March 17-23, 2014 (written by Marilyn Neville)
It is beginning to sound like a broken record: two more return to owners this week. The unusual is becoming habit, of which we are thrilled. 10 returned in 2014. However, one of these returns is much different than any of our others.
One of this week’s return dogs was shot three times. She her on our FB page.
Her name is Cotton. She is an elderly female German Shepherd, sable in color with grey covering her jaw. Aging evident in her movement and posture.
Cotton has been owned by the same family since she was a baby taken from her mother. Although Dalton called me, Cotton was his mother’s dog.
The tele rang at 10:30 that night and I was angry as I walked to pick up the phone. “Who calls at this hour of the night,” I said to my husband.
“I believe you have my German Shepherd,” Dalton said. “She has been missing this evening. She is my mother’s dog and is very special to her.”
Dalton described her and her collar. This dog that we had felt was at least age 10 was actually between 12 to 14.
We would learn that she lived only a few hundred yards from the porch where she had laid wounded.
“She never wanders,” he said. “She stays on our porch. The porch you found her is our former ranch and that porch is where she grew up.”
Dalton found his missing pet through our Facebook posting. I posted her in the 6 PM hour and after 10 PM Dalton was notified by a relative that a dog that looked like Cotton, from the same area had been found shot. Dalton recognized his family’s dog and the match made.
So what happened to Cotton? How did she end up with two close holes in her right front shoulder and another nick to her tail? One of those shots had cut her skin open over an inch wide, a deep hole in her flesh. That shot went straight through her leg, just missing her chest: heart area.
The second shot was about 2.5’ to 3” spread closer to her chest with no exit hole.
It was as if she were stopping and going potty to have two shots so close to the same area: possibly two shooters or an automatic was used.
Cotton’s family lives on Co Rd 808, along DD. I think it is possible that this dog who does not wander, was going potty along the ditch of DD, among the tree line. Most large breed female dogs eliminate away from their yard and many like tall grass.
County Road 808 is the location of another dog shooting less than 2 months ago. A mostly white Jack Russell female was peppered, probably by bird shot. The Jack Russell lived close to the location of Cotton.
Last summer another female dog was shot in this same area, but south on County Road 508. 508 is between 808 and DD off of Highway 34.
She is black Lab and Border Collie mix, shot twice, shattering her hind right leg and the second shot went through her left foot. It is possible one shot hit both her leg and foot.
Who is shooting these area dogs? Why are they shooting these dogs? Have more dogs in the area been shot that we have not heard about?
If you know the answers to any of the above questions please contact me (Marilyn at 573-722-3035). I will keep your contact information confidential.
In 1996, when Michael and I were shopping for property to purchase for our Missouri home, a male realtor drove our realtor and me around the Perryville and Swedgewickville area looking at rural homes.
He spotted two dogs playing in a pasture with a large herd of cattle, pulled over and pulled out a loaded rifle that had been prompted up between the footboard and door in the back seat, next to me. He stood on the road ready to shoot the two dogs (who probably belonged to the rancher who owned to cattle and land).
I had more than a few choice words for him and shouted them like a nut (sure he thought I was a nut). Our exchange was not pleasant. He did not know the owner, did not know the dogs and did not have any right to attempt to shoot dogs, probably pets, of the land owner.
Myself, being a proud handgun and rifle owner, I find people who target practice on pets to be beyond vicious and hostile. What if that dog belonged to your kid and someone else did that to your dog? What about the pain you inflicted to that cherished pet?
What kind of man or woman is it that enjoys this type of hostile behavior?
Accepted strays and relinquished dogs (7):
… 6 of a litter of 8 black medium sized breed mix puppies. Look to me like Jack Russell or Feist mixes: long nose, Jack Russell type ears, all are solid or almost solid black. Dumped in Puxico at 4 weeks of age.
… Yellow Malamute, Boxer mix female, Thelma, age 1, owner in area nursing home.
Adoptions, return to owner or placed in other rescues (11):
… Return to owner #9: former pet of the week, grey with blk spots male Aussie mix.
… Return to owner #10: 13-yr-old German Shepherd female, shot three times.
… Fifth Great Dane Pyrenees pup, female “Speedo” adopted by Millersville family: she a librarian, he works on the river.
… Sixth and last sibling to above pup, female ”Tornado” adopted by O’Fallon family.
… Tucker: Mahogany and black Doberman male, age 1, foster to adopt by my Zalma neighbors, volunteers of the Project who also live in St. Louis.
… Lucky Stripe flown by private pilot from Memphis to Memphis: met a ground transport that took him to Pittsburg PA area rescue Saturday.
