Give a dog a home

There are 39 comments on the Stamford Advocate story from Aug 14, 2009, titled Give a dog a home. In it, Stamford Advocate reports that:

Bobby Taylor of Thomaston waits for a Wheaten Terrier Mix puppy to be taken out of its cage.

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Chris in Bpt

Glen Cove, NY

#22 Aug 18, 2009
I got my cats for free.

Since: Sep 08

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#23 Aug 18, 2009
Delette Corwel wrote:
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This is an absolutely false statement. We adopt out chihuahuas, shi-tzu's, shepherds, hounds, etc. in New Haven, CT. Of course we have pit bulls too, which are wonderful dogs.
There are all types of dogs available, but the small ones
go fast. That was my experience when looking to adopt.
I found a big Chihuahua at the SPCA in Monroe and had
a good experience there. Three and a half years later,
she's the sweetest little dog!

Since: Sep 08

Location hidden

#24 Aug 18, 2009
Pleasure Beach Lover wrote:
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There are all types of dogs available, but the small ones
go fast. That was my experience when looking to adopt.
I found a big Chihuahua at the SPCA in Monroe and had
a good experience there. Three and a half years later,
she's the sweetest little dog!
RUSSELL....

Have fun with your little peanut icons....It's hilarious!

Don't forget the lemons!
JuJuBee

United States

#25 Aug 18, 2009
Dog Lover wrote:
After visiting SPCA's event last Friday in Stamford, I was chocked of seeing how the adoptions were conducted. No questions asked about the new owners work schedule or home situation.I have adopted from other shelters before, and this uninterest in what kind of homes the dogs will go to surprised me and is unheard of. No reference check, just anybody can go in and get a dog, as long as the pay.
There was a sick dog laying on display in the hot tent in front of the plastic windows. The sun was shining in on the poor dog and it was at least 90 degrees where the dog was laying. The dog could not move by himself and nobody else did either. It was heartbraking to see.
This sick dog was on display to race money for medical treatment for a skin disease.They should have left the dog at home and had a picture and story about him posted instead.
I really hope that the dogs were not on display in the hot tent on Saturday and Sunday as well, as it was even hotter. If they did, I think that is animal cruelty. I left feeling that there are not the right intensions and feelings behind this whole operation.Unfortunately.
You should write to PetSmart and tell them what you saw and how appalled you were that they would lower themselves to host this horrible rescue group which is not a rescue group at all. Mention that it disgusted you so much that you will never shop there again.
I was shocked when I saw they were having the SPCA of CT there. I've already written my letter. I want to see this animal abuser in jail where he belongs.
ITHINK4MYSELF

Medellín, Colombia

#26 Aug 20, 2009
Pleasure Beach Lover wrote:
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Hey RUSSELL lover,
How do you know that Fred is on the phone or computer all day?
How do you know that he is not? BTW, RUSSELL is dead on about a lot of things. Rather than taking proper care of the animals he HAS, he is out trolling for more animals and tryin to get his new shelter so he doesn't have to have a limit anymore. That may sound like a good idea to the stupid people who know NOTHING about the situation after being there for and hour or so, but since he CAN'T EVEN AFFORD TO PROPERLY CARE FOR THE ANIMALS HE HAS ALREADY, him getting a new shelter can only lead to him getting into a hoading situation. Call up the ASPCA of Connecticut and ask the how there last adoption event went, go ahead! Ask them how much money they wasted dragging all those dogs up here. Since he can only have 29 dogs in the Monroe shelter, ask him where they are keeping the all the dogs and kittens(about 175) that didn't get sold and ask him if you can see what their conditions are! Ask them if you can see what conditions the dogs the dogs in bridgeport are kept in. The answer will be a big "NO" because he would be put in jail for animal cruelty. Ufortunately when you complain, they agencies you complain to have a lot of other things to do and Fred gets a heads up to pack the dogs in a mini bus and move it around town. That is what you are defending, PBL. I love it when the clueless speak out abouut what they don't know.

Since: Sep 08

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#27 Aug 21, 2009
ITHINK4MYSELF wrote:
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How do you know that he is not? BTW, RUSSELL is dead on about a lot of things. Rather than taking proper care of the animals he HAS, he is out trolling for more animals and tryin to get his new shelter so he doesn't have to have a limit anymore. That may sound like a good idea to the stupid people who know NOTHING about the situation after being there for and hour or so, but since he CAN'T EVEN AFFORD TO PROPERLY CARE FOR THE ANIMALS HE HAS ALREADY, him getting a new shelter can only lead to him getting into a hoading situation. Call up the ASPCA of Connecticut and ask the how there last adoption event went, go ahead! Ask them how much money they wasted dragging all those dogs up here. Since he can only have 29 dogs in the Monroe shelter, ask him where they are keeping the all the dogs and kittens(about 175) that didn't get sold and ask him if you can see what their conditions are! Ask them if you can see what conditions the dogs the dogs in bridgeport are kept in. The answer will be a big "NO" because he would be put in jail for animal cruelty. Ufortunately when you complain, they agencies you complain to have a lot of other things to do and Fred gets a heads up to pack the dogs in a mini bus and move it around town. That is what you are defending, PBL. I love it when the clueless speak out abouut what they don't know.
This is such a farce...... For the thousandth time,
I'm not defending ANYONE. All I am doing is explaining
my experience with the SPCA and asking for proof of
abuse. The only thing I get are RUSSELL'S accusations
which I believe are personal. If Acker is hoarding dogs and mistreating them, how is it that he can remain open for all these years? I don't take other people's "word"
for accusations.......I deal strictly in facts. Fact is, I had a good experience with the SPCA.
I think RUSSELL needs to move onto a new man. There's plenty of websites that offer "men seeking men".
Woody Guthrie

