September 24, 2003 - 2:40 pm
The dog fight over alleged discrimination at Freeport's Friends Forever Humane Society may come to a head tonight when the shelter's board meets at six o'clock.
Lorrie Budden, who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis nearly two years ago, says Friends Forever refused to allow her to adopt a dog on three separate occasions because of her illness.
"[Friends Forever] said 'You can't handle that with your condition,'" Lorrie told WTVO, "and then I found myself the last time defending myself, saying but I can. I was absolutely dumbfounded, how do they know what I can and can't do."
Lorrie wanted a new dog to replace her former dog who died earlier this year. She plans on training the new dog to be a companion and to help her with her Multiple Sclerosis.
The argument between Lorrie and Friends Forever is playing out not in private, but in the Freeport Journal Standard through letters to the editor and articles. An article in the paper shows the shelter's manager saying the adoption process has some gray areas. Lorrie guesses she fits in that "gray area."
No one from Friends Forever would talk to us on camera. And Ginger, who didn't come from Friends Forever, is now a part Lorrie's family. And this faithful pup is standing by Lorrie's side as she fights to get new, clearer policies on adoption requirements at Freeport's shelter.
"You can't judge a book by its cover and if you have one person judging by the cover and another judging by what's inside then the two of them might come to a fairer decision for anyone who wants an animal," says Lorrie.
Tonight's board meeting begins at 6:00 pm, and Lorrie plans on speaking
to them about the issue.
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