this is the official statement i sent to the newspaper.
Carol · Nov. 24, 2009
"The dog Jeremiah was surrendered to SAINTS by the last of half a dozen different homes. We have been able to trace 6 different sets of people that the dog was given away to. He arrived the day after undergoing surgery to remove multiple abcessed teeth and multiple kidney stones, he arrived as a very sick little dog and he had been ill for quite some time, these types of issues do not develop overnight. The $1500 cost of that surgery was paid for by the current surrendering owners, who signed a legal document stating that they were his legal owners. SAINTS mandate is to provide responsible, respectful and compassionate sanctuary care for our senior and special needs animals until possible placement in responsible, respectful, compassionate homes. Our job is not to try to figure out who is telling the truth and who is not in the long sad saga of Jeremiah, that is for the courts to decide. Our job is to protect the rights and best interests of the animals in our care and ensure that they are never at risk again."