March 2008


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jana lashmit <[log in to unmask]>
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Farm Collie Breed Conservancy and Restoration <[log in to unmask]>
Sat, 1 Mar 2008 08:46:16 -0800
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I'd be happier if the hue & cry came about on its own, without the need for new bills, laws, or governances!  
  IMO, the current trend of importing homeless dogs is indeed folly, though.  It's backwards - and it doesn't help the problem in the first place.  The problem is homeless dogs - the ones that are given up by their owners for lame reasons.  The puppies imported from the south still grow up into dogs that may have problems, and still may end up in a shelter.  The "less adoptable" (over 3yo, medium-large, mixed breed) dogs in the North still don't have a chance.  And meanwhile, the problem of whole litters of surplus puppies in the South still exists.  
  I'd be much happier about the situation if it was handled better - for instance, if a particular rescue group in Connecticut "adopted" a shelter or two in Georgia.  If that group put efforts toward organizing foster homes down there so puppies could spend a week or two being quarantined, dewormed, vaccinated and watched for signs of parvo, distemper, and other diseases.  In the meantime, the group could still put pictures on their website.  In all probability, they'd be able to generate interest before the puppies were even shipped.
  And, the group could funnel some of the money they bring in toward the southern shelter(s) to help fund spay/neuter programs and other things to attack the source of the problem.  
  The way it is right now is stupid.  Basically, "rescue" groups are using poor rural areas with many litters of surplus puppies as free-range puppy mills.  Look at it this way: pups raised in substandard conditions where disease is rampant and little care goes into the selection of the parent stock.  Large numbers of underage, sick, or poorly socialized pups are shipped to the broker.  They're sold for unrealistically high prices ($300-400) without being altered and with little follow up.  Except for the fact that pet store puppies are usually purebred, it's a puppy mill with a different name and less overhead.  And done under the banner of "rescue" so that the purchaser can feel like a hero instead of a chump!