… Anna Banana: red 3-yr old Lab Weimaraner type mix went to Rockwood IL family. She was the mother of 11 red pups we adopted at Christmas into February 2014. Just completed Heartworm treatment.
… Emily Mario: yellow Lab, just completed Heartworm treatment, Ohio family drove here Sunday to pick her up.
… Tyler Buchheit: 4-mo old Poodle / Maltese mix male, Cape Girardeau hair designer and husband surprised their daughter.
… Beagle/Cocker mix female, age 4-mo, from Dexter: found a St. Louis rescue to take her on Tuesday.
… Haggard Haggard: 9-week old Border Collie and Heeler (or was his dad a Lab), tri-color, adopted by wife of employee at Pavestone Company Scott City, Mo. 1st of 3 pups.
… FREE, ten cats: age 1 year, all spayed or neutered house cats, litter trained. Well cared for, call 573-495-2033
… FREE, three long hair tabby kittens: one dark tabby semi long, a white with tabby, and a black tabby with white, age 6 months, spayed. Call 573-495-2033
Calls requesting assistance for dogs we did not admit:
… Needs to re-home: blk male, neutered, Lab mix, and a female blk Golden Retriever and Coohhound mix female not spayed. Dogs good with her two rats and cat. Marion IL caller has been watching our FB site and wanted us to take her pets. Parent died and she must move to government housing situation.
… 4 Chihuahua and Min Pin baby puppies, also three 9-month old Chihuahua Italian Greyhound type mix dogs. Have found a rescue to take them and hope to move them this week.
… Heeler or Heeler mix female, young, Red/Blue colors and markings: Glenn Allen.
… LOST week of 3/9/14, Sedgewickville area: purebred male Beagle, young tri-color.
… LOST 3/10/14 village of Leopold: red in color, Golden Retriever fe, age 5.
… LOST 2/17/14 Co Rd 238 & Hwy K: tall, yellow neutered young male, white legs, FB.
… Dachshund needs a home: Greenville area. Former stray male does not like kids.
Miscellaneous and contact info:
We had 49 dogs at our home 3/24/14.
You can donate to the Officer Nick Becker Fund on our FB site. It is easily done by using Pay Pal. Read why we want to help support his family. He has cared for the animals in our community as well as families who looked to him for protection and calm regarding the law.
Check out our FB site for updates and photos of posted strays, including this week’s story Border Collie mix family. We are also seeking help with the vet costs for Holly Hunter who had been boarded for two weeks while receiving treatment for her contagious mange. Also we have treated several Project dogs for Heartworm and can not recover those costs in the adoption fees. Would you consider helping us with those costs? Donations may be tax deductable.
Stray Project monetary donations accepted at the Marble Hill Coop. We purchase de-wormer and other supplies at the Coop and donations are greatly appreciated.
Offer a stray water on day one and food day two or three. Call if missing a dog or if you have a stray. We don’t always have room but we may have a solution to help you and the stray.
Flea and tick season is just around the corner. Mosquitoes will be as dangerous as ever for your pets. They carry heartworm. Did you know one mosquito can lay over 30 eggs in just one bite to your dog or cat?
Dumping dogs is a form of abuse and against the law. Please report animal abuse or neglect.
Coyotes are mating and lots of dogs are missing. This is typically a season that dogs are killed by coyotes and you won’t find leftovers. They will kill any size dog. Please assist any strays that come to you for help.
Please do the following when you pets are expecting or caring for a litter: offer any pregnant dog small-breed-puppy-food the final 1-2 weeks before delivery and while the pups are nursing. Give those mothers all the food they want: bowls full all day and lots of fresh water available all day. Cats need kitten food. Free feed the higher calorie food during the nursing stage to help mom make milk and maintain her own body mass. Babies need to be dewormed as young as 1-2 weeks, then every 7-10 days until age 10-weeks or older if in a confined environment with re-infestation concerns.
Offer strays water on day one and food day two or three. Call if missing a dog or you have a stray.
If you suspect an animal is being neglected or abused, call the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Hotline, 314-647-4400 or 800-383-9835 or you can make a confidential report on line at Humane Society of Missouri.
To understand when an animal is being abused or neglected in the state of Missouri read the following link:http://asci.uvm.edu/equine/law/cruelty/mo_cruel.htm
We LOVE Buchheits! Donate a buck or more at the Jackson store for dog food and supplies when you shop. Also, Second Time Around in Marble Hill is taking donations for the Stray Project. Monetary donations are accepted at the Bollinger County Veterinary Service, Marble Hill Coop, Buchheits, and the MH Town and Country.
Thank you to the County Residents who have continued to support the Bollinger County Stray Project.
Check out our available pets at Petfinder. Call 573-722-3035 about our adoptable pets.