UPDATE 7/29/11 2:00 p.m.: Left a voicemail for Altoona Dog Law Officer Mike Daversa in hopes of updating readers on the status of the investigation. According to the Remmy Facebook page, the investigation into this matter has been reopened. Will update when new information is received.
Where to begin?
First, we were all horrified by the initial story of Remmy that appeared on Facebook. Seven-month-old pit bull Remmy’s penis had been wrapped up by his owners and tied with electrical tape to prevent him from impregnating their female dog, said a note on Facebook. According to the Altoona Mirror, that’s not the case.
In the article, it states that Central Pennsylvania Humane Society investigator Paul Gotshall and Altoona Dog Law Officer Mike Daversa assert that Remmy suffers from a medical condition called paraphimosis, which means he is unable to retract an erection. Remmy’s owners, Ashley Boyle and Bryan Sharpes, took it into their own hands to remedy Remmy, said the Mirror article, by wrapping up his penis with an Ace bandage. But this isn’t being viewed as abuse, despite the fact that Remmy ended up bleeding profusely and needed stitches. A veterinary visit that cost $150, said Remmy’s temporary caretakers, who have not been reimbursed. A so-called friend of the family claims the veterinarian didn’t charge anything for the visit. And the owners claimed that the genital bleeding was caused by their other dog biting at Remmy’s wound.
Then we have to factor in the owners’ house fire. Boyle and Sharpes told the news that their other pit bull, Buddy, was a hero for saving them from a fire in their home. But this “hero dog” was put up for sale on Craigslist — by his owners! Why would the owners want to sell the dog that saved the lives of not only them, but their children and their other dogs?
The oddest part is that the Altoona news station gave a very different explanation earlier for Remmy’s “condition”:
Thank you for your e-mail. We have investigated this information and spoken with Animal Control in Blair County and it appears there is some misinformation that is being spread about this dog. The owner of the dog is the victim of a house fire, and the wounds to the dog appear to be a result of the fire. According to Animal Control investigators, there is no incident of abuse in this case.
Not many people bought the fire story. They questioned why Remmy’s genitals would be the only thing on him that was affected. They asked why the owners didn’t report that anyone (human or canine) had been hurt in the fire when they spoke to the news. Then we heard the next explanation: fleas.
On the Facebook page created for Remmy called This is Remmy Help HIM, a status was posted by the page admin that read:
OK folks let me state some facts… as I know them…Remmy had tape on his private parts holding on a bandage because he had been bitten badly by fleas….He chewed it up injuring his privates, owners not knowledgeable and poor.
But…wait…I thought their other dog was the one biting Remmy’s genitals? Now it was Remmy biting at himself?
And now, as I’m writing this article, a very interesting post was shared by the page admin on the Facebook page for Remmy:
I am here to tell you, that everything the mirror posted was completely untrue. And I would really like to get this out. I am telling you the complete truth. ILL TAKE A FREAKING LIE DETECTOR TEST FOR GODS SAKE. How is it possible to tell the truth when they NEVER got back to me to hear what i seen first hand and what i had to do to help this animal?!
So what are we supposed to think at this point? The owners of this dog clearly don’t have the money to care for their dogs’ medical needs, which is why they attempted a home remedy for Remmy’s genital issue. If we can overlook that, what about the fact that we didn’t hear about this condition until two other stories (fire and fleas) failed to satisfy the masses that were concerned about him? Why was he muzzled instead of a more humane Elizabethan collar to stop him from messing up his bandaged wound? Why wasn’t the other dog muzzled for biting at Remmy’s wound? Also, an admin of the Remmy page said she left many calls for the Altoona Mirror and they weren’t returned; it appears that the newspaper only interviewed Boyles and Sharpes for their side of the story.
Do we have any of the real facts here?
So many questions and not enough answers, but apparently the Altoona authorities feel comfortable that Remmy is fine in his current home. What do you think?
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