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#61 D'Elle

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Posted Yesterday, 10:40 AM

About 60% of the dogs in our shelters are pit bulls or pit bull mixes.  If they could get a handle on that problem the shelters wouldn't be so overburdened.

 

We still have a big problem with the puppy mills here.  A lot of their cast offs end up over burdening the rescue groups.

 

I just read an article yesterday about the dog sales at flea markets.  Now that the laws for puppy mills are getting stricter more and more of the puppy mill dogs are being sold at flea markets.  The rules don't apply there.

 

It is exactly the same here. Walk through any shelter, any day, and over half of the dogs are pit-type dogs. Another large percentage here is chihuahua-types. There are usually very few purebreds.

 

The city I live near passed a law only a few years ago that puppies cannot be sold on the street. But I don't know if the county did or not. I  used to feel feel physically sick every time I would drive by someone standing out in the sun holding up a puppy high in the air with one hand and with a box of them at his feet, no shade, no water. I rarely see that now,

 so perhaps the county passed a similar law, but of course they simply sell the puppies online instead.

 

Backyard breeders who are only doing it to make money are the real problem, of course.

People who view puppies as a marketable product and nothing more are going to find a way around any law that is passed. I approve of the laws, don't misunderstand. But these problems will persist until human consciousness changes in its attitude toward animals.


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#62 Tommy Coyote

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Posted Yesterday, 12:57 PM

They can make too much money. As long as people can make hundreds of dollars the sale of puppies will go on.

The pet store here in KC that sells puppies gets up to $5,000. People are stupid enough to pay those prices.

Even worse, they have a program now where people can rent dogs. I guess the rental fee goes toward the thousands of dollars purchase price.

It's awful. I am like you. It just makes me sick to my stomach.

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Posted Yesterday, 04:53 PM

With all the bully-types in shelters, and the bad rap they get by the public, shelters have come up with some pretty interesting "breed combinations" or crosses to call them. My favorite is one dog called something like a Siberian Husky crossed with the Belgian Malinois. It's the black-masked fawn that a Malinois often is, and so are many pits. It has a short, slick coat (the shelter said it had been shaved to get rid of the heavy husky coat but it's never grown anything but a short, slick coat since). Right. It's 100% pit if you ask me (50% at a minimum) but people will believe what they want to believe, and the shelters are desperate to rehome the dogs. 


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#64 Tommy Coyote

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Posted Yesterday, 06:56 PM

I had a customer with a mostly pit but the shelter told she was a pharoh hound cross. They knew this because her ears turned red sometimes. I guess pharoh hound ears turn red sometimes.

I never said a word. She was a nice dog and that is all I care about.

I know of exactly one breeder of pharoh hounds in our area and she is in Leavenworth and I am sure her show dogs aren't out running around loose.

#65 GentleLake

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Posted Yesterday, 07:08 PM

Well, black and white ones are border collie mixes, dontcha know? :rolleyes:

 

Mostly pits and pit mixes in the shelters here in upstate NY, too.


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#66 simba

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Posted Today, 04:07 AM

Given how many collies are in my area, black and white anything is probably likely to be a collie mix.

 

Collie -small terrier mixes look hilarious.



#67 D'Elle

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Posted Today, 10:52 AM

They do the same, I think, in most shelters.

I'm generally not fond of deception in any form. But on the other hand, if it gets some nice dogs adopted, when otherwise they would not be, that's all to the good.

Plus, if it says "pharoh hound cross"  on the adoption papers instead of pit bull, those adopters can live in places where anti-pit laws have been passed.

 

Sometimes a little clever deception is OK.


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and family.

Left to right: Kit, Jester, Boo, Digger

 

 

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"You gonna throw that?" --Jester:  2001 - June 24 2016. Remembered with much love.
"I'm grouchier than you are" --Kit

"I love everyone!" -- Boo

(Boing! Boing! Boing!)--Digger

And not pictured, Benjamin the cat, who thinks he is a small border collie with superpowers.

 

 

 


#68 rushdoggie

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Posted Today, 02:16 PM

They do the same, I think, in most shelters.

I'm generally not fond of deception in any form. But on the other hand, if it gets some nice dogs adopted, when otherwise they would not be, that's all to the good.

Plus, if it says "pharoh hound cross"  on the adoption papers instead of pit bull, those adopters can live in places where anti-pit laws have been passed.

 

Sometimes a little clever deception is OK.

 

Eeeh, I respectfully disagree. People deserve to know what they are getting or getting into. Imagine someone adopting out a purebred Border Collie or Aussie stating it was a cocker mix. The dog the adopters get is going to not be the dog they wanted.

 

Plus, it adds into the "so many purebreds in shelters!" myth.

 

Let's be honest, evaluate dogs for what they are, give adopters informed choices, not adopt out questionable dogs and if our shelters empty out, whooo hoo! Instead (in this area) they import dogs from other states (which is ok, I think, so long as they are good temperaments and healthy) and countries....Jindos from the meat markets in Asia, pittie types who underwent months of "rehab" then go to an inexperienced family with young kids, etc. Ugh, no.


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