quote:A five-legged puppy was saved from life in a Coney Island freak show thanks to a kindhearted Southerner who paid $4,000 for the poochAllyson Siegel, 45, of Charlotte, N.C., outbid a Brooklyn freak show operator to buy the pup because she couldn't bear the thought of the Chihuahua-terrier mix ending up at the sideshow that featured disfigured animals, the Charlotte Observer reported.Sideshow owner John Strong, who heard about the puppy through a friend, had paid Owensby $1,000 as a deposit on a $3,000 agreement so he could add the pup to his "Freaks of Nature" show."I told him it was an amazing animal show with freaks and oddities," Strong told the New York Daily News. "I told him the puppy was very rare, but someone offered more money." Otherwise healthy, the puppy was born in a litter of six at Calvin Owensby's Chihuahua Diamond about six weeks ago. Owensby, an electrician unemployed since December, said he needed the money."[Precious] wasn't a freak, she was just a dog born with five legs," Owensby told the News. "My girlfriend decided she didn't want to see her in a freak show."Siegel changed the puppy's name from Precious to Lilly and plans to spend an additional $2,000 to have the extra appendage removed. Surgery is set in two weeks. The fifth leg, which trips Lilly as she tries to walk, hangs limply between the puppy's two back legs."I called Calvin and I said, 'I understand this is about money,' and I just said, 'How much?'" Siegel told the New York Daily News. "She's beautiful, she's not a freak, she's a normal little puppy dog and she should be just like all the others."Following the surgery, Siegel -- who already has six cats -- plans to give Lilly to her sister in Charlotte.Strong, who got his deposit back, said he would have given Lilly a good life. Though he's disappointed, he said, "Sometimes, you just gotta say, 'OK, I still have nine live, two-headed animals' and move on.'
quote:Originally posted by detroit121i dont think a person should be able to earn off of an animal that could be helped!!!!if you cant provide whats best for an animal you SHOULDNT have ANY!!!!while i do realize the pup probably wouldnt have been treated horribly he wasnt lookin out for the best interest of the dog,simple as that!!i think its pretty pathetic anyways to make money off of other peoples or animals misfortunes.im a long way from being the greatest guy,but to earn off of a helpless animal that needs, and could be helped????nah,i dont think so.i think id rather earn for myself.i mean how do you say,,,,i think ill let this dog trip over his feet and fall all the time so i can make a little more money?????dont ya gotta draw the line somwere?
quote:Originally posted by BenjibearIt's a gray area. $4000 for the pup + $2000 for the surgery + $??? for other expensis to get the pup healthy is alot of money. That is alot of money when all the animal shelters are full with dogs and cats and are scratching to just get by and always looking for donations. I am sure they would have loved a $6000+ donation from these insane people. One way to look at it, is the dog would have had a home at the sideshow and probably taken care of fairly well. The people could have adopted a dog from the pound and one less dog would have been homeless. It is possible the dog they would have adopted, may have been euthanized. How humane is that?Millions of animals every year are abused and killed every year. How many of those are really in a sideshow?
quote:Originally posted by SueI see that Mr Detroit is a real animal lover - even has a cow sex joke as part of his profile.....