BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -
Several people in southwest Bakersfield are noticing a growing number of dogs being dumped in their neighborhood. An area man says he went from having two dogs to nine practically overnight, as more and more dogs are being abandoned by their owners.
Wild life biologist Alex Brown is noticing a trend.
“People just drive up and I’ve seen them just literally kicked the dogs out of the car and it’s really hard because a lot of time the dogs have been abused and beaten,” he said.
Brown recently found a black Shepard-type mix and her four puppies’ abandoned in the desert with no water and no food.
“All of them, if you sit down they all want their bellies scratched,” said Brown.
The dogs were weak and scared when brown found them and had no choice, but to take them in.
“Unfortunately, a lot of times they are too timid to come up to anyone. I was real fortunate because this mother and her four pups were very friendly,” said Brown.
In the process of finding permanent homes for these abandoned dogs, Brown came across even more puppies.
“These two were just found in this neighborhood, running in the middle of the field. They were so skinny and dehydrated as well. They eat like champs, but yes you’re very friendly,” said Brown.
The dogs are friendly, but expensive and now Brown has to take care of all 7 animals, plus his own two dogs.
“Anytime an animal gets dumped somewhere out in the community, obviously that’s not good for the pet,” said Vicky Thrasher, executive director of Critters Without Litters.
The non-profit organization helps families afford spaying and neutering for their pets.
“It’s not good for the neighborhood where the animal is being dumped at and it’s not good for our community at large,” said Thrasher.
The group works to educate people on being responsible pet owners way before they ever think about signing any adoption papers.
”I think there are people out there who either are not aware of the resources that are available or aren’t feeling comfortable with the steps they need to take here in the community,” said Thrasher.
Some shelters that were contacted by neighbors did not have any space and rescuers say they would rather have the dogs in permanent homes with families instead of being put down.