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2007 Rescue Kerry Placement: Onyx


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Date: June 27, 2007 12:49:52 PM PDT
Subject: Fwd: At the beach Tim Cunningham's rescue Kerry - Onyx

Hi John, I thought you would enjoy this great picture of Onyx, a
rescue Kerry from the Foundation. [...]He is in a much better environment
now. Thanks for all your good work.

Warmest regards, Tim Cunningham      


Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2007 10:34:47 EDT
Subject: Onyx at the Hamptons

Hi Tracy,

I thought you would enjoy these pictures of Onyx (formerly Taz). He has a great life with us and we love him dearly. Also he is well on his way to being trained, something which he needed very badly, and which probably contributed to the problems at his old house.


Thanks again, Tim 

Subject: Yes, I am a good dog.
Date: September 21, 2012 8:52:39 AM PDT

This is a picture of Onyx, his cancer is in full re-mission. We are so happy! His oncologist think his chances for living a long life are excellent! I will send you a couple more pic's, please post as an update, and give other Kerry owners hope.

Fondly, Tim                    

Subject: My dog Onyx
Date: May 6, 2013 8:52:39 AM PDT

Last Friday (May 3, 2013), I had the horrible ordeal of euthanizing my dog Onyx after a long cancer fight. Onyx had lymphoma. I would like your readers to be aware of what, I believe, contributed to Onyx, a rescue dog, getting cancer.

The first year we had him, I was having my lawn treated with the lawn herbicide that has become so popular in Southampton Village. The worker who did the applications, walked up to me and said, "You have a dog, don't you?" I said, "Yes". He continued, "I shouldn't tell you this because we will loose your business, but the stuff you are putting on your lawn causes cancer in dogs". I stopped the use of herbicides immediately.

Onyx was exposed to the herbicide not just on my lawn but also when we went for bike rides. He developed lymphoma at seven years old. Onyx was treated by one of the top Oncologists in the USA. I asked him what he thought of lawn herbicides, his answer was quick and sure…cancer.

After this, I did a lot of research on lawn herbicide. I found one of the chemicals commonly used in lawn herbicide is the same chemical used in Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. Canada has outlawed the use of herbicides throughout the country. Small exposures to lawn herbicides significantly increase your dog's odds of getting cancer.

So, if you walk your dog in Southampton Village and you walk along a perfect green lawn, you probably have exposed your dog to lawn herbicide. These treatments are dangerous far beyond the first 48 hours, as the little sign always says.

A simple solution for this would be for Village Officials to outlaw the use of herbicides on Village property. This would protect pets while walking along the street. If people want to put a cancer product on their lawn let them, but they shouldn't be allowed to do it on public property. I would appreciate anyone helping me in this effort.

Thank You.

Tim Cunningham

88 Main Street
Southampton, New York 11968


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