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Feb 10, 2009 6:08 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

11 rescued pups find new hope at town shelter

Feb 10, 2009 6:08 PM

When 11 Labrador retriever puppies from South Carolina arrived at the Southampton Town Animal Shelter on January 31, they each received a bath, a warm bed and lots of love—and a new lease on life.

The four males and seven females would have been euthanized that night had local dog lover Whitney Knowlton not stepped in. She had help: The litter arrived in the nick of time, thanks to Steve Hall, a local pilot affiliated with Pilots ‘N’ Paws—a program of pilots who volunteer their time and resources to relocating animals in need. Mr. Hall bases his rescue operations out of Brookhaven Airport.

When the kennels carrying the puppies on the flight up from Darlington, South Carolina, arrived, shelter staff and the volunteers on hand, including Southampton Town Councilwoman Anna Throne-Holst, immediately took action. The pups were bathed, dried, and given water and a place to play. Senior kennel attendant Charlie Bartow, who has worked at the shelter for more than two years, gave the pups their baths.

“This is what the job’s all about,” Mr. Bartow said as he held up a dripping pup, kissing its nose. “This makes it all worthwhile.”

Ms. Knowlton, who started Last Chance Animal Rescue Fund, or LCARF, an organization committed to saving adoptable dogs from the needle, said she looks at every dog as her own. “They all deserve a warm bed by the fireplace,” she said, after explaining that the 11 rescued pups were found freezing in the South Carolina woods. “There are literally hundreds of dogs that aren’t going to make it.”

Unfortunately, many puppies are not as lucky, she said. According to Ms. Knowlton, many dogs and animals across the country must endure horrific conditions and die needlessly.

The shelter estimates the 11 pups, nine black and two brown, to be between six and eight weeks old. Though rescued through the efforts of LCARF, the puppies are the property of the town shelter and will be available for adoption around February 18, after they are properly vaccinated and spayed and neutered.

Christine Russell, assistant animal shelter supervisor, credited the volunteers, like Rosella Pellegrino, who has been pitching in at the shelter for the last two years, for making the shelter work. “Things are going awesome here,” Ms. Russell said. “The well-being of the animals is always our top priority.”

Ms. Knowlton, who emphasizes spaying and neutering, appealed to local veterinarians for help with the recently rescued pups. “It would be great if someone could come in and give about an hour or so of their time,” she said.

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People don't realize how many innocent , adoptable dogs are killed everyday. This is just the tip of the iceberg. I commend everyone for their great work on this rescue.. may there be many, many more!
By animallover (2), southampton on Feb 3, 09 11:06 PM
Someone -- is that you, Brian Bossetta? -- can't do simple match, and seems to be indecisive about puppy gender.

In the first two paragraphs we have "11 Labrador retriever puppies," "three males and nine females" and "seven females and four males."

Is this badly written, or badly reported -- or both?

