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Dear Facebook friends and visitors,
If you’re here out of concern for our support dog, Meelo, please take a few moments to read our update.
We wish to take this opportunity to thank the entire community for the outpouring of support and kindness in recent days. Over the past week, the inflammatory accusations made against the children, staff, and our beloved dog Meelo, at our Jefferson House group home in Dodge County, have deeply saddened and concerned us.
Because of the dangerous, malicious, and threatening nature of comments we received and viewed on social media and in direct communications to our staff, Heartland Family Service has removed our dog Meelo from the Jefferson House and placed him in a safe and secure, family-centered home environment.
There are no facts whatsoever to substantiate the accusations of abuse. We say this not as a defense, but as the conclusion of professional investigations of Meelo himself, who does not show signs of distress, fear, physical, or emotional abuse.
September is Suicide Prevention Month, and while suicide is a difficult topic to talk about, it is important to learn more about suicide prevention, and to educate others. Many people who intend to attempt suicide give some clues to the people around them: knowing those clues and what to do if you notice them can save a life.
Mental health is a difficult subject for some, but it doesn’t have to be! When dealing with mental health, like physical health, one needs intervention when systems are not operating correctly.