Volunteers to help abandoned dogs find well-trained owners
Volunteers in Flower Mound are offering special training this afternoon for people interested in fostering or adopting a dog from the many that were dumped on Denton County roads this week.
The dogs — likely from a puppy mill — are fearful and will need help socializing, animal advocates say. Most were adult females.
Monday night, Flower Mound animal control took in more than 50 Maltese that were dumped near U.S. Highway 377 and Stonecrest Road. City officials are working closely with the Human Society of Flower Mound to find homes for the dogs.
Tuesday night, about 40 Cavalier King Charles spaniels were abandoned on Lois Road near Sanger. Those dogs are now with the Humane Society of North Texas in Fort Worth getting cleaned up and cared for.
Law enforcement officials do not know who abandoned the dogs, but suspect they came from a puppy mill, according to Roger Griggs, of the Denton County Sheriff’s Office.
Shelly Meeks, lead humane investigator with the Humane Society of North Texas, said that given the way the dogs were dumped, it could be the actions of a single breeder. State law now requires dog breeders with 11 or more animals to be licensed and inspected.
“It’s not uncommon for a puppy mill to have several different breeds,” Meeks said.
In other words, animal advocates aren’t sure whether more dogs could be dumped, but hope that breeders will choose more responsible ways to re-house their animals.
The Maltese dogs were in terrible condition and it will take some time before crews can evaluate all the animals, according to Stacy Smith, vice president of animal advocacy for Flower Mound Humane Society.
Because the dogs spent most of their lives in a cage, they will be very shy and fearful of all kinds of things, from leashes to new flooring and even to open spaces, Smith said.
“We’ll be really careful how we place them,” Smith said. “A lot depends on the human exposure they had between 6 and 14 weeks. If they had good, kind human contact, that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.”
Those who would foster or adopt the dogs will need support and training to help with those issues. The Flower Mound Humane Society plans on providing that support even after the dogs are adopted.
Animal officials in Flower Mound and Fort Worth said they have gotten a lot of calls in the past two days from people who want to help, including dog grooming businesses that have descended on the shelters to help clean up the animals.
Adoption and fostering aren’t the only ways to help, said Capt. Richard Brooks, of the Flower Mound Police Department. People can help by donating items on the wish lists, including Kuranda brand dog beds.
Some of the spaniels will be available for adoption on Sunday in Fort Worth, Meeks said. Flower Mound animal officials may begin releasing some of the Maltese dogs for adoption Wednesday.
To get more information on today’s foster training, fostering, or making an application for adoption, go to the Humane Society’s website at hsfm.org.
PEGGY HEINKEL-WOLFE can be reached at 940-566-6881. Her e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOW TO HELP
Adoption and fostering aren’t the only ways to help volunteers trying to place more than 90 dogs dumped on Denton County roads this week. Consider making a donation or bringing items on the wish lists.
Flower Mound Humane Society
* High-quality dry and canned dog food, such as Blue Buffalo, Fromm, Innova, Taste of the Wild (no store brands)
* Dog shampoo and conditioner — whitening or oatmeal Odoban, Nature’s Miracle, etc.
* Small nylon harnesses and 6-foot leashes
* Pro Quiet or other calming treats
* Zukes or other all-natural soft treats
* Thundershirts (small)
* Digital thermometers
* Hydrogen peroxide
* Benadryl cream
* Pill pockets
For more information, e-mail email@example.com.
Flower Mound Animal Services
* Pedigree or Purina Dog Chow
* Purina Kitten Chow
* Gently used towels
* Kitty litter — clay, non-clumping
* Flea and tick sprays or applications
* Slicker brushes and nail clippers
* AA and AAA batteries
* Kuranda pet beds
For more information, call 972-874-6390.
Humane Society of North Texas
* Purina dog food
* Paper towels
For more information, call 817-332-4768 or visit http://hsnt.org.