UPDATE APRIL 23, 2012 - BLAZE WINS!!!! (as always, click on any image for a larger view):
We won today! We won for darling Blazie!
Finally, after 8 months and endless waiting, we have had our day in court for the Miracle Girl. Blaze’s abusers are going to jail and will have to pay restitution for her medical bills. I am thrilled and exhausted and starving but I know so many of you are waiting to hear the outcome that I wanted to make sure I at least did a short post with the news for everyone.
It was a very long day. Although our appearance time was set for 1:30, they didn’t take our case until nearly 4 o’clock. Our terrific Prosecutor, Jessica Rock, got up and presented the case. Then Terry talked about American Fox Terrier Rescue and the options for rescue, and the dedication it takes to save dogs like Blaze. Her speech was truly wonderful and at some point I think it should be to put on the site for everyone to read.
Then I got up and talked about Blaze’s rescue and her long ordeal and the joy she has brought to the lives of everyone who has come in contact with her during her rescue process. I think I did okay, because when I walked back toward Terry she had tears in her eyes and Jessica gave me a thumbs up.
Then Blaze’s former owners and their attorney spoke. To say they had no excuse is an understatement. What they did was go endlessly about their financial problems, and the mother’s health issues. The woman stood up and described her acid reflux disease for 20 minutes and did not mention Blaze’s name a single time. The son got up and said he was working long shifts at Starbucks and that their cars were broken down, etc. etc...
The judge was amazing. He wants to go over all the material again and read all the letters you wonderful people sent (oy, you should have seen his face when he saw the horror pictures of Blaze when she was first rescued – Terry had them blown up and they were very graphic). He will pronounce the sentence on Friday. He has already found the people guilty and told them that they will do jail time and pay restitution. On Friday, we will hear the final details.
There’s a whole lot more of the story to tell, but let me beg off for tonight.. Tonight I will celebrate with a stiff drink, some Chinese food, and a bed full of fox terriers flopped all around me while I watch baseball.
Thank you so much for your support and your love and your prayers. We couldn’t have done it without you.
Love and kisses from
Holly & Blazie
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