Tragedy Leads to Incredible Discovery

Grace Higgins | January 6th, 2019

One of the sixteen border collies managed to escape her dirty, cold outdoor enclosure. She did what her breed was meant to do: she started running until she happened upon a herd of cattle. Border collies are bred to be working dogs and to herd cattle, and that’s what she started to do when she found the cows. When she began injuring the cattle and causing chaos, the farmer who owned the cattle shot and killed the dog to protect his livestock. But the good is that the escaped dog led to the discovery of the fifteen other border collies in desperate need of help.

All sixteen dogs were left outside in a makeshift enclosure that was owned by a man who was breeding dogs in his backyard in Kansas. The man decided to stop breeding dogs, but rather than finding homes for the dogs, he just moved away and came back once a day to take care of them. However, the dogs were not receiving the care they needed. They were outside in the harsh Kansas winter in a filthy enclosure with a thin tarp to protect them from the elements. Luckily for them, Debbie Lazaro, the president of East Coast Herding Dog Organization (ECHO) stepped in to help. Due to the fact that there were fifteen dogs in need of help, many small organizations banded together for the dogs.

ECHO Rescue//Facebook
ECHO Rescue//Facebook
ECHO Rescue//Facebook
ECHO Rescue//Facebook
ECHO Rescue//Facebook
ECHO Rescue//Facebook

Foster homes were found for all the dogs, from Kansas all the way to New Jersey and Virginia. Groups including ECHO and Heart of a Collie Rescue, Hull’s Haven Border Collie Rescue, and Bimmer’s Border Collie Rescue, arranged foster homes for the dogs. Each dog is finally receiving veterinary care, including spay and neuter, vaccinations and heartworm tests. Each dog will be evaluated for their personality to find the best match for a new home when the time is right. In the meantime, they are all enjoying their warm, safe foster homes.

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