Last updated on July 31, 2015
Hell on earth is no place for any dog to call home. Yet, at least 46 dogs, mostly Cocker Spaniels, called a hot barn in the dreadful summer heat of rural Virginia, home for months and months: Maybe longer. We will not show you any graphic or upsetting photos in this post, but we are about to reveal some shocking, breaking news:
A nightmare 501(c3) U.S.-based rescue group is responsible for the horrific treatment of these innocent dogs. Ironically, the “About Us” section from Heart to Heart reads: “Heart to Heart Rescue is a registered 501(c)(3) tax exempt non-profit, we are an animal rescue with the sole purpose of saving the lives of animals who would otherwise be killed. We specialize in animals that most rescues will never consider getting involved in such as, aggressive animals who have been abused. Other situations are cases of breeders who want to dump a large group of animals who have not been cared for and have been know to have serious health issues.”
Two of the board members of Heart to Heart Rescue lived on this property and were the caretakers of these dogs. Not everyone affiliated with H2H was involved with the situation at the Virginia property. Several officers and board members of Heart to Heart as well as many volunteers became very concerned after reading concerns online that dogs were being mistreated. A rescue group that IS near and to dear to our hearts, Oldies But Goodies Cocker Spaniel Rescue (OBG), stepped up to help.
The President of OBG entered into negotiations with Heart to Heart Rescue officers and coordinated efforts with the county’s animal control officers and the Virginia Humane Society. Arrangements were made for the deplorable rescue to release the dogs on the Virginia property to OBG.
“When we arrived at the property, there were 46 dogs living in the hot barn, many coated with their own urine and feces and with empty water bowls. I know many people thought there were going to be more dogs at the property,” says Teresa Butler, President of Oldies But Goodies Cocker Spaniel Rescue. “I do not know if there were more dogs there earlier in the month or if there were, what happened to those dogs. I can only speak to what we discovered when we arrived at the property.”
I will not share any deplorable and heartbreaking photos here. If you want to see what OBG witnessed, you can click here for details of the 46 rescued dogs.
Our first reaction is, “how can we help” and I am sure you feel the same way. Keep reading, that’s the easy part.
My second reaction to this is, “Are the scum bags responsible for this going to have criminal charges pressed against them?”
According to Butler, “That is up to the authorities, not OBG. At this point, I have to be careful how much information that I share. I can tell you some decisions were made based on what would be best for the dogs moving forward and I feel local authorities worked with us in the best possible way under the circumstances.”
Plan of Attack
OBG will need foster homes for these dogs and will need money to take care of these dogs. The kennel fees are going to astronomical. They are considering whether to do titer tests since they have reason to believe that many of these dogs have been vaccinated. This is healthier for the dogs than receiving vaccinations that they do not need; however, it is also much more costly. This is something that OBG volunteers will be discussing with their veterinarians. At this point in time, they have no idea what other medical care will be needed for these dogs but will be receiving daily updates.
The Freedom 46 is the collective name given to these innocent souls. The Freedom 46 already have a better life today than they had in the weeks leading up to their rescue. They are no longer living in cages in a hot barn. They are getting exercise every day, clean water, regular meals and medical care. With YOUR help. their life will continue to get better and better every day.
We trust the folks at OBG and they were the benefactors of our Wigglebutts Go Hollywoof fundraiser last year. They are the group that is stepping up to save these lives, with your help. Wigglebutt Warriors® is the fundraising arm of Fidose of Reality. Please help us crusade to save dogs’ lives.
How to Help
- If you are interested in FOSTERING, please email volunteer@cockerspanielrescue.
- If you are interested in DONATING, please click here for the Freedom 46 page.
- Our friend, Aimee Gertsch, is hosting a Younique Online Makeup Party, with the entire commission of her proceeds going to OBG! Click here for fab makeup. For every $100 spent, $25 will go to OBG!
And to celebrate the Freedom
46 49, I am giving a prize pack away below for your dog. Would love if you donated: If every person reading this donated even a dollar or two, think of how many dogs we can help. These dogs didn’t deserve this.
The prize pack includes a Calm Coat size Large for anxiety; a Tulane’s Closet Cover me by Tui sized Medium sleeping pajama/cover up; a Rubit tag holder; a Troff water dispenser; a gorgeous collar; My Heart Beats Dog® magnet, a mini movie photo frame, and a souvenir Dexter Wigglebutt collectible greeting card.
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