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Tuesday, May 06 2014 09:44 AM

Reward offered for info on abandoned dogs

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Shown are four of the Magnificent Seven dogs abandoned last month.

Have a Heart Humane Society is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who abandoned seven small dogs in an equipment yard at the south end of South Street.

Pet abandonment is a crime and should not go ignored or unpunished. The dogs were sighted by concerned citizens on the morning of Monday, April 7. Later that day, several Have a Heart volunteers as well as a group of private pet lovers went to the site and caught all seven dogs, five females (most in heat) and two un-neutered males.

All seven were taken by Have a Heart volunteer, Opal Lawler, for evaluation, then given to other volunteers for fostering, housetraining, etc. On May 2, the dogs were spayed or neutered, vaccinated and microchipped at Critters Without Litters in Bakersfield. Several will require professional socialization and training and will be sent to Thunder Paws Dog Training.

"It will cost the rescue well over $1000 to do all that needs to be done for these dogs," says Chelley Kitzmiller, Have a Heart president. "In addition to altering them, microchipping them and giving them Rabies, the rescue has already begun giving them DHPP vaccinations (for Parvo and Distemper prevention) and worming them. The dogs are all under 15 pounds and not the fuzzy little dogs that people are looking to adopt, which makes them more difficult to find homes for. All but two appear to be 8 to 10 month old puppies.

Taking in seven dogs at one time has put a strain on the organization's budget and on the volunteers who already had fosters, but we couldn't ignore the situation. We would appreciate donations of any size to help care for these dogs, named The Magnificent Seven. Please visit our website at www.haveahearthumanesociety.org to donate via PayPal and other credit cards or send donations to Have A Heart, 1121 W. Valley Blvd., Ste. A., Tehachapi, CA 93561.

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