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Greencastle couple's dog to appear on 'Animal Cops'

July 16, 2008|By DON AINES

GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- It's a dog's life for the eight canines wandering about the property of Terry and Bobbie McIntyre.

Some lounged under the dappled shade of a tree, while others beat the heat of a July afternoon dog paddling in the couple's pool.

Looking closer, though, it is evident life was not always so easy on these animals.

Ashley is a happy-looking mutt, a Great Dane-German shepherd mix, Bobbie McIntyre believes. But the dog has pink and black scars about its head and shoulders, the result of being doused with hot cooking oil, she said.

Ashley's story will be the subject of a segment of "Animal Cops: Philadelphia" that premieres at 10 p.m. Thursday on Animal Planet, Bobbie McIntyre said.

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Terry McIntyre said the couple attended a rally in Harrisburg, Pa., in May to support anti-tethering legislation for dogs. That is where they met Ashley, who was in the company of Howard Nelson, chief executive officer of the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Ashley had been chained to a dog box in a Philadelphia backyard when she was injured in January, Bobbie McIntyre said. The former owners failed to take the dog to a veterinarian and eventually she seized by the PSPCA, Bobbie McIntyre said.

The couple does not know all the particulars of the case, but the former owners apparently claimed it was an accident, she said. They were charged with animal cruelty and neglect but the cruelty charge was dismissed, she said.

"We're going to learn as much about the case as anybody when we see the show Thursday," she said.

"Of course, Ashley, she doesn't want to talk about it," Bobbie joked.

Most of the other dogs the McIntyres own have sad stories of their own to tell - if they could.

Dakota, a cocker spaniel, gets around on three legs after losing one in an encounter with a train, Bobbie McIntyre said. Winston, a brown Labrador mix, was one of the thousands of pets left homeless by Hurricane Katrina; Bobo spent 10 years chained to a golf cart; and Job can barely get around on hind legs crippled when he was hit by a car.

The McIntyes are members of Dogs Deserve Better, a national organization supporting legislation to outlaw permanently chaining dogs outside. They also support legislation to regulate puppy mills in Pennsylvania, Bobbie McIntyre said

Chained dogs are at greater risk of dying from the heat or cold, or being attacked by other dogs or animals, she said. Dogs that are always tethered also tend to become more aggressive, she said.

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