I received an email from a friend on the Lethal White Aussie Group. Margo with Good Dog Rescue has come across someone who I guess breeds Border Collies and now they are out in the cold freezing. I don't know anymore about it. Does anyone know about this? He is supposedly in Munford, TN. She is trying to find places for them and get them away from him so they don't freeze to death. If anyone knows about this, please let me know. I will try to find some places down here if I need to. Poor things I know they must be freezing - it is even cold in south GA but has got to be warmer than up there. Carole/GA
My goal in life is to be the kind of person my dog already thinks I am. Author Unknown
Oh my - this sounds terrible. But I find it hard to imagine that if either of the TN groups had been contacted that they would not have at least investigated. There is always a chance that it is Swafford again or someone in business with Swafford. I pray that it is not true at all.
I received the below email w/an update...not sure how trustworthy this is, but apparently officials are aware -- now it is up to them to follow-up, but it may not hurt if a BC rescue person can go and talk w/the breeder...maybe his/her situation has changed, hence the "new-poor" conditions:
"I called the City of Munford to obtain a phone number for any local animal control or humane societies.....they only mentioned Tipton Co. Animal Control.....901-837-2219.....in speaking with a member of their staff, Shane (supervisor), who was very informative about this situation, and the poor guy is getting bombarded with phone calls!
They have been aware of this breeder for 6+ years now Most of the complaints are from the 'barking' The 'trespasser' who took the photos is the same person who complains about the barking Owner has 75 acres The dogs are not kept anywhere near his home on this land They are way offset amidst heavily wooded pines But they do back up to a subdivision and the owner's land was 'grandfathered in' But there are NO county ordinances for number of dogs one can have in their possession AC was out there this past summer and found all in order, neat, tidy and dogs well cared for They are concerned about the recent photos taken and are in the process of trying to find out what has changed that these dogs' premises are not looking as good as before They have already called the breeder for an explanation and was sending him an email as I spoke to the supervisor AC has also alerted the State of TN rep who investigates all the breeding/kennel laws They did find the water buckets frozen this morning, and fresh empty dogfood bags They also saw fresh tire tracks in the snow Unfortunately, there are NO laws in TN where AC can 'insist' on straw being put in the doghouses As long as animals have food, water and shelter, they can't do much BUT I feel confident this AC is on top of this situation and everyone needs to settle down and let them do their jobs They are very rescue friendly and would contact Border Collie Rescue in the event it should ever come down to that
So, rather than beating on the door of Animal Control, we need to be putting that energy into changing the laws in TN to help our furry friends more......"
~ Lorie Victory Farm Foundation, Inc. - dedicated to Rescuing America's Homeless Herding Dogs "Cruelty-free Farming keeps America ethically Green"
Well, it sounds like these dogs aren't going to be "available" and that authorities have done what they can. I will move this to Miscellaneous and trust that, if the breeder releases any animals, BC rescues will be informed.
~Molly Lilibit - serendipitous stray * Opal - hound x goat * Clara - my best mistake Phoenix Rising Border Collie Rescue * www.PRBCR.org