Help FREE Chuckie from the pound

For: Chuckie the yellow lab
Organizer: Hope For Delaware Dogs
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Chuckie is a very sweet boy who doesn't deserve to be in the predicament he is in.
Chuckie became known yesterday morning when the local pound posted a picture of him claiming he had been hit by a car.
The dog was NOT hit by a car. Chuckie is a rescue dog that was brought to Delaware from Texas with a severe anxiety disorder and skin condition.
Chuckie is now stuck and has been threatened with euthanasia if his owner can't get him out before the five day hold is up.

The bill for Chuckie's owner is $386 (as of Friday, June 6, 2014 - KCSPCA/FSAC refused to release Chuckie to his owner and instead decided they were pursuing cruelty charges. For a well documented and ongoing anxiety issue that causes Chuckie to harm himself). The pound has graciously waived 10 cents off the bill. His owner is living on a fixed income, with a severely disabled adult son, and could really use our help and generosity. Please. Any amount will help and no amount is too small!

Please sign and share the Free Chuckie petition here:

Chuckie's original story:

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on July 18, 2014 by Hope For Delaware Dogs

At noon on Wednesday, July 16, Michael Jopson, Chuckie's dad, signed an agreement drafted by his attorney releasing Chuckie/Ralph to House of Hope, the rescue that placed him in Delaware, with all charges dropped (Nolle prosequi - the chief prosecutor decided NOT to prosecute when presented with ALL of the evidence) by the Attorney General's office against Michael. He did NOT have to sign any form relinquishing the dog to KCSPCA/FSAC - something they have tried to get him to do several times. The agreement releases him from any further legal liability to KCSPCA/FSAC.

A representative of House of Hope rescue picked Chuckie up today. Chuckie will be placed on transport soon and shipped back to Texas to reunite with the original Texas rescue that took him in after his owner lost her home. The rescue worker who cared for him has said she will take care of him for the remainder of his days.

Mr. Jopson did NOT want to lose Chuckie. But he realizes the environment here in Delaware will make him and Chuckie a target of retaliation by KCSPCA/FSAC. This case not only set a precedent regarding pets with chronic medical conditions, it also brings up many "property issues" that need to be addressed here in Delaware. Specifically, holding a pet indefinitely while waiting for the court system to work, and incurring a major financial burden for the owner. Remember, the law is written so the "shelter" gets paid regardless of whether you are proven innocent or guilty. Too many have NO choice but to relinquish their pets because they cannot afford the kennel fees.

There are many people who have been working diligently behind the scenes to ensure this miscarriage of justice did not play out and result in the FSAC/KCSPCA executive director's stated intention of killing Chuckie. Numerous hours were spent compiling information and sending it to the appropriate authorities. The authority who proved to be the most important was the Chief Prosecutor at the AGs office. As soon as the office received the package of photographs and documented evidence that this was NOT a case of cruel neglect, Mr. Jopson's attorney was contacted to arrange the deal to get Chuckie out of the shelter and drop the charges (Nolle prosequi - the Chief Prosecutor decided NOT to prosecute) against Mr. Jopson.

This "deal" could have ensured Chuckie was out of the pound two weeks ago. The failure of a certain rescue to return Mr. Jopson's contract when requested hindered this process significantly.

The initial invoice of $826.10 (that KCSPCA/FSAC hand delivered, along with surrender forms in another attempt to get Mr. Jopson to relinquish Chuckie to KCSPCA) has been paid from the very generous donations received through Chuckie's youcaring fundraiser. He has received no other invoice at this time, but Chuckie has been in care for an additional 24 days, so another bill is expected.

Thank you to EVERYONE for keeping Chuckie in your thoughts, prayers and in the forefront so that he was not "just another dog" lost in the shelter system. He is alive today because people CARED! Thank you, also, to everyone who donated to help pay Chuckie's ransom fees. Thank you to everyone who signed the petition and to Rebecca Monroe, who put it online, and to all of Chuckie's previous caregivers who offered information and forwarded the documentation proving this was an ongoing medical condition. YOU ALL ROCK!

