UPDATE, July 13: Stitch, Evan and I appeared on Fox 11 news, Los Angeles to discuss our case. Stitch snorts through the whole interview. Click here to WATCH
Update July 11, 4:45 PM
FRUSTRATING COURT SYSTEM! The Superior court just filed their preliminary ruling. They are upholding the lower court ruling (we LOST) due to a technicality in paperwork (the fact that there is no court reporter record, because in lower jurisdiction hearings- there is no court reportert!)
They refuse to hear our case tomorrow- so basically, we lost this round. BUT- now our attorney is going to file a writ to the higher court- the Federal Appeals Court. We are taking this fight to the top! We are not giving up! Read about it on AOL PATCH.
In the meantime, here's how you can help:
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Thank you! You are all what keeps us going!!!!
Here's the backstory, and see links on the right side for media articles about us.
Three years ago, we adopted a sweet little dog named Stitch. The woman who owned him told us his sad story. Stitch had been passed around to several people in his first year of life - a group of young kids who were part of the Hollywood club scene. The woman's teenage daughter had ended up with Stitch, but the girl was wild and out of control, partying, disappearing for weeks at a time with her adult boyfriend.
Stitch had been locked in the teen’s room for days without sunshine or exercise, having to relieve himself on the carpet. The daughter had taken him to a wild party where he had become so distressed that he jumped through a pane glass window to escape. And eventually, in their care, the dog ended up abandoned in the middle of a highway 10 hours away in Nevada City. With a cigarette burn on his neck.
We wanted to give Stitch a stable, happy home. We adopted him, microchipped and licensed him and got his necessary shots. And then we fell completely in love with him.
Soon after, the teenage daughter’s adult boyfriend began calling our home, harassing us, telling us the dog was his and to return Stitch to him. He even filed a police report against us for theft. After much drama – too much to recount here, the boyfriend sued us last year for more than $25,000, accusing us of theft and intentional infliction of emotional distress on HIM.
Although this man has no legal documentation or paperwork of any kind linking him to Stitch, and we have all the legal paperwork and proof, we've still had to defend ourselves in court. For the past two years we have been fighting this with our attorney, specialist in animal rights, Jill Ryther. It has drained our finances, and maxed out our credit.
In June of last year, the unthinkable happened. WE LOST THE TRIAL. THE JUDGE RULED BASED ON LOST PROPERTY STATUTE, equating Stitch to a bicycle. It doesn't matter if an owner neglects or abandons an animal. It states that no matter how the owner treated the "property", it has to be returned to the original owner. OUR STITCH IS NOT A BICYCLE! For the full story click HERE: http://hollyedexter.blogspot.com/2011/06/when-unthinkable-happens.html
WE IMMEDIATELY APPEALED. We also filed a petition for Stitch to stay with us during the appeals process.
In November of last year, after a six month court battle, we were given the right to keep Stitch in our custody temporarily during the appeals process. Here's the story. While we are in the third year of this fight, Stitch is a happy, healthy little guy who hikes daily, goes with us to tee ball games and is adored by all the neighborhood kids.
On July12th, 2012 the appeals judge will decide whether Stitch says with us, or goes back to the guy who lost him FIVE TIMES, the guy who waited days before even looking for Stitch because he "figured he'd turn up: (his words in court). Of the original group of kids who once owned Stitch, two have been in rehab, and one died of a drug overdose.
All we want is for Stitch to have a safe life where he is loved and cared for. We know he belongs with us.
Please pray and think good thoughts for us!
Troy and Hollye
To raise money for our legal bills, we are selling everything we can, which is our creativity and art, plus our friends pitched in with some fantastic stuff (Dior products, High-end haircare, fabulous books!). Will you buy something and help us save Stitch? Please visit our WEBSTORE link above to see what cool stuff we've got.
100% OF YOUR PURCHASES FROM THE SAVE STITCH STORE GO TO STITCH'S LEGAL FUND. PLEASE SHARE WITH YOUR ANIMAL LOVING FRIENDS. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!