Sunday, November 13, 2011


As always, give them enough rope and they will hang themselves. And that is exactly what is happening with the "transport" program. I have said all along that transporting dogs to other states is not based in saving lives, but based in pimping "No Kill". It's simple really. Supply rescues with product so that they don't have to pull from their own local shelters and force more euthanasia, thereby giving Nathie Boy a consulting gig. Only Nathie Boy ain't getting those gigs like he planned, thank God.

The transport scheme is taking homes from shelter dogs and that cancels out any good from saving another dog. That's not the way it should be, sacrificing dogs to feed a small, fat man's ego. Rescues are not in business, they don't need to think in terms of competing with breeders. This is the excuse they use to justify what they do in accepting these transported dogs. The term "rescue" means you save lives, it has nothing to do with providing the public with what they want, yet this is what these receiving rescues say they are doing. We as rescues need to show the public the good in any dog whether it is old, black, big, or whatever. To subject these types to die in the shelter while you play businessman with the public does not make you a rescue nor does it make you a life saver. 

Breeder Brenda Barnette was caught red handed for bringing dogs across state lines without vaccinations, risking bringing in disease. This particular article points out those risks. States are beginning to pay attention to this morbid scheme and passing legislation. Connecticut has already passed regulation legislation, Maine is considering the same. Now New Jersey is jumping on board. This indicates to me that we don't hear all the horror stories about this scheme. But it can't be hidden very long, all evil things eventually come to light.
The problem is too many people on both ends of this rescue spectrum and sometimes the transporters in between are unreasonably profiting from this burgeoning enterprise and the animals are suffering. We have heard of cases where unscrupulous "rescues" sweet talk shelter managers into giving them dogs, comb Craig's lists in the South, pick up puppies for a song, cram them into filthy cages, haul them to New Jersey - a hot bed of faux rescue activity - and peddle them at the local shopping mall for hundreds of dollars.

Bad rescues are rarely exposed until tragedy strikes. Puppies who haven't received proper vet care or were living in unsanitary conditions are flipped at the local Tractor Supply store for hundreds of dollars. The "rescuer" makes off with the cash while the new owners face high vet bills and emotional trauma of trying to save a severely ill dog.

But the profit mongers out there are preying on people's desires to adopt. With the torrent of publicity surrounding pet stores and their connection to puppy mills, families are looking for ways to adopt animals. Some New England states have a shortage of adoptable dogs, period. Blessedly, you don't see pregnant coon hounds roaming the back roads of Vermont. Sadly, many urban - and now suburban - shelters are overloaded with pit bulls. The number is well above 90 percent in Philadelphia. While pit bulls can and do make fine pets, unfortunately many in shelters have been abused and neglected. Many families are just looking for a fluffy puppy or more well-adjusted adult dog.

Transports deliver those animals. Beautiful hounds. Furry shepherd mixes. The occasional lap dog whose owner was living in her car because she lost her house. All abandoned, willfully or not.

I have several posts here on this scheme. Just do a search for transport. 

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