So You Have 51 Animals in Your Rented Home, Claim to Run a No-Kill Shelter and You Write Notes to Your Dead Veterinarian? Nah, No Reason to Think Those Animals Aren't Okay!

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So back to Flores -- you know, the one who's "nuts": she called the Waller County Sheriff's Office asking for assistance. The Sheriff's Office call notes state that Flores "was dog sitting and the dog was injured while in her care, she continually lied to the rescue lady...to cover up the first lie. Eventually, Flores attempted to be honest with Dow, Dow took the dog to the vet and advised she would willingly release the dog to the rightful owner, not trusting Flores would do the right thing for the dog."

(The "vet" isn't named -- so we don't know if it's the vet who passed away, or the one in Mississippi, where Dow sometimes goes to law school. It certainly isn't Companion Animal Hospital of Waller, because Dow had a falling out with the vets there. See, one of the vets is apparently a "mental nut" who accused Dow of being an animal "collector." Sensing a pattern yet?).

And here's what Captian Brian Cantrell of the Sheriff's Office told us: "We have made calls to [Dow's home] and we are under the understanding, kind of by both parties, that the dog was a voluntary surrender....Ms. Dow to our understanding has paid some vet bills to treat that dog. I also know that the [Houston] SPCA has gone out there and confirmed the welfare of the dog, and made sure the dog was OK. I also know our animal control was made aware of it....Our animal control did call [Houston] SPCA to confirm...they followed up on it....We want to make sure the dog's OK. We have an obligation to do that."

Sure. But there's obligation and there's air-quotes obligation.

The HSPCA investigator who Cantrell told us visually examined the dog told Flores in emails that she could not gain access to the inside of Dow's home in order to see the dog. (In true HSPCA fashion, Flores' initial animal cruelty complaint generated an automated reply stating that HSPCA takes "animal cruelty seriously," followed by a hit-up for a donation).

Here's an email from investigator Liz Pavlicek: "I have already been out to the property and left a notice. I was unable to make contact with anyone and have not received a call yet. I will need some sort of proof that there is an injured dog there. Do you or anyone else have any photos of other evidence? I did see one yellow Lab running around that did not appear injured but I am not sure if that is the dog you are referring to."

Pavlicek later followed up with, "I spoke to the veterinarian myself so at this point I cannot pursue anything further. If you can get proof of any dirty conditions at the property where the dogs are kept then I can speak to law enforcement about taking further action."

We hope it's true that Dow has a veterinarian, and that this is the person the investigator spoke with, but color us skeptical. The bottom line is: contrary to what Cantrell told us, in none of her emails to Flores does Pavlicek ever say she personally examined the dog.

Part of our problem is that the HSPCA has been historically uncooperative with the Houston Press whenever we've sought information for stories. This may be a function of the Press not routinely busting out the kneepads for them, as certain other publications are wont to do. (Sidenote: We have similar problems, by the way, with the Houston Humane Society, who will only speak to us through a lawyer -- who rarely returns calls -- because we had the audacity to write about a lawsuit one of their employees filed against the shelter director. In fact, it's been a generally accepted local media practice to scrutinize the dickens out of government-run shelters while giving passes to HHS and HSPCA).

We hope Max is OK. And he might be. Dow really might be a miracle-worker, out there in her home in the country, where she has apparently been in custody of up to 51 animals at a time without any discernible source of income. We'd love to call her back and see if she'd send us a picture of Max, but, frankly, we're just too afraid she'll call INS on us.



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ladyynydra
ladyynydra

I've known Michele since we were kids she and my younger sister made the front page of a Scottsdale, AZ news paper by going around door to door  getting donations in hopes for a little yorkie named cricket to remain with his family. They were successful and they did this on CHRISTMAS EVE. Michele had just turned 14 and my sister was only 13 .

Max is fine more than fine his ass is probably so spoiled just like a kid. To Michele her babies and or the kids are more loving and enjoyable than most humans and im sure shes not the only one that feels that way i know shes not and for the most part she is right to think that

michele
michele

OOPS FYI, THE SHERRIF'S DEPT DID THEIR JOB. THEY INVESTIGATED AS TO WHO SHOULD KEEP THE DOG, AND THEY CHOSE ME, THE ONE WHO PAID FOR HIS CARE, THEY DID CHECK OUT MY DOGS AND I WAS TOLD THEY ALL LOOK GREAT.  LIZ WITH THE SPCA DID HER JOB. SHE CHECKED OUT MY VET CLAIM, AND KNOWS THE DOG WAS FIXED, ON MY DIME, AND RIGHT AWAY. ...A LAST FUNNY!  ALMITA STYLE... she at one time told one of the deputies that there were some in her words "socialites" that wanted to pay the dogs' bill. he spoke to two of them, and for s econd believed her.  FOR A SECOND, another silly lie. he gave me her name and number, and i called her right away. turns out she was linda crow, the office manager for a local 24/7hospital, she said no socialites were ever there!  we both shared a good laugh, speaking of money i was kind enuff to notify the old hag as to Rockys condition, i also told her what the bill was at that time, TO DATE SHE HAS NEVER OFFERED EVEN 1 DIME, NEVER! actually, i would be happy if she concentrated on other poor dogs, vaccinate them, heartguard them, protect them from fleas and ticks, and DONT GIVE THEM ADVIL!   stupid!

michele
michele

ok, what else. my comment of going to mississippi was made like 5 years ago because i had a scary man bothering me, and i knew he would read my words, and i hoped maybe he would leave me alone if he thought i was out of state, and going to law school.  nothing more, and that is why i never brought it up again. EVER!  how many woman have not lied in order to get a creepy guy to leave them alone...many! for sure. as to the money that i spend i do get donations. my kind of donations are the ones that you do beacuse you can and because it feels right, not any that you get a tax break from, and NOBODY has ever been told that i am a 501c3 and promised anything like that. sometimes it gets expensive and people jump in to help!  that again is a nice thing but craig made it a bad thing! craig has now told and written almost as many lies as almita the kook did! they should hookup. match made in heaven, but oops i forgot her husbadn is illegally in this country. i guess craig makes good people bad, and doesnt take a stand against people who neglect pets, and people .

michele
michele

continuing...CRAIGS MANY LIES!  my house is not a rental, in stead it was bought for me. i do not pay rent, and i never have, i pay a mortgage! i do write to my former vet. you see she killed herself with animal euthanasia 3 days after i yelled at her. i still feel badly, and willnever fully forgive myself. writing and "talking" to her is healing for me, and for the record i know that lots of people still speak to dead loved ones, probably for the same reason i do....simply comfort!  this is a nasty, horrible thing for craig to judge much less write such a horrible opinion, and that is all it is. his opinion!  as for the care my pets get, first let me state that almost all of my "babies" come in with health issues. i try and take those that nee3d me most! that is why the stories about injurries and sickness are even on the internet. dr, kasy knew most of them,, and so i like to ask her to protect the ones that have died for me.....craig needs to once again make this a bad thing!  :(  shame....ALL OF MY PETS are vaccinated the minute they come to me, they get frontline for fleas and ticks, and monthly heartworm preventable meds! ALL OF THEM, ALL THE TIME! and for the record i do know a lot about animal care, it comes from the many thousands and thousands of dollars i spent at the vet! thousands! anything i cannot handle, i go to the vet, and not 7-10 days after my pet has suffered unbelievable torture!

dermgerm
dermgerm

This sounds horribly messy and like no parties involved have clean hands. :/ I hope Max and all the other animals are safe and cared for. :(

michele
michele

i know these replys are a little goofed up. you see i found this website by accidnet, and at this time felt the need to explain. i dont know probably tomorrow i will wish i had just ignored it...oh well, it will never hurt me, it did hurt my feelings. i hate liars!  but it will not hurt the way people who respect what i do it wont hurt how they feel about me. most have seen my work!...like Cupcake my pittie who i took off the road after she had been hit and left. 1800 dollars later she was home and on the way to being all better. now how many reading this would open their wallets, and spend the time taking her back and forth to the doc, and keeping her sort of still so she could recover...mainly the money issue. most people, (there are, thank god exceptions), but not enuff, most people would never pay for any of this....I WOULD, AND DID! AND TODAY SHE IS PERFECT, AND LOVES TO GO MEET PEOPLE ALL OVER TOWN! :)

michele
michele

on the flipside Almita the crazy nutcase... had a dog in her possession that she found, it was not originally hers. she did not even do basiccare and vaccinate she left him in the outdoors while she enjoyed an airconditioer. jeez the fly thing really creeps me out, in fact that is why "WE" together sort of made a sling type thing and brought him in my house. the flys were still fighting over him...it was gross! i have never seen that before!. neglect and abuse and fyi the spca if told what she was doing would definitely have taken the dog away from her, and she would have been cited, and be on record, instead she, crazy old bat turned the whole story around and said i did all the bad things she did?! that is crazy, and not my opinion, unlike craig i talk with facts, with paperwork, that is signed and dated!

michele
michele

i am sorry if i am repeating myself, but it is upsetting to have a person who writes for a paper turn something good into something bad! i have 5 acres and on it i have 8 dog yards. i try hard to put dogs together that love eachother, but sometimes just like with people, a fight breaks out!...if it does, which is not often, i deal with it immediately! not a week later. the kook said something about a dog with 2 huge punctures in his back....truth buster did get in a scrap, and it was amost healed. the reason she saw it, i\s because i shaved his long fur in just the one spot in order to properly treat the wound. and oh yea, craig the shoving of a dirty hose up into the dogs wounds!  what a crock  1st who doesnt have mud on their hose....she is just crazy to complain about mud on a hose. in fact this theraphy is called hydrotheraphy. if craig had really wanted to write a good truthful story he could have googled this and would have found out is is excellent for injuries, expecially bad ones!

