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


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.”

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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.