I have a friend, who has 5 yorkies, all of them are either mother, father, brother, sister. I'm not sure of all the dogs age's but this so called friend (having second thoughts on this) say's she loves these dogs but yet in the year I have known her she has yet to take even 1 of these dogs to a vet. Well the obvious happened, one of the females was pregnent. She called me last Wednesday saying that Princess just had 2 puppies and one was not doing well and looked like the mom was trying to eat it. I calmed her down and told her that the pup probably wouldnt make it and to remove it if it were dead.(it did die) I told her to focus on the mom and pup that was alive. I told her to watch mom and make sure she didnt have more pups inside of her, if it looked like she was pushing or not doing well to take her to the vet and I would pay for it. 3 days passed, she called me Saturday morning and was hystericaly crying that Princess had just died! (the mom) I'm so upset about how this poor dog suffered befor it died,that I want to call animal control to remove all the dogs from her! I just called again today to see how the 1 poor pup was doing and her son who had just woke up out of bed at 11:30 (he should be at school!) said they were feeding the pup every hour with an eye droper, Yeah right and hes the only one home and just got his lazy butt out of bed! I would much rather teach her how to better care for her dog's and help her get them spayed and nutered befor this happens again. Does anyone have some good advice on how I should handle this?
I don't think the animal control would be able to take her dogs if she is feeding them or leaving them outside without shelter, or not treating a illness etc.... If there is a pup still alive I would go get it and feed it myself if you have the time. Find a vet for her that has a low cost spay/neuter program.
Harleygirlct, that is not a fun situation to be in. I think the best thing is for you to try and educate her, and try to talk her into getting the rest fixed (spayed/neutered). Some people are just not meant to be responsible pet owners. Can she not afford to have them fixed? Are they responsible enough to get the puppy through the next few days? weeks? Do you know of anyone with a nursing mother? They can and often will become a surrogate to other puppies. I must admit, I don't think that they will have much luck keeping this puppy thriving by the way you describe them. It is sad. Keep us posted. ltlgto
Wow. That is a tricky situation. It would be hard to tell her that she has too many dogs to care for because that would just get her defensive and she wouldn't listen anyway. I would almost try to help by finding information on low cost spay and neutering in your state. In my state, for low-income households its only 20 dollars to fix your pet. Then at least her dogs aren't breeding and creating a more overwhelming environment than there already is. And maybe just throw out the offer that if it gets too overwhelming for her, that you would gladly help her find good homes for a few of the dogs. That way, you're inadvertantly telling her that she should find homes without saying it outright, but more in a concerned friend sort of way. Sometimes scare tactics work too. Maybe show her literature about dogs that are inbred (I'm guessing the puppies are inbred if all her dogs are mom, dad, sister and such) and the health risks. Also, maybe warn her that if she tries to sell puppies and people come to her house and do not agree with the lifestyle the dogs are living, they may call animal control and the dogs will be taken away. If she gets defensive and says something like, 'What? You don't think I take care of my dogs?" Just respond innocently, "Oh no, that's not it at all. It's just that people tend to make rash judgements when they see people that have more than 2 or so dogs, I wouldn't want you to get judged for that, so I was just warning you". Maybe that will encourage her to take better care of them. Good luck with everything!
You should just tell her, "Look, I'm concerned because of the things that have happened...(name some specific things)..I think you should take the dogs to the vet or else maybe you should think about giving them up, because they aren't getting all the care they need." Make sure you have a vet's name and number ready to give her so she can't say she'll find one when she has time or soemthing like that. Those dogs deserve a good life, do what you can to help them. Good Luck!!
LTLGTO, I just dont know how to go about teaching her to better care for them! She has had some of these dogs for years. Her husband just went to jail for DUI. She works at a gas station part time, has two teen age children. She is having a hard time right now in her life. I dont want to add to it. She is having trouble paying the rent and bill's. We do have a low cost van that comes to our area monthly. I'm going to tell her that I will do all the calling and I will pick the dogs up and take them to have them all looked at. I will pay what ever fee's they want to update them on their shots ect..... The one remaining pup is what I'm worried about. I have no idea what to do about it? So far it's still alive...How long will it live I cant tell you? If it lives. I want to help her!
Harley: The animals need to be removed. See if she wants to sell them. She could get money for Yorkies (maybe). She is overwhelmed obviously. People continue to bite off more than they can chew. I have no idea why so many people believe having a puppy/dog is easy. It is difficult and time consuming. They have and need just as much medical treatment as a child.
Does your city have any laws on how many dogs can be kept? If these Yorkies are all mom, dad, bro & sis, breeding that's sick! The only thing I would do is to take her dogs to a low cost spay nueter shelter where they can get fixed & shots. Possible contact a local Yorkie rescue for assistance. I doubt the city will do much as long as they have food, water & shelter.