Otherwise, a heart-warming item.
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Feb 4, 09 9:18 AM
Mr. Wheeler: Thanks for pointing out the error in my story. It is being corrected.
By Brian Bossetta (17), Southampton on Feb 4, 09 11:30 AM
Great job ! Very lucky pups !
By PrivateerMatt (390), Weesuck Creek , EQ on Feb 4, 09 11:57 AM
Frank - Since you feel the need to point out others mistakes - let me correct you - its math not match. Other then that great story - I think these pups have a very bright future.
By jacks (70), hampton bays on Feb 4, 09 12:12 PM
Mr. Wheeler, since you chose to correct an error in a rather insulting (&personal) tone rather than simply making a polite correction.....you can't seem to spell. I assume the word you meant is "math", not "match"....
Mr. Bossetta even responded in a courteous manner, which is what this comment section is about.
By EQme (112), East Quogue on Feb 4, 09 12:29 PM
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By animalcaregiver (14), sag harbor on Feb 4, 09 12:50 PM
Hey, animalcaregiver - you are correct. I picked up on this, too. Wasn't there even an article on folks having to give up their dogs & cats because of the economy? While I commend everyone for this amazing rescue, let's not forget there are already tons of pups & older dogs & cats at all the shelters out here waiting to be adopted - some have waited years. These cute little guys will be quickly adopted. However, for those of you who don't want to go through puppy training, please think about ...more
By Ms. Jane Q. Public (147), Southampton on Feb 4, 09 1:06 PM
I think is a great story. With the way things are these days it's nice to hear a heartwarming story. With that said, Animalcaregiver, I wonder why it necessary for you to insult the woman who made the video for the puppies, it's completely inappropriate.
By MD (22), Southampton on Feb 4, 09 1:31 PM
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By animalcaregiver (14), sag harbor on Feb 4, 09 1:35 PM
OK lets try this again. Is this the same Animal Shelter that recently abolished the Veterinary Technician position in the name of saving money? While I agree with rescuing the pups I think the Town is being hypocritical when they say they are trying to save money and then go out of the Town to rescue dogs, don't we have enough here? This is also the Shelter that makes you provide you license when you turn in a pet to make sure you are a resident of Southampton Town. Why can't someone from Brookhaven ...more
By animalcaregiver (14), sag harbor on Feb 4, 09 5:11 PM
Ayone can see these pups are adorable and totally adoptable. Why then would you waste resources flying them from another state when a simple picture in a South Carolina newspaper would have done the trick? This is blatant mismanagement from the assistant shelter supervisor who just fired the vet tech due to 'financial reasons'. Apparently, this overload of cuteness is supposed to make us believe 'Everything is awesome here now'. Sure hon, just don't video the dozens of overlooked older animals awaiting ...more
By dawgtired (2), Southampton on Feb 4, 09 6:54 PM
Yes, those pupies are awfully cute. Yes those puppies are lucky and will get adopted very quickly. However, as a taxpayer of Southampton Town, I have to wonder at the legality of what the Town and it's Municipal animal shelter are doing by taking in animals from other states. Does SHT have a contract with LCARF? From my understanding, in order for the Town to take in animals from other Towns or other states, there has to be a legal contract between the two entities. And is LCARF a legal animal ...more
By mixedbreedmomma (2), Flanders on Feb 4, 09 7:30 PM
To my snippy critics, Jacks and EQme… for the record, I spell just fine. That WAS a "typo," a keyboarding error. My bad! But you were able to see though it and figure out what was intended.

But was there anything substantive you had to add, EQme? ANY-thing?

