On Day Six of our Protest at the Olympic Animal Sanctuary in Forks, Washington, we spent the bulk of the day in the Forks Courtroom waiting our turn for the arraignment of Tamira Thayne, as she was arrested in the practice of free speech outside OAS.
To learn more about DDB’s involvement in the protest of treatment of dogs at OAS, visit our page at http://www.dogsdeservebetter.org/sonny.html.
To visit the most comprehensive Facebook page about the warehouse containing 125 dogs, including documentation of the police report from 2012, go here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/OAS-life-inside-the-sanctuary/396180077155674
Here’s what happened in Tamira’s words:
Make no mistake about it. The world is now watching Forks, Washington, and more and more people will be showing up to protest and insist that action is taken on behalf of these dogs. Here are two video links from the protest on Sunday. People are beyond disgusted that while these dogs still suffer every single day, protestors are arrested in the practice of free speech, and only ONE employee is observed DAILY entering the facility, for at most a couple of hours.
It should take at least a full time team of 5-7 people to even begin to scratch the surface of taking care of these dogs on a daily basis.
We were instructed to be at court by 10:00 a.m., and so sat in a full courtroom full of people waiting their turn. We were met there by another person (we are not revealing anyone’s names on here anymore for their protection. It is up to them how and when to reveal themselves.) After ascertaining that we were instead due in court at 1:30, we met up with two protestors who stood in front of the facility while we protested down the street and in front of the Forks City Hall.
At 1:30 we went back and were made to wait until last. This meant we were there until almost 4:00 p.m. while case after case was mostly postponed. I have hired a criminal defense attorney, but had a meeting with him at 5:00 p.m. in Port Angeles, so I said nothing when asked by the judge although I felt I had plenty to say about infringement upon my rights to free speech by making fraudulent claims to engender a restraining order. Without an attorney present for me, I felt it was best to just say nothing until I had representation.
I had hopes that they would just drop the case given the political turmoil and tragic circumstances of this case, but that hasn’t happened. Apparently the condition of the dogs at OAS matters not, but anyone who dares to stand up and practice their rights to free speech will be punished.
They set a court date for next Monday, although I informed them I would be traveling back to VA on Sunday.
We made it back from Port Angeles in time to attend the bi-weekly Town Council meeting, but three of us waited through the entire meeting for public commentary, however they closed out the meeting without giving us the opportunity to speak. We were then informed that the public commentary was at the beginning and we were ten minutes late due to our trip to Port Angeles. We were not afforded the courtesy of allowing us even one minute each to speak our piece, even though there were only two other citizens in attendance.
We are thrilled that so many people are getting on board with this situation and doing their best to make change for these dogs. We continue to be appalled by their cries, and by the lack of employee-involvement in their day to day care. Please visit the links above and get angry. Get action. Make change. Without all of us they have no voice and no chance at a life.
If you haven’t yet seen the video of my arrest in the practice of free speech, in which you can hear the dogs crying mournfully, please watch it and share. We MUST do something for these dogs. Please, please help.