Flat Creek Border Collies

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New York

Sprakers, NY

TLP was contacted about a border collie breeder in upstate NY where all the dogs were being kept outside during one of the coldest winters reported in NY history. (The Chicago zoo took the polar bears in during this period because it was too cold)

The police  "investigated" by showing up in the dark with a volunteer vet who told them that the facilities were insufficient. They told the vet that if they seized these dogs, they would be killed. The vet said she would like to see if they could be managed at the location they were in rather than killing all the dogs.

Based on this, the police announced there were no laws being broken and everything appeared fine.

Local people who knew differently were outraged and contacted us to do "something.

We went into court and negotiated an order turning over the outside dogs to the Humane Society and local rescue groups.

The breeder was to make sufficient changes to the shelter to allow them back.

Once the dogs were examined however, the extent of the abuse was learned.

The police, ASPCA and Montgomery County SPCA were doing little to press for criminal charges to be filed, however after the medical reports of the dogs condition was leaked to the press they finally filed  a single misdemeanor count (out of about 200 that should have been charged)

While this was a major win for the 60+ dogs that were saved! the message sent by the lack of prosecution was the real tragedy. 

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