November 26, 2009

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Ulster County SPCA joins Humane Society in rescue of neglected sled dogs


KINGSTON – The Ulster County SPCA has accepted two neglected sled dogs from the Humane Society of the United States as part of an international operation on November 21 that rescued nearly 100 mixed huskies.

A total of 97 dogs were surrendered to Canadian authorities after the owner, a musher and sled-dog breeder, proved unable to provide care for the animals when he went out of business.

The dogs were used to pull sleds for tourists and were kept chained in the woods of Quebec when they weren't working.

 “These dogs lived their whole lives on chains in crude and dangerous conditions without proper food, water and shelter,” According to Brian Shapiro, Executive Director of the UCSPCA, “Our agency is honored to be working with the Humane Society and we are excited about giving these beautiful dogs the chance for a new life here in Ulster County. The Humane Society has always helped our shelter in times of need and we are pleased to do the same.”

The UCSPCA is one of 11 shelters throughout North America helping to find safe homes for the animals. The dogs arrived at the Kingston facility on Saturday, November 21, in a tractor trailer specifically designed for transporting rescued animals.

The UCSPCA’s two mixed huskies were named after Sainte Agathe, Quebec, the town from which they were rescued. The male husky named Saint and a pregnant female named Agatha were thin and emaciated at the time of their arrival. They are receiving food, water, care and veterinary treatment at the UCSPCA shelter. Saint will be available for adoption after sterilization and Agatha will give birth to her puppies at the UCSPCA shelter under the careful watch of staff.

Donations are requested to help assist with the care of these sled dogs and their puppies.

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