Our Southern Belles and Their Excellent Rescue Adventure December 14, 2010
Chicago English Bulldog Rescue continues our work with various humane investigators and animal care and control agencies across the U.S. to provide immediate care and rehoming of bulldogs that are victims of puppy milling. Those of you that have followed our group know of many of the tragic intake stories and wonderful adoption outcomes we have been able to achieve over the past four years with puppy mill bulldogs. Most of these bulldogs spend their lives crated and are either denied medical care or only receive minimal medical care sufficient to allow them to continue to procreate. The profit-centric motivation of these mass breeders leads to a lack of attention to proper breeding standards, resulting in litters prone to many of the congenital defects common to the breed (heart, skeletal/muscular and more).
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A Burger King Thanksgiving
Rescue groups and humane agencies have made major inroads in regulating or shutting down these mills and the Midwest is home to many. While everyone supports the end result of some of the new regulations that are being implemented in states across the country (i.e., Missouri Proposition B) one of the consequences of these new laws will be an influx of animals coming to rescue (or being euthanized) as millers attempt to come into compliance with new legislation in their state. We expect the demands on rehoming agencies like CEBR to increase as we get closer to compliance deadlines in various states, so public donation support will be even more important than it is today.
And when you look at CEBR’s three beautiful Southern Belles you will understand why we believe this is such an important part of our mission. Tallulah, Sally Mae, and Sookie Sue were released voluntarily to CEBR through a humane investigator as part of a general crackdown and involuntary seizure of dogs in several mills in a nearby southern state. The holding facility for our three girls had just processed and were holding 121 dogs from various raids and voluntary surrenders.
CEBR volunteers Jackie Dornback and Monica Michalski gave up most of their Thanksgiving holiday weekend to make a 26 hour, round-trip journey to give these girls a new life. It was Burger King and no turkey for these two great ladies who set out on a journey to give a new beginning to three bulldogs they had never met. We can’t thank them enough.
These two women truly embody the spirit of rescue and are an inspiration to all of us. We are proud to introduce their precious cargo to the CEBR family of friends and supporters.
This beautiful three year old has moved right in to her new life. Sookie had some major pounds on her frame, and this coupled with her reluctance to walk on firm ground, is indicative of her constant caging at the mill. She also had severe entropian at the time of surrender as well as several untreated tumors. As you can see from the photo, Sookie loves her new-found freedom and even the first major Chicago snow. Sookie has had her spay, entropian surgery, and tumor removals and is now recovering in her foster home.
Unlike her silent film namesake, this diva does not “want to be alone”. She is a sweet, loving two year old that wants to love you up. The Divine Miss T. came to CEBR with walking issues attributable to puppy mill confinement, dry eye, an elongated palette and nasty teeth and skin issues. She also had a severe untreated hernia.
Tallulah underwent surgery on December 14 to be spayed, have her hernia repaired and she also had an extreme makeover on her other issues. She is in recovery with her foster family.
It’s hard to believe that anyone would harm the beautiful girl you see in the picture but Miss Sally’s introduction to life has been hard. Just four months old, she came to CEBR with a severe limp suspected to be caused by either a fractured leg or hip attributable to the physical abuse common to mills in this area. Her visit to CEBR’s vet, Dr. Navin, determined that nothing was broken but her wrist was severely dislocated; also consistent with physical abuse of kicking or beating. Sally had a severely infected cherry eye that was irritated to the point of bleeding.
CEBR’s cost for the initial care of these three gals is $1,915 and this does not include the funds that will be required to get Sally Mae the orthopedic care she needs. If you would like to help with the cost of care for these three angels, you can make your tax deductible donation at: