Now living happily in Denver, Colorado.
Hearts United for Animals rescued 13 dogs from horrible conditions in Thurston County NE in January, 2013. They were living outdoors in piles of feces. They were starving, full of worms and dehydrated because their water dishes were too frozen to get a drink. The cages were made of makeshift wires and latches were bailing wire. The dogs, mainly staghounds, greyhounds and coonhounds, were being bred for hunting. Rick Herchenbach from the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, the Thurston County Sheriff and the Thurston County Attorney all did a marvelous job of following up on complaints and worked very quickly to make sure the dogs were able to be rescued immediately. HUA rescuers worked to carry the dogs on ice, through dead carcasses of smaller animals to get them to warmth and safety in their travel crates in the HUA van. They were taken immediately to a veterinarian where they received thorough check-ups and wonderful care before arriving at the shelter.
All of these dogs, without exception, love people and are beyond sweet. For all that they lived in filthy little cages, they are clean dogs and know the bathroom is outside. The minute they had a yard, out they went. They love to run and play, and they are precious to people and one another. Because of their breeds, they must go to homes with tall fences and room to run. Additonally, given their natural instincts to hunt and chase, they can only be placed with families with no small dogs or cats.
Concord is a real go-getter. He was the first of the gang to discover the joy of zooming. He ran around and around the yard without even stopping to smell the roses. He could not get enough of the fabulous feeling of being free. Once he wore himself out, however, it was time for some very serious making up. He moved from one of us to the next, politely introducing himself and thanking us for saving him and his pack. He offered to let us scratch behind his ears and marvel at his lovely coat. He sat nicely while we secured his leash, and walked with us as if he'd done it all his life. Seeing this magnificent creature stroll about the grounds as though he has never had a care in the world warms our hearts and soothes our souls. Concord is a delightfully happy animal who is thriving on the love and affection he is finally receiving at the hands of humans.