Desperate Pleas, unanswered

A few days ago, we wrote about a family threatened with eviction if they did not “get rid of” their momma dog with a litter two week old puppies.  I wondered how heartless one could be to force someone to give up helpless little tiny babies with their eyes and ears just barely open.

Today, I got my answer, or can it get worse?  I’m not sure if these two reports are about the same litter, but if not, then this is now a story about TWO displaced families.  This is not really about “only dogs”, either, this is about PEOPLE being evicted or threatened with eviction simply because of the particular type of dog they own; dogs that were perfectly fine eight weeks ago that are suddenly doggie non grata despite doing nothing wrong.  If there are any legislators who don’t think we need a special session to stop this madness, I hope this clears up any confusion.  The legislative fix is our quickest solution.  Please help us. 

If you haven’t called Governor O’Malley to ask him to please call that Special Session, please call or email him NOW.  It will only take a few minutes…1.800.811.8336

Pit bull mom, 10 puppies evicted
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Posted: 9:02 PM
Last Updated: 16 hours and 22 minutes ago

MILLERSVILLE, Md. (WMAR) – A mother pit bull and her 10 puppies have been surrendered to the SPCA following an eviction.

On Thursday, June 28, the SPCA of Anne Arundel County brought in a 4-year-old pit bull, Chick and her 10, 2-week-old put mix puppies.

After receiving a phone call from Animal Control, asking if the SPCA would be willing to take the dogs, the owner brought them to the shelter. The owner was being evicted for having the put bulls and pit mix puppies.

The owner was allowed to keep his 1-year-old Rottweiler.

The mom and puppies went to a foster home on Saturday where they will be cared for until they are 6 weeks old, old enough for adoption. Chick was completely malnourished but was tentative to her pups when she arrived at the SPCA.

For more information on adopting Chick or one of her puppies, please contact the SPCA of Anne Arundel County at 410-268-4388.

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Note from MDF:  While this may be a good thing for the puppies to have the resources of a foster family and shelter in getting them adopted, the numbers of dogs being forced into shelters will soon exceed available space and resources and many innocent dogs and puppies will be getting killed for not enough space.  Also, nursing female dogs often look drawn and gaunt and it is not always because they are “malnourished”, so I would not hold that against the owners unless more information is available (also, I’m sure she was “attentive” to her pups, not “tentative”, as the article mentioned).  And last but not least, please, PLEASE, keep those puppies together until EIGHT weeks old.  I am hoping the article mentioning the puppies’ availability at SIX weeks is an error.  Puppies should be EIGHT weeks old before putting them up for adoption.  Adopting them out earlier is not only against the law, it would cause the puppies to lose valuable interaction time with littermates that helps them learn about bite inhibition, “dog language”, and how to “get along” with other dogs.


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