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Reunited with his dog (Decorated Vietnam Vet Arrested #6)
www.sandiegouniontribune.com ^ | November 9, 2001 | STAFF WRITER Dana Littlefield

Posted on 11/09/2001 9:08:45 AM PST by B4Ranch

Homeless man is pleased to be reunited with his dog

SOLANA BEACH -- Robert Thomas Northcut, a homeless man who has walked the city's streets for a decade, got a little impatient yesterday as he waited to be reunited with his dog.

"All I want is my damn dog back," he repeated while crouching in front of the Do-It-Yourself Dog Wash. A couple of his Solana Beach friends, including Chris Tatum, owner of the dog wash, were there to wait with him.

He relaxed when T.J., his German shepherd, arrived from the animal shelter in Carlsbad, where the dog had been held since last week.

"I got him back," Northcut said as he walked T.J. -- or T.J. walked him -- along Acacia Avenue. "Everything's fine now."

Yesterday, the county's Dangerous Dog Task Force decided it would not issue a notice declaring the dog a public nuisance for barking and lunging at city and transit workers in Solana Beach. County animal control officers say T.J. bit a man in May.

Lt. Dean Maier, the animal control officer who made the final decision, could not be reached yesterday for comment.

Lt. Danielle Spilker, who previously handled the case, said she wasn't sure why the task force chose to release the dog.

"Usually when they release them at this point, there's not enough of a case," Spilker said.

Northcut, 49, was arrested last week on outstanding warrants. He had been cited earlier for trespassing on a city-owned median where a World War II memorial sits. Northcut, who said he's a Navy veteran, and T.J. had set up camp beside the concrete memorial on Plaza Street near South Coast Highway 101.

T.J. was taken to the county animal shelter in Carlsbad when his owner was arrested. Although Northcut was released after a few days, the dog was held until the task force could further examine the case.

Jennifer Lynch, a Vista attorney who appeared in court on Northcut's behalf, paid a $25 impound fee and a $17 licensing fee to release the dog. The money had been donated by the public. Residents and veterans who wanted to help had flooded her office with calls and e-mails.

"I'm not sure why (the task force) released the dog," Lynch said. "I can only hope that people's concern helped in getting the dog back sooner rather than later."

Northcut admits his dog has bitten people. He says T.J. is "feisty" and protective of his master. The dog had been abused before being rescued in Tijuana and nursed back to health by Northcut and Tatum.

When Lynch arrived with the dog yesterday, Tatum promptly muzzled him.

"We don't want any more problems," Tatum said as T.J. tried to knock the muzzle off with a paw. "He'll just bounce around for a little while, but he's going to get used to it."



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Yesterday, the county's Dangerous Dog Task Force decided it would not issue a notice declaring the dog a public nuisance

This was because of all the emails you folks sent. Thank you.

Tatum promptly muzzled him.

Smart move! They are going to be looking for any little chicken$**t thing they can to kill this dog because of all the public hell raising.

1 posted on 11/09/2001 9:08:46 AM PST by B4Ranch
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To: buffyt; ladyinred; WolfsView; prognostigaator; anniegetyourgun; Richard Axtell; EternalVigilance...
Here's the news about last night when TJ was reunited with Thomas Northcut.
2 posted on 11/09/2001 9:10:54 AM PST by B4Ranch
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To: B4Ranch
Thanks so much for posting this. I have been worried ever since I read the original posting a few days ago. I did call Solana Beach and San Diego, so maybe it helped. Thanks again. BTW, if it was me, I think I'd go somewhere else, because the cops are not going to be happy about this.

