HUMANE SOCIETY OF LA GETS CUSTODY OF BUTTERBEAN!
SLIDELL DOG HEADS TO HAPPY ENDING.
CAMPAIGN TO HELP OTHER DOGS LAUNCHED.
Butterbean at the vet's office with Dr. Riedel.
The sweet girl is doing very well but has heart worms and will need to undergo treatment.
Last week, the story of a dog allegedly abandoned in Slidell went viral. Upon further investigation, we found that that the dog, Butterbean, was not abandoned in the classic sense; she had instead been abandoned as a puppy and had been living primarily at large in a nearby neighborhood for over 6 years. It's miraculous that she survived for so long running in highway traffic!
'We're delighted that this story will have a happy ending," said Dorson.
While we don't have law enforcement powers, we work with animal control agencies to help dogs like Butterbean. In this case, the dog's 'owner', aware of the national publicity surrounding the case, at first said she intended to keep the dog tethered outside. When St. Tammany Animal Control issued a warning however, she agreed to release the dog for cash, rather than provide a shelter or vet care for the dog.
"We certainly don't like to reward this kind of behavior, but sometimes it simply takes too long for cases to move through the legal system," said Dorson, "Our first concern was Butterbean's safety. We were convinced she could be let loose again to run in traffic at any time, and we might miss our opportunity to intervene." Humane Society donors stepped forward to provide $400 to secure the dog's release.
The 'owners' have also signed an agreement not to chain or tether any animal in future or allow them to roam at large," Dorson says. By claiming ownership, the family in question may still be held accountable for violating several ordinances relating to the dog's behavior.
Several people have already come forward wanting to adopt Butterbean and give her a new life, where she will live like part of the family. Applicants will be interviewed to find the perfect home.
Dorson says that Butterbean's story can help shed light on the fact that countless thousands of Louisiana dogs are chained, abandoned or are otherwise neglected each year. The situation is compounded by the fact that half of the state's parishes are without shelters and/or animal control agencies. To help reach more deserving dogs in need, we're launching a 'Butterbean Buddies' campaign.
"If only a handful of people concerned about Butterbean pitched in to help, we could save thousands of dogs here in Louisiana," Dorson says. Donors to the group's 'Butterbean Buddies' year-long campaign will receive stories by email or mail highlighting stories of other rescued Louisiana dogs.
Donations of any size are encouraged. "Typically, it costs us about $500 to rescue, vet and neuter a homeless dog, including the cost of heartworm treatment. If we house, feed, care for and place the dog through our our cross-country adoption program, TransPUPtation, we're looking at another $500 per dog," Dorson says.
"We'd love to save 500 dogs or more through our Butterbean Buddies during the next year," says Dorson. The Humane Society of Louisiana helps animals through cruelty cases and through its TransPUPtation program, which rescues dogs from kill-shelters and helps place them through cross-country adoptions. They are working to expand their new Enoch J. Donaldson Animal Sanctuary, which is the state's largest no-kil refuge.
Donors may give to the 'Butterbean's Buddies' HERE or by sending a check to: Humane Society of Louisiana, PO Box 740321, New Orleans, LA 70174.