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Las Lomas K9 Rescue attends ‘No Kill’ conference
Volunteers of Las Lomas K9 Rescue & Adoption Foundation (LLK9) joined close to 200 other animal advocates on Sept. 20 for “Roadmap to No Kill,” a conference hosted by Talk About It San Antonio, a campaign focused on bringing organizations such as the Alamo Area Partners for Animal Welfare and the City of San Antonio Animal Care Services together to achieve a “No Kill” status in San Antonio.
The conference featured special guest speaker Mike Arms of the Helen Woodward Animal Center in San Diego, Calif.
While working at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in New York in the ’60s, the stress of witnessing horrors that mankind perpetrated against animals became too much for Mike, so he gave them his resignation notice.
With only six days left on the job, he received a call that there was a dog hit by a car in the Bronx. Mike drove an ambulance out to the accident scene to discover a shepherd/terrier mix lying in the street nearly bent in half from a broken back.
As he approached the injured dog, two men came out of a doorway and asked him what he was doing. Mike calmly explained he was taking the dog to the hospital. The men told him he wasn’t taking the dog anywhere because they were taking bets on how long it would take the dog to die. Mike told the men they were sick and when he turned to pick up the injured dog, the two men attacked him and knocked him unconscious with a baseball bat and stabbed him with a knife. As he lay in the street, the little dog, which should not have been able to move, crawled to Mike’s side to lick him awake. He vowed then to spend his life protecting animals.
His words of encouragement were educational and inspirational, especially to the Las Lomas volunteers in attendance.
LLK9 took on the project of reducing the number of dogs euthanized at the Floresville K9 Holding Facility early this year. Dogs are posted in the Wilson County News under the Lost/Found Classified section in hopes of reuniting pets with their owners. Visit http://www.dogsrus.org.
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