July 9th, 2009
Submitted by EARS Field Leader Andy Bass of Pompano Beach, Florida
Day 2 of the puppy mill seizure has come to an end and the EARS team deserves a rest after dealing with 100 degree + temperatures, not to mention the 476 dogs retrieved from
Check out the news items presented by Fox 4 News of Fort Worth.
Although about 100 animals are in relatively good shape, the “sample dogs” the public were allowed to see were covering up the real story of the Heddins Ranch. Almost 400 additional dogs, the “breeding” stock were hidden away in out buildings and in the dense overgrowth of weeds on different parts of the 1,200- acre property. Many of these dogs have mange, and others have a myriad of medical problems, including atrophied eyes, severe matting, flea infestation and earmites — the list is almost as large as the varieties of dogs offered for sale.
Additionally, EARS volunteers are caring for dozens of newborn puppies, as well as a dozen pregnant females ready to give birth in the next few days.
Over 30 volunteers, including almost 20 EARS volunteers, have answered the call to bring these poor creatures out of crisis and into the care long overdue. Our volunteers have defied temps in the 100s and will continue until the court appearance, scheduled for July 17. For now, we are tasked with providing care, shelter, and most important, love and kindness for the first time in these animals’ lives. And the fruits of our labor are already being seen. The fear and anxiety is already giving way to a more peaceful and kind existence.
Beginning tomorrow, local volunteers will begin to work side by side with our trained volunteers to learn how to care for these animals if the owner chooses to fight this in court. Should the judge rule in favor of the dogs, they will be released to rescue groups statewide for rehabilitation and placement through adoptions.
Please stay tuned for more info from the field as the situation unfolds.