A seven-month-old German shepherd puppy was on her way to be dumped at the Downey Animal Shelter in Los Angeles, California on Sunday afternoon by a backyard breeder. Fortunately for this sweet dog, a volunteer from A Purposeful Rescue had been in line for unrelated paperwork when she spotted the owner and the dog. As has been discussed numerous times, people stand in line at shelters to either update paperwork, – maybe to get a county license, receive vaccinations, spay or neuter clinics when available or to surrender their pet. Hoping the response would be one of the former, the rescuer asked:
“Hi Sir. Are you surrendering your dog?” He said yes. “May we ask why?,” the volunteer continued.
And what was the man’s explanation as the rescuer dug deeper for more information? He said he didn’t have room for the dog. The owner then explained the seven-month-old puppy’s mother was about to deliver her next litter. One can only conclude this puppy wasn’t sold, and now a new litter of puppies were expected; of course there was no room for a “too old” puppy to bring in a profit.
“We remained calm, told him we would take her and proceeded to get his license plate number and make and model of his vehicle to report him. This is unacceptable. We always say breeders use the shelters as dumping grounds, and it is not a myth to get people to not buy animals. It’s a fact.”
This German shepherd puppy is safe today, but her plight serves as an example not to buy pets from the Internet or Craigslist. As long as people buy dogs from these disreputable breeders, this will continue. How long will it be before the mother dog’s body is used up and she is thrown away at the nearest county shelter?
(Photo of puppy with backyard breeder screenshot via A Purposeful Rescue)
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Video of today’s distressing surrender: