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Holyoke woman, sick with cancer, arrested on warrant issued after she failed to renew dog license
Masslive.com ^ | March 25, 2014 | Patrick Johnson

Posted on 03/26/2014 1:49:29 PM PDT by woodbutcher1963

Up until the time police put her in handcuffs and loaded her into a cruiser, Ann Musser was not expecting to be arrested.

“I just wished that at least for my first time getting arrested, I had something interesting to say about what I had done wrong,” said Musser, a Holyoke resident.

Musser was arrested at her home Friday night on an outstanding arrest warrant issued by Holyoke District Court for failing to appear in court. The court appearance was scheduled last September because Musser had failed to comply with repeated requests from the city of Holyoke in June for her to renew the license for Pumpkin, her 14-year-old family dog.

Musser, 41, admits failing to pay the $5 renewal fee was an oversight on her part, but she had a lot on her mind at the time. The main thing was the diagnosis for advanced ovarian cancer and having to undergo major surgery.

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1 posted on 03/26/2014 1:49:29 PM PDT by woodbutcher1963
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To: woodbutcher1963

Sometimes, you can not just make this stuff up.


2 posted on 03/26/2014 1:50:40 PM PDT by woodbutcher1963
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To: woodbutcher1963
clearly.....CLEARLY shes was a hardened criminal in DEEP COVER..as this photo illustrates




3 posted on 03/26/2014 1:53:23 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: woodbutcher1963

Good thing Holyoke doesn’t have any robbers, rapists, burglars, murderers or other serious criminals to arrest.....


4 posted on 03/26/2014 1:53:48 PM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
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To: woodbutcher1963

At least they didn’t shoot the dog this time. /s


5 posted on 03/26/2014 1:57:20 PM PDT by punknpuss
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To: MeshugeMikey

“Holyoke City Clerk Brenna McGee said Tuesday that, strictly speaking, Musser was not arrested for failing to renew her dog license. The warrant was issued because Musser was ordered to appear before a judge but never showed, McGee said.”

If I lived near Holyoke, Brenna’s house would be getting the bag of dog doddie on fire on the doorstep.


6 posted on 03/26/2014 2:00:28 PM PDT by woodbutcher1963
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To: punknpuss

Not yet anyway.


7 posted on 03/26/2014 2:02:57 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead...)
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To: woodbutcher1963
“Did you really think we want those laws observed?" said Dr. Ferris. "We want them to be broken. You'd better get it straight that it's not a bunch of boy scouts you're up against... We're after power and we mean it... There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What's there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted – and you create a nation of law-breakers – and then you cash in on guilt. Now that's the system, Mr. Reardon, that's the game, and once you understand it, you'll be much easier to deal with.”

― Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, 1957

8 posted on 03/26/2014 2:03:08 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The man who damns money has obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it has earned it.")
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To: woodbutcher1963

for an expired DOG LICENSE.?

sorry this sort of treatment of civil citizens is way over the edge.


9 posted on 03/26/2014 2:05:29 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: woodbutcher1963

Another dangerous felon apprehended by the Boys in Blue.
I feel so much safer.


10 posted on 03/26/2014 2:07:02 PM PDT by ZULU (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: MeshugeMikey

This arrest is going to get her put on the TSA no-fly list.


11 posted on 03/26/2014 2:11:42 PM PDT by glorgau
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To: WayneS
Good thing Holyoke doesn’t have any robbers, rapists, burglars, murderers or other serious criminals to arrest.....

They do, but it can be more dangerous to arrest them, than to arrest a woman over a dog license. Remember, as long as they all go home safely, they are happy. /s

12 posted on 03/26/2014 2:16:33 PM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Vet 70-71 Msgt US Air Force, retired)
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To: woodbutcher1963
If the city had any brains they would release her immediately, eat the fine and shred all documentation.

With her in custody the city is now responsible for her health, right?

Treatment for advanced ovarian cancer might run into the millions.

Failing to treat her makes the city liable for her wrongful death, civil lawsuits in the millions...

13 posted on 03/26/2014 2:22:48 PM PDT by ZOOKER (Until further notice the /s is implied...)
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To: woodbutcher1963

Us and Them ...


14 posted on 03/26/2014 2:22:58 PM PDT by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: woodbutcher1963

The judge ordered her to court for a $5.00 dog license. Even if she didn’t get one for the whole 14 years for the dog at $70.00 they want to bring you in to court?


15 posted on 03/26/2014 2:23:00 PM PDT by Clean_Sweep
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To: WayneS

the scary thing is that there are loads of comments under the article from people who support the arrest! saying, “she should have paid her bill... etc., etc... “ omgosh—i know there are liberals... but heck... these people—in Massachusetts no less—have no understanding... no concept of the founding of the United States of America! it is like they are begging to be enslaved!


