November 27, 2012 Comments Off

A Hound for the Holidays

Posted in Cruelty Cases | Rescue Stories

Pasado’s vet tech, Karry, with one of the rescued Foxhounds

Pasado’s Safe Haven is searching for dedicated, patient, compassionate people who would be willing to open their homes and their hearts to a special hound dog for the holiday season!

Many of you have followed our story about the October 19 rescue of the foxhounds from the Lewis County foxhound hoarder. The dogs had been living in mud and feces and one of them had already died. Dozens of dogs were taken from that home, including 20 puppies.

Rescuers who took the puppies off of the property soon found that they all had Parvo. This is a completely preventable disease if puppies receive proper medical care from birth, including vaccinations. Sadly, all of the puppies were too sick and had to be euthanized.

But the 16 foxhounds who went to Pasado’s sanctuary are resting, recuperating, and slowly making signs of improvement. Before coming to Pasado’s sanctuary, these sweet dogs lived their entire lives in a kennel. They have never known love and they received very little human interaction before they arrived here. But we’re hoping to change all of that this holiday season.

These dogs so want to love and be loved. Some of them will come up and quickly but gently sniff and sometimes kiss our hands. They still have a long road ahead to becoming socialized – and they are in need of your help.

While the foxhounds are finally safe and receiving the medical care that they need, Pasado’s desperately needs help socializing them. This is a big job that will require a great deal of patience, dedication, and heart. Can you take a hound for the holidays?

If you decide that you’d like to open your home to one of these hounds, you’ll need to commit to at least three months. You will first need to take a class at Pasado’s sanctuary to learn how best to work with these deserving dogs. Once we have interviewed each interested person and you have taken the class, each person will take one of the dogs home.

There are 16 Foxhounds at Pasado’s sanctuary

Pasado’s will maintain close contact with each of our rescue foster families to help you each step of the way. And you’ll truly have to start at square one: These dogs do not know any of the basics that a socialized dog would know. They will need intensive potty training and social support. They’ll need someone who can teach them how to trust. These dogs are not aggressive; they are simply very scared and unsure. They will look to you for love, reassurance, and confidence.

While the dogs have been recuperating at Pasado’s sanctuary, the Lewis County Prosecutor has been hard at work ensuring that justice is served. Pasado’s has collected over 100 public comments asking the prosecutor to charge Punches to the fullest extent of the law.

The Prosecutor stated that they have filed 65 counts of Animal Cruelty in the Second Degree and one count of a violation to the dog breeding statute against Nancy Punches, the dogs’ prior owner. He said that there was not enough evidence to accept the 65 counts of Animal Cruelty in the First Degree that had been presented, but officers are trying to get more information for him. Pasado’s will soon find out when Punches will be arraigned and we will continue to update our readers as this case goes forward.

And in the meantime, we will continue to help these dogs move forward to have happy, love-filled futures.

If you think that you would be a good foster parent, please contact Kimk@pasadosafehaven.org to help us help these sweet dogs!

And if you can’t open your home to one of these dogs, please consider making a donation to help us offset the cost of their care. We truly appreciate your support and know that we couldn’t do the work that we do without you!

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