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Ruth Urban- BrightStar German Shepherd Rescue

This article is from the Finger Lakes Times NY


Newark woman pleads guilty to dog shelter violations


By JIM MILLER/Finger Lakes Times
Friday, June 20, 2008 10:11 AM CDT


LYONS - The president of an animal rescue organization pleaded guilty last week to 12 violations of the dog shelter law.

Investigators had considered bringing animal cruelty charges against Ruth Urban of 4346 Route 88 North, Newark, after recovering 35 dogs and two parrots from her home May 22. But District Attorney Richard Healy said they found insufficient evidence.

“The animals were actually in good condition,” he said. “They were fed, groomed.”

Urban, who heads the Bright Star German Shepherd Rescue Group, was given a conditional discharge, ordered not to possess more than 15 dogs for five years and ordered to pay $500 in restitution to the Humane Society.

The Society also has the right to inspect her property, Healy said.

Twelve dogs were returned to Urban after her June 11 plea. The remaining dogs were surrendered to the Humane Society, which euthanized some but found people to adopt the majority, Healy said.

Investigators in May determined that Urban had more dogs than she could properly care for and was keeping some in crates that were too small.

“I'm confident that she will improve the situation and will continue to do the good work of animal rescue,” Healy said.

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Re: Ruth Urban- BrightStar German Shepherd Rescue

Anyone that can feed and groom 35 dogs, has much more ability then I do.

It would be nice to know why any of the dogs were killed.
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I was wondering the same thing. If the dogs were in good condition, why were some put down?

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Re: Ruth Urban- BrightStar German Shepherd Rescue

being in a crate 23 out of 24 hours a day can screw a dogs mentality and create behavioral issues one would think....

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Re: Ruth Urban- BrightStar German Shepherd Rescue

I was told that some of the dogs were very old and/or had very serious health issues. I believe she had some hospice type cases there. There may have also been some dogs who were very aggressive and therefore deemed unadoptable. This information was given to me second hand so I cannot vouch for it in any way.

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Re: Ruth Urban- BrightStar German Shepherd Rescue

From what I understand Ruth, your information is correct.
I think that the best thing for the dogs is for the bitterness to go away from some people and to move forward.

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I think overall her intentions were admirable. She just was way over her head and wanted to save them all at any cost. I believe Brightstar will shine again. With more checks in place they will be stronger and brighter!

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Phay, do you live there? How do you know the dogs were in crates 23 out of 24 hours a day?
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Re: Ruth Urban- BrightStar German Shepherd Rescue

I take my dog out there and she loves to play with the big dogs! The dogs have 4 large fenced in areas and go out in play-groups. They were not crated 24/7

I'm happy that they got their personal dogs back and hope that soon people can move on

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Re: Ruth Urban- BrightStar German Shepherd Rescue

Yes I do live out here and yes I have seen the house first hand. There Physical well being was always fine it was other things...

I do hope Ruth learns from this and goes on to help more dogs as she is a good person herself.

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