January 25, 2011 10:56:00 AM
I got called on Sunday morning about a mother dog and puppies found dead on an old off-shoot road of Nashville Ferry past Bud Price Road. My husband and I rode out there and saw a little black pup sitting by the dead mother''s body. He took off and hid under a huge pile of rubble. Upon my examination of the scene the mother had been shot in the head, and her maybe 10-day-old babies had tried to crawl up under her for warmth, and of course there was none, and the last baby was dead with the mom''s teat in its mouth. They all died from exposure. We climbed under the rubble and got the pup out; he looked to be 5-weeks-old. His chest rattling with every breath and was terrified. He''s been to the vet and thankfully no viruses.
As soon as I get home I find out that another ladies sons had been out there the day earlier and caught nine puppies the same age as mine. These puppies all knew the dead mama dog. So the owner must have taken the mother out there in this completely desolate area, shot her, put her babies with her knowing they would die, and then threw out 10 puppies 5-weeks-old who would die or be killed.
Whoever did this, I want you to know that I know what you did and so do people who care about these pups. Your spot is known. IF you do not want to spay your dogs and you don''t want the puppies take them to the Humane Society because it is obvious to me you won''t put forth the effort to find them homes. Our shelter offers a low spay and neuter program.
You committed a criminal offense in my eyes, and people like you should be tried and punished. Folks we need tougher animal laws in Mississippi. I hope this story helps make this happen. But you, whoever you are there are 10 pups you will never get your hands on again. For that I am grateful.
disgustedwithbarber commented at 1/26/2011 1:49:00 PM:
Thank you for this letter Deborah and for bringing to the forefront dispicable acts such as this one. Thank you for your service to the many animals in need and to our community. Please everyone, pay attention, contact lawmakers and ask for their support to pass Bill 2127! It should be a feloney to have complete disreguard for life, any life, and to commit such acts of calious cruelity!
zenreaper commented at 1/26/2011 4:33:00 PM:
Christmas night, after eating dinner at a friends house, I was driving home, and at the top of my driveway was the cutest little puppy, shivering in the snow and rain. I took him home, washed him up, bought some puppy chow. Monday morning, after two days of bonding with the little guy, I called animal control and the Humane society, to see if someone had reported him missing. I will be honest, I had mixed emotions. If he was lost, I wanted him back with his owner, but a BIG part of me wanted him to be a stray. He was, and we now have a little addition to my family. Cutest guy you could ever hope for, and "Little Nicky" (what else do you call a puppy found on Christmas day?) is doing well.
lindaann commented at 1/27/2011 5:24:00 PM:
Deborah, such a sad story. It is hard to believe that someone could be so cruel--not only to shoot the mother, but leave the puppies to starve and freeze. To caring people, this is heartbreaking. People who abuse animals and other people are such cowards because they always prey on the weak and defenseless. It is time to make them accountable for their actions. The Mississippi legislature needs to pass SB2127 and make animal abuse a first offense felony.
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