A mass dumping of dogs around Houston has mobilized Texas animal rescues into action to save their lives.
A whopping 120 dogs have been found abandoned on the streets of Houston in the past week, according to Apollo Support & Rescue for Abandoned Dogs, leading rescuers to believe an animal hoarder or puppy mill breeder is discarding the animals.
“They are in such sad conditions right now, it is heart breaking. Most are covered in mange, fleas, urine burns/stains, with long nails that have turned neon yellow from being saturated in urine for months, maybe even years for all we know,” Apollo Support & Rescue for Abandoned Dogs, one of the rescue groups taking dogs in, writes.
Many of the females, who have signs of having been bred over and over again, are pregnant. Many of the dogs are afraid and fearful of human touch. But others are welcoming a warm embrace.
“These dogs are scared to be touched and held, it will take some time for them to get used to their new lives,” Apollo Rescue writes.
TAGG Rescue, who also participated in rescue efforts says it’s been a heroic effort for all those involved.
“It was a long day and an even longer night with medicated baths for each of them and them trying to learn what loving human contact was all about,” says TAGG Rescue.
“Many of these dogs had probably never even been outside before.”
“They had to have been living in filth before getting dumped because they all have horrible skin and their nails are stained yellow from the urine they must have been living in.”
The animals all need serious medical attention. From teeth cleaning to vaccinations to spay and neuters.
But now that they are safe, the dogs will have a second chance. Many of the puppies are ready for their new lives.
“Pumpkin pie, one of the 36 saved from Houston, is doing great and loving life – she is the absolute sweetest,” TAGG Rescue shares.
Needless to say, the influx of so many dogs is putting a strain on the resources of the rescues involved. If you would like to donate to any of the rescues involved, please visit their websites. Here’s a list of rescues involved: