No one knows how long Ethel lived in the remote section of a trash filled yard in south Texas. She had been tethered with a thick chain and repeatedly bred so that her dope addict owners could sell her puppies for drugs. Too often starved and abused, it made no difference to Ethel’s owners – her puppies were worth money, and the sooner they were separated from their mother, the sooner their dog could be bred again.
Even though there had been multiple complaints about the dog’s emaciated body and Animal Control had been summoned for a welfare check several times, the conditions never seemed to be egregious enough for Ethel to be taken away from the crack house where she lived and the tiny circle where her chain reached and her puppies nursed. At times Ethel would cry out – hoping someone would hear and help her.
It was weeks before rescuers could finally get Ethel and her puppies away from their abusive environment; no one would give up. Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC helped to formulate the plans and was ready to provide the dogs with the medical and emotional care they would all need.
“…one day, there was a brief moment which allowed our team to move in and rescue Ethel and her most recent litter of puppies. The photos show Ethel and her puppies at the time of rescue. This family is safe now, and under our care. The rescue took weeks, but we were successful in removing the dogs from the nightmare they were all living every day.”
Donations to help this family can be made: rescuedogsrocknyc.org
(Photos of dogs living with owners using dope courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)
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