michele
michele

AS I SAID MOST OF MY "KIDS" HAVE ISSUES. I LIKE TO TAKE IN THE OLD ALSO. I HAVE MANY DOGS THAT ARE SENIORS AND ON LOTS OF MEDS. THYROID MEDS, MEDS FOR JOINT PAIN, MEDS FORHEART ISSUES. AGAIN HOW MANY PEOPLE TAKE IN AN OLD DOG JUST TO GIVE IT A REALLY WONDERFUL LIFE FOR AS MUCH TIME AS SHE/HE HAS LEFT!  NOT MANY, BUT I DO! there are people that do hoard, and collect, look it up craig...hoarders have animals that are not vaccinated against disease, they are dirty and unkept, and live in deplorable conditions...hmmm sounds like an injured dog, left outside for flys to crawl into the wounds on 100 degree days, dogs that dont get vaccinated, dogs that look like crap...COULD THIS BE ALMITA??? YES YES YES!

michele
michele

i have written proof of the vet bill for rocky, and it is dated starting monday the day after he came to me. i also have nutcaes craigslist ad, which funnily enuff she erased, but not before i made a copy, and one of the deputies read! i can prove she wanted someone else to take him, i can prove that my pets are in great shape, i can prove my vet information...the whole giant file cabinet full. i am in fact an animal rescuer! i do nice things! that is all! some people like craig cannot fathom this simply because they would never spend lots of money and time caring completely and totally for anything, probably anyone either! not everyone is like him, a hater. in fact both the vets from companion have not only been to my house, they have been in it! and when the did so, they praised me, told me that i was doing a wonderful job!  everyday for 4 years they treated me like they respected my doings, and then one day...funnily the day before i was in the office. the lady vet nutty michelle bear hugged me for about a full minute, told me she had missed me, and then said her 2 girls would be sorry they had missed me, for they were still in school! then 24 hours later when i returned with, yes a new dog, she treated me like crap!

michele
michele

THE ONLY THINGS THAT ARE THE TRUTH IS I DO HAVE AN OUTDATED OVERDUE STUDENT LOAN, I DID WRITE THAT I WAS MOVNG TO MISSISSIPPI TO GO TO LAW SCHOOL, TO HOPEFULLY SCARE AWAY THE BOOGEY MAN, AND I EXAGGERATED MY 501C3 STATUS. I WROTE THAT I WAS ALMOST DONE, BUT IN TRUTH I HAD JUST STATED WHEN FOR MANY REASONS I GOT SIDETRACKED. , AND YES I WRITE TO MY DEAD VETERINARIAN. YOU KNOW EVEN TYPING THAT IT FEELS SO WRONG THAT HE MADE FUN OF THAT! JUST WRONG! CRAIG KNOW THAT AFTER I HIT SEND I WILL NOT READ ANY REPLYS, OR ANYTHING...THINK WHAT YOU WANT, WRITE LIES TO GET NOTICED AS A WRITER, AND DEFEND THE GUILTY WHILE ATTEMPTING TO HURT THE INNOCENT, WHATEVER. I AM DONE. THE ROCKY THING WAS A GOOD THING! I STAND BY ALL THAT I SAID AND ALL THAT I DID. God bless the liars, the haters, the kooks, and the back stabbers of the world!...when they get to heaven they will be dealt with, just like when i get there and am reunited with those i have lost, i will be thanked for saving them, and for being such a great mommie...even if it means nasty lies are actually written in a paper about me, i will not stop doing what i do!  for it is the right thiing to do!   SEND AND DONE!

michele
michele

SO WITH ANIMALS THAT HAVE CONDITIONS THERE IS DEATH. IT HAPPENS, BUT I KNOW THAT FOR HOWEVER LONG THAT I HAVE THEM THEY WILL GET A#1 VET CARE, EAT HEALTHY FOODS, GET LOTS OF PLAYTIME, AND PLAY BUDDIES, HAVE LOTS OF TOYS, GET ONE ON ONE TIME WITH ME, GET ALL OF THE ESSENTIAL CARE (FRONTLINE, AND HEARTGUARD)...AND JUST BE LOVED FOR WHOEVER THEY ARE!...FOR THE HATERS, CRAIGS, THE KOOK, AND DOCTOR MICHELLE, NO BIG DEAL I HAVE STATED ONLY FACT. AND IN TRUTH I DONT CARE WHAT A LIAR SAYS, WHAT A ROTTEN ONE SIDED REPORTER THAT IS LL WRONG AND LIES SAYS, OR WHAT A 2-FACED VET SAYS. I AM OK, BETTER THAN OK, JUST LIKE ALL OF MY PETS!

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