A very special thank you goes out to Catherine Samardza of Kent County Delaware Dog Control Pro - Con Facebook page for her dedication to detail and refusal to sit by quietly.

And thank you to Michael Jopson, Chuckie's dad, for not losing HOPE!

Posted on July 6, 2014 by Hope For Delaware Dogs

Obviously, the holiday weekend has meant no movement on Chuckie. However, the kennel fees are still adding up. If Chuckie were released TODAY there would be enough money in the youcaring account to pay the kennel fees from June 24 forward. Add another 5 days, and there won't be enough money. So please consider donating, especially if you haven't yet. I know many people keep thinking, "this can't go on, surely they've released the dog." But it hasn't happened.

Posted on July 2, 2014 by Hope For Delaware Dogs

Chuckie/Ralph was seen at KCSPCA/FSAC on Friday, June 27th and we are not surprised by the photographs of that visit. Just over three weeks after he ended up at the pound, it certainly does NOT appear that Chuckie's condition is getting any better at KCSPCA/FSAC. But it does appear when the photos are blown up that he now has new lick granulomas in addition to his permanent ones. We're told Chuckie was reportedly licking during the visit.

What we know is what we can see in the photos has been an ongoing and documented issue of "Acral Lick Granuloma" for Chuckie/Ralph long before he came to Delaware and came into contact with dog control. Chuckie is STILL at the pound and the executive director still refuses to do the right thing and release him. Which can't be good for Chuckie's anxiety. And it obviously isn't good for his skin condition, either.

Chuckie's original story:


#FreeChuckie petition:

Chuckie's condition:

Posted on June 27, 2014 by Hope For Delaware Dogs
Thank YOU to everyone who is keeping Chuckie in the public eye, donating and sending good thoughts and prayers to this poor dog still stuck in the kennel.

We have once again been forced to extend the deadline and to raise the goal to continue to try to raise the funds we will need to pay the kennel fees and any additional medical fees that keep accruing each day Chuckie is forced to remain at Kent County SPCA/First State Animal Center due to their misguided mission to charge Chuckie's dad with cruelty.

Please continue to ask your friends to sign and please share the Free Chuckie petition.
Link to #FreeChuckie petition:

Chuckie's original story may be found here:

Posted on June 25, 2014 by Hope For Delaware Dogs
Thank you to EVERYONE for your support and your patience. The donations ensure that the fees charged by KCSPCA/FSAC are paid should we be successful in finally getting Chuckie/Ralph out of the pound. We are NOT giving up hope, nor the fight. Unfortunately, we have no knowledge of Chuckie's condition at this point.

While we are not able to update with details during the legal process, we are posting this link to hopefully explain Chuckie's issues more clearly. 

Again, we thank everyone for your patience and caring!

Chuckie's original story:

#FreeChuckie petition (please sign and share):

Posted on June 20, 2014 by Hope For Delaware Dogs
Unfortunately, we have to raise the goal as the kennel fees are steadily increasing each day he is there. Chuckie is being kept in isolation while he is stuck at the pound, and this is detrimental to the welfare of this elderly dog with such severe anxiety issues.

Updates on the case will be minimal, since it is an ongoing cruelty case. But kennel fees add up daily, so please share the link - every little bit helps. The goal was $400, which was the original bill as of June 14. Everyone who knows thisdog defends his owner - this is not a cruelty case, but an ongoing chronic problem. Remember, this could happen to any of us, if you forget the flea treatment for your flea-allergic dog or cat, or can't afford surgery immediately for a tumor.

Please continue to sign and share the petition to #FreeChuckie and please help with the kennel fees, if you are able. Each dollar adds up to ensure the bill is paid to prevent the pound's (KCSPCA/FSAC) executive director from obtaining his stated goal of keeping and ultimately killing Chuckie.

Please sign and share the Free Chuckie petition here:

Posted on June 17, 2014 by Hope For Delaware Dogs

There have been few developments in the Chuckie/Ralph (and his dad's) situation, and we thank everyone for your patience as this process moves forward. Legal counsel is being sought and we will update when we are able.

