• I recently told you about Archie the Therapy Dog going to doggy heaven. Casa Pacifica is holding a Celebration of Life for him on Thursday, October 15th, at 5:30 p.m. Casa Pacifica will be celebrating the life of its beloved, original, one-of-a-kind, unforgettable therapy dog, Archie, who passed away at the age of 10 in July. The celebration will take place at Casa Pacifica and will provide Casa Pacifica’s children, its alumni, staff, volunteers, and friends the opportunity to remember a sweet, gentle giant, whose peaceful, calming presence brought comfort, love and healing to more than 4,000 children who resided at or attended the nonpublic school on Casa Pacifica’s campus over the last decade.
The event will include a video featuring Archie’s several ‘famous’ appearances on television, the planting of a tree in remembrance of him, and the unveiling of a special plaque honoring Archie’s life and contributions to Casa Pacifica.
For more information about the Celebration of Life event, please contact Morgan Tandy at 366-4022 or [email protected]. Casa Pacifica is located at 1722 S. Lewis Road in Camarillo.
Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families is a crisis-care and residential treatment facility for abused, neglected, or at-risk children in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. Hopefully Archie will be replaced by another wonderful loving companion to these kids.
• Every weekend in October from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, Ventura County Animal Services will be
issuing free microchips for all pit bulls or bull mixes. Bring their pets to either the Camarillo location, 600
Aviation Drive, or the Simi Valley location, 670 W. Los Angeles Avenue. National Pit Bull Awareness Day (NPBAD), which is October 24th this year, is a day of appreciation and education
designed to change perceptions and stereotypes about pit bulls and their responsible owners. NPBAD was established to educate and foster positive communications and experiences in the communities in which we and our dogs live, and it is an initiative dedicated to restoring the image of the American Pit Bull Terrier. Ventura County Animal Services is proud to promote education for the pit bull breed and loves all of its animals.
For more information go to www.vcas.us, or contact 388-4341.
• Davey’s Voice is a brand-new, Santa Barbara County nonprofit founded to honor Davey, a five-month-old puppy who was euthanized in 2014 after being tortured by his owner. Formed by Santa Barbara local Gretchen Lieff, Davey’s Voice hopes to create awareness around animal abuse and empower the public to advocate for voiceless, abused, neglected and abandoned animals.
“Davey’s Voice will support local projects and programs that promote animal welfare, reduce suffering and save lives,” says Lieff, who learned about Davey’s death and vowed to get involved. “We want to ensure something positive comes out of Davey’s horrific fate and pledge to make Santa Barbara the most animal responsible county in California. After that, we will continue our mission throughout the United States and beyond.”
Davey’s case has drawn nationwide attention due to the severity of the abuse inflicted by his owner, Chinese student Duanying Chen, 19, who is serving a 12-month sentence in county jail. At the time Davey was relinquished to a local pet emergency clinic by Chen’s girlfriend, he had multiple broken bones, significant infections and burns over 80 percent of his body, the District Attorney’s Office said in a January 2014 statement. His life could not be saved.
I think that a 12-month sentence is not nearly enough. How many years would he have gotten if this was a human that he tortured.? And a human might be able to fight back and this poor dog couldn’t.
Lief stated “We’re still working on the campaign details and will announce our plan in the next couple of weeks.”
For more information please call 565.0001 or email [email protected], or visit daveysvoice.org.
• On Saturday, October 24, from 6-11pm singer/songwriter Kelly Z and her band, Kelly’s Lot is hosting the 3rd Annual Kelly’s Lot and Friends Fundraiser for CarlDogs.org at The Patio at Player’s Casino located at 6580 Auto Center Drive. 15% of restaurant totals goes to C.A.R.L. Reservations can be made at OpenTable.com, put in ‘Patio at Player’s Casino.’
Kelly’s Lot will be headlining alongside Tommy Marsh, Ray Jaurique, Jim Gustin, Truth Jones, Chuck Strong, and more. There will also be a silent auction and raffle throughout the evening. $10.00 donation. For more information, please visit www.kellyslot.com.
Kelly’s Lot plays Americana and Blues with a roadhouse rockin’ sound that is upbeat, heartfelt and fun. Canine Adoption and Rescue League is a 501(c) (3) Private Non-Profit No-Kill Organization that relies on donations and does not receive government, state, or city funding.
• by Victoria Usher
Recently there was an hours-long standoff in Hemet between police and a man where the man was fatally shot after he himself killed a police dog named Sultan. Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Albert Martinez said hours earlier, a San Jacinto police officer and his dog, Sultan, were searching for this man who was described as a felon. The pup Sultan apparently alerted his officer to a crawl space that was at the house and was then sent inside to figure out if the man was indeed hiding there. A shot was heard from inside the house and poor Sultan returned with what would turn out to be a fatal neck injury. The man eventually came out of the house holding a handgun and deputies then fired at the man and killed him. This is absolutely heartbreaking but we must all remember Sultan as a hero, a strong and brave dog. He looked out for all of us(as all K-9’s do) and he will be remembered.