Thursday, April 9, 2009

Hoosick Breeder Closes Her Doors

We are having an especially busy couple of days here at the Humane Society. A tip was called in to State Police that a woman living in a single wide trailer was selling puppies that were too young to be separated from their mothers. The State Police called us for help. When they called, the Police believed that there were over 20 dogs and ten cats in the home. When Humane Society investigators and staff arrived at home, there was still a sign outside offering puppies for sale.

The owner turned over 55 dogs and puppies- including 4 mothers nursing litters -and 14 cats. The dogs include Pomeranians, Chihuahuas, Dachshunds and others. It took most of the day to catch them all, identify them and get them back to the Humane Society’s Animal Center in Menands. They have all been examined and treated by the our Veterinarian and some will be spayed and neutered today and tomorrow.

The dogs and cats are in varying degrees of health, but seem to be social and friendly. Some of the animals may be available for adoption as early as Friday afternoon or Saturday morning. The younger puppies will need weeks in one of our volunteer foster homes before they can be adopted. All of these animals are really putting a strain on our space and resources so we are hoping to do a lot of adoptions this weekend.

We don’t know how many dogs have been sold by this woman over the years, but now at least one supply of puppies in the area has been closed, hopefully if we can get more breeders to close, we can start to control the problem of pet overpopulation .