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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY)– Animal Rescue groups across Brunswick County say that with the recent end of hunting season, many hunters are abandoning their hound dogs. They say these strays end up on people’s porches starving or are often times hit by cars on the road.

“Somebody in Boiling Spring Lake called me. They had an emaciated redbone hound that showed up on their porch very very sick,” says Cheri McLain, President of R.A.C.E. “She aborted two puppies. We took the puppies. The mother had to be euthanized, she was so horribly sick. Since then one of the puppies have died unfortunately.”

Rescuers say this is a problem every year in the rural areas of the county.

When we asked Brunswick County Animal Services about the problem they said it’s a non-issue and that they have only received a few calls recently about hunting dogs.

“What we find is that at the end of hunting season people do complain that dogs are abandoned or just thrown out and we don’t see any evidence of that,” said Fred Michael, Brunswick County Deputy Health Director.

Nancy Janovetz, President of Paws Place Animal Rescue, says that’s because a lot of those dogs that are found by residents go unreported.

She says over 60% of the dogs on her property are hunting hound dogs that her organization has found or had brought to them.

“(Hunters)They’ll send out ten, seven come back. You don’t know what happens to the other three,” said Janovetz. “The other thing they do is if the dog is not a good hunter, if they have a collar, they’ll take it off and they leave the dog. The dogs will stand there on the side of the road.”

Michael says these cases are few and far between, and that hunting dogs are too valuable to simply get rid of.

Rescuers say that depends on the hound.

“A good dog they’ll keep track of. Bad dogs, they’ve shot them,” said Janovetz. “They just leave them to starve. Or sometimes they dump them. We’ve had a few dumped up at the kennel.”

It is a situation that leaves many pups without a home.

Brunswick County Animal Services says when issues like this come up they are happy to address them and to try and work out the situation.

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29 Comments on "ONLY ON 3: Animal rescuers say hunters abandoning dogs is once again becoming an issue"

2015 years 10 months ago

lets be honest the only thing they care about is their tracking collars because they cost so much…cause there were 4 dogs that showed up at my house and when i called the owner all he wanted was the collars and i told him if that was the case then i will throw thecollars in the trash and find the dogs a home whats fair is fair…

Joe Bob
2015 years 10 months ago

Please write your county commissioners and State reps and request that they ban deer hunting with dogs. These people mistreat animals and property rights… It’s a shame that these people are allowed roam free to destroy and infringe on others rights…. BAN DOG HUNTING IN NC

Guest hunter comment
2015 years 10 months ago

It is so fusstrating to see people want to end something that’s been apart of this states tradition for years because of a few idiots who do leave dogs because they don’t spend enough time to train them..you let yourself down not the dog if u can’t get them to run give them to somebody who will spend time to train or to a good home..they are ones that need to punished, if people claim to see them being thrown out beside the road doing the wrong thing”do gooders” or self acclaimed “animal activists” report them, don’t bash everyone else because of a few bad eggs.its not fair to the ones following the rules an take care of our animals.ive walked in the thick woods an I respect the hard work they do for fun an my enjoyment of hearing them run.i love my dogs some people like me buy tracking systems to make sure they stay off the highway and I’ve stay all night without eating trying it catch my dogs.but tracking collars don’t save them from a ticked off still hunters bullet who get mad because don’t see a deer every time they go just needs an excuse to gripe about not seeing anything. I have dogs that are 10 yr 7yr 3 2yr 2 1yr old with all health records.

2015 years 10 months ago

For all yall that have a problem with dog deer hunting you should get your facts straight for one dog hunting is alot harder then sitting in front of a corn pile waiting for a deer you know will come eat a free meal every day and half the dogs that are “abandon” are more then likely carried off by a no good stand hunter that took the collars off and carried the dog off if they dont just shot it so as far as im concern anyone that has a problem with it can either deal with it or move somewhere else because i am carrying on a family tradition and the tradition of the first president because he was the first person to own deer dogs

2015 years 10 months ago

I whole heartily agree with Joe Bob, running deer with dogs SHOULD be banned!!! I hunt on private land in Bertie County, NC and the land owner does NOT allow running dogs on their land. Regardless, I’ve had dogs run deer right by me countless times simply because these so called “hunters” just let the dogs run and hope they run a deer to them. That’s SLOB HUNTING and completely LAZY in my opinion. I spend hours and even days tracking deer, learning their patterns, reading their signs, and hopefully if I’m blessed and my work was complete, I will get a clear shot at that deer I’ve been following for the entire season, and yes, ONE CLEAN SHOT! I just don’t see the sport of letting dogs run while they sit and wait for them to come out then un-load their guns at them blindly hoping to connect and maybe kill it! Whatever happened to what I was taught when I was growing up and first introduced to hunting? That was that every hunt is sacred! That animal is un-willingly giving it’s life to feed our family and should be shown respect and no part wasted! NOT chased all over God’s creation running for it’s life then shot on the run till it finally falls. I’ve also read, “I use a shotgun so I can kill them faster”. That brings up another VERY important rule that I learned in my early days of hunting, “Know your target AND BEYOND”! How can you say that while your tracking that deer running at full speed, pulling the trigger over and over that your looking beyond the deer and paying attention to where every pellet or bullet is going? If you can, you must be super hunter because I know that when I’m taking aim at that deer I’ve been watching I have a hard enough time JUST controlling my heart from pounding and climbing out of my throat! Many have said, “how do you know till you try it?” or “if I didn’t have the dog, I would’ve lost the deer”. Well, all I can say is, if you made a clean and ethical shot then the deer shouldn’t need to be tracked with dogs, you would have a good, short blood trail and easy recovery! I have lost deer in the past and that was simply due to my own error from taking a shot that I shouldn’t have! I learned the hard way to let them walk if you cannot make a clean, humane kill. I’m not just talking out of my rear here, I have tried deer drives with a club one year and one year only! The only difference was that club drove with people and not with dogs but the outcome was the same. Many wounded animals, does and fawns shot when only bucks were allowed and then just pushed under a bush to rot! There’s just NO sport there and certainly NO respect or fair chase for the animal. In closing, I will simply say that any idiot can unload a gun blindly and hope to kill, but a single clean shot is MY way! “One Shot, One Kill” The Sniper’s Creed.


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