At one time someone must have cared for the pair of dogs very much, paid the kind of money it would have taken to make them show dogs.
And what happened between then, and Monday when the starving male and female pit bulls were found by the side of the road south of Brownwood will probably be impossible to determine.
“Who knows what happens? Who knows why? This is a worse case of what happens far too often,” said Cheryl Campbell, executive director at the Corrine T. Smith Animal Center. “The people who found the dogs travel that road often enough that they think the dogs were dumped there Sunday night, but I guess it could be they got loose from somewhere and have been running a long way and are this starved.”
For now, both dogs are being sheltered at the animal center. Campbell said the female is so weak, its doubtful she can be saved.
“The male, I think, could be brought back to health, if someone was willing to adopt him. We’ll test them for heart worms, and if they’re heart worm positive — which is very likely — we’ll have to put them both down,” Campbell said.
Regardless of that, the effort is being made to make the two as comfortable as possible for now. Their shelter care will include special feedings, and both dogs will probably be treated for flea and tick infestation.
“It’s sad, so sad, that people will do this and the animals suffer so much,” Campbell said. “If the dogs were dumped where they were found — on the road that leads to the Brownwood Country Club — why couldn’t the person dumping them drive 5 more miles to the shelter and release them? If they couldn’t afford to feed them, then months ago, they could have released them and there would have been an even better chance of adopting them out.”
The fact that the dogs ears were cropped, as breeders prefer, shows that at one time they must have been well cared for, and someone “spent big money on them.”
Now, Campbell said, it makes no sense to spend the extra time and money to make the dogs more adoptable, when there are a number of healthier, adoptable dogs that also will have to be euthanized, because there are more animals than people to adopt them.
Campbell said some breeds of dogs have rescue groups that will foster abused and abandoned animals, nurse them back to health and adopt them out to good homes. But there’s not a rescue group for pit bulls, she said.
“People just don’t understand the magnitude of the problem,” Campbell said.
“We preach constantly to spay, to neuter, to be responsible pet owners. If people can’t be, though, they can release their pets to the shelter. We ask for a donation, but we don’t require one.
“And if people think the dogs are better off being dumped, instead of being brought to the shelter where they may be euthanized, then they need to know there’s a greater likelihood for a worse death and prolonged suffering when they’re dumped.”