16 posted on 03/26/2014 2:25:12 PM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: woodbutcher1963

ccommunities are short of funds and they pi** away money on something like this???


17 posted on 03/26/2014 2:27:58 PM PDT by terycarl (common sense prevails over all else)
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To: woodbutcher1963

Kind of ridiculous to have to pay a dog license in the first place. The council members that voted for that should be run out of town.


18 posted on 03/26/2014 2:29:40 PM PDT by DannyTN ( .)
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To: punknpuss
At least the cops made it home safely. What a brave bunch of donut eaters.
19 posted on 03/26/2014 2:30:16 PM PDT by peeps36 (I'm Not A Racist, I Hate Douchebags of All Colors)
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To: woodbutcher1963

I’m speechless - I assumed this would be a Florida story...


20 posted on 03/26/2014 2:33:12 PM PDT by GOPJ (NASA: N othing A bout S pace A nymore - - FreperClearCase_guy)
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To: woodbutcher1963

So what if she were about to go to the hospital for her critical surgery? I mean, within a few days? And she was arrested? She doesn’t go to the hospital, doesn’t get surgery, and suffers unfortunate consequences.

Unfortunately the legal system makes no exceptions (except for the ruling elite and their families, and prominent leftists)


21 posted on 03/26/2014 2:33:50 PM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: woodbutcher1963

I’ve never really understood the whole dog license thing. Somebody with deep pockets needs to test case it and get it killed, there’s no real justification for it.


22 posted on 03/26/2014 2:36:07 PM PDT by discostu (Call it collect, call it direct, call it TODAY!)
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To: MeshugeMikey

” sorry this sort of treatment of civil citizens is way over the edge.”

I got a cat from the pound. The list of rights this gave them was insane. They could, according to the papers I had to sign, come in and inspect at any time. I was required to keep current on shots and licenses. They could take back the cat at any time for any cause. I was required to have it neutered. I was not allowed under any circumstances to give the cat away. I was required to return it to the shelter. And, then I had to wait a week because Halloween was coming up and they don’t let people adopt cats for two weeks before.

I honestly expected to just go in, pick out a cat and take it home. I had no idea it was such a huge deal. Now, none of this inspection or follow-up happened. But it could have and still can.


23 posted on 03/26/2014 2:36:32 PM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: woodbutcher1963

I think this situation is assinine, and they went a little above and beyond in the enforcement. Love the fact that government agencies are incapable of communication with each other. So, after you pay the fee and late fees, if the warrant has already been issued, it can’t be rescinded? That’s ridiculous.

OTOH, how about a little personal responsibility for the family? Did somebody nail her husband’s foot to the floor and keep him from taking care of this? Apparently, they got several notices before the warrant was issued. I know if I were sick, Hubby would be doing everything in his power to not only take care of me, but to make sure the things I normally handle got taken care of, as well.


24 posted on 03/26/2014 2:38:15 PM PDT by Hoffer Rand (Bear His image. Bring His message. Be the Church.)
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To: MeshugeMikey

Her husband let her down. Yes, he did. If he knew enough to tell the arresting cops why his wife should not be in jail, then, okay, what was preventing him from seeing this issue through for her? When my mom was dying from diabetes, my dad assumed some of her duties, or made sure things were done by giving us children little jobs to do. Her spouse seems loving enough, sitting there on the couch grinning. Too bad her did not step up and take charge. This is all separate from the fact that the arrest was both cruel and stupid. Those pet licenses should be every three or four years, not every 12 months.


25 posted on 03/26/2014 2:38:59 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: punknpuss

‘didn’t shoot the dog ‘

I am surprised by this development as it was an, ‘illegal’, dog.


26 posted on 03/26/2014 2:40:04 PM PDT by Delta Dawn (Fluent in two languages: English and cursive.)
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To: Mark17

Another day closer to that sweet, sweet retirement check.

Is this a great country, or what?


27 posted on 03/26/2014 2:43:04 PM PDT by Romulus
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To: woodbutcher1963

Incredulous BookMark

Tatt


28 posted on 03/26/2014 2:44:08 PM PDT by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." Dorothy Bernard)
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To: MeshugeMikey

GD outlaw dog. SHOOT HIM!!


29 posted on 03/26/2014 2:46:11 PM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: Delta Dawn

He looked pretty dangerous to me. The officers were obviously exercising a lot of self-control or else their trigger finger was ringed by a doughnut. Either way that dog’s name has got to be Lucky.