Good of you to revise and re-publish, Mr. Bossetta.
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Feb 5, 09 12:31 AM
As someone that has been rescuing animals, both wild and domestic for 45 years I am a firm believer of Think Globally, Act Locally. We shouldn't be going elsewhere to rescue animals if our own town isn't free of homeless and abused animals.
By trueanimallover (2), Sag Harbor on Feb 5, 09 8:17 AM
There is a law that requires animals that are crossing state lines to have health certificates. When someone is taking thier animal with them to another state or country they must get a health certificate from a Veterinarian saying that the animal is free of diseases. In this way we HOPE to keep diseases from being moved from one state to another. Transporting raccoons from one state up to Penn. is how Rabies moved so quickly up the Eastern Coast. Did these puppies get health certificates? ...more
By animalcaregiver (14), sag harbor on Feb 5, 09 8:40 AM
Frank -LOL - Whats wrong frank you can dish it out but you cant take it. I was simply pointing out your mistake as you simply pointed out Mr. Bosetta's mistake.
By jacks (70), hampton bays on Feb 5, 09 9:37 AM
OUCH! Frank...We were also able to figure out that there were approximately 11 pups rescued (which wasn't the essence of the story of course). An error is an error, after all so why get so "snippy" yourself? And, yes, we were all able to see through your comments and figure out what was intended. My point is simple---be nice--or be quiet.......is that substantive enough?
By EQme (112), East Quogue on Feb 5, 09 12:04 PM
It's a great story (even though it's clearly some sort of PR stunt......either that or the folks at the southampton animal shelter arren't that bright) ........... how can they justify going all the way to SC to get these pups when they just let a VET TECH go citing financial problems? .............. I think someone needs to look into this. I also think that there should be a push to close down stores in New York state (and around the country) that sell both dogs and cats. There are just way ...more
By The_Realist (6), Sagaponack on Feb 5, 09 4:22 PM
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By Brian Bossetta (17), Southampton on Feb 5, 09 6:10 PM
Does LCARF pay for spay, neuter, shots, food and kennel attendant salaries until adoption? This is the taxpayer expense being referred to. It is only being brought up now due to the firing of the vet tech. In your article, there is an appeal for some local vet to donate an hour or so of their time. Doesn't sound like the bill has been 'footed' to me. It would be interesting to see the actual bill for this rescue after they get adopted. And by that I mean the real cost of transport for treatment ...more
By dawgtired (2), Southampton on Feb 5, 09 9:45 PM
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By Brian Bossetta (17), Southampton on Feb 5, 09 10:34 PM
And what were the older dogs in the kennels doing when everyone was slobbering over the puppies? Sitting there waiting..........
By animalcaregiver (14), sag harbor on Feb 6, 09 7:23 AM
animalcaregiver asked the right question. How many of these puppies will claim an owner that would have otherwise adopted a dog who has been at the shelter for months? I don't think this is a PR stunt, I don't think it's orchestrated. I think it's phenomenally poor judgment to import puppies when we already have dogs that need homes. The internet is filled with groups that are trying to get a dog in one state that has a forever home in another state. How about flying those dogs? This completely ...more
By diy_guy (101), Southampton on Feb 6, 09 9:19 AM
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By Brian Bossetta (17), Southampton on Feb 6, 09 4:03 PM
Good for you Whitney...Publicity or not.. When they ask "so what happens to the older shelter animals.. What would you say?...It's very sad.....
By pmofo (37), East Quogue on Feb 8, 09 2:14 AM
I heard tell that 5 or 6 more puppies were delivered to SHTAS today from LCARF. I am unsure where these newest additions came from, hopefully they are local pups. If not, I see a trend happening: SHTAS will be so full of dogs from other states, our Animal Control officers will have no where to take the ones they get off OUR streets and those that need to surrender their dogs due to various reasons... oh, lets say because they lost their homes due to the economy... won't be able to because the ...more
By mixedbreedmomma (2), Flanders on Feb 8, 09 11:13 PM
A few years back a person from Flanders had a litter of pure bred German Shepard puppies, that the mother dog wouldn't take care of. They called the Southampton Town Animal Shelter and were told to take them to a Veterinarian and have them euthanized! The people persisted in trying to find help for the pups and finally found me. I took the pups to my home and when they were old enough they all found wonderful homes. They all left spayed or neutered and vaccinated. Never costing the taxpayers ...more
By trueanimallover (2), Sag Harbor on Feb 9, 09 7:27 AM
~Setting the Record Straight~
I want to set the record straight on the rescued puppies that are currently at the Southampton Town Animal Shelter. These 6 week old puppies were rescued from a HIGH KILL SHELTER in SC where the euthanasia rate is approximately 90%. In 2007 approximately 2,900 animals were killed in this shelter alone. Many of them puppies as the seemingly endless supply of litters just keep coming. These rescued pups were flown here by one of our generous supporters. They were ...more
By ANIMALADVOCATE (1), Southampton on Feb 9, 09 12:35 PM
A New Leash on Life

Let me be the first to congratulate Southampton Town Board member Anne Throne Holst, Assistant Animal Shelter Supervisor Christine Russell, Senior Kennel Attendant Charlie Bartow, and all the trainers, employees, and volunteers who saved the lives of the eleven puppies that were scheduled for euthanasia in a South Carolina kill Shelter.
The compassion you all have shown to these dogs will bring countless years of happiness and love to the families of their future ...more
By JSM11968 (1), Southampton on Feb 9, 09 12:45 PM
Ms. Knowlton obviously has a heart as big as Texas. I'm sure it stings to hear the comments that have been made. But the negative comments are coming from people with many years of animal rescue experience. They are not classless - rather they are incredibly frustrated to witness the continued mismanagement of our shelter.They know all too well that the influx of puppies are designed to be a diversion from the real issues.
All rescue people know - or should know- that rule # 1 is to spay/neuter. ...more
By pupdaddy (12), North Sea on Feb 9, 09 3:11 PM
With all due respect Ms. Knowlton,

I've never heard of a rescue group that takes puppies from one shelter and dumps them at another shelter.

What I have seen are rescue groups that have fosters or forever homes lined up for the dogs they pull. This seems like a shortcut.

It is unfortunate that so many dogs are put to sleep. It is also unfortunate that the dogs that are in no-kill shelters spend so much time there.

You brought 11 pups to Southampton, only 2889 ...more
By diy_guy (101), Southampton on Feb 11, 09 10:59 AM