There are two sides to every story. The photos of five dogs who were placed in foster care in the Milton, Florida area by a rescue and later picked up in horrific condition don’t easily lie. While this is a ‘dog story,’ it also shows the need for those in rescue to keep close tabs on the people who foster under them because things can and do go wrong in a hurry.
Animal advocate Patricia Kruger with the Mylo Foundation posted her story this week on Facebook.
“I had to pick up several of my dogs from one of my main fosters this week. They were severely neglected and are showing signs of abuse. When I found them in this condition I was in shock. I did not know or understand how someone I trusted so fully could do this.
After I got past the initial shock I had to decide what to do next. Everything in me really just wanted to take my dogs, love them until they were better and then go on. But I kept thinking about the dogs who might come after them and so.
I told my story. It’s a story that does not need many words. The condition of the dogs themselves speaks very clearly. Yet, to my amazement, some looked at them and defended her. Some even went on the attack, spreading any lie they could think of, declaring to me, “they will win.”
But the truth is, no one wins here today. A dog was hurt, a dog was starved, a dog was abused. And for that, we all lose. And it really breaks my heart. So, to any of you who want to fight or distort or try to minimize the suffering of these dogs in ANY way…. I say, take your bullshit elsewhere. I’ve told the story. If you’re still comfortable with this foster “caring” for you dog, then it becomes your responsibility.
BO and Eddy and Mitzi and Abby and Cam are going forward. And I can guarantee they will never be hurt by her or her family again.”
The foster has been reported to the sheriff, to local rescues, and to the animal shelter as to the abuse these poor dogs suffered. I’m not posting her name but it’s available on Patricia’s Facebook page.
Readers are welcome to defend the woman or to criticize her. I don’t post names until an arrest is made and I have verification by either news media or a police blotter.
The purpose of this article is to caution anyone who places their pets under the care of someone they trust should still do periodic checks to ensure the animals are doing well.
Unfortunately, now these dogs are in need of a new foster. If you can foster (or adopt) one of them (all supplies will be provided by The Mylo Foundation if you choose to foster), please email Trish at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be sure to share this article with dog advocates in the Milton, Florida area. The application for fostering or adoption can be found here.
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