Sign the Petition to

Bloomfield Township, NJ Board of Health

Petition to allow The Coltenback's to adopt Memphis.

If the welfare of Memphis is truly the ultimate goal, there is absolutely no reason Memphis should remain in the shelter one more day. A loving, experienced, breed savvy family is pleading with the township to bring Memphis back home forever.

Signed,

Meleah Cirone

This petition closed over 2 years ago

How this will help

Jeff Coltenback and his wife Diana are residents of the Township of Bloomfield, NJ. They own and operate a local pet business, Paradise Pet, in the same town and are also the founders of Pitty...

Jeff Coltenback and his wife Diana are residents of the Township of Bloomfield, NJ. They own and operate a local pet business, Paradise Pet, in the same town and are also the founders of Pitty Rescue, Inc a 501 (c) (3) non-profit animal rescue organization. As if that is not enough, Jeff is a highly respected animal behaviorist and this family truly has a passion and a love for this often mislabeled and misunderstood breed. Memphis belongs with the Coltenbacks. Please sign and share, the life of an amazing pitty boy may depend on it.

Thank you for your support.

Memphis' Story, in Jeff's words:

Help us get Memphis back!

Memphis' abbreviated story (it's a really long one though): Memphis was picked up as stray in Feb 2012 and further restricted by shelter management after his initial 7-day hold was up. He was then deemed UN-adoptable by an evaluator in March (not by any judicial system). He has no bite history and, to my knowledge, has never injured anyone -- human or animal. His only crime; his breed. After learning about Memphis, I contacted the Township of Bloomfield Health Dept and offered my services to evaluate/train him. In order to gain permission to do so (which permitted me to train him only; I was prohibited from evaluating him), I signed a 5-page legal contract which also included holding me liable for Memphis and any expenses incurred on his behalf.

Part of my training with Memphis, like any dog I work with, included socialization. During this socialization training, he interacted with both adults and children -- all by permission. Due to this, the Township said I put the public in danger and ordered me to bring Memphis back to the shelter, which I did. My wife, Diana, and I then offered to adopt him permanently and sign a waiver relieving the Township of all liability. I submitted my adoption application to the Health Department, Mayor and Town Council, along with 12 Letters of Recommendation from professionals and rescue groups, here in the tri-state area.

During his entire 8 days with us, Memphis never exhibited any behaviors that provided an opportunity for me to correct or modify his behavior. He has been around people, dogs, cats, rats and even parrots without incident. My wife and I had Memphis for one week, and fell madly in love with him -- he's just that kind of dog. Since he has been sent from our sofa back to the shelter, we cry for him every day. We eagerly await the Township's decision on whether or not they will allow us to adopt him. Memphis is truly a great dog who has a responsible, stable, experienced and loving forever home to go to -- ours.
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