Carolyn

3 posted on 11/09/2001 9:12:54 AM PST by CDHart
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To: B4Ranch
I have to post to this thread.
4 posted on 11/09/2001 9:15:46 AM PST by Dog Gone
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To: B4Ranch
Thanks B4! I am so glad that the dog has been returned! Good Work FReepers!
5 posted on 11/09/2001 9:19:44 AM PST by TrueBeliever9
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To: Dog Gone
Dog Gone new name - dog back!
6 posted on 11/09/2001 9:20:16 AM PST by TooBusy
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To: B4Ranch
Great news.
7 posted on 11/09/2001 9:51:49 AM PST by Bikers4Bush
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To: B4Ranch
BUMP
8 posted on 11/09/2001 9:54:22 AM PST by Fiddlstix
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To: Fiddlstix
Finally a good story out of California!
9 posted on 11/09/2001 9:57:25 AM PST by MissEdie
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To: B4Ranch
It's about time they let him go. Thanks for keeping this in front of us, B4.
10 posted on 11/09/2001 10:17:52 AM PST by Billie
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To: B4Ranch
I've had family dogs all my life, and I've noticed that as the years have gone by it's getting harder and harder to own a dog without having the neighbors after you and the dog police giving you problems. When I was a kid dogs roamed around the neighborhood, kids petted them and played with them, and nobody thought anything about it. Now the dog police are after you at the drop of a hat. Dogs haven't changed; people have. They have never been so intolerant.
11 posted on 11/09/2001 10:23:51 AM PST by Cicero
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To: B4Ranch
I'm crying again LOL
12 posted on 11/09/2001 10:53:26 AM PST by Native American Female Vet
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To: B4Ranch
Decorated Vietnam Vet Arrested Guarding War Memorial and American Flag in Solana Beach CA

Thread #1
Thread #2

Thread #3
Thread #4
Thread #5

13 posted on 11/09/2001 10:56:13 AM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: amom
NOT a dog gone ping BUT a dog back ping hehehe
14 posted on 11/09/2001 11:16:32 AM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: B4Ranch
A bump for good news!
15 posted on 11/09/2001 11:23:52 AM PST by The Thin Man
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To: Native American Female Vet
I've got tissues for you. Gee, I didn't mean for you to need so many of them.
16 posted on 11/09/2001 11:29:47 AM PST by B4Ranch
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To: Dog Gone
I have to post to this thread.

Me, too! DOG bump!

17 posted on 11/09/2001 11:34:27 AM PST by RonDog
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To: Dog; randog; The Big Dog; Dog and Cat; wienerdog.com; Texas dog; Pipe Dog; blackdog; My dog Sam...
Next?
18 posted on 11/09/2001 11:46:56 AM PST by RonDog
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To: RonDog
Woof! Woof!
20 posted on 11/09/2001 12:17:38 PM PST by Dog
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To: Cicero
You are sooooo right! Just like anything else, people think they have the right to be intolerant and selfish! The sense of community has evaporated. What a pity.

FReepers, you have restored my faith in humanity! :)

22 posted on 11/09/2001 1:48:14 PM PST by MistyCA
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Stop in and help support our military, their families and Vets!
Come on by and meet some very Patriotic FReepers.
See great graphics and posts and have a few laughs along the way.

New Thread Every Day!

23 posted on 11/09/2001 1:59:57 PM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: B4Ranch
"Jennifer Lynch, a Vista attorney who appeared in court on Northcut's behalf, paid a $25 impound fee and a $17 licensing fee to release the dog. The money had been donated by the public. Residents and veterans who wanted to help had flooded her office with calls and e-mails."

Thank you, Jennifer, for helping this vet, and putting a little shine on the attorney image.

24 posted on 11/09/2001 2:06:47 PM PST by d14truth
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25 posted on 11/09/2001 2:31:37 PM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
I gotta to say this!
"WHO LET THE DOG OUT!"
so shoot me!
26 posted on 11/09/2001 2:44:20 PM PST by usmcobra
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To: usmcobra
Consider yourself shot! LOL!

BTTT!

27 posted on 11/09/2001 2:48:35 PM PST by headsonpikes
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To: B4Ranch
Bump for the dog.
28 posted on 11/09/2001 2:49:18 PM PST by blam
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To: RonDog
Next?

I took the screen name Flyer in honor of a great dog. Does that get me in on the ping (What, you didn't think I was a pilot, did you?)

