Florida Puppymill Bust
South Florida's puppymill bust leaves Rescue groups hustling
to save Bullmastiffs, Neapolitans, and many other Bull Breeds....
Bullmastiff Rescue Help
Neapolitan Rescue Help
Thank you for your
contributions! The Bullmastiffs rescued from the raid
have fully recovered and placed in loving homes. None of
this would have been achieved without your generosity!
Thank you for your contributions! The
Neapolitans are still looking for qualified homes and, in
addition to the four (4) in custody, one of the Neos seized
was pregnant and delivered six (6) pups. For more
information, please contact:
Barron & Sue Seelig
c/o Mooch's Sunshine Rescue
11665 US Hway 301 N
Parrish, FL 34219
February 19, 2002: Miami - Dade Animal Control
confiscated a volume of Bullmastiffs, Neapolitans, and various other
Bull Breeds in a raid to a backyard breeder's house in South
Florida. As Bullmastiff Rescue and Neapolitan Rescue hustle to help
claim these dogs, they are unprepared for the scene when they
As they arrived at the scene of the
veterinarian clinic the Bullmastiffs were immediately herded into
the holding pens to await physical evaluation and food. The
Bullmastiffs seem to be in fair condition although they are
completely covered in ticks and fleas and starved. One male and
five females were confiscated in the raid. However, Bullmastiff
Rescue only received one male and four females. When asked about
the missing female, Dade County Shelter replied that they "forgot"
she was on reserve for Bullmastiff Rescue and adopted her out by
accident. We hope she is well...
a great financial strain...we are wall-to-wall dogs," says Mickey
Mullen of the American Bullmastiff Association Rescue Service -
Florida Division. As well as having this raid, Florida Bullmastiff
Rescue was already full from a multitude of owner surrenders. To
top it off, these puppymill dogs are highly unsocialized. Three of
the Bullmastiffs are reported to be dog aggressive. One Bullmastiff
is recovering from just having puppies that were taken away from her
too soon and is still holding milk. It is unreported as to what
happened to the puppies she had.
Bullmastiff Rescue is in need of financial
help to get these five Bullmastiffs the following:
- Eye Exams (one Bullmastiff seems to have a
severe eye infection that may require surgery)
- Food and Vitamins
- Boarding Facilities
- Temperament Testing and Training
- Transportation Costs
the meantime, while their medical issues are being addressed with
tight funds their health should be at 100% within a short amount of
time. However, all of these Bullmastiffs are looking at a long road
of emotional recovery. They lack the understanding of human
companionship and are fearful of a hand's touch.
Sue Seelig nervously awaited her husband, Barron Seelig, to arrive
back home in the Ryder truck they had to rent in order to pick up
a group of the eleven (11) Neapolitans confiscated, she wondered where she was
going to put all of these dogs and what the scene would look like.
She was not prepared for what she saw....
dogs are in sad, sad shape," says Sue as she gazes over the bodies
sprawled out across the room.
"Right now we are looking at erlichia
for all (doxycycline which is so hard to
find now because of the anthrax scare....) :
- Vet Bill yesterday..........$239
- Cherry eye surgery
2 dogs/4 eyes @$50 each eye $200
- Entropian bi-lateral
2 dogs/4 eyes $140 each eye $560
right now 4 dogs @ $75 ea. $300
purchased a bottle $107"
"We are looking at an amount of $1500 worth of
medical expenses at least, " says Sue Seelig. Mooch's
Sunshine Rescue is harboring and bearing the cost for four (4) of the
the Neapolitans were kept in cages with multiple dogs that were too
small to accommodate. Most of them are walking crouched close to
the ground and sideways. They are also completely unsocialized and
very wary of human interaction.
expenses are a top priority at the moment. As their health
improves, emphasis will continue on getting them to trust
humans....something that they have never done before.