Sunday, August 12th, I was contacted about the Shelby breeder and was trying to find people that could help. In the meantime the son was also contacting Organizations to come in to help find places for close to 300 dogs.
Wednesday morning the friend of the family called me to come over. So, I called another rescuer, Star Mar Rescue and we headed over there. I was told on the phone we could come get some dogs to take into our rescues. When we arrived we were told that the breeder surrendered them and that they would not be able to leave yet. So we stayed to help where we could. We helped in the building with the Chihuahuas.
The smell and sights were just sickening. Urine smells burned your eyes as well as your throat. Imagine what these little ones endured living in that day after day. It's no wonder many have eye problems. Some cages had as many as 4 Chihuahuas.
The cages were so thick with newspaper, urine, and feces we had to use scrapers to clean them out. The maggots that many of these cages contained were disgusting. But we kept on cleaning to make sure the little ones were as comfortable as we could make them until they were permitted to be released. They were so excited when their cages were cleaned and when new papers put in there that they just rolled and rolled on them. They bounced around playing with each other and were giving kisses to the people cleaning. Some were scared but appeared happy to have a clean cage. They were filthy and crawling with fleas. Some had most of their hair missing. You look around and you see eyes that are starting to get cloudy. Some dogs would not come near the front of their cages, while others were happy to be touched and talked to.
The Shar Peis were in kennels with outside runs. I'm not really familiar with that breed but they too were missing hair and seemed pretty thin.
There were several Chihuahuas that I had my eye on and I told them I'd be back to take them out of there and into a home to learn what love is. That evening I applied to see if WolfSpirits could be a part of the HSUS placement partners.
Thursday I got a call asking us what time we would be able to come pick up some dogs on Friday. 10am was the earliest, so I took that time slot. Sandra, her daughter Maya, and myself headed down in the morning and pulled the ones that were in cages I cleaned on Wednesday. Several have skin problems from fleas as well as some with cataracts. One little guy is partially blind and his other eye apparently ruptured at some time. He has a tiny slit and you can barely see the eye. I can only imagine the pain he went through.
We have a few that are missing many teeth and some with their bottom jaws decayed and receding.
We took 8 females and 7 males and then went off to deliver some of them to Peggy, another foster home, to help isolate and temporarily hold. Once all of the dogs are vetted they will then go onto other foster homes for more loving, and those ready mentally will go off to permanent homes.
WolfSpirits would like to thank The Humane Society of Richland County, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), and RedRover for their fast actions and hard work in the rescue and placement of the Richland County Shelby Breeder Dogs . We would also like to thank all the shelters and rescues that pulled together in giving close to 300 dogs a new start. And PetsMart Charities and HSUS for funding some of the dogs' veterinary care.
We still had over $2000.00 in vet care that we were not expecting. We never asked for donations nor held any fundraisers since we were told our bills would be reimbursed. Not the case at all.
This is where the rusty cages used to be - stacked two high, with about three dogs in each cage. In just a few days, the dogs' lives have changed forever. This empty room represents freedom for the dogs who used to face living all their days, weeks, months, and years here.The Humane Society of Richland County
did an impressive job leading this emergency response, diverting resources from their own shelter to ensure that operations at the emergency shelter ran smoothly. In a situation like this, especially given that we were sheltering on-site, it was essential that the animals are moved out as quickly as possible. Given that many of the dogs are ill or injured and will need rehabilitation before they can be adopted, the best option for the animals was to transfer them to groups who could handle their special needs and take the time needed to find each of them the right home.
The Humane Society of the United States
CHA Animal Shelter
Cleveland Animal Protective League
Friendship Animal Protective League of Lorain County
Humane Society of Greater Dayton
The Humane Society of Richland County
Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation
Ohio Pet Placement Foundation, Inc
Public Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) of Ohio
Shar Pei Savers
Toledo Area Humane Society
Washington Animal Rescue League
WolfSpirits Toy Breed Puppy Mill Rescue
played a key role on the ground and remotely to coordinate lightning-fast placement of the dogs into approved rescue groups, and together with PetSmart Charities
, they are helping to fund the dogs' ongoing veterinary care to mitigate the burden on the receiving organizations.
Please visit the websites below of the organizations who received these dogs. Please consider adopting any of the animals they have available, as they are all deserving of loving homes.