Every weekend, lots of stray dogs are imported from the south to New York City.
Vans packed to the roof with discarded canines cross into town after hours on the road.
The dogs are then handed over to the care of “parents” and eventually adopted for hundreds of dollars to be paid for the non-profit rescue that provided their transportation.
City dog advocates note that more favorable weather plus lack of spay / neuter laws in the south means more strays there. Rescues then “pull” the dogs up here, away from being killed. Although many end up with loving families, practices also contribute to overcrowding in urban spaces, according to the ASPCA and other groups.
One late August Saturday morning, The Post observed dozens of dogs being unloaded in South Street Seaport.
They had been raised directly from Georgia under the direction of Waldo’s Rescue Pen, a tax-exempt dog rescue in Manhattan.
The boxes that kept the animals were stacked unevenly to the ceiling of a van with 15 passengers with temporary plates.
That same morning, The Post observed a similar operation underway in Madison Square Park: dogs were distributed from a van driven from Texas by Hearts & Bones Rescue, which did not return messages seeking comment.
Badass Animal Rescue announces the same model. The Brooklyn-based rescue offers “cute, loving, adoptable dogs from high-killed kilos in the rural south.” The rescue did not return emails either.
Unofficial data shows that thousands of dogs have been imported to NYC shelters. Last year, 3,274 shelter dogs were transferred to New York City, according to the Shelter Animals Count, a nonprofit that maintains a national database. It exceeds the 2,304 dogs abandoned in the city by their owners, and is just under the number of stray dogs picked up in the five boroughs, 3,297.
There is no official count of how many stray dogs from the south are imported to New York City. New Yorkers must license their dogs to the health department, but applications do not ask for a place of origin.
Dozens of dogs, most of them pit bull mixes, are listed on rescue sites.
Local advocates say the influx of dogs outside the city means more dogs need to be put down here.
Rescues must be registered with the Prime Minister’s Office for Agriculture and Markets – but that is the extent of the government’s regulation.
“Unfortunately, while pet stores are regulated and inspected, rescues are not. There are no laws for their activities other than being registered, ”the state agency told local whistleblowers in a recent email. “Currently, there are no enforcement laws against rescues.”
Spokeswoman Jola Szubielski confirmed that the agency has no “inspection authority” for rescues, “as it does with pet dealers.”
ASPCA shelter services executive Christa Chadwick said: “Homelessness in animals is a complex problem that requires several faceted solutions. Among the challenges are in some areas animals that are at risk of euthanasia due to oversupply, while in other areas they are at risk of euthanasia because they have medical and behavioral challenges that require intensive support and resources to help them with. to find the right home. ”
A representative of the Animal Care Centers in NYC, a taxpayer-funded nonprofit that operates the city’s public shelters, said Dixie’s dogs are competing for adoption with their Yankee colleagues.
“Many dogs come to NYC from southern shelters because they have a far greater chance of being adopted in the Northeast. There are also good dogs that need homes right here in NYC. And these are the dogs that the ACC is trying to get adopted, “rep. Katy Hansen told The Post.