Friday, January 20, 2012


I have been in touch with our breeder for our Rhodesian Ridgeback, and she has received the following communication from the Ridgeback Rescue of the United States:

RRRI and RRUS are both fully aware of the situation with Southside Kennels in New York and are monitoring things closely. 

The SPCA is on site and protecting the dogs that have been seized on a temporary basis.  This matter is before a court, and nothing can be done until the court acts.  Until that time, the dogs are still legally the property of kennel in question, and until the court resolves the ownership issue, no rescue group can become involved and take possession of any of these dogs.

Both RRRI and RRUS are receiving inquiries about these dogs.  At this point we cannot be sure that any of these dogs will come into rescue.  If we do get any of these dogs, both organizations will need experienced foster homes that can care for dogs who may have no socialization.  In addition, both organizations will need money for vet care, transportation and other rehabilitation. 

Let’s all hope that the court acts quickly, that the Rhodesian Ridgebacks involved in this case can be taken out of harms way, and (very important!) that all the members of the Ridgeback community will step in and help.  In the meantime, please consider if you or someone you know could be a foster home for one of these very needy dogs.

Jill Pickering
New York Coordinator
Mid-Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA, DE) Co-Regional Coordinator
Rhodesian Ridgeback Rescue, Inc

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