So, this is not exactly breaking news in the greyhound world, but it was the soonest that I could write anything coherent about it. There were 28 sighthounds, mostly greyhounds, rescued from a home near Fort Worth Texas. Then they found a 29th shortly afterward, abandoned a few miles away from the location that the rest of the hounds were rescued from. The article is at the link below, along with details about the conditions that these poor babies were in.
I say that this is the soonest that I could write anything coherent, because I felt nothing but blinding rage about the whole mess for days after I first stumbled upon it. I simply do NOT understand how someone could do this to an animal, just do not. I'm glad that these dogs are now safe with various rescue groups, but they should have never had to go through that in the first place.
We noticed that one of them, Pico, has the same sire as Argos does! (Not that this is a tremendous feat, his sire has fathered well over 10,000 pups!) Anyway, we felt it appropriate to help out the organization that has her, GALT, so sent a small donation. I would have sent more if it were feasible for us, but it isn't at this time.
I tear up when I think about any dog having to live like that. I look at my own boy, and see how much he's blossomed now that he's in a loving home; his coat has gotten softer, his ribs have filled out... I've noticed the little worry lines around his eyes smoothing out, and see what a willing, loving, affectionate companion that he has become. I think of someone shoving him into a metal cage in a hot shed and depriving him of food and water, and I want to go on the war path. Not on my watch. Not now, not ever.
I really hope that they charge this person with animal cruelty, and that they give him whatever the maximum sentence for that is in Texas. I hope that he never has animals again, so that we don't have to have a repeat of this in a few years.
God bless the groups that have taken on these animals, to clean them up, get them nursed back to health, and hopefully teach them that not all humans are cruel, sadistic bastards. And of course to eventually find them loving homes, so that they too can become loving household companions, and have a chance at a contented, happy life.
Edit: According to Pegasus News (http://www.pegasusnews.com/news/2010/jul/20/29-critically-ill-greyhounds-seized-fort-worth/) the breakdown is as follows:
Greyhound Adoption League of Texas took custody of nine of the dogs.
Greyhounds Unlimited took eight.
Texas Italian Greyhound Rescue took six
All Breed Rescue of Texas took two.
Collin County Humane Society took one.
Saluki Tree of Life Alliance took one
and finally, one is with It's a Grey Area.
I thought that I would post this information, as I'm sure that any of these groups need donations to help with these (and other) dogs. If you're interested, I've just done the leg-work for you. :)