Villalobos Rescue Center has reported a horrific, heartbreaking story about a sham dog shelter that is responsible for the deaths and injuries of a number of dogs. Pit Stop for Change, Rescue & Rehabilitation is supposed to be an organization dedicated to rescuing and caring for Pit Bulls in River Rouge, when in fact the only thing they seem to be capable of is neglect.
Pit Stop for Change was given temporary accommodation in New Orleans by Villalobos Rescue Center, which has been operating since the 90s. The Villalobos Rescue Center began to raise concerns with Pit Stop for Change, founded by Dave McMurtrie and Kayli Donaldson, when the organization started to take on more animals than seemed manageable. Pit Stop for Change then effectively locked themselves away in the warehouse provided by Villalobos and cut all contact with them. After involving the police, the most unimaginable conditions were found inside.
Dave and Kayli left the warehouse strewn with dead dogs, dog skeletons, and decomposing bodies. Villalobos Rescue Center’s own dogs have been taken by Pit Stop for Change and they are continuing their search for them, fearing the worst. Pit Stop for Change fled the scene, forcing all their remaining dogs into two trucks. More than a dozen of these dogs were found in an abandoned truck, left in sweltering conditions surrounded by their own feces. Animal rescuers are investigating, and the dogs are being treated at the River Rouge Animal Shelter.
Pit Bulls are often ostracized as a dog breed for being violent and unsafe around children, but this is not the case at all. Any dog guardian in the world will tell you it is little to do with the breed and all about how you train your pets to behave. But even the most violent animal in the world would surely not deserve the sort of treatment and abandonment shown by Pit Stop for Change. That this organization has been allowed to continue as a sham dog rescue center for so many years is unbelievable, but thankfully, the police are investigating and say they are facing criminal charges for animal cruelty and neglect.
If you are able to help, please consider donating to Villalobos Rescue Center, a place that genuinely cares for the animals they take in, or River Rouge Animal Shelter, which is currently caring for these badly-treated Pit Bulls.
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