For those of you who follow our website, you know that Rescue was called upon in late August to take in a large number of hounds after their discovery by law enforcement in western Virginia. The dogs were in dire need of food, shelter and medical care.
One of our Board members, Tim Durbin, pulled 5 Black and Tans out on August 31, 2008 and delivered them to foster homes in Virginia. He said that dogs were either living inside an old church bus filled with garbage, or chained to metal barrels or pieces of plywood. Although these were the healthiest of the lot, they were all malnourished and had skin and eye infections and one had a serious abcess of his salivary gland. As Tim put it, "I have seen some rough rescues in 5 years, this was the worst by far." Those hounds may not have realized it, but Tim was the best friend those hounds have ever had.
A few days later, while hospitalized in the vet clinic, one of the non-Black and Tans who had been running loose on the farm became aggressive and deteriorated rapidly; tests showed her to be positive for Rabies. In contrast, all of the Black and Tans at the vet clinic were improving daily.
A week later, we were told that the county was putting the remaining Black and Tans into isolation boarding. We were finally told that all of the dogs taken had already been euthanized. We were stunned. We were prepared to see them through the quarantine and hopefully take all into rescue. In the end, all tested negative for rabies.
All of us at Rescue, and the 5 hounds who survived their ordeal and the county's "rabies solution," would like to thank everyone who not only helped financially, but also sent along words of encouragement. This was greatly appreciated in the days following the county's seizure and euthanasia of the other Black and Tans. The 5 hounds that we were able to remove from the property are safe in foster care and we have agreed to keep them in isolation in Virginia for a county-mandated period of six months. Their foster parents tell us that they are all sweet and loving and have settled in nicely. All donated funds are being applied to their care, including heartworm treatment. Look for these dogs to be available for adoption in 2009!
UPDATE 2-9-2009: We expect the county to lift the rabies quarantine on March 1, 2009!
UPDATE 3-12-2009: THE QUARANTINE HAS BEEN LIFTED AND THE DOGS ARE NOW ON THEIR WAY TO FOSTER HOMES OUTSIDE OF VIRGINIA.
UPDATE 3-13-2009: We are absolutely thrilled to post this photo of Alvin, one of the surving Alleghany Valley Hounds, with his new family. We have also posted photos of Angel and three males who are now available for adoption.