United States

#28 Aug 21, 2009
Goo Morning American, how are you? Connecticut Sam and Arlo are your native sons.
RUSSELL

Peekskill, NY

#29 Aug 21, 2009
Pleasure Beach Lover wrote:
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This is such a farce...... For the thousandth time,
I'm not defending ANYONE. All I am doing is explaining
my experience with the SPCA and asking for proof of
abuse. The only thing I get are RUSSELL'S accusations
which I believe are personal. If Acker is hoarding dogs and mistreating them, how is it that he can remain open for all these years? I don't take other people's "word"
for accusations.......I deal strictly in facts. Fact is, I had a good experience with the SPCA.
I think RUSSELL needs to move onto a new man. There's plenty of websites that offer "men seeking men".
Oh a mommy's love. He won't last another year dear.
IThink4Myself

Medellín, Colombia

#31 Aug 21, 2009
Pleasure Beach Lover wrote:
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This is such a farce...... For the thousandth time,
I'm not defending ANYONE. All I am doing is explaining
my experience with the SPCA and asking for proof of
abuse. The only thing I get are RUSSELL'S accusations
which I believe are personal. If Acker is hoarding dogs and mistreating them, how is it that he can remain open for all these years? I don't take other people's "word"
for accusations.......I deal strictly in facts. Fact is, I had a good experience with the SPCA.
I think RUSSELL needs to move onto a new man. There's plenty of websites that offer "men seeking men".
Just a quick question: Why would you expect us to take YOUR "word"? It isn't "fact" to us according to your own criteria. Your little trip to Monroe is meaningless to the conversation. You were there for an hour or two, tops. Why can't you just admit that other than the mere 2 hours total (maybe!) that you were ACTUALLY there on the grounds OVER THREE YEARS AGO, you have NO idea what goes on there at all. I can tell you the description you have of the interior was only accurate for a very short time. You adopted right after he was up to his a$$ in inspections and legal issues. Of course it didn't look so bad. We are also dealing with state agencies and they only feel the need to go after someone when they are so extreme that it goes beyond reason. Have you ever looked at some of the cases on the news and wondered how it got that far? I assure you there are always complaints on top of complaints on top of complaints before these cases of abuse are "uncovered" by officials. By then it is the scene you see unfolding, film at 11! It wasn't that no one cared enough about it to complain until the animals were wading in their own waste. And you should talk about personal attacks. You know nothing of this situation at all. this is now, not 3 & 1/2 years ago, but here you are attacking making personal attacks yourself. And which particular RUSSELL are you speaking to? OH, I'll save you the chance to look really stupid before you even say it, I am not RUSSELL.

Since: Sep 08

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#32 Aug 21, 2009
IThink4Myself wrote:
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Just a quick question: Why would you expect us to take YOUR "word"? It isn't "fact" to us according to your own criteria. Your little trip to Monroe is meaningless to the conversation. You were there for an hour or two, tops. Why can't you just admit that other than the mere 2 hours total (maybe!) that you were ACTUALLY there on the grounds OVER THREE YEARS AGO, you have NO idea what goes on there at all. I can tell you the description you have of the interior was only accurate for a very short time. You adopted right after he was up to his a$$ in inspections and legal issues. Of course it didn't look so bad. We are also dealing with state agencies and they only feel the need to go after someone when they are so extreme that it goes beyond reason. Have you ever looked at some of the cases on the news and wondered how it got that far? I assure you there are always complaints on top of complaints on top of complaints before these cases of abuse are "uncovered" by officials. By then it is the scene you see unfolding, film at 11! It wasn't that no one cared enough about it to complain until the animals were wading in their own waste. And you should talk about personal attacks. You know nothing of this situation at all. this is now, not 3 & 1/2 years ago, but here you are attacking making personal attacks yourself. And which particular RUSSELL are you speaking to? OH, I'll save you the chance to look really stupid before you even say it, I am not RUSSELL.
I have no ax to grind and no ulterior motive. I only explained
MY experience there. I never said I was there more than the 1 time.
I don't care who you are, I don't care who Russell is. If the conditions
at the SPCA are so horrendous why is it that the people who work there
don't: a. do something about it or b. call the police!
If things are that bad, why don't you call channel 12, 8 or 3 to
expose the problems? If you KNOW FOR A FACT that the conditions
are disgusting why don't you do something about it?
RUSSELL

Peekskill, NY

#33 Aug 21, 2009
Like I said, a mother's love. Ridiculous. This will go on and on because PBL is focused on making sure PBL has the last word and that word is moderation of Fred. Read my prior posts, I state Fred is focused, believes his own stories and will do anything for glory and fame. Now we have PBL, sitting at the computer, in a focused manner, believing her own stories and will do anything to have the last word. Fred Acker is a dirty, criminal, dog hoarding, sociopathic imbecile. His hands shake like a drug addict, his facility is filthy and he is the least respected person in the rescue industry in the State of Connecticut.

