We’ve learned the hard way not to try to help anymore – Red Bluff Daily News

Thank you to everyone who offered to adopt the abandoned dogs across the street. Just kidding, not a single person has come forward, although many of you have shared your sad story. Thanks for that. Kudos to Joyce and Allan for trying really hard. Both dogs are still available.

Since we were unable to find homes for them in the two weeks we fed them, I called Tehama County Animal Services on Wednesday to see what we should do with these precious puppies. The girl on the phone told me that since we were feeding them, they were legally ours now. Say what? Like going to a store and touching an item, you have to buy it.

We called Animal Control on Thursday and two of the best in Tehama County were here at the property across the street within hours. Sergeant Mark Levindofske (longtime TCSO staff) and Deputy Mary Paschke (new to TCSO) called our house from the residence, where the dogs were in their enclosure. Where they’ve been for the past two years, except when they’ve escaped, which is often the case.

A quick story about Deputy Paschke. She’s brand new to TCSO – and we actually managed to get her away from Lake County. It never happens again. With our Sheriff’s Department staff bleeding out as a result of our Board of Supervisors refusing to pay them a living wage, Paschke’s decision to come here is a small miracle and we are truly blessed with the have. She has a degree in animal science and has a way with critters, that’s for sure. Welcome to Tehama, Dog Whisperer Mary.

Either way, the deputies quickly assessed the situation, filled out the proper paperwork, loaded the dogs, and headed downhill. About an hour later they were calling us from the shelter saying the dogs had been rejected because we now own them. Because I called the day before to ask for the protocol. I wonder if they put my name on a board to be on the lookout for. “She’s trying to throw her dogs at us.”

We have always been supporters of TC Animal Services and for years sponsored monthly spaying through PAWS when we owned Wild Oak. All of our dogs were adopted from shelters or situations where they could no longer be cared for by their families. To be treated like we’re trying to unload dogs on the shelter is insulting. They were a last resort – or second to last, after all.

BTW, I can’t say enough about the staff at TCSO. It’s a particularly emotional situation for us, being creature lovers and all. Everyone we interacted with was very professional, friendly, helpful and kind. Thank you TCSO. Please pay them what they’re worth, board of supervisors. January is coming, guys. Just not fast enough.

And so the hunt for families continues for these two doggies. In the meantime, we are getting our hands on the owners so that they transfer the property to us. If we end up with this, might as well make it legal, right?

The Byrons had a lien hearing scheduled for Tuesday before council, but it was postponed because the county’s big-city hitman David Norton failed to show up. He called at 1:30 p.m., when the hearing was to begin, to request an extension. Everyone was in the room. The board, staff, the Byrons, their supporters and code enforcement staff. Couldn’t he have let everyone know before we had all walked the miles and taken time out of our days? What a slap in the face for everyone except David Norton.

Coincidentally, Norton dropped us off in our federal case with the county. After talking to us, his solution was to hire four other lawyers in his firm and four assistants for each lawyer. They added a nice mandate that if our side lost the case, we had to pay for all those lawyers. Farewell home. We were forced to accept dismissal. One of our fellow litigants died of a heart attack a week later. Stress is a killer.

Assistant County Attorney Daniel Klausner, who requested the extension at the Byrons’ last hearing because he was totally unprepared, was nowhere to be found. I wonder how much it cost us to bring Mr. Norton from Sacramento to put some counsel on the board? Where is it in the budget? How much has the firm of Norton – Porter Scott – been paid over the years because our in-house lawyers can’t cut the mustard? And why didn’t Prentice Long – the firm that acts as the county council – intervene?

And now for some good news – Red Bluff City Council will be streaming its meetings via Zoom with video. They bought an OWL camera system that moves from person to person so the speaker is on screen. Viewers can raise their hands to speak. How cool is that? Maybe the county can hire the city or a 14-year-old to come up with something similar.

Enjoy your Halloweekend. Don’t forget to bring the kids to downtown Red Bluff on Halloween from 2-5pm for Treat Street. People get so creative with costumes, often involving the whole family. Just a fun and safe family event organized by our fantastic downtown merchants.

Tehama County Arts Council is hosting its 20th annual downtown Red Bluff art walk from 5-8 p.m. Friday, November 4 and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, November 5. Local artists showcase their creations at participating businesses and it’s another reminder of the enormous wealth of talent we have right here in Tehama County.

Local wineries will be offering tastings on Friday night, and everyone knows wine makes art even better. Advance tickets for the wine tasting are $15 on Eventbrite or $20 at the event. I’m going to watch Steve Ferchaud draw caricatures at Elmore Pharmacy. Stop and watch the master put your cup down on paper.

Liz Merry was half of Merry Standish Comedy for 30 years and is a former business owner from downtown Red Bluff. She now has a home business and is locked up and loaded in Manton. She can be contacted at [email protected]


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