Pawning Off Puppies: paying up long-term
POSTED: Friday, March 6, 2009 - 10:10pm
UPDATED: Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 3:46am
TYLER — We've told you about the trend of selling puppies in Tyler parking lot without the proper permit. These could lead to buyers - buying a dog with a disease. While the new owners of these pups could end up with the first disappointment, a diseased dog or simply a dog they can't take care of.
The humane society says it's the rest of us who see the results for years to come. Kennels full of dogs, young and old, fill the lot on County Road 386 — the Humane Society of East Texas.
"So often those animals end up here at the shelter or dumped on the side of the road," says Gayle Helms, director of the shelter.
She says many of these cages are full of animals once sold at parking lots in Tyler. Some of them come days after the sale, some years later.
"That's the easy way to fix an unwanted littler of puppies or kittens," Helms says.
She says many vendors on parking lots have animals they haven't spayed or neutered and simply want to get rid of them.
"these animals are susceptible to parvo and other life threatening illnesses," Helms says.
She says impulse buyers who get the pups on the cheap also play a role.
"This is like taking on a child, taking a puppy or kitten home," Helms says.
Bruised and beaten, pitbulls end up at shelters after years as strays. Their age, condition and temperament make it unlikely they'll get adopted.
"It's actually going to hit every one of us in our pocketbooks as taxpayers," Helms says.
Helms says strays cost Tyler taxpayers in city services.
"If it's rampant in our community, then animal control," she says.
Animal control officers have to scour the city keeping dangerous dogs off the streets and taxpayer dollars also go to shelters who then care for the animals and euthanize them.
City officials say they spend more than $300,00 in animal control services and more than $100,00 in shelter expenses.