135 Dogs Rescued from a Breeder in Missouri


Written by: Phil Monahan


Apparently coming to the realization that taking care of so many dogs was becoming too much work—or perhaps recognizing that that the line between breeder and hoarder was approaching—a Missouri breeder voluntarily handed over 135 puppies and adult dogs to the Humane Society of Missouri. Although this story will ultimately have a happy ending for most, if not all, of these dogs, it’s a cautionary tale that calls for increased regulation of dog breeders.

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2 thoughts on “135 Dogs Rescued from a Breeder in Missouri

  1. Steve

    That’s really wonderful news. I am hoping and praying that each one of these guys finds a home from the Humane Society..

    As you may or may not know, the Humane Society, on average, euthanizes ~50% of the animals* that come through their shelters. Let’s hope these guys & gals find their forever home!

    *http://www.humanesociety.org/animal_community/resources/qa/common_questions_on_shelters.html#How_many_animals_enter_animal_shelters_e

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  2. Barbara

    This story deserves a more thoughtful response than it received. As the story made clear, this breeder sought out the Humane Society of Missouri looking for help. This was not a rescue. The dogs all look healthy and fit, with bright eyes and good weight. They were not in danger. The story doesn’t say what caused the breeder to ask for assistance, but it could have been any number of reasons including health issues, a death or divorce in the family, or even financial difficulties that caused them to realize that they couldn’t afford to care for their dogs properly anymore. The knee-jerk comment that this was aiming toward a hoarding situation was both unnecessary and unfair. This breeder should not be castigated for essentially doing the right thing. Additional regulations would not have prevented this outcome.

    The previous poster mentioned the euthanasia rate at the “Humane Society”, then gave a link to the Humane Society of the United States. The Humane Society of MO doesn’t have any shelter data on their website, so it is impossible to know what their activities are. HSUS doesn’t own or operate any traditional animal shelters in the U.S. They have a few horse sanctuaries, but they spend less than 1% of their huge budget on direct care of animals. They do, however, spend an inordinate amount of time and money lobbying for more restrictive laws against all animal ownership.

    A little additional research might be in order.
    http://www.naiaonline.org
    http://www.humanewatch.org

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