The Nassau Humane Society is caring for 30 dogs after its executive director says hundreds were rescued from a licensed breeder.
Photos show some of the rescues’ fur caked with filth. Jacki McDonald says other dogs have tumors or hernias that need immediate medical attention.
“The worst is the matting. Most of them are going to have to be sedated that have long hair to get that fur off of them,” she said. “We don’t know if there’s maggots under that matting.”
They’re small breeds -- Malteses, Yorkies, toy poodles and Chihuahuas, to name a few.
“It’s all a mix of little breeds, which are understandably the most desired dogs that get sold at pet stores and online,” McDonald said. “I have no doubt that many of these animals are inbred with their siblings, with their parents.”
Mcdonald declined to say where the dogs were rescued, adding that authorities are still working with the breeder.
“It is a licensed breeder who has been inspected and approved as a licensed breeder, which is extremely disheartening," she said. "What I continue to say to the public is please be aware of where you are purchasing animals. Just because a puppy looks like it’s in good condition, you have to see what the parents look like, you have to see the condition they are living in.”
The dogs’ vet bills are expected to be thousands of dollars, but McDonald said there is some good news.
Unlike the German shepherds rescued in January, these dogs are relatively social.
“They’re welcoming to be held, even in the terrible state they’re in. None of them are trying to bite or run away from us,” McDonald said. “We truly think in the next couple weeks, at least half of them will be ready to go straight to adoptive homes.”
McDonald said there isn’t a waitlist for adoptions. She’s asking the public to refrain from calling about the animals until they can get them cleaned up and healthy.
She said if you want to help the dogs, their biggest need is funds for the vet bills.