Since: Sep 08

Location hidden

#34 Aug 21, 2009
RUSSELL wrote:
Like I said, a mother's love. Ridiculous. This will go on and on because PBL is focused on making sure PBL has the last word and that word is moderation of Fred. Read my prior posts, I state Fred is focused, believes his own stories and will do anything for glory and fame. Now we have PBL, sitting at the computer, in a focused manner, believing her own stories and will do anything to have the last word. Fred Acker is a dirty, criminal, dog hoarding, sociopathic imbecile. His hands shake like a drug addict, his facility is filthy and he is the least respected person in the rescue industry in the State of Connecticut.
Um.......believing my own stories? What stories?
YOU ARE INSANE......why don't you register with Topix?
Mollys friend

Newtown, CT

#36 Aug 22, 2009
I want everyone to know that I personally went to the SPCA of CT formerly known as the Animal Adoption Network. The dogs were highly stressed, freaking out in the cages. It was a very hot day and no water in one dogs cage. The facility stank and the staff was very rude. I took pictures with my cell phone and turned them in with my complaint. I spoke to a woman who works for him and said she would leave him and what goes on there is disgusting but she is afraid of him. No animal lover would like his standard of care at all. It is truly bad. I bet he will read these posts and clean up the place, so no sense going to see his facility after today. the woman told me he makes everyone clean the facility when there is a complaint so everyone needs to continue to complain to force him to keep the dogs in nice conditions. I went to the Humane Society today, what a nice facility and nice staff that is. The dogs had air conditioning, clean water and clean cages. Fred's dogs were outside in the heat, with steaming piles of poop in their cages and one dog had knocked over its water bowl and no one cared. low class. very low class. and low standard of care at the SPCA of CT
RUkidding

New Rochelle, NY

#37 Aug 23, 2009
There are plenty of dogs, and other animals, of ALL sizes and breeds in CT city and town shelters. Yes, many of them can be pits or pit mixes, but there are plenty of purebred dogs and others as well. As the owner of several pits I think you need to educate yourself on the breed. Contrary to all the negativity out there, they are wonderful family pets. They love people, are very smart, and loyal. Any dog can bite or be vicious and these dogs do not deserve the bad rap!!! People should consider helping in their own "backyard" instead of letting someone profit from shipping dogs here for adoption.
Abby wrote:
Sure there are plenty of dogs for adoption in CT shelters, if you want a pitbull or similar type of dog.
Woody Guthrie

United States

#38 Aug 23, 2009
Good Afternoon American, how are you?
Conneticut Sam and Arlo are your native sons. They took a train to New Oreans.
CloseSPCAofCT

Medellín, Colombia

#39 Sep 4, 2009
My friends recently adopted a dog from this place at one of those travling pet sales they do around the state. They told them the dog might have a "bit of a problem with older men, but it's not a big deal and she loves kids". When they got the dog home it went after her husband and son on few separate times. It had way more than a "bit of a problem". Those morons could have gotten her son seriously hurt. 3days later they had no choice but to bring the dog back, if any male went near it, the dog went nuts. Instead of being decent about it, that guy Fred was a total jerk about it on the phone. He said he would be there when they brought the dog back and agreed on a time to do so. He was no where to be found when they got there, of course, and when the worker came to take the dog it tried to attack him too. While we were out shopping a few days later, we ran into our kid's doctor who knows many people involved in rescue through her kennel club and she told her what happened and she said "You should have asked around, you could have avoided the whole issue. He is known to be very bad news. You will be hard pressed to find anyone who will say anything positive about him." He has a reputation for having a poorly run shelter, shady behavior, passing around problem dogs that have serious behavior problems. What kind of idiots would adopt out a man-hating dog to a family with males in the house and try to play off the problem like it was nothing at all?
Mollys friend

Newtown, CT

#40 Sep 5, 2009
There are alot of forums on Fred Acker. The most interesting tid bit I saw was that he was sued by the State of Connecticut and owes a judgement of over $300,000 to the State plus restitution to the victims. Fred Acker ran a business, an investigation business where he as a matter of every day practice impersonated people to steal their identity and financial information. The man is a true, blue criminal. He found a niche in the rescue business, I am told by the State. Rescue is not heavily regulated and he found a way to bilk people out of money legally.
Q Werty

Medellín, Colombia

#41 Sep 8, 2009
"In State v. NRS and Fred Acker, the defendants fraudulently obtained and disclosed consumers' personal financial information. The Court ordered the defendants to pay Civil Penalties of $442,500 and disgorgement of $350,000"
Stick Lee

United States

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