On January 17, 2017, a nice couple adopted me from the Lewis County Animal Shelter in Washington state.
They thought I would be a great pal for their other dog, Bruce Almighty. I liked Bruce, but Bruce wasn't too thrilled to have to share his people with me. He sulked, but mostly he ignored me. That was okay -- It didn't bother me -- I just played with his old toys.
The nice couple didn't know what to do. They knew they would never take me back to the animal shelter, but they wanted us both to be happy. Jason, the son, and my pal Buddy, the grandson, were the perfect answer, and they jumped at the chance to have me for their very first pet.
I was so happy with Buddy and Jason. I went every where with them. Buddy fed me, played with me, taught me dog stuff, and at night we slept side by side. We even went over to see Bruce almost every night for dinner. In the evenings, after our walk, I would climb in their laps while they watched TV, lick their faces, and everyone would laugh.
On May 7, 2017, detectives from the Sheriff's Department came and took me away from my family without much explanation. My family begged the detectives not to take me, but they said they had to take me. It was the law.
You see there was a secret about me that my new family didn't know when they adopted me, and no one was going to tell them.
The secret was that on April 1, 2016, while I was out wandering with my mom, Sadie, there was an unfortunate incident where two goats were killed and a little pony was hurt. The thing is my mom instigated the whole thing.
I didn't mean to cause any trouble; all I wanted to do was play. After all, I was a very young dog. They ran so I ran. That was the wrong thing to do. The way the county code was written, because I was there, I was just as guilty. My mom has escaped justice, but I didn't stand a chance. The county has labeled me a dangerous dog, and that label carries a stiff sentence -- it punishes me with death.
Ever since I was six weeks old, I lived in California on 3 acres with goats and chickens. Goats weren't a meal; goats were family -- that's what I knew. Thing is I couldn't prove that I didn't kill the goats or hurt the pony, but I didn't. Mom was long gone after that pony kicked her a good one, but I stayed because I didn't even know the trouble I was in. I ended up getting blamed for something I didn't do. I did not hurt any animals on April 1, 2016.
On June 19, my family went before Judge Buzzard in Lewis County District Court in Chehalis, Washington. Even though, right during my hearing, he received a copy of an approved amendment, which was created especially for me and that would give me a second chance, Judge Buzzard ignored the approved amendment from the County Commissioners and all the new evidence presented to him.
The judge said he didn't believe the new evidence and ordered me put to death in 48 hours.
This was not the way I wanted my story to end, and hopefully it won't. On August 24, my mistress will go to Grays Harbor County Superior Court to seek to have Judge Buzzard's ruling reversed in its entirety for various points of his decision that were unjust and unfair.
I'm not out of the woods yet, but my chances are sure looking better than at 11:30 a.m. on June 19.
My family has fought so hard to save my life, but they need your help to Help Save Hank in Centralia, Washington. Please donate if you can to help with my legal expenses.
I was born on this day. Instead of being the black sheep of the family, I guess you could say I was the blonde sheep of the family. I've always been one of a kind.
When I was a puppy, I loved to eat -- I ate so much, it's a wonder I didn't burst. That's why they named me Tank. Besides food, my favorite thing in the whole world was to have a stuffed toy that I could carry around in my mouth while I wagged my tail. Love it!
When I was six weeks old, I said goodbye to my mom, Sadie, and headed for California. I was a birthday present for a boy named Josh. My new home was on 3 acres where chickens and goats roamed free. My family didn't go woof woof anymore; they went bleat, bleat, cluck cluck, and meow, meow. Even the neighbors all around us had animals -- goats, horses, and chickens.
Josh promised to take care of me, train me, and pay for my care. He trained me really well my first year, and I loved him.
I also loved playing with all the animals and small children. I even slept with the baby goats. We weren't just friends; we were family. We got along great, and I thought that would be home forever.
Life happens, and sometimes not the way we like. After a year, Joshua didn't take care of me like he promised, and when school and work took him away most of the time, Mama Debbie felt bad for me that I wasn't getting the attention and training that I needed.
So, with a heavy heart she drove 10 hours to Portland to meet Debby Parscal, the owner of my mom Sadie. Debbie was sure I would be loved, cared for, and protected.
That February 14, 2016, my family went from goats, chickens, kittens, and little humans to three big humans and a dog. Whoa . . .
Life would be different now, but I just knew it would all work out. I would make new friends.
A Facebook Group page was created for open discussion and to post filings and pleadings as well as giving accurate and timely information regarding the matter of Hank and Jann Propp-Estimo.
You can reach Hank Off Death Row Facebook page here.
Order extending euthanasia until August 31.
Appeal to be heard before Judge Edwards in Grays Harbor County
Superior Court at 1:30 p.m. on August 24.
On August 4 Defendants' Answer to Complaint filed in federal court -- jury demand
On August 3, Adam files Preliminary Injunction for Hank's immediate release. Oral argument request on Motion Calendar for August 25.
Adam completes RALJ reply brief
Hank's Hero's is a Facebook group whose ultimate goal is to help save Hank by engaging local media, spearheading rallies, exchanging ideas with local government, and generating ideas that will Help Save Hank in Centralia, Washington.
Hank's Hero's is a closed group, which only means that members are added to the group by invitation or by any person who is already a member. So, spread the word and let your voice be heard.
As a member of this group, you are welcome to post pictures, news articles, beliefs, opinions, uplifting mottos -- anything that is supportive of the effort to Help Save Hank and bring him home.
On Saturday, July 15, a group of Hank supporters met in downtown Centralia, Washington, armed with posters, flyers, and a smile to celebrate Hank with a rally. It was a beautiful day -- cars honked for Hank, people cheered, and people who hadn't heard about Hank, asked. Lots of questions were asked, and before long, everybody knew to go to helpsavehank.com.
Enjoy the video. Music and lyrics by Steve Hoecker.
Special thanks to the newspaper reporters from the Centralia Chronicle -- Justyna Tomtas, Natalie Johnson, Aaron VanTuyl, and Pete Caster. Also, thanks to Sharyn L. Decker, reporter from the Lewis County Sirens. Thank you for your excellent reporting on Hank.
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Hank had almost 150,000 supporters from around the world. Because of all of you, we were able to Help Save Hank in Centralia, Washington. Our family is eternally grateful for your support. Hank thanks you for your support and for saving his life.
This website, HelpSaveHank.com, was created to tell Hank’s story. The Propp-Estimo Pringle family sought community involvement to save Hank. Hank's expenses totaled $15,017.92 and after deducting fees (9%) from the funding sources, Hank's fund received $11,935 from donations. Daily updates about Hank can be found on Facebook.
Your support and encouragement has meant the world to us. We couldn't have saved Hank without your help. Negotiations are almost completed, and we expect Hank to be home by the end of this week.
Since May 9, 2017, when detectives from the Sheriff's Department came and snatched Hank away without my consent and without a warrant (I thought I had to give them Hank), Hank has been housed in the Isolation area of the Lewis County Animal Shelter.
Our family has limited access to Hank with no contact visits. We hope he can come home soon and be happy again.
Hank's family really appreciates your gift of generosity when you donated to Hank's Fund. Even though Buddy is away in Montana, he made a special thank you so you would know how much your donating for Hank means to him. Click Thank You.
Thank you so much for the contribution you made to Hank's Fund. It means so much to us to have all this support at this really difficult time. Buddy is away for the summer, but before he left, he made some special as his way to say thank you. Click here.