Tuesday, August 4, 2009

A Beagle Dumped at the Salvation Army Thrift Shop

A friend of mine, Rockie, sent out an email yesterday stating that upon arriving at work, she saw a small beagle laying on a pile of clothes that had been donated to the Salvation Army thrift shop, which is right next door to her office. The beagle had yarn or rope tied around her neck and front leg so that she couldn't move. Fortunately this friend (as most of mine are) has been involved with dog rescue and knows how to handle situations like this.

Now Rockie has a great gal working for her who also happens to be an animal lover. Rebecca took the pooch home to see if it would get along with her dog and kept it overnight. Today she took the beagle pup to the vet and guess what. Turns out this little dog had been micro chipped. Turns out that this little dog was registered to a New York research facility who adopts out some of their victims after using them. Turns out this little dog was adopted out to a family who decided that they no longer wanted this little dog and they dumped her.

I know for a fact that beagles used in reputable research facilities are purchased from breeders who breed dogs specifically for research purposes only. These dogs are bred for temperment - meaning they are submissive and won't try to defend themselves when subjected to whatever experiments are being performed on them. They are not given any vaccines prior to purchase by the research facility and their diets are strictly controlled. Otherwise, tests or vaccines or whatever may be compromised during "research".

I used to work for a contractor company at Glaxo-Wellcome, now Glaxo-Smith Kline. Every Thursday orders were submitted for their research animals and every Tuesday the animals arrived in a building that was set far back in Research Triangle Park under very tight security. While I never saw any of the animals, I knew what went on and only worked there for two years. When I started having nightmares about baby pigs being tortured I knew it was time for me to leave. I only took that job b/c I was desperate anyway, as it went against a personal conviction of mine.

Well this little beagle pup is now in a wonderful home where she will be loved forever. Like my friend Rockie said, she is starting the best years of her life. The gray on her face is most likely from aging prematurely due to stress. The dogs that are adopted out are usually fairly young. A lot of times people don't want to keep them b/c they are difficult to house train after living their lives in a steel cage. Those stupid people did this precious little dog such a huge favor by dumping her at the Salvation Army instead of what more commonly happens...dumping in the woods or on the side of the road. And after enduring whatever she has been subjected to in research, she deserves our gratitude and all the love in the world.

God Bless Rebecca and God Bless this little beagle dog!


animal lover, quilt lover said...

Yes God bless Rebecca!!! There are so maney dogs and cats that need help. All my dogs and cats have been rescue animals. I would never go out and buy one!
Hugs Fern

Laura said...

I'll also say thank you and God Bless Rebecca! Thankfully there are people in this world who think more of an animal than the creeps who dumped her. Sweet little face, and she now has a good forever home!

Anonymous said...

Awww, what a sweet little pup! Thanks so much Rebecca for taking in this poor little dog!
Every pet we have had has been adopted too, either strays that had been picked up or our little dog Sammy was from a friend.
Great post!
Hugs, Lynn

nikkicrumpet said...

OH MY this story breaks my heart..and I'm so glad it had a happy ending for one precious little dog. God bless those who rescue these gifts from God. I hate to think even one animal is suffering somewhere without love. How can people be so mean to such loving animals. I'm gonna go hug my pooches now....

suchismita said...

A furry tale ending! I have adopted an abandoned dog. She is wonderful. Their folly was our gain.

Betty said...

She is beautiful...and so is Rebecca! Thanks for sharing a story with a happy ending...good karma to all who save strays!

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

Bless Rebecca for giving this little girl a happy ending to her nightmare life. ☺ Diane

erin said...

Hi Phyllis,

God Bless Rebecca for her kindness. Thank you for sharing this wonderful story and what a blessing that it has a happy ending.
Have a lovely week. I hope you have been able to find a little time to paint.

Anonymous said...

Aw, Phyllis, I'm glad this story has a happy ending. Why do people DO these things!
Bless this family's hearts!

suz said...

I don't know whether to be angry or happy - I think I'll go with happy - can you imagine! The least those creeps could have done was put this poor thing in a shelter! I have a friend who works for an animal shelter and has adopted pups who are "damaged" and who end up being absolutely wonderful pets. I'm so happy this little one has a loving home. Well, I do believe in karma - so I feel real sorry for those creeps!