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MO 500 Reunion and Memorial

Patience smiles for the crowd as Todd gives his speech.

On Saturday July 10, 2010, a significant event took place at the Humane Society of Missouri’s Macklind shelter: the first anniversary reunion of the largest dog fighting bust in the history of the United States.  There were over 200 people and over 50 dogs at the event.  Most of the dogs were rescues from the July 2009 bust, but there were also two dogs from the pre-cursor bust, the Stoddard County bust in October 2007.  Smiley King Elvis and Fiona were there, representing the Stoddard County survivors.

The festivities kicked off with a greeting from HSMO president Kathy Warnick, followed by a few words from VP of Operations Debbie Hill.  The final speaker was HSMO volunteer Todd Ribbick, who gave a stirring talk about the string of nearly impossible events that culminated in many of the rescued dogs finding homes and becoming beloved pets.  During his talk, many of the listeners started crying as they recalled the hard work and love that went into caring for the rescued dogs.  Also, I’m sure, many of those tears were shed for the dogs, those in loving homes and those not, who touched the workers’ hearts.  Following Todd’s speech, several people put ashes from beloved dogs who didn’t make it into a common box to be put into the Memorial Wall at Macklind’s facility.

Smiley King Elvis, Willis, Atlas, and Samson.

Wall of pictures from the dogs' shelter days.

The activities then moved over to the actual facility.  A special montage was shown, spanning the day of the rescue and the care of the dogs at the warehouse shelter, as well as thanking many of the people involved in the entire operation.  There were very few dry eyes after that!  Personally, I was doing okay until I saw the picture of Fay, Gale, and me.   Some memories take a long time to lose their sting.

Fatboy waits patiently for someone to give him a yummy doggie cookie.

After that, things got rocking!  Shelter workers and volunteers got reacquainted with some of the dogs who were brought there by their adopters.  Foster parents did the same.  There were tails wagging everywhere.  It was quite an impressive scene: all those rescued dogs, a year later, being loved on by people they seemed to remember from the shelter and from their foster homes.  The dogs even seemed to remember each other: perhaps they shared some sort of “group memory” of the hell they had survived and left behind.

Kona (formerly Vienna) gets a kiss from her new mommy.

In addition to the people involved with rescuing, caring for, and adopting the “Missouri 500,” newspaper and television reporters were there to cover the festivities.  Perhaps you saw some coverage on the news Saturday night.  If not, or to see more, go to http://www.fox2now.com/videobeta/a76d02f1-012b-40bb-a25c-f43c27dfd009/News/Reunion-For-Survivors-Of-Largest-Dog-Fighting-Raid-In-U-S-History.

-Dave
Co-founder, Mutts-n-Stuff

Brothers born in the warehouse shelter: Willis and Samson.

Joe Rockhead

Sir Reginald Farnsworth III got a lot of hugs.

Beautiful Stella (formerly Daffodil).

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Fay, Eli, Jakob, Junior and HSMO Bust Puppies in Riverfront Times

The Riverfront Times in St. Louis is featuring a beautiful slide show of Fay, Eli, Jakob, Junior and some of the puppies from the HSMO busts. Mutts-n-Stuff wants to thank RFT photographer Jennifer Silverburg for this wonderful piece on the dogs. Be sure to read the captions included with the pictures… they’re funny, heartwarming, and include details from each dogs’ story. Click here to go to the slide show.

Fay *photo by Jennifer Silverburg

FAY photo by Jennifer Silverburg, Riverfront Times

Mutts-n-Stuff and Fay in the News

Check out Mutts-n-Stuff, Fay, the Humane Society of Missouri, and Dr. Marcy on the local Fox station in St. Louis…

KTVI St. Louis – Watch Video

Welcome!

 Fay is one of the 400 dogs seized as part of the multi-state dog fighting bust in July of this year. Her face shows the cruelty and horrors of dog fighting. Fay has been cared for by HSMO for the last few months and is now safe and settling in with Mutts-n-Stuff. She will be the spokesdog for the Phoenix House, a half-way house for dogs rescued from fighting busts.

Fay is one of the 400 dogs seized as part of the multi-state dog fighting bust in July of this year. Her face shows the cruelty and horrors of dog fighting. Fay has been cared for by HSMO for the last few months and is now safe and settling in with Mutts-n-Stuff. She will be the spokesdog for the Phoenix House, a half-way house for dogs rescued from fighting busts.

Welcome to the world of Mutts-n-Stuff. We have been busy rescuing all types of animals since August 2000 and over the years we have focused mainly on bully breeds. Mutts is a small group based in St. Louis, MO that assists our local shelters in placement of our favorite type of dog, pit bulls. On this blog you will learn, laugh, cry, and share in the excitement of our bully friends and a cat or two. Please join us on this adventure and share your comments on the blog.

Thanks,
Gale – Founder, Mutts-n-Stuff

Smiley King Elvis is a survivor from the 2007 Stoddard County dog fighting bust. Smiley went from belly crawling submission from years of abuse, to getting his Canine Good Citizen certification and becoming a confident therapy dog. Go Smiley!

Smiley King Elvis is a survivor from the 2007 Stoddard County dog fighting bust. Smiley went from belly crawling submission from years of abuse, to getting his Canine Good Citizen certification and becoming a confident therapy dog. Go Smiley!

Phoenix was rescued from the 2007 Stoddard County dog fighting bust and was left blind by the blunt force trauma he had suffered. He now enjoys a life of love, safety, and happiness at The Cottage, a prototype for the Phoenix House.
Phoenix was rescued from the 2007 Stoddard County dog fighting bust and was left blind by the blunt force trauma he had suffered. He now enjoys a life of love, safety, and happiness at The Cottage, a prototype for the Phoenix House.