Someone has been dumping dogs outside of a pet store in Troy, Mich., and The Animal Welfare Society of Southeastern Michigan has a message for the person or persons responsible. For the safety of the dogs, they ask that the dogs be brought to the shelter instead of being left outside PetSmart.
Over the past six months, 12 dogs have been left at the PetSmart on Big Beaver Road. According to PetSmart manager Nikki Taylor, a store employee found one dog at 6 a.m., two at 9 a.m., two more at 9:30 p.m., and yet another at midnight on Monday. In April, two other dogs were found dumped in the same place, and another one in May.
Taylor said the dogs are being left next to the trash bin behind the store and in the store’s front parking lot, however one was dumped across the street as well. Petsmart is located on the corner of a busy intersection, so the safety of the dogs is also a concern.
The Animal Welfare Society of Southeastern Michigan, who took in many of the dogs, believes they are from the same Poodle-Maltese breeding line. Their ages range from two to six years. All the dogs are underweight and when found, they smelled terrible. Their fur was matted and filthy, covered in feces and urine. The dogs huddled together, frightened and skittish, possibly from not being used to human contact.
Gloria, the poodle found in May, had puppies stuck in the birth canal. At the time, it was not certain whether Gloria or her puppy would make it through surgery. However, both are now healthy and happy little dogs, according to The Animal Welfare Society of Southeastern Michigan on their Facebook page.
Whether the dogs are coming from a breeder or a hoarder, The Animal Welfare Society of Southeastern asks that whoever is leaving the dogs to bring them directly to them, no questions asked. PetSmart made the same plea.
Before they can be adopted out, the poodles need extensive grooming and need to be vetted, which will be costly. If you wish to donate toward their care, the Society says, that is the best way to help at this time. Click here to donate through their website.
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