The rescue group that I foster cats through put out a call on facebook the other day saying that they needed a dog transported from the Sunshine Coast back to Brisbane, we spent the weekend on the Sunshine Coast and were coming home today, via Brisbane so I offered to pick up this unwanted mother dog and her TEN, 2 week old puppies.
I knew it wasn't going to be a pleasant experience at all, and I knew I'd have to try REALLY hard to be civil with someone who didn't want their dog and puppies but we had no idea how bad it would be..
We pulled up to the house and these two bull arab type dogs came running over, barking their heads off, teeth bared, very very aggressive so we sat in the car until the lady came over, pulled them away and chained them up. She then said "are you able to take the father too? He's that bull mastiff that just tried to attack you. We don't want him anymore" he looked in good health and happy so but nothing like a bullmastiff at all, he was the typical white with brown patches arab-type dog. I said no because I had no approval from the rescue, and he wouldn't have fit in the car. She then said "watch out with the mother dog, she's very aggressive with people she doesn't know and will try to bite you" I told her then and there that we probably wouldn't be able to take her if she was aggressive, because it was dangerous for us having her in the backseat of the car if she was going to bite etc (the rescue already told me that the lady was a bit 'funny' and to leave without the dog if I felt uncomfortable at all).
The lady took us over to their laundry, opened the door and the mummy dog ran straight past us to a water bucket and had a massive drink, she was so thirsty and I couldn't see any water in the laundry. She was absolutely COVERED in mange, it was so inflamed and sore looking, and she was skin and bones. She came back over after her drink, looked at us and growled a little bit, but I crouched down, held out my hand and she licked it and then let me give her an ear scratch. She then stood there and let us put all 10 of her babies in a box, followed us to the car, jumped straight in and went straight to sleep. The lady again tried convincing us to take the father but we just couldn't. She then started crying as we were leaving but I had no sympathy, you can't treat an animal (and its 10 babies) like that and be sad...
I cried for most of the 90 minute trip to the rescue, it was just so heartbreaking seeing this dog (who isn't even 12 months old) starved, infested, itchy, dehydrated, terrified and having to support 10 other lives. At one stage during the trip mummy sat up and the big fat 'porky' puppy climbed out of the box and attached himself to a teat, mum was so exhausted that she couldn't even stay sitting and she went straight back down on top of her puppy... I undid my seatbelt and was basically in the back seat, lifting her up and pulling the puppy out in record time.
So mummy dog (who the owner said was a bandog, but is too skinny to tell) is safe and sound at the rescue with her puppies but they're badly needing donations of food and blankets. The rescue is run by 1 lady, she already had 15 dogs/puppies in care, and now this big in-take as well as a lot of cats. If anybody can help out with donations it would be really appreciated, I'm driving from Toowoomba down to the rescue in Brisbane on Thursday or Friday so am more than happy to pick up donations on the way down there (through Ipswich etc) Even those far away could order food online and get it sent to the rescue (I can provide the address). Thank you!
It really is disgusting how some people can treat their animals
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