On October 1, 51 dogs were found on the roadside in west Flower Mound. Most were adult Maltese and Maltese mixes. Two nights later, 41 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels were found on a roadside in northern Denton County.
All the dogs found were in poor condition and matted with feces and urine, and some have medical conditions that need to be treated. “These dogs likely came from a puppy mill, which is why the Licensed Breeder Act that went into effect on September 1 is so important” said Stacy Smith, VP of Animal Advocacy for the Humane Society of Flower Mound. “If properly enforced, we should never see dogs in this condition in Texas. The condition of these dogs and the callous manner in which they were dumped shows the inherent cruelty in this industry. If people take one lesson away from this, I hope it is to never, ever purchase a dog from a pet store, over the internet, or at a trade days. THIS is where those dogs come from.”
“Dumping those dogs on the side of the road was the kindest thing that breeder ever did for them,” Smith said. “How sad is that?”
The Humane Society of Flower Mound is contributing $500 in addition to the $500 reward being offered by the Humane Society of North Texas for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for these two cruel acts
The 51 Maltese found on the roadside in rural Flower Mound will be transferred to the Humane Society of Flower Mound on Monday, October 8, 2012. HSFM will also provide volunteer, adoption outreach, and medical care to Flower Mound Animal Services for the other dogs remaining at the town facility. HSFM is coordinating with several other local rescues to place the rest of the Maltese.
“HSFM has been overwhelmed at the generous response of animal lovers from DFW and across the country wanting to help these dogs,” said Linda Norman, President. “Because of this outpouring, we have many new foster homes and have received several donations that will allow us to give these dogs the medical care they need and deserve.”
Norman said it may be several weeks before they are available for adoption. Since most of the dogs dumped were breeding adults, they may present behavioral and health challenges that adopters will want to consider before taking one home. HSFM and the other organizations taking the dogs will carefully screen homes and provide extra education and behavioral resources to help the dogs transition into families. “These dogs have people lined up for them,” said Norman. “But there are hundreds of other dogs dying in shelters every day, including purebreds, small breeds, and puppies. We hope people will consider opening their hearts and homes to them as well.”
HSFM is holding a special foster orientation on Saturday, October 6th at 3pm in Flower Mound for those in the DFW area who want to help with these and other dogs who need temporary homes. They are also working with HSNT and Flower Mound Animal Services to connect them with potential adopters. If you would like to foster one of the Maltese dogs and live in the DFW area, you can contact them at email@example.com. To adopt a Maltese, please complete an application at www.hsfm.org.
The Humane Society of North Texas is caring for the 40 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels that were abandoned in Sanger. Since the story hit the news, they’ve been overwhelmed by the volume of emails and phone calls they are receiving about them.
None of these dogs are puppies – all are adults in various conditions. The dogs that are healthy enough for adoption will be available beginning at noon Sunday. Adoptions are first come first serve on approved applications – no faxed or emailed applications will be accepted. You must show up in person at the shelter, 1840 East Lancaster Avenue, Fort Worth, TX 76103-2124.
You can save time by downloading the Dog Adoption Application from http://www.hsnt.org/ and bringing it with you. Adoption fees will start at $150. Barbara Clifton with the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club of the US will be on site to answer breed specific questions.
The Humane Society of North Texas is urging anyone who is interested in adopting, but not familiar with the breed to please research the breed before committing to adopt. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels can have many health problems including eye, ear, heart, breathing, and hip issues. This will be compounded by the fact that they come from a puppy mill environment. Maltese have their own special traits and should be researched before adopting as well.
As you can imagine, the unexpected influx of this many dogs has strained HSNT’s resources. They are in urgent need of Purina One dog food. Donations for the care of the dogs may be made at www.hsnt.org.
Anyone with information on the individual(s) responsible for abandoning these dogs should contact Flower Mound Animal Services at 972-874-6390 or the Denton County Sheriff’s Office at (972) 434-5500.
Photos: Two of the rescued King Charles Cavalier Spaniels courtesy of Humane Society of North Texas.
Update 10/7/2012, 5:49 p.m. Hundreds lined up outside the Humane Society of North Texas this morning hoping to adopt one of the abandoned Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.