Message from RPOA-“Dog Dumping” of Purebred Dogs in Texas

TX-RPOA E-News
>From RPOA Texas Outreach and
Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
Crossposting is encouraged.
October 6, 2012

This “dog dumping” of purebred dogs in Texas is still being investigated.
It hasn’t been determined if they are from the same dog breeder but appears
likely. This is an unfortunate incident which could have been avoided if
the dog breeder had contacted Responsible Pet Owners Alliance and explained
their situation. With our AKC national, statewide, and local breed club
connections, we could have made arrangements nationwide to help this
breeder, who obviously felt he/she had nowhere to turn for help. All
contacts with RPOA will be kept confidential. It’s all about the welfare of
the animals!

The new Texas Dog and Cat Breeder Act took effect September 1st and has
resulted in breeders moving out of state, retiring from breeding,
surrendering animals to local shelters, or reducing numbers of intact
females to fall under licensing requirements of more than 10 intact females
and selling, offering to sell or exchanging 20 animals (not only puppies and
kittens).

Please alert all Texas dog and cat breeders to contact RPOA before taking
such drastic steps and placing their animals in harms way. Below are a
series of news reports:

http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/denton/Is-new-Texas-law-to-blame-for-almost-100-dogs-dumped-in-Denton-County-172579041.html?ref=prev

Dozens of dogs dumped; is new Texas law to blame?

UPDATE 10/5/12: Anyone who wants to adopt a Maltese can start calling the Flower Mound animal shelter on October 10 at 972-874-6390. The King Charles Cavalier spaniels can be adopted starting Oct. 7 at the Humane Society in Fort Worth.

FLOWER MOUND — It was 1:19 a.m. Tuesday when the call came in: A pack of dogs was running loose at U.S. 377 and Stonecrest Road in Flower Mound.

“When I arrived, they were near the railroad tracks and real close to 377,” said Flower Mound Animal Services Supervisor Trae Malone. “There were pretty much dogs from Stonecrest all the way to the end. And we went one-by-one until we got them.”

A police cruiser recorded video of the roundup, which lasted for hours. By the time all was said and done, 51 Maltese pups had been rescued.

It was quite clear they had been living in filth.

“They are relatively healthy, other than the condition of their coat, which is covered in dirt and feces,” said Flower Mound police Capt. Richard Brooks.

Malone estimates no one had cleaned their cages, bathed them, or brushed them for at least six months.

At around 3 a.m. on Wednesday, the same scenario played out. Someone dumped 40 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and one Cocker Spaniel at the corner of Huling and Lois roads, northwest of Sanger — about 30 miles north of the site in Flower Mound.

Sanger called the Humane Society of North Texas, in Fort Worth, to help out.

“They’re in pretty rough shape,” said the Humane Society’s Peggy Brown. “Dirty, stinky, matted… some have eye problems. They need some TLC and some care.”

A new law took effect September 1 in Texas. The state began requiring breeders to obtain a license by undergoing inspection.

“If their breeding operation is not within the guidelines, then they wouldn’t be issued a license, wouldn’t have the ability to sell the dogs,” said Brooks, “so we believe this release of the animals was to avoid that.”

“It appears to be a breeding operation where someone decided to get out of the business and get rid of the dogs,” Brown added.

She stressed that dumping dogs is illegal. Two animal cruelty investigations are under way, but detectives know the cases are likely linked, Brown said.

“I don’t know if it’s the same one, but it’s a pretty big coincidence if not,” she added.

The Humane Society is offering a $500 reward for the arrest and conviction of whoever dumped the Spaniels.

Flower Mound is urging anyone with information to call detectives. “We’re gonna prosecute to the fullest extent of the law,” Brooks said.

Anonymous tips to Flower Mound can be phoned in at 972-874-3307. The Flower Mound Police non-emergency number is 972-539-0525.

Both sets of dogs will likely be available for adoption next week. After October 8, call 972-874-6390 for information about the Maltese dogs in Flower Mound.

Flower Mound’s shelter is now almost full. Donations of food for dogs and cats, money, or Kuranda dog beds are being requested.

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http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/denton/Nearly-100-purebred-dogs-dumped-in-Denton-County-172544651.html

Nearly 100 purebred dogs dumped in Denton County

DENTON — Nearly 100 purebred dogs have been dumped in Denton County this week.

The Humane Society of North Texas says 41 Cavalier King spaniel dogs were left beside a rural road Wednesday at about 1 a.m. The night before, sheriff’s deputies found 51 Maltese dogs.

Investigators believe puppy mill operators are dumping their dogs in response to a law banning the mills.

The Humane Society is holding the dogs as strays at its location at 1840 E. Lancaster Ave. in Fort Worth.

“Those that are healthy and temperamentally sound will be available for adoption this Sunday, October 7,” said spokeswoman Crissy Lintner.

Any animals that special needs will be transferred to “reputable rescue organizations.”

The Humane Society is offering a $500 reward for anyone who has information that could lead investigators to who is responsible for abandoning the animals.

If you have a tip, you’re asked to call the Denton County Sheriff’s Department at 940-349-1601.

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~ by topcatsroar on October 6, 2012.

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