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Old 28th June 2010, 08:55 PM
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Pit rescue in/near Iowa

My brother in law was just handed a little female pit puppy. I believe she's around 12-14 weeks old, intact, likely no vaccinations. I know she was removed from the litter too young, she was being drug around to show off at random peoples homes at 6 weeks old. She's currently hanging out with Dallas (11 week old male GSD) and Im being told she's a sweet little girl.

What Im being told is Norm is working on his ex's boat. She went out to a rental (not sure if she owns/co owns or its her current boyfriend/fiances place) and found the puppy. The lease states no dogs, the tenant swears they dont have a dog (Norm wanted this puppy and was told she'd been sold/given to someone else), yet the puppy was there. Ex-sil took the puppy and has now given her to Norm either to keep or rehome, its up to him.

I was called because, as Norm said, if anyone would have any idea of how/where to place this little girl it'd be me. Money is tight, my home and Norms. Neither of us can afford another puppy right now (Rob would shoot me for even considering taking her, even as a foster). There is no money for a surrender fee. How do we get this girl a safe home where she'll be a pet and not a puppy making machine?
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Old 28th June 2010, 09:19 PM
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Old 28th June 2010, 09:59 PM
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Thanks Lori. That one has no contact info. and isnt actually up and running yet. That was the first site I clicked on.

Ive sat here for an hour doing google search after google search and I cant find a single place that will accept this little girl. Every pit rescue site Ive found has, in bold print, that they dont accept animals or dont accept animals from the general public (shelter pulls only). I havent seen a single pit adopted from the local shelter, puppy or adult.

The only other thing I can think of is to contact my vet and the local shelter. Though I'd rather see her pts before being placed there, its not a good place.
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Old 28th June 2010, 10:06 PM
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Try PMing Shannon: Mom2Many
She may know of Pitbull rescues in your area!
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Old 28th June 2010, 11:35 PM
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Some new developments...
Little girl is either pregnant or carrying a heavy worm load. She's a bit older than I thought, closer to 5 months (awfully young to be a momma).

Fat belly & peanut butter colored diarrhea

Pregnancy makes more sense because this little girl HAS been to the vet and UTD on shots (shocking!). Norm knows the people that had her, he was trying to get her but was told she'd been sold. He says these people are pot heads and likely got her as a puppy machine to pay for their drugs.

Now if its worms (or worse), Dallas has been exposed and now cant come play with Buster until he sees the vet to make sure he's okay (how long should Norm wait?). Little girl left a puddle on the kitchen floor. Even though the mess was cleaned up, both puppies have been using the house as a race track.

There is also possible abuse. Norm said she cowered and hid after she pottied on the floor, like she was expecting him to beat her. He took her outside after the accident and she really did not want to come back in.

Norm is leaning towards surrendering her to the local shelter in the morning. He has no place to keep her separate from Dallas. Im not sure how big she is, Dallas is 20lbs (weighed him Saturday), but Ive heard never to leave a pit unsupervised with another dog (he has too). I cant take her, even for a few hours. I cant expose Buster and I have no where to keep her separate...my house is just too small for that.
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Old 29th June 2010, 12:55 AM
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That poor baby!! Hopefully someone can be found to help. Is it a kill shelter in your area? I've seen a lot of shelters are most likely to kill pits first. Really hoping she is not preg! Hoping something good comes from all of this and she finds a loving, wonderful home fast!
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Old 29th June 2010, 01:20 AM
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aawww poor girl. I really wish we already had an answer and were able to be moving into a new house...if we were i'd take her in as a foster in a heartbeat.
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Old 29th June 2010, 08:16 AM
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My biggest issue with the local shelter is how they confine the dogs. They have 3 large outdoor kennel areas pieced together with what looks like scrap fencing. No gates, to enter the dogs area you move part of the fence. When Ive been out there before theres been 8-10 dogs per pen with one pen holding just a litter of Lab puppies.

They seem to hold dogs for a very long time. Ive seen some up on the website for months. I cant recall seeing any pits though. I hate to say it but even if she were put down its better than being abused by these pot heads and used for the puppies she can bring into the world which would be sold to whoever hands over enough cash.

I tried to adopt from this shelter before finding Buster. It didnt go well at all ("my" puppy did find a home, just not with me). The thing that held up the adoption and eventually led to me browsing newspaper ads was lack of education. Prior pets, deceased for 2-3 years at that point, were not up to date on shots, spayed or given heartworm preventative. After a week of being told they'd call at a certain time and then having to call them only to be told they hadnt made a decision or the director was on vacation and still had to look at the app. or the other family still hadnt chosen which yellow male they wanted, I felt like I was being strung along and found the newspaper ad for Busters litter.
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Old 29th June 2010, 09:40 AM
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Can you send me photos Jessica, and some contact info with the whole story? We can at the very least circulate it around and see if we get any offers of help. Sure would like to know if she is pregnant - a spay/abort would be preferable before she is too advanced (sorry if this is a taboo subject here, this was not meant to offend anyone).
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Old 29th June 2010, 09:59 AM
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Can you send me photos Jessica, and some contact info with the whole story? We can at the very least circulate it around and see if we get any offers of help. Sure would like to know if she is pregnant - a spay/abort would be preferable before she is too advanced (sorry if this is a taboo subject here, this was not meant to offend anyone).
Let me see if Norm still has her. I dont have any pictures, Ive never had my hands on this girl. They'd be cell phone pics, thats all he has access to. Medically, her best bet is to get out of here quickly...weather thats a rescue taking her, a home popping up or being surrendered to the local shelter. Norms income is more limited than mine & Robs, he's struggling to care for Dallas, so getting her to the vet prior to her being adopted/surrendered is impossible. I know, this severely limits our options with her.
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Old 29th June 2010, 10:02 AM
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What if a rescue steps up and offers everything needed for her care? Would he foster then? He wouldn't need to supply anything but the roof over her head. Might be easier to find a rescue with this option, at least until one of their other foster homes opens up.
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Old 29th June 2010, 10:07 AM
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What if a rescue steps up and offers everything needed for her care? Would he foster then? He wouldn't need to supply anything but the roof over her head. Might be easier to find a rescue with this option, at least until one of their other foster homes opens up.
He still has her. Text back says he doesnt think she's sick (worms), she's VERY active. Im going to call him and ask him about the rescue stuff
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Can you send me photos Jessica, and some contact info with the whole story? We can at the very least circulate it around and see if we get any offers of help. Sure would like to know if she is pregnant - a spay/abort would be preferable before she is too advanced (sorry if this is a taboo subject here, this was not meant to offend anyone).
Shannon, I can't speak for anyone else or even for the staff really but personally I'd rather see a homeless dog spayed even if her litter has to be aborted then for her and her pups to end up homeless and euthed in some shelter somewhere. She's also more unadoptable or even harder to find a foster for if she is indeed in the early days of an unwanted pregnancy.
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Old 29th June 2010, 10:19 AM
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He's unsure about fostering her for very long because of Dallas, his 11 week old GSD boy. Most of the time she's REALLY good but she plays rough and it makes him nervous for his boy. He understands that pits play rough but he's unsure of how to keep the puppies separated when he cant be there and scared it'll turn into more than play when they're alone. Dallas is used to playing with Buster, he plays rough and doesnt know when to quit...Bus is such a tolerant boy that he lets his "cousin" get away with everything.

She's about the same size as Dallas, hes 20lbs (I weighed him Saturday). He's home with the pups so pics should be coming soon and I'll get those up. The good news, her belly doesnt look as bloated this morning!
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