www.wkrn.com/Global/story.asp?S=2300597&nav=1ugBQu9F

Angeline
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$91,000
by James Denison / September 15, 2004 1:49 AM PDT

$91,000 for 10 months care for 200 dogs is about $500 per dog per year cost. Were the people taking care of these dogs volunteers or were they getting paid? If they were being paid, then I guess the cost isn't excessive.

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Re: $91,000
by Angeline Booher / September 15, 2004 3:38 AM PDT
In reply to: $91,000

They were all strictly volunteers, James, and were not paid. The cost came out of their own pockets.

The vet (several of them - there were 200 that needed it, and others that died.) Their bills mostly for medications, Xrays, etc- not their time. That care is included in amount, and was required after the dogs were rescued.

She was arrested around April, the trial took about a week, so lawyer and court costs are included.

I know my vet sometimes asks for foster care, and, again, those who do it are not paid.

Rescue agencies here put their dogs in the care of private volunteer citizens in order to evaluate temperment, getting along with other animals and kids. They are not paid.

Angeline
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It seems then the bill is a bit stuffed.
by James Denison / September 15, 2004 4:21 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: $91,000

What are these type dogs expected to bring at auction and will they be "papered"? If the cost was that much, maybe the worst ones should have been put down, rather than running up a huge bill on them. Will all the charges be itemized? I'm not defending the breeder, but can't help wonder if maybe some of the charges were due to attempts to garner evidence rather than simply to treat the dogs. If that's the case, then that part of it should be charged to the prosecutor's office.

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Re: It seems then the bill is a bit stuffed.
by Angeline Booher / September 15, 2004 6:05 AM PDT

The bills were paid by the county (except her lawyer).

Maltese around here go for $250- $350. But these are "puppy mill" dogs, so won't bring very much.

Some of the dogs were put down. Some were dead when found. Some died right away, and that takes a medication to do. There were more than 200 in her house when found.

I reckon that if a dog's life was worth saving, they tried.

Part of the cost will be covered by the many donations the county received. The county will have to eat the rest.

This woman lives in a very upscale neighborhood. She has money. Apparently she didn't think she had enough.

"As you have done this to the less of me....."

Angeline
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