70 Great Danes lives are at risk if Humane Society of the United States is granted custody
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The future is at stake for the 70 Great Danes whose future is still uncertain and who are under the current care of HSUS employees. In the hands of HSUS employees, four dogs have already died (9 puppies were taken out of 24/7 care with the owners personal vet before they were two weeks old and put in a shelter. and 2 of those puppies died. They were still being bottle fed as Mother dog was recovering from mastitis). There were two adult Great Danes that died of bloat and the other dogs are still at risk. You could change the future for these dogs by acknowledging this plea to ask that the rest of the dogs (except those that have medical conditions or are old and have been granted to be released to the former owner), to be placed in the 50 homes that are screened and available now. These homes have the experience, knowledge and the means to take care of Great Danes. Great Danes have special needs related to their size, health,daily care and temperaments. These families will offer that to the dogs. If rehoming these dogs is not an option, I would suggest Best Friends Animal Sanctuary or another trusted Great Dane organization that has what it takes to PROPERLY care for these dogs and have the means to do this to be granted custody.
In June of 2017, 84 of these majestic animals were seized from their home. Ten of them have been deemed "unadoptable" due to age and/or medical issues. We ask that they are given to the former owner who will see them through the rest of their lives. The remaining 70 lie in the hands of Honorable Judge Ignatius's final ruling.
These Great Danes have been living in a warehouse, in a parking lot, confined to 5x10 kennels since they were seized in June of 2017. There are no windows and no area for them to get any kind of exercise or fresh air. Though HSUS is monitoring them daily, (with no night care),these empolyees have little or no experience with this breed and can't give them the specialized care they need. Many Great Dane rescues will not allow this breed dog toeven be adopted to people/families that don't have giant breed experience as they know that without this experience many of these dogs will end up back in shelters or worse. I can't stress how important experience is when dealing with Great Danes. By sending them to homes, shelters, etc with no prior experience, you would be compromising their health and well being. This is VICTIMIZING these dogs! The dogs are not at fault and shouldn't be treated as victims.
The plan to have HSUS ship the remaining dogs to various parts of the country will cause them further undue stress on already stressed dogs. HSUS would then find foster homes for the remaining 70 dogs, which is a MASSIVE undertaking to find the proper foster homes. This is a waste of valuable time and could cause more deaths and possibly health issues. Again, they are becoming VICTIMS! We ask why they should be put through anymore than they have already endured. This can break the spirit of any animal, especially that of a Great Dane, which are known for their sensitivity, devotion and dependence on a stable family unit. Danes aren't a dog that can be put in a backyard where there's no interaction with humans on a daily basis. I can't stress this enough! The screened families that have offered to do this are available NOW!
We, how have signed this petition are pleading for you, Honorable Judge Ignatius, to place these dogs in homes where they will be taken care of and be able to live out their lives. They deserve HUMANE TREATMENT! To put them in future care of an organization or homes that are uneducated and equipped to handle this breed greatly compromises their fate for a future. Please consider this with utmost thoughts of the best interest of the dogs.
We are most willing to help make this process and tremendous feat go as smoothly as possible.
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