Group shepherds dogs to new homes


April 03, 2001|By Debra Taylor Young | Debra Taylor Young,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE MID-ATLANTIC German Shepherd Rescue has made a difference in the lives of many abused or abandoned German shepherds since it began operating in September 1999.

The Sykesville organization has placed about 350 dogs, according to Libby Marquardt, president of MAGSR. The nonprofit group operates with about 30 volunteers.

A recent rescue involved four sibling German shepherds that were kept in sheds with an occasional deer carcass thrown to them for food. Marquardt said MAGSR took possession of the abused dogs and, after care from a veterinarian, began placing them in homes.

Romaine Eyler of Sykesville adopted 3-year-old Koani, one of the females.

"She was very frightened of people," said Eyler, who was eager to give Koani a loving home.

On Feb. 4, after spending two days in her new home, Koani fled through an open door. Eyler and MAGSR sent out 800 fliers requesting help or information about the lost dog.

Two days into the search, Koani's sister Phoenix was harnessed to walk areas where the lost dog had been spotted. She broke through her harness and ran off.

For the next six days, the two dogs were spotted running together through Morgan Run Natural Environment Area. According to Eyler, up to 150 people volunteered time and efforts to help catch the dogs.

The Carroll County Humane Society and Animal Rescue Inc. of Baltimore County supplied two humane traps. Volunteers donated raw venison to attract the dogs.

Sadly, during morning rush hour Feb. 14, Koani was struck by a car on Route 97 and killed. Phoenix, her sister dog, later was caught in one of the humane traps that held her harness and venison.

According to Marquardt, the efforts of the volunteers and MAGSR were not in vain. Phoenix was treated by a veterinarian and placed in a new home. The other sibling dogs, Vaughn and Aztec, were placed recently.

Betty Langrall, who assisted in the rescue of the lost dogs, took possession of Aztec, a male, who suffers from vision problems resulting from growing up in a shed with no available light.

"He is so gentle and loving," said Langrall. "although he has every reason to be mean."

"Our rescued dogs make wonderful pets because they are so grateful to have a good home," said Marquardt, and she noted that eight more dogs were being brought in that day.

Information: www. or 410-644-7763.

Dance team entertains

Sykesville Raiders All-Star Dance Team provided entertainment at the annual Spring Fling at Piney Ridge Elementary School on Saturday.

While many activities took place throughout the school, the cafeteria was the scene of many performances, including one by the Raven's mascot bird, followed by the national award-winning dance team.

The dance team was formed in 1997 by President Sarah Mandella. Mandella coached the Sykesville Raiders Cheerleaders and said the cheering squad turned into a competitive dance team when the girls decided they wanted to do more than cheer.

Mandella is assisted by coaches Emily Rife and Betty Robey. Rife coaches the peewee team, for those in grade six and younger, and the senior team, for those in grade 12 and younger. Robey coaches the junior team, grade nine and younger. Rife choreographs all routines.

Among the dancers that day were: Marie Lindberg, 11, Kimberly Sellman, 13, Kristin Mandella, 15, and Amanda Rife, 12.

The senior team won a national title last month during the Battle of the Capital, held at American University in Washington. Amanda Rife of the senior team won an individual national award.

The team attends about 10 competitions each year and has won many awards, according to mascot Ron Nace.

Tryouts for fall will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. April 25 and May 2 for seniors; May 9 and May 16 for juniors; and May 23 and May 30 for youth and peewees, at Carrolltown Center in Eldersburg.

Information: 410-795-8408.

Century High meeting

A meeting for Century High School will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Sykesville Middle School on Springfield Avenue.

The merits of PTA vs. PTO will be discussed, and the choice of organization will be voted on. Committees will be formed, and officers will be elected.

Parents of students who will attend the high school are urged to attend.

Information: 410-751-3545.

Debra Taylor Young's Southeast neighborhood column appears each Tuesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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