29 posted on 11/09/2001 2:55:59 PM PST by Flyer
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To: B4Ranch
Bump for the freeper community..We do love our Vets..(and our pets too:>)......Go TJ..
30 posted on 11/09/2001 2:56:11 PM PST by RnMomof7
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To: B4Ranch
Freedom bump
31 posted on 11/09/2001 3:13:35 PM PST by IRtorqued
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Marine Corps Birthday Thread


32 posted on 11/09/2001 3:13:59 PM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: B4Ranch
Hot dog ... dog gone it .... that is good news ... I say that doggedly.
33 posted on 11/09/2001 3:16:39 PM PST by clamper1797
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To: B4Ranch
Mr. Northcut: "Everything's fine now"
I am so happy that TJ is now with Mr. Northcut.
34 posted on 11/09/2001 4:04:09 PM PST by deadhead
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To: clamper1797

You said it! (^:


35 posted on 11/09/2001 4:05:05 PM PST by Ragtime Cowgirl
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To: RonDog
Rrrrrrrr-uff!
36 posted on 11/09/2001 4:52:04 PM PST by randog
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To: B4Ranch
I just got a thank you note from Jennifer. I am really surprised that she has taken the time to respond like that. I imagine she sent them to many others. However, in short, she said thanks, she is printing the emails out for Robert and knows he will be surprised to see how many people cared. I hope it makes a difference in his life!
38 posted on 11/09/2001 5:27:03 PM PST by MistyCA
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To: Snow Bunny; buffyt; ladyinred; WolfsView; prognostigaator; anniegetyourgun; Richard Axtell...
This one is from last night and the color one is from a previous date.

39 posted on 11/09/2001 5:29:54 PM PST by B4Ranch
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Everyone:
Please send Jennifer Lynch and Sam Georges a Thank you note at JLL@jllynch.com. It is people like her and Sam Georges who help us take care of our buddies. They never expect a Thank You from anyone. So show that you appreciate their help and that they care too. Just say Thanks to both of them.

40 posted on 11/09/2001 5:34:56 PM PST by B4Ranch
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To: B4Ranch
Good job.

Semper Fi,

Marine Inspector

41 posted on 11/09/2001 5:40:03 PM PST by Marine Inspector
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To: B4Ranch
Here is the HTML-activated version: JLL@jllynch.com
42 posted on 11/09/2001 5:41:22 PM PST by RonDog
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
Happy birthday to you...... happy birthday to you....... happy birthday dear Marine corps happy birthday to you! and manyyyyyyy mooooooore!
43 posted on 11/09/2001 5:51:33 PM PST by MistyCA
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To: B4Ranch
Thank you, Mr. Northcut. I appreciate you giving of yourself to protect me here in the States when you served in VietNam. I appreciate you protecting the flag of the country I love when foreign entities threatened. And lastly, I appreciate your love of animals.

God bless you and TJ.

44 posted on 11/09/2001 5:53:59 PM PST by I_be_tc
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To: B4Ranch
WOOOO-HOOOOOO!!! It's fun to win every once in awhile, ain't it?!

FReegards...MUD

45 posted on 11/09/2001 6:09:08 PM PST by Mudboy Slim
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To: Cool Guy; lonevoice; Vets_Husband_and_Wife; Ragtime Cowgirl; Jim Robinson; John Robinson...
Pictures are in! #39 I used two different lists, so I apologize ahead of time for those who were pinged twice. Thank you all for your help in getting Thomas Northcut's dog "TJ" (Thomas Jefferson) back to him.
46 posted on 11/09/2001 6:11:51 PM PST by B4Ranch
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To: B4Ranch
This is such great news. I am so happy for Northcut and TJ. Just sooooooooo HAPPY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
47 posted on 11/09/2001 6:13:35 PM PST by Snow Bunny
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To: B4Ranch
YEAHHHHHHH!!! =)

...and a happy-butt-tail-wagging bump!

48 posted on 11/09/2001 6:17:24 PM PST by woollyone
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To: Snow Bunny
The email reply I received from the authorities in charge of this debacle told me the dog was dangerous. Now they have released it. Sounds like a snow job. The dog was either dangerous or not, if it was then it should not have been released, if it wasn't then they were lyin'. Gee that from a government official......NAAAAAAA!..... Not possible, is it?

Bump from Aus.

Mel

49 posted on 11/09/2001 6:25:49 PM PST by melsec
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To: B4Ranch
E-mail sent. TJ's a cutie! Thanks, B4Ranch. (^:
50 posted on 11/09/2001 6:38:32 PM PST by Ragtime Cowgirl
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