4. Charities and other agencies would help educate the community on responsible pet ownership, including leash laws and penalties and fines for those who abuse animals.

Earlier this summer the mayor proposed giving Stray Rescue the $250,000 the city collected to build a new animal shelter that never materialized. Grim says he never asked for the money, and he's not sure he'd even want it now after several aldermen protested giving the gift to Stray Rescue. He realizes that he's now in the middle of a pissing match between aldermen and the mayor's office over how to respond to stray animals. It's a position he loathes.

"I got my first taste of politics this summer, and it wasn't good," he says. "The fact is, we never signed a contract with the city, and we've never been paid a dime. And I'm not the city dog catcher."

If there's a silver lining to any of this, it came when an anonymous donor coincidentally stepped forward to offer to match the first $100,000 donations made to Stray Rescue's Stracks Fund, which pays for emergency medical care for abused and neglected dogs.

That same medical care couldn't save "Our Little Boy," but Grim hopes it will save other abused animals.

"To me, the gift means that he did not die in vain," he says.

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