450 German Shepherds have finally been rescued from the clutches of an extreme hoarder. These animals were forced to live in absolute squalor before help arrived. Animal rescue organizations worked in conjunction with the police to assist them. The German shepherds had been crammed into a Georgia puppy mill that did not have the space to accommodate them.
This is the sad reality for many of these animals. When we shop at pet stores instead of heading to local shelters, this is the behavior that we are tacitly condoning. Local citizens had complained in the past but the police were not willing to step in. Once they received photographic evidence, their tune changed. Arrests were made and the dogs were finally freed from their makeshift prison.
The dogs were living outside, inside of livestock enclosures. They were not provided with food or clean water on any sort of regular basis. These poor pups were also forced to live in their own feces for extended periods of time. In most instances, the dogs did not even have dry ground to stand on. We are absolutely appalled by this behavior and cannot believe that it took so long for the authorities to finally intervene.
How could anyone mistreat hundreds of dogs, just to make a quick buck? This sort of behavior is completely unacceptable. The breeder who is responsible for this behavior is now facing felony charges. We hope that they are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. The animal rescuers who were trying their best to free the animals struggled to assist all of them. There were simply too many to consider!
In order to save the dogs, they had to prioritize. The sickest animals were helped first. For the first time in their entire lives, these German shepherds were finally going to receive necessary medical care and be given a true chance. They are finally taking their first step towards a brand new life and we are beyond happy for them. It took some time but the rescuers were finally able to remove them all.
Guardians of Rescue posted updates during the effort:
“Guardians of Rescue, Animal Aid USA, and our rescue partners and volunteers are on the ground with the many Shepherds in Montgomery County.
Scared, but no longer alone, these dogs are getting the love and vet care they’ve needed for so long, in the first step toward their new lives.”
Canine Pet Rescue is helping these dogs to receive the rehabilitation that they need, so that they can finally find forever homes. Their Facebook page is chock full of German shepherds at the moment. Some may even think that they are specializing in the breed. Please share this story with your friends and loved ones. Awareness must be raised.