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  • Need to vent. Why do people think it is ok to dump animals in a farm neighborhood?

    I am really upset and just need to vent. Why is it that people think it is ok to dump animals in rural areas? Is it because we have other animals they think we want more? Is it because they think domestic animals have a shot at learning how to make it in the wild? Do they assume everyone with a horse farm also has a puppy farm, cat farm, rabbit farm (not kidding- someone put a rabbit on the side of the road with a carrot)?

    So I came across three puppies yesterday. I couldn't take them, because I was going to the dentist. I pull puppies from the road monthly and I really couldn't do it this time. I never felt so guilty in my life as I did driving away from them, but I didn't have a choice. I called animal control, the police department and the local shelter. Animal control sent out a person (so they say) and he didn't see them. Hard to miss.

    One day later, puppies were still loose. The afternoon update: One was the shot by a farmer, one was hit by a truck and my mother took it to be PTS and one is still running loose.

    So here it my mini rant on pet ownership...
    - Do not purchase any animal unless you are willing to provide 100% care (food, water, shelter, vet)
    - Have all animals spayed or neutered unless you are a RESPONSIBLE breeder who is willing to provide all of the care for both the parents and babies that you produce.
    -Follow the leash law (or for horses/ goats/ cattle/ emus have fencing that will keep them contained and safe)
    - If for some reason you can not continue to care for any of your animals, then contact a local rescue or animal control. It is better than dumping them on the street or neglecting them.

    I know I am preaching to the choir here, but it has been a rough afternoon. Forgive me.
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    #2
    I am really upset and just need to vent. Why is it that people think it is ok to dump animals in rural areas? Is it because we have other animals they think we want more? Is it because they think domestic animals have a shot at learning how to make it in the wild? Do they assume everyone with a horse farm also has a puppy farm, cat farm, rabbit farm (not kidding- someone put a rabbit on the side of the road with a carrot)?

    So I came across three puppies yesterday. I couldn't take them, because I was going to the dentist. I pull puppies from the road monthly and I really couldn't do it this time. I never felt so guilty in my life as I did driving away from them, but I didn't have a choice. I called animal control, the police department and the local shelter. Animal control sent out a person (so they say) and he didn't see them. Hard to miss.

    One day later, puppies were still loose. The afternoon update: One was the shot by a farmer, one was hit by a truck and my mother took it to be PTS and one is still running loose.

    So here it my mini rant on pet ownership...
    - Do not purchase any animal unless you are willing to provide 100% care (food, water, shelter, vet)
    - Have all animals spayed or neutered unless you are a RESPONSIBLE breeder who is willing to provide all of the care for both the parents and babies that you produce.
    -Follow the leash law (or for horses/ goats/ cattle/ emus have fencing that will keep them contained and safe)
    - If for some reason you can not continue to care for any of your animals, then contact a local rescue or animal control. It is better than dumping them on the street or neglecting them.

    I know I am preaching to the choir here, but it has been a rough afternoon. Forgive me.

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    • #3
      That is heartbreaking. I'm so sorry you had to go through that. I guess I do believe that people are just ignorant and really think that the animal will be happier "living on a farm" if they choose to no longer care for it.

      As an example, I just saw the Seinfeld episode where Newman and Kramer help Elaine get rid of the dog that's driving her crazy barking at night. After she's told them she doesn't want them to kill it, Kramer tries to persuade her to let them drop off somewhere upstate where he can live on a farm. He says that the dog will be "dancing and prancing" in the fields at the farm.

      It being a TV show, of course the dog finds it's way home and the next night is barking outside Elaine's window again.

      People are just stupid sometimes.
      I would like to think I will die an heroic death...

      But it's more likely I'll trip over my dog and choke on a spoonful of frosting.

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      • #4
        wow - I can relate - about 6 weeks ago a litter of kittens was dropped off at our neighbors house - they went and hid in their wood pile - they counted 8 of them. We able to catch one on the second day (cat was cold and on their porch) they kept her, 2 days later they caught another and we now have her - the other 6 disappeared - who knows - coyote, fox, hawk - we couldn't catch them - but were feeding them at the woodpile.
        do people tell themselves that these dumped pets will find nice happy homes? More than likey not - just like the puppies JMS is talking about.
        Very frustrating!

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        • #5
          A guy that works in a different department tells a story about how when he was a boy he and his friends took puppies and put them in burlap bags and threw them over rocky cliffs (I think they were in arizona, maybe). Fortunately, I barely know him. Don't think I could relate on a day-to-day basis with him.

          We had two kittens dumped in a ditch at the end of the driveway once. Guy that worked on our farm was mowing down there and thank goodness he saw them. I still have that cat - she's great. But, we lived far enough off the beaten path that no one really dumped animals. Aside from a horse once. Came home from school and found her shut in a stall with a note. Getting her up there involved a long driveway, electric gate and a not-so-friendly guard dog. We did (after about a week of asking people) finally figure otu where she came from and that she was legit.

