What happens to some pups from a BYB

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Lady Kate's picture
Joined: 2009-10-28

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Many of you wondered; ' why purchase a Doberman from a 'responsible' breeder? Why pay up to $2,000 for a show quality pup if all I want is a pet.'

Honestly I wondered the same thing before I joined this Forum, before I rescued Sofia and saw the damage a 'greeder' could do by overbreeding just for the dollars.. This is not to say that every puppy born irresponsibly will end up in shelters. The very fact that you are reading this right now tells me that you will love your Doberman with all your heart and cherish every day with him.. This is in answer to the oft asked question.. why.



The shelter manager's letter:

"I am posting this (and it is long) because I think our society needs a huge wake-up call.

As a shelter manager, I am going to share a little insight with you all - a view from the inside, if you will.
Maybe if you saw the life drain from a few sad, lost, confused eyes, you would change your mind about breeding and selling to people you don't even know - that puppy you just sold will most likely end up in my shelter when it's not a cute little puppy anymore.

How would you feel if you knew that there's about a 90% chance that dog will never walk out of the shelter it is going to be dumped at - purebred or not! About 50% of all of the dogs that are "owner surrenders" or "strays" that come into my shelter are purebred dogs.

No shortage of excuses
The most common excuses I hear are:

We are moving and we can't take our dog (or cat).
Really? Where are you moving to that doesn't allow pets?

The dog got bigger than we thought it would.
How big did you think a German Shepherd would get?

We don't have time for her.
Really? I work a 10-12 hour day and still have time for my 6 dogs!

She's tearing up our yard.
How about bringing her inside, making her a part of your family?

They always tell me:
We just don't want to have to stress about finding a place for her. We know she'll get adopted - she's a good dog. Odds are your pet won't get adopted, and how stressful do you think being in a shelter is?

Well, let me tell you. Dead pet walking!

Your pet has 72 hours to find a new family from the moment you drop it off, sometimes a little longer if the shelter isn't full and your dog manages to stay completely healthy.
If it sniffles, it dies.

Your pet will be confined to a small run / kennel in a room with about 25 other barking or crying animals. It will have to relieve itself where it eats and sleeps. It will be depressed and it will cry constantly for the family that abandoned it.
If your pet is lucky, I will have enough volunteers that day to take him / her for a walk. If I don't, your pet won't get any attention besides having a bowl of food slid under the kennel door and the waste sprayed out of its pen with a high-powered hose.
If your dog is big, black or any of the "bully" breeds (pit bull, rottweiler, mastiff, etc) it was pretty much dead when you walked it through the front door. Those dogs just don't get adopted.
If your dog doesn't get adopted within its 72 hours and the shelter is full, it will be destroyed.

If the shelter isn't full and your dog is good enough, and of a desirable enough breed, it may get a stay of execution, though not for long. Most pets get very kennel protective after about a week and are destroyed for showing aggression. Even the sweetest dogs will turn in this environment.
If your pet makes it over all of those hurdles, chances are it will get kennel cough or an upper respiratory infection and will be destroyed because shelters just don't have the funds to pay for even a $100 treatment.

The grim reaper
Here's a little euthanasia 101 for those of you that have never witnessed a perfectly healthy, scared animal being "put-down".
First, your pet will be taken from its kennel on a leash. They always look like they think they are going for a walk - happy, wagging their tails. That is, until they get to "The Room".

Every one of them freaks out and puts on the breaks when we get to the door. It must smell like death, or they can feel the sad souls that are left in there. It's strange, but it happens with every one of them. Your dog or cat will be restrained, held down by 1 or 2 vet techs (depending on their size and how freaked out they are). A euthanasia tech or a vet will start the process. They find a vein in the front leg and inject a lethal dose of the "pink stuff". Hopefully your pet doesn't panic from being restrained and jerk it's leg. I've seen the needles tear out of a leg and been covered with the resulting blood, and been deafened by the yelps and screams.

They all don't just "go to sleep" - sometimes they spasm for a while, gasp for air and defecate on themselves.
When it all ends, your pet's corpse will be stacked like firewood in a large freezer in the back, with all of the other animals that were killed, waiting to be picked up like garbage.

What happens next? Cremated? Taken to the dump? Rendered into pet food? You'll never know, and it probably won't even cross your mind. It was just an animal, and you can always buy another one, right?

Liberty, freedom and justice for all
I hope that those of you that have read this are bawling your eyes out and can't get the pictures out of your head. I do everyday on the way home from work. I hate my job, I hate that it exists and I hate that it will always be there unless people make some changes and realize that the lives you are affecting go much farther than the pets you dump at a shelter.

Between 9 and 11 MILLION animals die every year in shelters and only you can stop it. I do my best to save every life I can but rescues are always full, and there are more animals coming in everyday than there are homes.
My point to all of this is DON'T BREED OR BUY WHILE SHELTER PETS DIE!

Hate me if you want to - the truth hurts and reality is what it is.
I just hope I maybe changed one person's mind about breeding their dog, taking their loving pet to a shelter, or buying a dog. I hope that someone will walk into my shelter and say "I saw this thing on craigslist and it made me want to adopt".
That would make it all worth it."

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KevinK's picture
Joined: 2010-07-15

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My biggest wish in this regard, would be for me to call the rescue we work with, and they say "Sorry, we don't have any dogs for you to work with right now" 

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Joined: 2012-05-31

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All to sad but true,I truely wish people would wake up,it should be mandatory that before you can buy a dog from a byb you have to go to a shelter and be made to watch them putting down these abandoned and just not wanted pets anymore just maybe it might get thru to a few idiots.                                Dodie & Hoss                       

cynfully2's picture
Joined: 2011-10-12

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Eventhough I know this is what happens, I read the words and wanted to cry...I wish I could save them all. It is so sad. I look at Loki and realize today that if I had not rescued him he would have been put down because of his fear issues and illness. I can't imagine life without him, he rescued me in so many ways at a time I truly needed it just didn't know then.

Cyndy & Loki

scotty's picture
Joined: 2011-04-06

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Oh that is so hard to read.  How sad, how cruel, how awful.   I cannot imagine ever giving up any of my dogs, they are family.

gingersmommy's picture
Joined: 2010-05-04

The reality is heartbreaking.

DJ's Dad's picture
Joined: 2010-10-04

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As I read those words, my heart was hurting and my eyes were filling up with tears.  I know of so many people that get a puppy, keep it until it's either bigger than they wanted, or it takes more effort to take care of than they are willing to do, and they take their dogs to 'the pound' with the attitude that it will find a happy loving home.

I have volunteered at my local shelter many times, to help feed dogs and cats, clean cages and kennels, walk a few dogs, hug a lot of dogs, and I am always torn to pieces when I go back and one of the big, scared but sweet dogs is no longer in his kennel.  I know what happened. 

I wish everyone that owns a dog would read this and truly understand it.

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Joined: 2013-01-10

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Nope those are just allergies, no other reason my eyes are red and watery.  I agree, a perfect world would be empty rescues and animal shelters.  I do not think I will ever understand how anyone can abandon a pet, I went through this during Hurricane Katrina, and heard all the same excuses I can't take him/her with me... Why the hell not?!  Too many good animals were left to fend for themselves during a really devastating hurricane, it's criminal and I only wish the law allowed those people to be treated like they treated their pets. 

I would rather sleep in my car with my pet than leave them to suffer alone.