Archive for Friday, January 30, 2009

State seizes dozens of dogs

Kali Vukas, animal welfare specialist at the Lawrence Humane Society, grooms a young female Pekingese shih tzu that was recently brought in with dozens of other dogs that the state had confiscated from breeders.

Kali Vukas, animal welfare specialist at the Lawrence Humane Society, grooms a young female Pekingese shih tzu that was recently brought in with dozens of other dogs that the state had confiscated from breeders.

January 30, 2009


More than 70 dogs seized because of poor treatment

Kansas Animal Health Department seized dozens of dogs from two breeders. Enlarge video

It’s been a busy week for employees at the Lawrence Humane Society after the Kansas Animal Health Department seized dozens of dogs from two breeders.

“They were in pretty terrible shape,” Lawrence Humane Society Executive Director Midge Grinstead said Thursday. “They smelled like a sewer. They’d been outside in the weather. They just looked really bad.”

Grinstead said the animal shelter started getting calls last week from people who had visited a Douglas County breeder who was giving away dogs.

“The calls were that the animals were in terrible shape,” Grinstead said.

Employees from the Humane Society visited the breeder to check on the condition of the dogs, but Grinstead said because there were more than 19 animals, they immediately turned the case over to the state.

“The state of Kansas went out and actually reached a consent agreement and brought us the animals here,” Grinstead said.

Attempts to reach the Kansas Animal Health Department were unsuccessful.

The majority of the dogs have been passed on to other shelters and dispersed to area rescue groups.

Grinstead said the Humane Society received another 50 animals on Tuesday. The dogs were seized by the state from a breeder in Allen County in southeast Kansas.

The majority of the dogs were small breeds like shih tzus, Yorkshire terriers and bichon frises.

“We had a couple of really interesting dogs — Skye terriers. I’ve been here 13 years and we’ve never had one of those,” Grinstead said.

Humane society employees have been hard at work getting the dogs ready to be placed in area shelters and rescue groups, but Grinstead said they still have eight to 10 left ready for adoption.

“If the community wants to help, we certainly have some dogs that could use a home, so please come in,” she said.

If you can’t adopt one of the animals, Grinstead said you can still help out by donating blankets and towels to the animal shelter.


n8ivjhawk 9 years, 4 months ago

The dogs that "attaked" you didn't do a good enough job. They should have "bited" you a bit more. Just enough to need to have YOU put down. Dogs generally have a remarkable sense of character. The right dog could take you out on its own. I'd toss it a cookie.

kasper 9 years, 4 months ago

my dog could probably spell better than u waka. dogs rule you drool

Sharon Aikins 9 years, 4 months ago

Maybe it's your grammar and spelling. I've been around dogs all my life and never been bitten. Could it be that your behavior towards them has something to do with it?These breeders need to be shut down. Someone should treat them the way they treat animals, maybe then they would understand. Put them in a filthy cage, never letting their feet hit the ground, feed and water them when it's convenient, breed them incessantly to reproduce, give them inadequate protection from the heat and cold. On second thought, maybe it's these breeders who should be put down. As much as I love animals, I don't have one right now because I can't properly care for one. Lots of owners forget that those cute puppies and kittens grow up. And while they're members of the family, they aren't people and shouldn't be treated as such. They're not our babies, don't need "people" food and spoiling. They do require exercise, grooming and discipline, make sure you have the time for them. Watching Buffy bite everyone that comes into the house isn't cute or funny. Don't let their behavior become uncontrollable, often it's your fault. They're good for your health, so take care of theirs. A well trained dog will bring you a lifetime of love. On a rant here but if people won't care for them or have them spayed and neutered, they shouldn't have pets...period.

Hawkman 9 years, 4 months ago

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notajayhawk 9 years, 4 months ago

waka1 (Anonymous) says… "dude man all dogs sould be put down i have ben attaked and bited more times then i can remember"Dude man, if you think dogs like the one in the picture should be put down because it might bite you, you must live in constant terror of huge, vicous animals - like chipmunks, hamsters, gerbils, field mice...

jenner 9 years, 4 months ago

I don't understand why this is still going on in this country. There has been so much public education, especially recently, regarding animal welfare. Animals deserve better than this. They are living, breathing creatures, with thoughts and feelings, and deserve to be treated as such.I know that they are not humans, and need structure, discipline, and lots of love to lead a fulfilling life. Just think of it as raising a small child. Animals need to learn the ins and outs of life just like a child does. Would you keep a small child locked in their room without even a mattress to sleep on? I doubt it. If you would treat an animal this way, then you may as well treat a small child this way. It's the same principal, and therefore is very much against the law.I'm just completely baffled at the thought of someone thinking that it's ok to do these things to animals. They have no regard for anyone but themselves and their wallets.

Chris Ogle 9 years, 4 months ago

70 dogs starving, and freezing to death. This really saddens me. Wonder how how long these breeders have been around ?

bangaranggerg 9 years, 4 months ago

Does the Shelter have a website where you can view the available dogs online?

notajayhawk 9 years, 4 months ago

Their website is usually pretty far behind. You're probably better off going down there in person.

jlt14 9 years, 4 months ago

The petfinder website is updated every week. These animals however will not yet be on the website. There are so many wonderful animals at the shelter that need homes that have been there for months. Please go out and take a look.

geniusmannumber1 9 years, 4 months ago

Of course it's not your fault, waka. I suppose that paint just huffs itself.

beauj 9 years, 4 months ago

Edjayhawk, I say this with respect, not malice: you are wrong. Pits are wonderful dogs who, unfortunately, are often owned by despicable, cruel people. Pits do not inherently want to fight or attack. Indeed, the American Temperament Test Society, which tests the aggression levels of all breeds, scored Pits at an 88.8% passage rate. That means they are less aggressive than Schnauzers, Poodles, Golden Retrievers, and many other beloved breeds. Please keep this in mind the next time you advocate for discriminatory legislation. Thank you.

terrapin2 9 years, 4 months ago

I work with animals and size means nothing with regard to aggression. I've been bit by small dogs more often than big dogs hands down. I would be much more nervous about getting bit by a little dachshund than a pit bull any day. Of course, we typically don't see the bad pits at the clinic because the bad people that own them don't take them to the vet. I have seen a small maltese attach itself to the leg of a fellow employee, a shih tzu literally take the finger off a vet, a cocker rip my smock off trying to bite me...the list goes on. It is very rare to have a large dog try to bite us. Shepards and Chows would be the large breeds that make me nervous no matter what kind of owner they have. Of course there are exceptions to every rule. With regard to these horrible breeders, they have been around forever. Maybe we are noticing them more now (thankfully) so we can shut them down. People need to realize though, that they are part of the problem if they want only pure bred dogs and agree to pay the ridiculous prices these breeders charge. It's supply and demand. If they can make money off of it they will do it. Quit buying from these greedy breeders and they will go away.

pitbulllvr 9 years, 4 months ago

Well said, Beauj! Pit bulls have gotten such a bad rap because of the media and some of the individuals who own them. They are very loyal, loving, social, and friendly dogs who just want to be loved like any other dog. They have wonderful personalities and it's a shame that so many people overlook them and place a label on the whole breed as "vicious" and "dangerous". For anyone who doens't believe me, please visit this webiste. I hope it changes your mind.

Boston_Corbett 9 years, 4 months ago

Yea, when I spaded my dog, he sure didn't like it. Had a good tomato crop that year though.

Emily Hadley 9 years, 4 months ago

Animals are not the problem. Abuse by humans is.Help by not supporting breeders or pet stores at all.Learn more:

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