Rescuing animals from abuse and neglect can involve many people from more than one area of the country. Rescue organizations will seek resources to help in large scale rescues like one in Texas earlier this month that involved the rescue of 81 dogs and 20 horses from an an abandoned property about three hours southeast of Dallas.
The Houston County Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation and the Animal Rescue Corps (ARC) took responsibility for finding rescue or homes for the animals which were suffering from what was known to be at least a month of neglect, but conditions indicated that the neglect was going on even before the owner was evicted from the property.
ARC was able to conduct the rescue thanks to the generous support of The Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation and American Dog Rescue. Coordinating getting all of the animals moved to safety included a call to the Kansas Humane Society and then arranging transportation to get the dogs to Kansas.
UPDATE: The Kansas Humane Society received 15 of the dogs which were available for adoption starting last Saturday. Despite what they have been through, the KHS says the dogs still respond to humans with appreciation and while some are shy, they are expected to continue to come around in a home that will show them the love and attention that has been missing for them for some time.
“They have all been through our system and are great,” said Jennifer Campbell, communications director. “If there is a beahavior challenge, we start working with the animals immediately and put them on a positive reinforcement training program.
“We have great succcess with adoptions in these situations. People really feel for these dogs and are ready to help them have a wonderful life.”
The majority of the dogs are currently being treated by KHS for skin dermatitis, as they were heavily infested with fleas, and are heartworm positive. All are expected to fully recover from these medical conditions but may need additional veterinary attention.
Three of the dogs were adopted over the weekend, but a dozen are still waiting to find the love and care that they deserve after living for at least a month without water and food as hope waned until the ARC arrived to rescue them and restore the hope for life and love:
- Mandy, a 7 year old Border Collie mix, the Critter Camp kids love her!
- Hank, a 2 year old Blue Heeler mix, likes to cuddle
- Gladys, a 1 year old Labrador retriever mix, she’s in the video
- Mathew, a 5 year old Rottweiler mix, wiggles end to end
- Sikyna, a 8 year old Shepherd mix, a quiet, gentle girl
- Sunny, a 8 year old Boston Terrier mix ADOPTED
- Newton, a 3 year old Australian Cattle Dog mix, smart and eager to learn
- June Bug, a 1 year old Labrador retriever mix, a lotta love in a small package
- Mandy, a 3 year old Dachshund, a big heart in a little dog
- Louie, a 5 year old Terrier mix, loves to play
- Duchess, a 8 month old Beagle mix, a smart, classy girl
- Riley, a 2 year old Shepherd Mix ADOPTED
- Phantom, a 1 year old Labrador retriever mix, “best sidekick ever”
- Frito, a 8 year old Chihuahua ADOPTED
- Lady, a 2 year old Labrador retriever mix, currently in foster care, ask KHS staff about her
Standard adoption fees apply. Saturday hours are 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p,.m.
In addition to the KHS, the East Texas Horse Rescue and Sanctuary received all 20 of the equines and the remaining dogs are being transported to other shelters in the country including the Foothills Humane Society in Golden, CO and the Humane Society of Utah.
Besides helping to re-home the 15 dogs from Texas, the KHS has sent a staff member to Joplin, MO to assist with the Adopt-A-Thon June 25 and 26 that is hosted by the ASPCA, the Joplin Humane Society and Petsmart Charities to find adoptive homes for the more than 600 animals currently living in an emergency shelter.