For most pet owners, social media is a great way to share adorable pictures of puppies or link up with other dog owners in the area. But one post from a couple in Washington state led police to get involved and rescue nearly 40 dogs from the “filthy” conditions of a local dog breeder, according to news station KING 5 in Washington.
Pekingese Rescued from Horrible Dog Breeders
Animal control officers from three different counties seized about 40 dogs after one of the dog breeders posted on Facebook how she and her husband were sick and unable to care for the dogs, the news station reported. The couple, who are both in their 60s, were Pekingese dog breeders. Fellow breeders and concerned animal lovers noted the Facebook posts, which discussed being surrounded by dog feces, and expressed concern and offered help but saw no response on social media.
One of these Facebook followers went to the couple’s Belfair, Washington, home and knocked on the door to no answer. That’s when this concerned citizen called the police and Mason County officers came. KING 5 reported that both homeowners were in need of medical care when the police arrived, as were the dogs who were living in squalid conditions.
The home was dirty with urine and feces, the news station explained. While these homeowners were unhealthy and needed help in caring for their many dogs, the police and neighbors say that they should have handled it differently.
“It’s cruel, real cruel, to those animals. They could have let them go … they could have gave ’em away but no, they kept them all,” neighbor Joe Johnson told KING 5.
The dogs as well as birds found in the home are being placed in a shelter and unavailable for adoption while the police complete an investigation.
Why Dog Waste Can Be Dangerous
Did you know that not only is it gross for your dog to defecate wherever they want, but it can actually be dangerous to your health and the environment? According to the Alamo Area Partners for Animal Welfare, dog waste can pollute water and carry a number of pesky parasites, including campylobacteriosis, threadworms, hookworms, and tapeworms – all of which can be passed to humans.
Dog feces also have an array of bacteria. In neglect cases, dogs can not only pass these parasites on to humans, but also to other dogs. Ensure that you always pick up your dog’s waste and keep your home clean. Some people may need help or reminders like the Washington breeders.