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With the hunting season over, a large number of dogs are in the pound

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The beginning of January marks the end of hunting season. Whether the dogs become too expensive, or they can no longer hunt, many owners just give them up. There are about fifteen hunting dogs in the Pender County Animal Shelter's care. That is a quarter of their total dog population. “You have people whose dogs don't hunt anymore, and all of a sudden those dogs become disposable so they end up here at the pound,” said Ami McArthur of Pender County Animal Shelter. Hunting season runs from mid October to January 1st. Now that it’s over, more hunting dogs are abandoned. Dog foster parent, Ronni Robinson said, “Its rather sad if a dog just can't be kept as a pet if it doesn't hunt well.” Ronni Robinson rescued an abandoned hunting dog; a 10-month-old Walker hound named, Marley. “She was really dehydrated and had anemia,” she said. Many dogs are just abandoned after hunting season. Electronic tracking devices that keep track of the pet while hunting can run a thousand dollars, between the collar and receiver. Many just do not want to foot the bill all year round. Easter Outfitters sales associate, Frankie Creech said, “A lot of them put them in the pound because they can not afford them in the off season. But during the on season they want them and they're going to go get more.” It is a sad fate for many of these dogs. It is often tough for them to find homes because hounds bark a lot, they dig, and are sometimes scratched up. But with a little TLC, these bright animals can make loving four legged friends. If you would like to adopt one of these abandoned hunting dogs, you can call the Pender County Animal Shelter at 910-259-3289.

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adopted pointer

My family is full of hunters - responsible, conservation minded hunters. Moving here from Pennsylvania, I have never seen quite the style of hunting that is practiced here, relying so heavily on dogs. That said, I have no doubt that most hunters here are responsible with their dogs. However, it is clearly a problem when such a pattern is obvious each year in the shelters.

We have just adopted one such abandoned hunting dog - a gorgeous pointer that was left to fend for herself. She was severly anemic, dehydrated and malnourished. She was infested with hookworms, whipworms, and ticks. She had infections in both ears and both eyes, abrasions and cuts all over her & injuries on her hind leg that required sutures. Her rear teeth are worn to nubs & she has advanced periodontis & gum disease.

Psychologically, she is withdrawn, timid & nervous. It will take months to begin to see a healthy dog emerge. She did not deserve this suffering just because she was a poor hunter or the season was over.

Hunting Dogs

People People People I know alot and I mean alot of Dog Hunters from around this area and I can vouch for the ones I know that they take extremely good care of their hunting dogs. They get treated like royality up until October. From October to January 1st they work and have fun, come on people you know those dogs love being out there in natural running with or chasing wildlife. There are bigger issues facing us in today's world other than Hunting Dogs.

anyone who thinks that

anyone who thinks that hunting with dogs is being lazy, come hunt with us for a day. i myself hunt with dogs and i also still hunt. i agree there is alot of work getting things prepared for hunting season. we plant food plots and feed protein all year long. its expensive. but hunting with dogs is fun as well. its a few bad hunters that ruin it for everyone who enjoys the sport.

Hunting dogs

I guess it is really too much to ask of people that choose to spend their free time hunting and killing animals to respect in any way the dogs they use simply as tools. The dogs seem to mean less to them than their decoys,guns or four wheelers. I doubt they would abandon any of them in the woods like the poor dogs. The way people treat animals is a good indicator of their character in my opinion. Sadly this abuse continues every year.

Hunting dogs

I think it's sad that certain dogs are bred just for hunting, for example. I spoke with a few of my diehard hunting friends (these are hunters who hunt with guns & crossbows)& was told when hunters use dogs it's pure laziness. They said the hunter just doesn't want to do the work it takes to truly hunt. When anyone abandons a dog they should be fined and/or serve time for cruelty to animals.

FIRST

I want PROOF from the writer of this article that the dogs that got dropped off are: 1. TRULY hunting dogs, not just of hunting dog BREED 2. They were dropped of by the ACTUAL OWNER and not someone who picked the dog up. Just because a blue tick or black and tan hits the pound doesn't mean it's a HUNTING DOG. NOW I am not saying that dogs don't get dropped off...but if the article said...HUNTERS KILL DOGS BECAUSE THEY CAN NO LONGER CARE FOR THEM..you guys would be FOAMING at the mouth...so which is it...put a bullet in their head or give them a chance at life?

ITS REALLY SAD

HUNTING DOGS ARE ALL OVER THE PLACE. SOME ARE DEAD ALONG SIDE THE ROAD, SOME ARE WANDERING AROUND WITH THEIR RIBS STICKING OUT, ITS REALLY SAD. THE HUNTERS DO NOT CARE FOR THESE ANIMALS AT ALL. ALL THE DOGS ARE IS AN EXCUSE FOR HUNTERS TO STAY OUT WELL PAST DARK DRINKING WITH THEIR BUDDIES, THEN THEY GO HOME AND TELL THEIR WIFE THAT THEY WERE LOOKING FOR THE DOGS.....LOL. WHEN HUNTING SEASON IS OVER, THEY JUST DROP EM OFF SOMEWHERE AND COULD CARE LESS ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS TO THEM.

This gives dog hunters a bad

This gives dog hunters a bad name. Not all dog hunters get rid of there dogs, I personally have 10 hunting dogs and they are taken good care of all year.

Hunting Dogs

Hunting Dogs are not the only dogs to suffer. We have too many unwanted animals in this county. People should be held responsible for their animals. If you are not going to take care of them until they leave us, then don't have them at all! They deserve to be treated fairly also, they are not only dogs, they are living breathing animals that have feelings too! Stop and think how you would feel to be treated this way!!!