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Newtown Victim's Animal Shelter Dream Turning Real (unintended irony alert)
AP ^ | July 5, 2014 | Susan Haigh

Posted on 07/06/2014 12:20:41 PM PDT by heartwood

Before she was killed in the Newtown school massacre, 6-year-old Catherine Violet Hubbard raised money from returnable bottles and cans to buy bones for dogs at the pound and designed business cards for an imaginary animal shelter, listing herself as "caretaker."

Her pretend animal shelter is now on track to become a reality as the state prepares to transfer 34 acres of a former psychiatric facility to a foundation raising money to build an animal sanctuary to honor the life of the little girl who was one of 20 first-graders killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Connecticut
KEYWORDS: banglist; mentalillness; newtown; sandyhook
You can't make this stuff up.

God rest the little girl and help her family, but this is absurd.

1 posted on 07/06/2014 12:20:41 PM PDT by heartwood
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To: heartwood

Very tragic irony.


2 posted on 07/06/2014 12:23:29 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: heartwood

I agree


3 posted on 07/06/2014 12:31:45 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: heartwood

Not for liberal CT.they eat this crap up


4 posted on 07/06/2014 12:32:33 PM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: heartwood

“God rest the little girl and help her family, but this is absurd.

It is; liberals are more concerned with the pets they have instead of the children they won’t...


5 posted on 07/06/2014 12:41:07 PM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic warfare against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: heartwood

how about a sanctuary for stupid liberals? 34,000 acres seems about right.


6 posted on 07/06/2014 12:41:58 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: heartwood
In 1995, Gov. John Rowland closed Fairfield Hills and its sister hospital, Norwich State Hospital. All patients that remained were moved to Connecticut Valley Hospital in Middletown
7 posted on 07/06/2014 12:42:57 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: heartwood
Too many of those parents got on the band wagon to be used in an effort to curtail gun rights of law-abiding cititens. Isn't it better that the parents fullfill their deceased daughter's dream?

I was brought up real close to Newtown, so I know the area. That abandoned psychiatric facility and its grounds are a good place for an animal shelter. It'll be a nice memorial. JMHO

8 posted on 07/06/2014 12:47:15 PM PDT by grania
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To: max americana

34,000 acres on the moon would be great.


9 posted on 07/06/2014 1:07:10 PM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (I don't want to feel "safe." I want to feel FREE!)
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To: heartwood

Would her memory be better served to use the place to keep madmen?


10 posted on 07/06/2014 1:13:30 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: grania

There is an abandoned psychiatric facility fairly close to where I live, that was allowed to deteriorate and can not be restored, and my state government is determined to close more psychiatric hospitals. The number of people with severe mental illness is NOT declining and they are not all best cared for outside of a hospital.

I also know someone who recently had a psychotic reaction to a medication and was kept for nearly a week in over-crowded and non-therapeutic conditions, two nights in the ER before a psych bed could be found - get them semi-stable and get them out is the philosophy. There is no long term care.

I knew someone who with her husband was killed by their schizophrenic son, who they could not force into treatment.

It’s not just the physical facilities; it’s the laws that make the difference. But the insane never went away because of the new drugs and new laws and deinstitutionalization.

The insane are still with us - they are in their parents’ homes or on the streets or in jail - and sometimes they run amok and kill.

Changing the laws, not the gun laws, but the laws dealing with the mentally ill, would be a better monument to the children and teachers killed at Newtown.


11 posted on 07/06/2014 1:15:24 PM PDT by heartwood
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Yes, see post 11.


12 posted on 07/06/2014 1:16:39 PM PDT by heartwood
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To: heartwood

go berserk, too


13 posted on 07/06/2014 1:16:59 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: heartwood

Why is it absurd? If the little girl had worked toward such a dream, I don’t see anything wrong with honoring her by seeing it carried out.

Or, are you one of those who thinks that because there are abortions in the world any acts of kindness and responsible dominion over animals are wrong?


14 posted on 07/06/2014 1:20:34 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: grania

I’m with you, grania.


15 posted on 07/06/2014 1:21:08 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: heartwood

Mental health policy in the US is a complete tragedy


16 posted on 07/06/2014 1:24:11 PM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: 9YearLurker

read the bolded line.

nothing wrong with founding and naming an animal sanctuary in honor of Catherine.

it’s where the sanctuary will be that makes it a sick, sad joke.

a functioning psychiatric hospital system and laws dealing with severe mental illness in Connecticut might have saved those children and teachers, and even that madman and his mother.


17 posted on 07/06/2014 1:27:06 PM PDT by heartwood
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To: heartwood
You make an excellent point that dealing with the mentally ill in better ways would be a good idea. But not at that location.

How would Newtown ever heal if it were the location of that horrific tragedy and the place where the mentally ill were housed?

18 posted on 07/06/2014 1:30:54 PM PDT by grania
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To: heartwood

But using that space well for the new purpose won’t keep the psychiatric system from otherwise getting improved. Yes, there’s a certain irony that could be deduced, but I still think it is a positive response to a tragic situation.


19 posted on 07/06/2014 2:03:47 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: heartwood
it'll be leveraged for gun control.

you read it here first.

20 posted on 07/06/2014 2:06:20 PM PDT by faszakutya
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To: heartwood
You can't make this stuff up.

Oh yes you can. And they did. Most all of it.
21 posted on 07/06/2014 4:58:07 PM PDT by Resettozero
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