PHOENIX – A Phoenix-A local animal rescue group is asking for foster or permanent homes to come forward after dozens of dogs were rescued from hoarding, and situations like this are becoming more common , said an animal welfare advocate, and she has a few reasons why it might be.
Arizona mastiff rescue says more than 30 English Mastiffs have been rescued from a hoarding situation. Rescue focuses on rescuing larger breeds like Cane Corso, Great Danes, or any type of Mastiff.
This year the rescue has been busier than ever.
“An 80-year-old man in Cottonwood was a non-stop rancher. That’s how he made a living. He had multiple dogs in broken down vehicles on his property and lived in chains,” said Darlene Spencer, president of Arizona Mastiff Rescue.
She says it’s a situation that’s becoming all too common and her kennel is always full.
“I think before COVID and during COVID, everybody wanted a dog. So that put a lot of people in this situation, ‘I can raise these dogs, I can make a lot of money’,” says- she.
These backyard breeders, Spencer says, started popping up everywhere, hoping to make a quick buck but not treating the dogs the way they should.
“It’s a huge problem right now. With the housing situation being so expensive, the jobs, the cost of living being so high right now, people are looking for other ways to earn an income without having to doing a lot of work. It’s sad,” Spencer says.
Coupled with the fact that many people who bought or rescued dogs during the quarantine period of the COVID-19 pandemic can no longer afford to keep them or simply don’t want them anymore.
It’s hard for Spencer to talk about the colossal impact this has.
“I think the animals are paying the price,” Spencer said.
It’s a problem she knows won’t solve itself.
“I would like people to stop breeding for two years,” she said, saying she thinks it will reduce the number of situations like this.
Many dogs rescued from horrible conditions have aggression issues and need to be put down. Spencer continues to fight the good fight and saves as many as she can.
“I’ve been doing lifesaving for about 20, maybe 21 years. It’s the worst I’ve ever seen,” Spencer said.
If you can help adopt or even adopt one of the dogs, contact Arizona Mastiff Rescue https://www.azmastiffrescue.com/.