Oh my Lord Britt C & E....How often do they happen in your area? I live in a rural community, and it happens much too often here. Is this a problem in anyone else's community?
It happens all the time over here where I live. All over my city really. But here where I live it happens at least 4 times a week, especially during the Spring and Summer, all year around, but esp. during Spring and Summer.
It's so sad. That is really how I have gotten all my past dogs. Misty, Zeke, Blue Boy, Macho, Hooch, Xena, Maverick and so on and so on... all my childhood dogs were strays that were dumped off here. My parents used to jokingly tell people that there was an invisible sign in our front yard that said "Dog Drop-Off or Dog Hotel" that only strays and people that would dump them off could read.
That is how I got my Jodie. There are so many strays all over the place right now... as of this month the recent two strays we are trying to catch (I work with the SPCA) are two Pit Bulls that were dumped off, a male and a female both emaciated... they are aggressive though... so it has been hard to capture them.
The thing I dont get is... I've noticed that alot of places have Shelters that charge you to dump off dogs, here THEY DONT CHARGE! and people still dont take them there!!! It drives me crazy. The way I see it though is, they think they are doing the dogs a favor by dumping them off in a neighborhood or in the country... but they dont understand that in doing so, they are causing terrible problems. The dogs sometimes dont find homes, they get run over by cars because they are terrified, they dont know where they are... they tear up peoples trash and end up getting shot and so on and so on.
Sigh... so yea in conclusion It is a terrible problem here.
Edit to Add: and alot of the times they are pregnant females that are dropped off, or just bred females... they dont want to deal with puppies so they load them up and drop them off somewhere. Misty and Xena, both childhood dogs of mine (mentioned above) ended up being pregnant (when I was younger my parents and I werent super dog savy and wouldnt get them to the vet right away to have them checked out, or else we could have prevent the puppies being born). Anywho... they were both pregnant and had 12 puppies each... had them here and we went through the SPCA and found great spay/neuter homes for all of them.