Cocker spaniels rescued from Iowa breeder

Officers in Sac County, Iowa seized 88 cocker spaniels from an unidentified breeder. Officers described the conditions as “deplorable.” Cockers had matted hair with feces and the smell was terrible. “It didn’t look like this facility was inspected by any jurisdiction,” said Josh Colvin of the Animal Rescue League (ARL). “These animals were basically being stacked on top of each other.” As many as six cockers are possibly pregnant. Colvin describes this as one of the worst cases of abuse he’s seen in the state. Police say charges are forthcoming. Cockers inspected by the Anamosa Veterinary Clinic had eye infections, sores, and severe dental disease.

The cocker spaniels were transported to various shelters throughout the region. Some stayed with the ARL. Four additional rescues will assist in care. Please make donations to the Cedar Valley Humane Society or the ARL. The cockers should be available for adoption in a couple weeks. None of them were aggressive. “This is great step in the direction of getting them adopted,” said Bob Citrullo, executive director of the Cedar Valley Humane Society.

Cocker spaniels rescued in Lamar, MO

Neglected cocker spaniel
Neglected cocker spaniel, Fox News St. Louis

Sixteen cocker spaniels were rescued from a Lamar, Missouri kennel on November after the owner died.  The dogs were severely neglected–several were blind.  They were sent to rescue groups throughout the country last weekend.  Four dogs went to Colorado, five went to Ohio, and seven went to New York. When the four cockers arrived in Colorado Cari Meyers, founder of The Puppy Mill Project, said, “They had never been groomed or cared for and were just a big matted mess. It was so bad; one of the dogs couldn’t walk. When they finally were shaved down and bathed, one dog had over 11 pounds of dreadlocked fur shaved off.” (see photos)

Fox News St. Louis video: Rescued Kansas City dogs part of cross country operation

Canada curbs U.S. cocker spaniel euthanasia

High kill rates in U.S. animal shelters have always been a problem. The recession which began in 2008 added to the problem. A Canadian cocker spaniel rescue is lending a hand to California which has one of the highest pet euthanasia rates in the nation. Angels Under Our Wings Cocker Spaniel Rescue (AUOWCSR) of Victoria, British Columbia is rescuing cocker spaniels from the Los Angeles area at risk of euthanasia. “We rescue abandoned Cocker Spaniels mostly from high kill shelters in Los Angeles that through no fault of their own have ended up in the shelter in danger of euthanasia,” says volunteer Sarah Drader.

AUOWCSR Spends on average $700 – 900 caring for each rescue. “Some have cost us thousands of dollars,” says Drader. If you would like to donate or are interested in fostering please visit

Canadian Cockerfest this July 24th

The Cocker Spaniel Rescue of British Columbia (CSRBC) will hold its eighth
annual Cockerfest this Sunday. Cocker spaniels and cocker spaniel owners alike are welcomed to attend. This year’s event will be held in Langley’s Derby Reach Park along the Fraser River. It sounds beautiful. 🙂 A raffle will be held for select items raising money for CSRBC.

Cockerfest 2010
Cockerfest 2010

Abandoned Angels rescue raises $25,000

Dolores Rodrigues & Roberta Flack
Rescue founder Dolores Rodrigues with singer Roberta Flack

Abandoned Angels Cocker Spaniel Rescue of New York held their first cocktail party fundraiser last month in Manhattan raising $25,000. Donations came from cocker lovers and corporate sponsors through ticket sales and silent auction. Attendees were treated with a live performance from Grammy Award winner Roberta Flack singing “Killing Me Softly With His Song.” One guest was lucky enough to win private singing lessons from Flack herself through the silent auction.

Abandoned Angels will use the proceeds to pay for veterinary treatment needed for the many cockers in their care. “We have a lot of dogs in our rescue that are waiting for medical treatments and surgeries, so we truly appreciate any help the public may offer,” said Madeline Elghanayan, co-chair of NY Abandoned Angels Rescue. Dolores Rodrigues, rescue founder, was pleased with the event turnout. Rodrigues continues to raise awareness of cocker spaniels in need–the breed she loves so much.