Sunday, January 20, 2013

The Fantastic Four: All Dogs Are Safe

Four Danish celebrities decided enough is enough. They paid a visit to the puppy mill and sat down with the owner's daughter and son-in-law, and convinced them the dogs should leave now. They then called in police and "Dyrenes Beskyttelse", who moved all the dogs over to the shelter in Roskilde, where they were reunited with the dogs already rescued last Tuesday.

What a finale. Heroes came to the rescue. Who are those amazing people? Meet The Fantastic Four: Sanne Salomonsen, Lise Steinhausen, Anne Campbell and Mikael Tzunami. We can't thank you enough for what you did, I am deeply touched by your actions, making such a heroic act to wait not a minute longer, and save the last remaining dogs from that hell on earth.

The news came out on Facebook first, and while I write this, rumors and facts are added to the story. The story doesn't seem - almost 24 hours later - to have hit the press yet. We have to wait for more news on how the health of the dogs is and how they are doing. Apparently it was when The Fantastic Four read the interview from the vet of "Dyrenes Beskyttelse", in which she made a huge shout out, that it is incomprehensible this has been going on in Denmark for 10 years - what triggered them to act.

The puppy mill owner tried earlier on the day to move five dogs to another address, but that was discovered, and The Fantastic Four made sure that those dogs were seized too. Both Anne Campbell on Facebook and Mikael Tzunami on youtube, confirmed that all dogs are rescued, and Mikael explicitly mentions the five. The police must be glad to hear this, because trying to hide the dogs in another properties is, again, a criminal act. The list is getting longer and longer now for the puppy mill owner.

So here the first chapter of this story ends. The dogs are rescued, and also before the feared date of February 1. In just over a week, it touched people like you and me. In Denmark and all over the world. And not just touched, but made us act as well. Yesterday I called it a grassroots movement, growing its own legs and out of control. Today when we finish the first chapter, it is more like a revolution of the people. Where authorities and police didn't act, and (inter)national media was silent, people took over and did what they know was right. With the result that all dogs are safe today.

It is time to celebrate, and I will make a toast for all of you, and to The Fantastic Four. Earlier today I took a walk with Kenzo & Viva - picture on the left. Seeing them romping around fills me with so much more joy and happiness today than usual, knowing all their rescued friends are doing exactly the same today, for the first time in their lives. I am sure you have similar feelings when you look at your own dog today.

When we finished celebrating, we can open the next chapter, to make sure the puppy mill is closed down once and for all, and cannot make a come-back as they did in the past. Or that another one could fill their void. We'll open that next chapter soon, first, let's celebrate.

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For the latest and how you can help, visit the page Stop Danish Hovawart Puppy Mill.




13 comments:

  1. Great news! Big congratulations to everyone involved.

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  2. I live in Holland and don't know any of the fantasic 4. Doesn't matter because I do have the feeling that I dó know you: you and all the other people who put an effort in this, have their heart on the right place and therefore a wellmeant THANKS

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    1. You are welcome Yvonne, thanks for the shout out!

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  3. This IS SO GOOD !!! It shows that we CAN change things, if we act together! THANK You to the persons who started this campaign and to all the people, who made it come true!!

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  4. Hooray! I'm so happy for all of the dogs and I love it when celebrities that can make a difference take action. Bravo!!

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  5. Great news at last. Bravo bravo to all those who helped. Let us now hope they are banned from having any dogs. Have a super satisfying Sunday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  6. Wonderful wonderful news x

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  7. Just magic. And now to finish the bottle of wine I started last night! A super piece of writing to finish this chapter. :-)

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  8. What great news! It sounds like a fairy tale ending to this chapter!

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  9. Great work Leo! I'm thrilled that there are celebrities around still who use their fame in good ways, and not to encourage others to accessorize by stuffing puppies into purses ;) Cheers! X

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  10. Fantastic news, Leo!! What a wonderful outcome ;) So interesting to hear that people rather than authorities actually got the job done - <3 that!

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  11. You definitely deserve to savor this, Leo! You did an amazing job of raising awareness of the situation and garnering support for the dogs. It's a wonderful ending to the first chapter of this story. Nice work!

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