Pups left for dead
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.