There was a sad irony last week. First there was the discovery of about 50 Maltese pooches wandering the road in Flower Mound. A day or so later 40 King Charles Spaniels were in a similar state of “what the heck are we doing here” near Sanger. Official suspect that due to the recent law making breeders register their operation, some of the “puppy mill” types were cleaning house by just dumping the caged animals that in some cases had never even felt grass.
And what was the irony?
Just the weekend before, the Animal Rescue Corps held a conference to educate volunteers, government and law enforcement officials and to certify individuals basic animal rescue. A private party for local animal lovers was held the Friday before at Judi and Glenn Stewart‘s Bluffview estate and hosted by Kristina Bowman, Natalie Chu, Jenifer Strauss Dannhauser, Holly Forsythe, Nancy Halbreich, Jack Knox, Lynn McBee, Dave Perry-Miller and Jocelyn White.
One of their major targets, according to Animal Rescue Corp President/Founder Scotlund Haisley and his staff, is the existence of puppy mills. Surprising some in the crowd was the fact that Tennessee and Missouri had the largest number of puppy mills supplying many retail pet shops.
Unfortunately, the bill and the efforts of many rescue groups in shutting down the puppy mills has initially resulted in dumping animals and overloading rescue groups. But if it ends senseless breeding of animals, this current tsunami will wind down.
BTW, the dumped dogs will be up for adoption this week.
WARNING: These are not adorable puppies. Yes, there are a few young ones, but the vast majority are adults that have been neglected and used. They will need understanding as they make their transition from jail life to real life.