Today marks the one year anniversary when 116 Dobermans were seized from a puppy mill in South Carolina that was run by Jordan Johnson. The Doberman Pinschers Club of America was immediately contacted by volunteers in South Carolina to reach the Doberman rescue groups that could assist in fostering these dogs.
Doberman Underground immediately took action and the volunteers started clearing bedrooms, making space, doing whatever it would take to house extra dogs in their homes. The following evening we were cleared by the Chester County Shelter to head down to pick up dogs. Two volunteers left their homes in the middle of dinner with no idea what to expect they drove from Cleveland, OH to Chester County, SC and arrived at 4:00am where the staff of the shelter were waiting for them. In the dark five dogs were loaded with no visual on the conditions of these dogs. Before leaving they spotted one dog laying in the corner who was unable to walk and our volunteer went over and picked her up and carried her to the car.
The reality was sitting in…what health condition are these dogs in, they’ve never lived in homes, they have had very little contact with people, what were we in store for.
At the same time this vehicle was leaving with the first 6 dogs another Doberman Underground volunteer was pulling up at another location, this one even more remote, and would pick up another 5 dogs. This process continue off and on for a week and half as we kept getting notified of more dogs needing sheltered. In total Doberman Underground transported 35 dogs to our rescue and support rescues that banned together to help these animals.
While this is difficult for many of us to relive it is important as we reach this mile stone we now can celebrate those that have been adopted and honor the ones that did not make it.
Doberman Underground’s expenses to house, feed, and medical care for the 26 dogs that remained in our rescue exceeded $30,000.