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          • #6
            Forget the animals--now they're throwing babies out of the cars!!!! Did you hear that one on the news this morning??? Ugh.

            I think if you run across people dumping animals you should be allowed to shoot them (you can turn them in, but how many people get caught?)! And if by some stroke of luck they manage to live they should have something tattooed on their forehead that shows they are a "dumper", so people will monitor their every move and not sell, or give them any more animals!!!! I don't know how else to stop this craziness because in the end it's the animals that are hurt!

            I knew someone who made it clear to people that if they were planning on dumping their animals on her property that those animals would be shot. I'm sure she didn't mean what she said, but that the remark was intended to make people think twice before stopping at her farm.... Enough is enough already, people!!!!

            It's also way past time for a moratorium on breeding--horses included!!!!! Every creature born is a potential victim.... I saw a poster in the vet's office that said only one out of five kittens lives to adulthood--not very good odds....

            I agree that you're preaching to the choir here though, JMS. And you are forgiven my child! It's been a rough day in this neighborhood too.....
            "I'm not much into conspiracy theories but if everyone thinks alike you don't need a plot!" ~person from another bulletin board whose name has been long forgotten~

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            • #7
              I lived in a rural area for about 20 years and people were always dumping dogs and cats. (once a potbellied pig )
              I would pick them up and take them to the local pound. At least they weren't going to be run over and left to die by the road.
              The one time I just ran a dog off and didn't try to catch it - I found it dead that night.
              I felt so guilty that I made it a habit to try to catch them.
              I did keep a few for myself. A really nice cat who the vet said probably hadn't eaten for a couple of weeks when I found her sitting in the middle of the road trying to commit suicide.
              A couple of other cats.....although I had to be quick to trap them before a coyote got them.
              A german shepherd cross that someone actually locked in one of my kennels
              I still have her, she's about 13 by now.
              I swore if I ever caught someone dumping an animal I would run over them.
              99% of them starve to death or get chased down and eaten by a coyote, at least in that area.
              Many are too traumatized to be approached by a stranger.
              gggrrrrrr......ranting a little myself here
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              • #8
                How sad. Poor Puppies. Yep, last week my daughter is driving home at 11pm and almost runs over a beagle running down the middle of our country road. So she brings him home, doesn't want him to get hit. We take him to animal control the next day, and he's chipped, but the owners don't want him. The sweetest guy... so now my 6 yr old lab has a new brother.
                We LOVE him and it makes us sick to think someone just dumped him.
                \"Throw your heart over the fence and your horse will follow\"

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                • #9
                  I have a new pitbull puppy courtesy of some idiot who dumped her in front of the barn where my horses are boarded. Seems that they get 2-3 strays a week lately on that road or in the vicinity.

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                  • #10
                    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Cherry:
                    Forget the animals--now they're throwing babies out of the cars!!!! Did you hear that one on the news this morning??? Ugh.

                    </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

                    Turns out mother fabricated story--it was her kid and she didn't want him.
                    "It's like a Russian nesting doll of train wrecks."--CaitlinandTheBay

                    ...just settin' on the Group W bench.

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                    • #11
                      I also do not get some people's "dump it off" blase (sp?) attitude when it comes to their animals! They don't want their pets anymore & figure Mr Farmer surely wouldn't mind another. I want to take these people by their necks & wring them! Instead I sweetly smile & say "I am sure little XXXX will make lovely coyote bait". Either that freaks them out it could happen or they don't care which I then hope for something awful to happen to them in return. Maybe it's wrong of me, but I can't help it.
                      "I'm not crazy...my mother had me tested"

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                      • #12
                        Ohhh tell me about it. I still remember once as a kid hearing a cat crying for hours and trying to figure out where it was. My dad finally found it in the woods behind our house, tied to a tree (and actually it had gotten a foot wedged between branches in its struggle to escape). One of my neighbors ended up adopting it.

                        These days, I have somewhere around a dozen barn cats - some were left by the previous owner, others that have been dumped since I moved in a few months ago, as apparently this is "the cat place" People suck.
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                        • #13
                          I hear you.

                          Around Christmas time last year we were trying to safe a coonhound. Somebody tied the dog to a tree, the dog chewed the leash and was starved (1 on a 1-10 body scale). Big freeze. The dog was leaving bloody footprints. Wasn't letting anybody near him--later we found he was severely beaten to boot.

                          Finally animal control managed to catch him. He had to have one leg amputated. He was an old couple's dog and their son (or son-in-law) told them the dog run off. Turns out he did not like the dog because the dog wasn't hunting properly. He was an old couple's pet!

