The former owner of 222 toy breed dogs is sad to have such an empty home, but with the help of a friend she is cleaning her house and going on with her life. The dogs, along with a number of cats, were confiscated yesterday from a home in the Champions area of Houston by the Houston Humane Society. They were happy, well fed and in good health.
The former caretaker of these animals said that although the HHS staff treated her “respectfully” she was initially distressed when they brought adult emergency services people with them to her home. She had already been cooperative and expected the HHS to come. She bred and even showed dogs for many years but said, “The dogs had taken over the house so there was no more room for me.” She had contacted various mixed and small breed rescue organizations but could get no assistance in placing her pets.
Her most serious problem was the money cost her to care for these dogs. Her monthly food bill alone ran over $600. She gave the animals veterinary care as needed and has not even calculated how much she spent on canine and feline healthcare. Adding the cost of cleaning supplies and property maintenance she was spending her income and going through her savings. None of the many official and unofficial organizations throughout the Houston area seemed interested in assisting her in placing her small, cute chihuahuas and chinese cresteds.
During the raid itself, although they were nice enough, the HHS people exhibited their lack of real dog knowledge. In spite of being told that two little alpha males should be crated first as they would come from behind and bite, HHS men turned their backs on these dogs. One was bitten in the leg. The other man received a bite on his rubber boot which did not go through the boot. The owner was informed that these dogs would have to be “evaluated and might be put down.”
The confiscated cats were all taken from a cat pen in which she had them housed.
The home is now virtually empty. The wall-to-wall white ceramic tile is now swept clean and there is little animal odor. Why could this not have been done in a calm, rational manner without helicopters, TV coverage, police officers, adult services and the other mania that went on yesterday?
The HHS shelter is at full capacity and the overwhelming majority of these dogs are sweet, loving pets who may meet their end if enough fosters are not found. HHS is located at 14700 Almeda Rd., Houston, TX 77053. Please visit them there or online atit The Houston Human Society Foster Page or call 713-433-6421 today.