The vet clinic where several dogs rescued from the Columbus County Shelter by Hearts and Hounds Rescue has come forward in the form of a letter telling of dogs who were lucky enough to make it out of the shelter, but have now been dumped with little payment being made towards treatment and boarding.
South Robeson Veterinary Clinic, located in North Carolina, was the dumping ground for dogs pulled by the rescue.
According to their Facebook page, Hearts and Hounds Rescue is a non-profit dog rescue in Schereville, Indiana working on getting their 501(c)3 . Their primary goal is to rescue dogs - primarily hounds - from kill shelters, vet them, and find them loving homes.
Hearts and Hounds long-term plans are more community-oriented and include helping local pet owners keep those pets healthy and happy, and help those who are having trouble keeping those pets find ways to work around those troubles.
A statement posted online by South Robeson Veterinary Clinic, tells of dogs who have been abandoned, while the "rescue" continues to pull dogs from other shelters.
Linda Szymoniak, President and Founder of Hearts and Hounds Rescue, has allegedly taken in hundreds of dollars in pledges to go towards helping her rescue, and the dogs in her care. Now many who contributed are prepared to file charges for fraud if the money isn't returned to them.
Hearts and Hounds allegedly paid the basic vetting and boarding for 10 days transport quarantine. This amounted to $250 for each of three dogs, plus $90 for medicines (no spay/neuter). In that 10 days Linda was supposed to arrange transport and relocate dogs by the 10th day. The vet never heard from her again until September 12, after repeated steps to contact her.
South Robeson is asking for help in placing the dogs in loving homes. They've been in cages for several months now, and deserve better. The clinic is charging a $100-$225 adoption fee to off-set some of the expense for treating and boarding the dogs. Spay fee, if requested is an additional $75, and neutering for $55.
Anyone who would like to contribute to the veterinary bill may do so by PayPal at email@example.com. You may also contact the clinic by phone to pay by credit/debit card, or send a check or money order to the following
South Robeson Veterinary Clinic
5412 NC Highway 41 South
Fairmont, NC 28340
Any money paid the clinic after the adoption fee is covered will go toward the overall balance.
Please share this article with other rescue groups, as well as people you know who financially pledge to help various groups.
Keep in mind any reputable rescue will allow the veterinarian they use to be paid directly. To not offer this option should be a warning.
Every article I've written about a dog or cat needing out of a bad situation has been met by someone saving that animal. We need to make that happen with these sweet dogs.