Myakka City, Florida – In the ongoing battle of a controversial small-town shelter to place its remaining dogs, Buddies Rescue has undergone professional assessments by Jim Crosby of Jacksonville. The final reports arrived yesterday.
The assessments came as a result of widespread scrutiny over whether or not the Buddies dogs were even adoptable or healthy enough. These assessments were made to determine the animals true condition and temperament, as well as who their best adopter might be.
Crosby has professionally trained dogs and taught individual and group obedience classes since 1999. He also teaches safe handling and rehabilitation of Dangerous Dogs and Investigation of Fatal and Serious Dog Attacks to police, animal control agencies, and others across the US and Canada. Agencies he has taught include: National Animal Control Association, Florida Animal Control Association, Alabama Animal Control Association, Alabama Animal Control Certification Academy, Calgary (Alberta) Animal Control, Alberta Bylaw and Animal Control Officers’ Association. Among a long list of credentials, Crosby is recognized as an expert in the US and Canada on Dangerous Dogs, canine aggression, fatal dog attacks, and related issues (court recognized in 13 state courts and 1 Federal District Court), and as such has performed evaluations on alleged Dangerous Dogs for various legal cases and jurisdictions. He has personally investigated, on scene, 13 fatal dog attacks on humans and has, post-attack, evaluated 40 dogs that have attacked and killed humans. He has also worked in disaster recovery, including Hurricane Katrina.
Here are the links to the reports on each available dog:
Annabelle ,Baby Boy, Ben, Boomer, Bruce, Brutus, Bull, Daisy, Duke, Haze, Keeto, King, Lilly, Luke, Max, Mika, Mojo, Roc, Sadie, Samson, Sassy, Shredder, Slyfer, Sunshine, Tank, Zakiah
My purpose was to simply go in [to Buddies] and assess each dog and let the rescues make up their own mind. There is potential for each of of these dogs depending on how much effort someone wants to put in….the rescues have their own criteria. I’m trying to paint the clearest picture that I can of the behavior of each of these dogs so that they can be matched to the best adopter.
For his part, Keith Wandell, owner of Buddies Rescue, stated that he is “more than pleased” with the assessments
The assessments were extremely valid. Jim gave the overall assessments and they match what I’ve been saying all along, none of these dogs can go to novice adopters, they have to be carefully matched to their new owners. The climate isn’t the same, with rescue, as it once was. Liability is such a huge issue. Every placement can be successful, you just have to be careful and match the animal with the right person. We here at Buddies were the only rescue that was brave enough to take these dogs when no one else would.
When asked about the condition of the Buddies Rescue facility, Crosby shared that it is adequate.
The days that I was there and what I observed, the facility meets the standards mandated by the State of Florida. There is no apparent neglect, there is clean potable water and food always available, the flooring and shelters are adequate. Keith has limited resources, he isn’t a Best Friends Sanctuary, but Best Friends has millions of dollars, Keith doesn’t. He’s not in violation of the law. Animal Control has been there many times and they do have the right, by law, to seize animals. It is all in the public record what the violations were.
Crosby added that the overall condition of the animals is also good.
A couple of the dogs were a bit underweight, not seriously, slightly, but it is only because they are extremely high energy dogs. I don’t look at breed or background. I look at what is in front of me and each dog starts with a clean slate and I evaluate from there. I saw nothing that prompted me to say that any of these dogs need to be put down. All have potential, it depends on how much resources are available.
According to Crosby, he took over 300 photographs of the available dogs.
Wandell stated that code enforcement has been in touch with him and he has decided not to unincorporate. He is a registered “not for profit” but not a 501(c)3. He said if he unincorporates he will have to stop taking dogs on a commercial basis. As for the code enforcement violations, there are buildings on the property that will, according to Wandell, have to be torn down:
This is really too bad, as it eliminates close to 4,000 square feet that would be perfect to house the dogs. We will have to start from scratch.
Donations have completely stopped, according to Wandell. He’s hoping that these assessments will reassure people enough to enable them to now come forward to adopt these dogs.
Crosby perhaps said it best:
I’d really like to see these guys get adopted. Some have issues, yes, but I don’t see any of the issues as being insurmountable.
Anyone interested in adopting one of these deserving animals should contact Buddies Rescue: 941.322.9592