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As Realtors out and about in neighborhoods, in and out of houses we have an ethical duty to report abuse of any kind. Here is a story that supports that belief.
Meet Hogan. He’s a gorgeous purebred German Shepherd Dog. We named him after “Hogan” of “Hogan’s Heroes” because we were trying for “something German” and we thought “Klink” just didn’t fit. Hogan needs a home! This is his story thus far:
When a mortar attack recently killed 20-year-old Marine Cpl. Dustin Jerome Lee in Fallujah and injured his bomb sniffing dog, partner, and best friend Lex, the strong bond between soldiers compelled the slain Marine’s family to adopt the 8-year-old German Shepherd even though he was still required to serve for two more years. But with a little help from an Internet petition and a North Carolina congressman, the Marine Corps finally announced Lex could go home to Lee’s family.
The small town of Hillsville, VA was recently declared a disaster area, requiring the help from the Red Cross, because of Horton’s Pups, a mass breeding farm otherwise known as a puppy mill in Hillsville, near Roanoke.
In November, after a 5 month investigation by the Humane Society of the United States, Carroll County Virgina found itself with 1,080 dogs — topping 1,100 after a few new births over the following days. Over a dozen animal rescue agencies, from Virginia to Florida, agreed to care for and help adopt the dogs to new loving homes.
The Humane Society more conservatively estimates that, each year, 2 million to 4 million new pets are the products of puppy mills, most of them in eight states: Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Ohio and Pennsylvania. The society’s investigation in Virginia uncovered hundreds of substandard operations, leading it to warn that Virginia was likely to join the list of the worst offenders.
Grand Rapids, Michigan’s WOODTV.com brings us a much needed heartwarming story for one cold, stranded puppy. 24 Hour News 8 photojournalist Bilal Kurdi uses his camera’s lights to shine down into a deep, muddy hole where a puppy was stuck — then crawled in to get the shivering dachsund. read the full story here.
This young puppy was suspected to have been living off of scraps in the cold for days. The Ionia County Animal Shelter in Michigan said they will hold onto the puppy for about five days to give the owners a chance to claim it. After that, it will be up for adoption.