Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Danish Hovawart Puppy Mill Meltdown: Help Is On The Way

Anja's boarding facility (photo from "Hundefristedet")
Wonderful news today. Anja Maindal, owner of a dog holiday boarding facility, offered to house all forty dogs from the puppy mill. Heroes do exist. Or is she a saint? She is probably both.

Anja's dog holiday boarding facility is in the slow part of the season right now, and she has plenty of room to house the dogs so they can be taken care of. Even better, Anja is also an educated behavioral specialist, so she could work with the dogs that have socialization issues. And we can make a best guess, after what these dogs have been through, deprived of human contact and living in cages, they probably will need it.

With good news there always follows some sour too, unfortunately. The police still doesn't act and didn't accept Anja's offer. They send Anja over to the Animal Welfare organization "Dyrenes Beskyttelse" and those two together now have the plan to try to talk sense into the owner and see if they can get the dogs. The police could have ended it today once and for all, and they have the possibility to do so based on Art.21/22 of the Animal Cruelty Act. The next I write is purely guessing, but as animal welfare has such a low priority (read: budget) the police probably doesn't want to pick up the bill, which they should when they seize the dogs and house them.

Let's cross our fingers for Anja, and that the talks with the puppy mill owner have a good outcome.

Other positive news is that the national media starts to show interest for the story, which would give a lot of exposure. Nothing published yet, but they are informing themselves with yours truly. Undoubtedly created by the petition you all signed and shared so vigorously together with those of you that participated in writing personal emails to authorities and the press. In less than two days, you already collected more than 500 signatures. If we can double that in the next two days I am going - together with any of you that want to join - over to the the Mayor of Faxe, and handover the petition. Please drop me a mail or a Facebook message if you would like to join.

We havn't achieved our goal yet, but I really want to thank you all already now for your amazing support and what you are doing for our Hovawarts. Some of you have also invested a lot of your time into this already, just because you thought this was a cause worth fighting for. You are all my heroes. And if you haven't signed yet:


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For the latest and how you can help, visit the page Stop Danish Hovawart Puppy Mill.






 

5 comments:

  1. But somebody had to start this and you were that person, so you are the hero!

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    1. Now I am blushing, and you are anonymous!

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  2. I read the update that you posted on Facebook and saw that Anja will be taking all the dogs into her boarding facility. I was a little confused with your last post since it was said that the property had been abandoned but the dogs had been left on the property. I was wondering who was actually caring for the dogs, but now it's not a problem and they are safe. Hooray Anja and hooray to you for bringing attention to the issue with you blog!

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    1. The owners come back to the abadoned property to feed sometimes at the moment. They do nothing else. And they are not safe yet, the police didn't allow Anja to pick up the dogs. Let's hope they will soon.

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  3. Signed. Fingers crossed that Anja can soon pick the babies up!

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