Puppy Mill Rescue By Houston SPCA Yields 230 Rottweilers + Exotics

By Keri Smith, Live Oak Pet Services (Darbee’s puppy pictured here).

It started on a cold day February 3rd, 2011 with an email from the American Rottweiler Club Disaster Committee. They, along with the Houston SPCA, were in route to a puppy mill/hoarding case in Coryell County where they were rescuing exotic animals including Bengal Tigers, Mountain Lions and a Tamarin along with 230 Rottweilers. A few of the Rottweilers were ready to whelp litters and I knew I had to step up and help the breed that I had been involved with since 1989.

The Houston SPCA and The American Rottweiler Club Disaster worked together and the rescue was quite impressive. I want the public to know that these two organizations made this seemingly daunting event go very smoothly.

On Valentines Day, I went to the Houston SPCA and fell in love with my Valentine that I named Darbee. She was pregnant, frightened and, looking deep into her eyes, I knew she felt lost.  Little did Darbee know she had found a new home and would never be mistreated again. It has been a long road to teach her how to eat, use the bathroom, trust again, and we are still working on trust. I pray one day she will look up and realize her world is okay now.

I made a decision to take her while pregnant  This has been one of the most rewarding moments of my life.  Seeing these poor mistreated Rottweilers was devastating. These dogs were kept in a filthy environment, kept in runs and cages with a mate, to breed over and over again. Food was just thrown over the runs ever other day…it was horrible.

We had puppies immediately. Darbee had been in freezing conditions with little food so she was in poor condition. She had 7 stillborn puppies but in the middle of the whelping we got two beautiful little girls fighting for their lives. I called them Hope and Faith. Together we will journey forward.

Conclusion of the case: On Tuesday, February 22, a Coryell County judge awarded permanent custody of more than 300 animals rescued from a property in Coryell County to the Houston SPCA.  The former owners of the  animals filed no appeal following resolution of the original hearing.

The animals rescued from Coryell County included more than 200 Rottweilers, two Bengal Tigers, two Mountain Lions, 39 horses, 18 domestic cats, birds and other exotics.  The Houston SPCA, working at the request of the Coryell County Sheriff’s Office, is one of the only organizations in the region with the facilities and staff expertise to provide rescue, humane transport, custodial care and rehabilitation for such a large, diverse group of animal species.

The Houston SPCA continues to provide the rescued animals with comfort, medical care and quality nutrition at its facility at 900 Portway Drive.  Currently, the Rottweilers are being humanely housed in the organization’s emergency shelter, an area used when a large number of animals are rescued or following a natural disaster such as a hurricane.

Darbee pictured here.

 

Conclusion of Coryell County (HOUSTON – February 23, 2011)  – On Tuesday, February 22, a Coryell County judge awarded permanent custody of more than 300 animals rescued from a property in Coryell County to the Houston SPCA.  The former owners of the  animals filed no appeal following resolution of the original hearing.

The animals rescued from Coryell County included more than 200 Rottweilers, two Bengal Tigers, two Mountain Lions, 39 horses, 18 domestic cats, birds and other exotics.  The Houston SPCA, working at the request of the Coryell County Sheriff’s Office, is one of the only organizations in the region with the facilities and staff expertise to provide rescue, humane transport, custodial care and rehabilitation for such a large, diverse group of animal species.

The Houston SPCA continues to provide the rescued animals with comfort, medical care and quality nutrition at its facility at 900 Portway Drive.  Currently, the Rottweilers are being humanely housed in the organization’s emergency shelter, an area used when a large number of animals are rescued or following a natural disaster such as a hurricane.

Some of the female Rottweilers and their pups are already recovering in foster care thanks to the many caring volunteers who stepped forward to help the Houston SPCA meet this overwhelming need.  The horses are being treated on site in the Houston SPCA’s barn and farm animal area by its trained equine staff and veterinarians.  In fact, several of the horses have given birth in the last week while in the organization’s care.

The Houston SPCA continues to coordinate with the Houston Zoo to provide the rehabilitative care for the mountain lions and tigers who are being humanely and safely housed at the Houston SPCA.

“We are pleased to have secured placement for all four of the big cats at the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary, the first AZA certified sanctuary in the United States,” says Patricia Mercer, President of the Houston SPCA.   “These once neglected and abused animals will soon journey to Boyd, Texas to live out the rest their lives in a beautiful and peaceful habitat.”

The goal of the Houston SPCA is to find a new, loving, life-long home for every healthy and behaviorally sound animal that comes through its doors.  The Rottweilers and other domestic animals that are healthy and behaviorally sound will be quickly placed in adoptive homes through the organization’s shelter adoption program and with adoption partners like The American Rottweiler Club and others locally and around the county, according to Mercer.

Any animal that is too sick, injured, facing hospice care or with treatable and rehabilitatable behavior issues will be placed into experienced foster homes and rescue groups in cooperation with The American Rottweiler Club.   The Houston SPCA will not release animals deemed to be a danger to children, families or other animals by the medical and behavior staff.

The Houston SPCA is committed to all animals and will not turn away any animal in need.

“We’re proud of the fact that we found loving new homes for over 10,000 animals last year.  That’s a lifelong placement  for every single healthy and behaviorally sound animal, including 1,000 animals with ‘treatable’ medical and behavioral conditions.” adds Mercer.

Individuals interested in adopting animals from the Houston SPCA can visit the organization’s website, www.houstonspca.org.  Adoptions are conducted Monday through Friday from 11 am – 7 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10 am – 6 pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Responses to Puppy Mill Rescue By Houston SPCA Yields 230 Rottweilers + Exotics

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  2. RHONDA FOBBS

    July 3, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    baby Rottweiler puppy

  3. Mary

    August 24, 2014 at 2:56 am

    I love animals. I want to work with animals. But I have no way to get to u. Can u help???

  4. Rebecca Burwell

    September 8, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Mary, if you are trying to reach PetTalk please email info@houstonpettalk.com. If you are trying to reach the Houston SPCA please visit them at http://www.houstonspca.org or call (713) 869-7722.

  5. belinda

    June 11, 2015 at 10:13 am

    I want a rot puppy. I love dogs so much. And they we be loved like my own kids.