Dogs rescued by a New Hampshire based non-profit agency, had to be rescued again, after the State Veterinarian revoked the rescue agency's license for zoning violations, reported Tuesday's Raymond Area News.
On Monday, the Paw In Hand rescue agency shut down their Facebook page and there are no dogs listed as available for adoption on their website.
According to the Raymond Area News publication, the rescue organization is facing more than zoning issues - there are also allegations that dogs were not provided promised veterinary care, as well as claims that dogs were abandoned at veterinary clinics and boarding facilities.
Dogs in the care of the Paw In Hand rescue were supposedly provided with care at the Suncook River Veterinarian Clinic, by Dr. Fiona Reeve stated:
We only saw between 8 to 10 dogs. We did not spay or neuter any of the PIH dogs. PIH still owes Suncook River Veterinarian Clinic a lot of money for the three puppies that we quarantined and unfortunately had to euthanize."
Jennifer Weibring, a member of the Board of Directors of Paws To The Rescue (PTTR), Marion County Animal Shelter, in Mullins, S.C., told the publication that she became concerned for puppies taken in by the rescue agency after receiving reports that the pups had been abandoned at a boarding facility:
They have had these six puppies for three weeks,"
"and they are bloated, scabby, are losing their fur and are dehydrated.
Weibring reached out to the local authorities to reclaim other dogs who had been taken from PTTR.
She explained why the dogs were being reclaimed:
since PTTR has legal ownership of the dogs and PIH had broken their contract by keeping dogs in crates in the basement for too long, not doing home visits on approved adopters and that these dogs did not go into quarantine.”
The following update was posted to Facebook after the dogs were back in the possession of PTTR:
Sadly, this re-rescue was necessary and expensive. Outstanding pull fees ($1,200) were never paid by the rescue; additional medical expenses to date are estimated at $3,597; boarding and transport costs over the weekend amounted to approximately $400 (the pups had to stay in a hotel on Saturday night) and further medical expenses in the amount of approximately $1,000 are anticipated.
Volunteers for Paw in Hand claimed that dozens of dogs were crated in the home of one of the rescue workers, however, a Raymond Animal Control Officer did note that a recent visit to the home revealed that the crates appeared to be clean and the dogs looked "fine."
Read more about the dogs seized from this rescue agency here.
Follow Paws to the Rescue at Marion County Animal Shelter on Facebook here.
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