APRIL 26th UPDATE: The responses sent to the chief of police were SO OVERWHELMING that right now he is very upset because of the emails. We are trying to HELP Pat, not hurt her case or make him backlash against her! So we are removing the information from the original post to contact the chief of police. INSTEAD, we are asking for people to please send your emails to Pat’s friend at Fourleggourmet@aol.com. She will collect the emails and present them to the Board on Tuesday!!!
I had the fortunate opportunity to learn about a wonderful woman and fellow animal lover, Pat Colsher. What she has done for animals is amazing. Her friends have pointed out that in addition to the dogs Pat currently owns that she’s saved, she’s also assisted dog owners with many issues. This sweet lady offers her services at no charge, including minor grooming tasks and behavior advice and all around wonderful support and encouragement. Pat has saved at least 47 dogs. She owns five.
But now, due to neighbors who complain that the dogs bark, and the City of South Charleston, West Virginia’s “two dog limit”, the City is trying to take her dogs away from her. Yet two of her dogs are service dogs!
Pat has had serious medical issues for as long as she can remember. Due to a traumatic childhood, she has been disgnosed with severe PTSD, recurrent major depression and generalized anxiety disorder. She has been treated since childhood with varying degrees of success. When Pat is functioning, she supports herself as a freelance writer. She has not been able to work since the trauma of losing her beloved dogs – her babies.
Pat’s dog Tavi helps her with balance. She had a torn meniscus from a fall in February, so her knee goes out suddenly. That is just one of the reasons she needs her dogs, to keep her from falling. Her service dogs are also trained to help with her night terrors, flashbacks, and fear of leaving her home. They distract her from self-injurious behaviour.
Regarding the neighbors complaining about her dogs barking, Pat admits yes, they bark, when a neighbor walks past her window or when someone knocks on her door. Isn’t that what dogs typically do? And isn’t the warning bark of a dog a good thing for a woman who lives alone and becomes frightened when people come to her door?
All Pat asks is to be able to keep her two service dogs and three dogs that are elderly and/or have health and behavioral problems. One is a beagle boy who was horribly abused after someone shoved a pipe down his throat to “debark” him. Gracie is a boxer mix who came from a domestic violence situation and was skin and bones when Pat saved her. And Mike, a puppy mill beagle who was bred almost to death. Mike is now elderly as is her service dog, Regis, who was on the short list to be killed. When she got him he had so many parasites that his red cell morphology was completely screwed up. He had been hit by a car, shot and had infected ears. Tavi, her other service dog, also came from a high kill facility. He had been kicked in the head and had broken and infected teeth, had massive ear infections, a urinary infection and had such bad skin infections on his face that the fur will never grow back – it is all scar tissue. The photo above is of Scooby, one of the dogs Pat loved and cared for until he passed away.
These are the dogs that South Charleston wants to take from Pat. How cruel is this city?
PLEASE EVERYONE. We are asking for your help in letting Pat keep her dogs, her “babies”.
Please send an email directed to the chief of police/animal control officer by emailing Pat’s friend at Fourleggourmet@aol.com. She will collect the emails and present them to the Board on Tuesday!!! Ask the chief of police to let Pat Colsher her keep one dog over the city limit, the other two are service dogs! Time is of the essence!! A board meeting will be held on Tuesday morning.
Pat is a responsible pet owner. She loves her dogs. And more importantly, she needs her dogs to be able to cope with her everyday life!
Please share Pat’s story. In a world where so many people throw away their pets so callously, abandoning them in kill shelters or on deserted roads, here is one woman who is doing the right thing, by loving and trying so desperately to keep the dogs she’s saved, and who in turn have saved her!