Because this is a pending case, we can't post regularly regarding what is happening. What we can tell you is that something very out of line took place yesterday and it came from the top at Kent County SPCA/FSAC.

The president of the KCSPCA/FSAC board called Chuckie's dad after receiving a copy of an email that was sent to a state senator and apparently forwarded to someone at the Department of Agriculture and was obtained by the president of the KCSPCA/FSAC board.

Did the president of the board, Alex Moore, call Chuckie's dad to assist him in this matter? No. Did he call to offer a workable solution for this elderly, anxiety ridden dog being held in isolation to be placed in a safer place until this matter is resolved? No.

He called to obtain information from Chuckie's dad that relates directly to this pending case. Information that is easily accessible on social media and that others at KCSPCA/FSAC have alluded to they are in possession of.

Trying to obtain information directly from the defendant they are charging with cruel neglect that will be used in his defense under the guise of concern for the welfare of Chuckie is pretty underhanded, in our opinion. But who would expect anything less from this "organization".

Link to the #FreeChuckie petition

Posted on June 13, 2014 by Hope For Delaware Dogs
A very quick update on Chuckie/Ralph. Many people are working diligently to help resolve this situation and we can't thank everyone enough. However, the trial is scheduled for September 30, which is quite a long time away considering Chuckie's age and his anxiety issues. We will continue to try to raise funds to keep the kennel fees paid so Chuckie's dad doesn't lose him by default. We can only hope at this point that he is being well cared for and his needs are being met since he is considered "evidence". But we do know that he would be much better off with his dad, who is missing him greatly. As we're sure Chuckie is missing him. Thank you everyone for your continued concern and caring! Chuckie's dad is overwhelmed by the support you have shown! As always, we will update with information as we are able.

Please sign and share Chuckie's petition here:

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Posted on June 12, 2014 by Hope For Delaware Dogs

Chuckie's dad attended his arraignment today and he, of course, pleaded NOT GUILTY to three charges (dog at large, failure to show proof of New Castle County dog license and cruel neglect) filed by KCSPCA/FSAC/DACC. Prior to the arraignment, he was asked to sign over his dog and the cruel neglect charge would be dropped. He obviously refused. He is not giving up on Chuckie, also known as Ralph, and we aren't giving up on either of them.

Targeting a dog owner on a fixed income is low. But even more so because this is a well documented, ongoing issue with Chuckie. If the poor dog was anxious before, his anxiety level has to be off the charts at this point. But as we have seen and learned, certain egos would prefer to cause further suffering upon an elderly and anxious dog simply because they can, than to actually do the right thing.

This also begs the question of how many other citizens in Delaware have faced this rogue agency and had nowhere to turn for help? And have lost their beloved pets because of it? And what are we going to do to fix this?

Chuckie is still at the pound and can NOT be released. We will continue to try to raise funds for Chuckie. Otherwise, if dad can't pay the bill, ownership will have to be relinquished to the KCSPCA/FSAC. And that shouldn't even be a consideration.

Your continued prayers, good thoughts and support are very much appreciated for Chuckie and his dad. Neither of them should be going through the hell they are being put through.

Posted on June 10, 2014 by Hope For Delaware Dogs
Senator Bryan Townsend has responded to a request for updated information regarding the fate of Chuckie/Ralph with the following: "After Michelle (Sen. Townsend's aide) spoke with several offices today, there appear to be jurisdictional limitations on what the State can do to assist. We will seek to provide more details tomorrow morning or ask County to provide detailed explanation directly." People, simply put, this is unacceptable. I urge each and everyone of you to contact your local, county, state officials AND the governor and demand help for this dog. This situation could easily happen to any single one of us as citizens, and for a claim to be made that NOBODY has jurisdiction or authority over this out of control facility (read executive director) should NOT be allowed to go unanswered. The only cruelty involved in this case is the cruelty KCSPCA/FSAC is continuing to inflict on this poor dog. Find your elected Delaware officials here:

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