In August of 2014 the two dogs below were illegally dumped at our sanctuary at about 1:30 a.m. by a man and a woman who were driving a silver colored Ford Explorer with no front bumper and no tag.
When Joe walked up on them, the man was in the process of throwing the male dog (the white & tan one below whom we named Skip) OVER OUR FENCE while all of our dogs were jumping up towards him barking out of control. During that course of events, Skip got his foot caught in the wire fence and was partly hanging from the top of the fence until Joe could help him.
Skip was so traumatized that he flipped himself back and out of the fence.
Joe then went and got in his truck and followed the car for several miles, but eventually lost them in the Collins Chapel area.
I captured the picture below on March 10, 2015. We set up dog houses in the front of our shop with the intent of befriending the dogs so we could catch them..., but it did not work the way we thought it would. It turns out that both of the dogs are very street smart AND EXTREMELY ELUSIVE!
When befriending them didn’t work, we set a live trap out by the dog houses. Skip entered in, was trapped shortly, then somehow got himself out! After that, he never got close to the trap again.
The Chocolate Lab female learned from Skip to not go near the trap either.
After her litter of May 2015, Momma May became friendlier, but still not friendly enough to get near her.
And then it happened again! Momma May and Skip mated again and on December 31, 2015 had a 2nd litter of 11 puppies!
With Momma May’s puppies being born in the wild, I have had to pull her puppies from her when they start walking so they do not get lost or killed. So in February 2016 when we pulled her puppies, we contacted the local animal control officer and he came out to where she had her puppies and said he successfully darted her. She ran in to the woods, but would always circle back to where she had her puppies, and we spent over four hours trying to catch her, but to no avail. We suspect the adrenalin from her fear of being darted prevented the medication from working. After that, Momma May kept her distance from us for a while, but I am happy to report that we were able to finally catch Skip and we had him neutered.
From Momma May’s SECOND LITTER of 11, we still have four to be adopted: Astra, Ferb, Teddy and Bruce and they are 17 months old as I write this in May of 2017.
Momma May went in to heat AGAIN in June 2016, and found an intact male dog up the road and birthed a THIRD LITTER of THIRTEEN PUPPIES on August 21, 2016 (but one died).
We still have 3 puppies from her 3rd litter waiting to be adopted:
Patches, Dixie & Chrissy and they are now 9 months old as I write this in May of 2017.
Right before Christmas 2016 I decided to locate the owner of the male dog who was the father to Momma May’s 3rd litter. I explained our situation and offered to pay to get his dog neutered, but he did not accept my offer. In February 2017 she went in to heat again, and on April 17, 2017, she HAD A FOUTH LITTER of 14!
That brings the total number of puppies she’s had to 48 in Two and a half years!
THIS IS WHY IT IS SO IMPORTANT TO SPAY or NEUTER!!!
THE GREATEST NEWS TO TELL YOU NOW IS: On May 6th, 2017
WE FINALLY CAUGHT MOMMA MAY!
AND ON JUNE 22, 2017 SHE WAS FINALLY SPAYED!
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We still have 10 of her puppies needing to be adopted.