                          I wish I could get a hold of that man and tie him to a tree for a couple of weeks when it is bellow freezing. See how he likes it.
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                          • #14
                            My sister in law lives this question everyday. She has, conservatively, close to 50 animals (mostly cats, but just about everything else, including once, a llama tied to the mailbox) dumped on her farm every year. And they are never spayed, and almost always pregnant. Two years ago, she "foaled" out and found homes for 93 kittens. That's right, 93. She spays and neuters everything as she can catch and pay for it, but the preggers ones just keep coming. She wants to keep about 15 to 20 cats for rodent control (she calls that her critical cat mass), but she's had a many a 50.

                            With a few special exceptions, if you are in the barn and comment "That's a cute/pretty/sweet cat" the response will be "Want it?"

                            Every barn I've ever been in has had a similar problem, though hers isworse than most. I've know plenty of dogs that were dumpees.

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                            • Original Poster

                              #15
                              Your sister in law is a saint.

                              I always tell myself that it is not my problem, but then I stop and pick up the stray anyway. What is my problem is that I am not capable of turning away an animal in need. The time I used my "better judgement" I know have incredible guilt. All I did was try and go to the dentist and now, because of some horrible, hateful person, I feel bad. So unfair. Especially since my dogs were each safely at home sleeping on their dog beds.

                              I feel better because of this thread. At least there are others with sensitive hearts doing the same thing every day. I only wish we could catch the "dumpers". I would run them over with my station wagon.

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                              • #16
                                I have two dumped dogs and one dumped cat.

                                I've taken at least a dozen, maybe 2, to the pound over the last five years.

                                The latest are two terribly thin, scary and scared looking dogs. I think if we see them again this weekend, we'll put them out of their misery. they won't let me anywhere near them; all they can do is spread disease, sperm, and misery. Poor dogs

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                                • #17
                                  Yupp, people suck!

                                  Shelby county Alabama has started to enforce mandatory rabies vaccination laws, and now the shelter is overflowing! People are too sorry to spent ten bucks on a critter! At least they dump'em at the pound - though they get killed anyways...

                                  My sister-in-law had somebody drop of Beagle pups in her driveway, off a busy highway, close enough for dogs to get run over (SIL lost her dog this way, right after she had spent some good buck getting him fixed from gunshot wounds (not testies though ) not once but five nights in a row! Last night she followed the culprits to their house and returned all five pups the very next night !

                                  Just because one lives in the country does not mean one needs 30 dogs and 50 cats!

                                  But - as always, it is sooooo much easier to have soebody else pick up the tab!

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                                  • #18
                                    In my area, about 2 dozen of us who rescue the "dump-offs" have formed an e-mail group. Friends and acquaintences know that if they need to place an animal, or if they are looking for one, we can post it to our group and typically there are results within a week. It is small scale, but it really helps. Right this minute we are looking for a young but large rottie/pit/lab type mix for a friend whose 13 year old pit/lab just had to be put to sleep. In the last two years my best friend and I have managed to place 16 dogs and cats dropped (or birthed by a drop off) in our neighborhood. Only 2 had to go to a shelter (a female in heat we had no place to keep and a male lab that didn't get along with our dogs) and both of them were adopted from there. We have yet to catch a dumper though. Since we would probably beat them even more senseless I guess that is a good thing.

                                    Anyway, the e-mail group works well since we all live within a 30 mile radius. Two of us work at large corporations that let us post the rescues on their internal bulletin boards, and we have just gotten a local low-cost spay/neuter clinic that is an absolute godsend.

                                    None of this will fix the problem of people who have no sense of responsibility for their animals, but it makes it easier for those of us who feel responsible for every animal we meet.

                                    I have also been known to be a pest for folks who talk about buying a puppy. Why buy a puppy if there are so many dogs (many young, some are puppies) needing rescue? I deluge them with pictures and info about rescue dogs until most see exactly what they were looking for. If you are going to show, or have a working dog you might need to go directly to a breeder, but heavens not a cardboard box at the flea market!

                                    And what is this macho cr*p about not neutering the males? (oh, sorry, thats a personal rant at the local male population).
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                                    • #19
                                      You guys are good people. Thanks for finding those pets homes. Too bad you can't get a tax deduction for your expenses.

                                      The fact that you can find ANY breed you want at the pound if you can wait a week ought to be a large clue that people don't need to be breeding MUTTS! And now they are breeding mutts and selling them for $800 as Bengi dogs . My boss bought one - didn't want to risk the pound or rescues.
                                      The witchy witch witch of south central NC.

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                                      • #20
                                        This T'giving day, a month after moving to our little farm, I look out the window to see a car stopped in front of our house which is fairly isolated. When I opened the door, the car sped away, leaving a very frightened little mature chow/Aussie mix. Tight collar, tag hook but no tag. She's a delightful member of our pack now, but I wish I could find these jerks who dumped her, stick them in a car and drop them off naked in the middle of nowhere! Yeah, figure it out and good luck, a**holes!

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