30 posted on 03/26/2014 2:50:40 PM PDT by punknpuss
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To: lee martell

Those pet licenses should be every three or four years, not every 12 months.....Oh, horsepoop. The city/county whatever would miss out on $55.00 worth of revenue. Are you an Anti Communist or sump’n.?


31 posted on 03/26/2014 2:52:34 PM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: terycarl
The bill the person charged for everything - the arrest, the detention, a fine for not appearing, court costs, lawyer, etc. etc.

Parking ticket? Tow your car, pay impound fee, towing fee, and so on - $500, easy.

32 posted on 03/26/2014 2:54:43 PM PDT by Cboldt
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To: woodbutcher1963

Never register an animal.. it’s nothing more than a revenue scheme anyway.


33 posted on 03/26/2014 2:58:41 PM PDT by maddog55 (I'd be Pro-Choice if we could abort liberals.)
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To: peeps36
“At least the cops made it home safely. What a brave bunch of donut eaters.”

Don't blame the LEOs in this instances. If they instructed to serve an arrest warrant, that is what they have to do. They can't ignore the law, like 0bama and Holder.

The people to blame are the ones who created this inane law and its punishment.

34 posted on 03/26/2014 3:04:57 PM PDT by chrisinoc
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To: lee martell

You see this the way I do. The system is out of control. That aside, her husband could have, and arguably should have, done more to help her out before it ever reached the point it did.


35 posted on 03/26/2014 3:06:05 PM PDT by Hoffer Rand (Bear His image. Bring His message. Be the Church.)
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To: woodbutcher1963

She would not license her dog, so she is a cat burglar.


36 posted on 03/26/2014 3:09:39 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: chrisinoc

“Don’t blame the LEOs in this instances. If they instructed to serve an arrest warrant, that is what they have to do. They can’t ignore the law, like 0bama and Holder.”

Maybe they need to start taking an interest in the background of the tasks they’re given, considering how up-gunned everyone is these days.

It’s noble to go after murderers, rapists and thieves, but to get waxed over a dog license...


37 posted on 03/26/2014 3:15:20 PM PDT by PLMerite
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To: Delta Dawn
...it was an, ‘illegal’, dog.

There are no illegal dogs. The animal is merely undocumented.
38 posted on 03/26/2014 3:20:01 PM PDT by redheadtoo
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To: Clean_Sweep

Cha-ching!


39 posted on 03/26/2014 3:32:14 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (FIGHT! FIGHT! SEVERE CONSERVATIVE AND THE WILD RIGHT!)
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To: Safetgiver

a ritual beheading would seem to be in line with the PTB’s attitude, given that they appear to be the Holyoke Taliban.


40 posted on 03/26/2014 3:41:37 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: Gen.Blather

That’s a pretty picayune list...indeed.

Enjoy the kitty!


41 posted on 03/26/2014 3:43:51 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: Romulus
Is this a great country, or what?

I just wonder what Yakov Smirnoff would say about it?

42 posted on 03/26/2014 3:44:34 PM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Vet 70-71 Msgt US Air Force, retired)
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To: glorgau

In this day and age Id almost be proud to be on that list.


43 posted on 03/26/2014 3:44:35 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: woodbutcher1963

This is the country Michelle Obama is proud of?


44 posted on 03/26/2014 3:53:02 PM PDT by GBA (Here in the Matrix, life is but a dream.)
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To: Gen.Blather

They could come in to your house and inspect at any time? I would have handed the cat back to them, sadly. They have no business in your house.


45 posted on 03/26/2014 3:55:28 PM PDT by Girlene (Hey, NSA!)
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To: maddog55
Never register an animal.. it’s nothing more than a revenue scheme anyway.

Exactly. No register - no fines.
46 posted on 03/26/2014 3:56:55 PM PDT by Girlene (Hey, NSA!)
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To: woodbutcher1963

The Commissars of Marxachusetts want to see your papers, Comrade. Illness, and even Death, are no excuse.


47 posted on 03/26/2014 3:57:46 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To mess with the bureaucrats’ revenue stream.


48 posted on 03/26/2014 3:57:54 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: woodbutcher1963

So long as the valiant officers got home to their families safe; that’s all that matters /s


49 posted on 03/26/2014 4:00:26 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (When I first read it, " Atlas Shrugged" was fiction)
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To: Girlene

“I would have handed the cat back to them, sadly. “

It was love at first sight. This was her last day before the gas chamber. They tried to talk me out of taking her because she was ill. Nope. When I took her in my hands she extended her paws and hugged me to her and purred.

Ahhhh.


50 posted on 03/26/2014 4:02:20 PM PDT by Gen.Blather
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