Surrender of seized breeder/hoarding dogs to county

Surrender of seized breeder/hoarding dogs to county

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Angela Schmoll started this petition to Surry County Board of Commission Van Tucker

We, the undersigned animal lovers and citizens of Surry County appreciate the efforts of Surry County Animal Control, backed by the sheriff’s office and board of commissioners.

We are pleased to see the status of our animal shelter transformed from a death sentence to a place of hope for unwanted and neglected or abused animals.

Recognizing that unregulated intentional breeding not only has a negative impact on dogs’ lives, but on adjoining neighborhoods and public health, we greatly appreciate all efforts to identify, inspect and, when appropriate, arrest breeders.

All of these measures require a huge commitment from the county, animal control, community organizations and volunteers who aid in rescue placements and fostering needy dogs.

The recent arrest of a county woman with nearly 50 dogs in her home has strained these resources, while addressing a horrible situation for these dogs and their owner’s neighbors.

Dogs in need of rabies vaccines and the most basic veterinary care flooded the shelter and in order to make room for more dogs moved into a number of foster homes. Now volunteer fosters have no space for additional dogs and several are anticipating the need to handle newborn puppies as many of the females are pregnant. The males, being intact, are aggressive toward one another and mark everything in their paths.

This situation will continue until civil or criminal action forces the owner to relinquish her dogs. Volunteers and the shelter will continue to meet the need, while there are numerous rescues outside the county waiting to take custody of these dogs and remove them from being a local burden

We are asking that the county seek immediate release of the dogs to the custody of animal control so they can be transferred out of our care and begin their journey to permanent homes.

We look forward to continuing as partners with the county in working toward the betterment of animals’ lives.

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