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Saving the Sebring Dogs

In our field, it isn’t uncommon to come across abused dogs. It’s unfortunate, but common.

In the past year, we’ve taken dogs with imbedded collars, heartworm positive, emaciated, dumped in a garbage bag, tied to a fence post with a broken leg, and the list goes on. It never gets easy to see, and it always breaks your heart. It always makes you wonder how you can be the same species as the monsters that cause such hurt and neglect. It’s something I’ll never understand. But I do know one thing, I’ll never stop fighting for the ones with no voice.

In mid- December, we were contacted by the Highlands County State Attorney’s Office about a dog fight bust in Sebring, FL. In the original case, 16 dogs were confiscated. Upon other search warrants, more dogs were found equaling around 45 dogs. The dogs were kept in obvious horrible conditions, chained to trees, dog houses, and whatever else was available. Dark, algae filled water, if they were lucky enough to get any at all. I’ll spare you the gory details, and you’re more than welcome to check out all of the articles written by the local papers.

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Over the past few weeks, we’ve been evaluating the dogs with Tampa Bay Bullies, and Best Friend’s representative, Connie Johnson, as well as working with rescue organizations across the country to responsibly find placement for everyone. The State has won custody of the first 16 dogs and we’re ready to ship them out! Thanks to the Humane Society of Highlands County and the fundraising efforts of the Highlands County Sheriff’s Department, they’ll all be getting spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped before our long, cross country journey to place everyone in their appropriate foster homes and help get them started with their new lives.

In the next few weeks, we’ll taking a road trip to various parts of the U.S. in our caravan, but we can’t do it without help!

If you’re interested in helping, these are some items are our check list:

These blankets, we need them! About 25 of them. We want brand new blankets because of their already compomised immune systems, we don’t want them to catch anything. You can ship DIRECTLY to us! Ship to: Louise’s Pet Connection- 3005 West Lake Mary Blvd. Suit #116 Lake Mary, FL 32746 -FULFILLED. Thank you!!!

Help us with our van, gas and hotel rental. This is a chip-in to help us with these HUGE costs! This will also go towards buying the proper airline kennels we need for each dog.

Also, sponsor an abused dog for less than $35! Call Louise’s Pet Connection (407-688-1026) to make a payment over the phone. By sponsoring a dog, each dog will receive a leash, collar, food bowl, and bone for the road trip. -FULFILLED- Thank you!!!

We don’t have an exact date of when we’ll be leaving, but we’ll certainly let you know when we find out. We’ll also update everyone with videos and photos as we travel on our trip. The community has really come together for these dogs and we’re excited to be a part of it.

As always, Flyin Fur Pet Photography was there by our side to photograph everything for us. Thanks again Dawn and Dan for always being there for us! :)

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  1. Lisa Robin #

    Wow, Thank you Highland’s County, Dolly’s Foundation and so many others…Uniting to help save……Thank you…..!

    January 14, 2012
  2. Erica you are so IMPORTANT!!! You get it done, I am so donating right now….$ coming your way…….Yvonne

    January 15, 2012
  3. audrey stansbury #

    THANK YOU, for helping these dogs, i sent you what i could to help.
    I am very grateful for the love and care you give. Hoping the ones at Polk county from the same seizure get the luck too.

    i will not say what i hope happens to the humans responsible for the harm and abuse they have perpetrated upon these innocents.

    audrey stansbury

    January 15, 2012
  4. Thanks to all of you, you are not only helping the fighting ring dogs, but also the ones who were already in your care and in serious danger because of space. You are all amazing <3 Lizzy Wooden Throckmorton from facebook.

    January 16, 2012

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