Sunbear Squad Tip Of The Week
Thank you to our friends at Sunbear Squad for teaching us how to be good Samaritans for animals.
Watch Tip Week of Nov. 15:
Watch for collars, chains, dog houses, and kennels that are too short or small for growing puppies. Call the authorities!
Below is a story sent to Sunbear Squad showing the importance of this week's tip.
Who needs to spend good money on a dog collar when you have a piece of barbed-wire?
A reader sent me a story last week about a Great Dane female rescued with a barbed-wire collar embedded in her neck. A "backyard" breeder in Portage, Wisconsin kept her in an old garage. The breeder didn't need a real collar because he never let her out of that garage. He wrapped her neck in barbed wire when she was young. She grew up into an adult and that collar grew into her like a wire grows into a tree trunk. She was bred, and she and her puppies lived amid feces and urine, never seeing the sun or smelling the clean wind. After her puppies were sold one by one, she lived alone in that dark, putrid hell with open, infected wounds on her neck caused by that too-small barbed-wire collar. Surgery was required to get the wire and cruel barbs out of her living neck tissues. Thankfully she is now cherished in a loving home. But she will always have scars and sensitive spots around her neck.
Please WATCH and LISTEN for the hidden victims of cruelty like this poor mama dog. Always be alert. In this case, neighbors might have heard loud barking from that garage when vehicles approached the house, or perhaps heard puppies yelping in play from time to time. Odors of feces and urine may have carried into the neighborhood when the wind was right. Neighbors may have even spotted someone carrying a stinky puppy or two from the garage into the house to wash before a showing.
What do you think are reasonable standards of care for animals? Read our all-original "Bill of Rights for Pets" for a new perspective.
-Anna Nirva, Founder Sunbear Squd-