Pups left for dead

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By PET­RICE TAR­RANT

Dumped and un­wanted, an­other two aban­doned pup­pies have sought refuge un­der Janet Blow­ers’ roof.

The prob­lem is get­ting worse ac­cord­ing to the an­i­mal lover who has al­ready raised at least five cats and dogs that were left for dead.

‘‘I wouldn’t want to see any worse than what I’ve seen. It brings me to tears.’’

The two 5-week old boxer cross pups that were left for dead in a card­board box be­hind Sub­way Toko­roa were a strange case though, Blow­ers said.

‘‘They look healthy. They look like some­one gave a damn about them but for some rea­son they de­cided they didn’t want them.’’

She said it just high­lights the im­por­tance of de-sex­ing an­i­mals.

‘‘There’s a mas­sive prob­lem in Toko­roa in re­gards to un­wanted an­i­mals. It has got a lot bet­ter through the PAWS de-sex­ing pro­gramme but I think there needs to be more done.’’

Num­bers re­leased by the Toko­roa pound sup­port that state­ment.

In the six weeks be­tween April 25 and June 5 Toko­roa An­i­mal Con­trol im­pounded 74 dogs.

Only one was re-homed, 40 were claimed by own­ers while the re­main­ing 26 were killed.

Blow­ers said if those num­bers were true, they were sick­en­ing.

‘‘How many dogs were in there be­cause it’s their fault and how many were the own­ers’ fault?’’

She said ig­no­rance played a big role in a place like Toko­roa.

‘‘I’ve had people who have said to me that they don’t need to de-sex their dogs be­cause they are brother and sis­ter so they’re not go­ing to do any­thing.’’

In an­other sce­nario Blow­ers said she knew a man who put his bitch down be­cause she was a ‘‘dirty dog’’.

She said the poor an­i­mal was tied down in an un­fenced property be­ing repet­i­tively raped by neigh­bour­hood dogs. South Waikato An­i­mal Res­cue co-or­di­na­tor Car­rie King said aban­doned an­i­mals were a sad but preva­lent prob­lem the whole coun­try faced, not just Toko­roa.

Puppy love: Janet Blower can not be­lieve that people dump pup­pies like this and leave them for dead.

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