|Bonnie Sheehan: Arrested for animal cruelty charges in Tennessee makes one last rescue.|
"Dogs lost their angel that day," said Jay Williams, a friend who volunteered
and adopted two of Sheehan's dogs.
Shenouda, the veterinarian, soon made a decision.
He paid the $10,000 bond to get Sheehan out.
In the Beginning
Sylvia Gyimesi wanted another companion. She had already adopted Peeps, a small dog with a heart murmur from Hearts for Hounds. Sheehan had "worked with Peeps, loving and caring for him," Gyimesi said.
Knowing he was likely to have a short life, Gyimesi took him anyway. As he grew older his heart murmur went away and he became "a healthy happy boy, spoiled rotten of course."Having the urge to get a larger dog, Gyimesi called Hearts for Hounds again.
Even though Sheehan didn't specialize in larger dogs, ironically a good samaritan found a shepherd mix running the streets and it was kenneled at the non-profit.Bonnie brought Roxy out and it was love at first sight," Gyimesi told me. "Bonnie has dedicated her life to saving dogs that no one else wanted and were tossed away. She has a gift with animals, yet still able to relate and love people."
There are many people who are loyal to the rescuer, who have never adopted a pet from her. One of them is Anita Sinclair, who moved into a Long Beach neighborhood."As I got to know my neighbors and their pets, Hearts for Hounds started coming up in coversation over and over again," explained Sinclair, who already had two large dogs, two cats and a parrot. "Many of my neighbors adopted their dogs from Bonnie."When I heard of the arrest, I could not turn my back. Bonnie has done so much good for so many." Sinclair -- along with many others -- became part of Sheehan's rescue team.
What Sinclair wants to point out, however, is that U-Hauls are used often in rescue work.In a 1996 incident, a botulism outbreak at the Salton Sea killed off some10,000 endangered birds, including white and brown pelicans. As one of the scores of volunteers to rescue the birds, Sinclair said U-Hauls were often used to carry the pelicans on a 400 mile trek to Pacific Wild Life in Orange County.The volunteers helped save 1,100 pelicans -- some using U-Hauls.