West Texas dogs get second chance



Last Tuesday, the four remaining “West Texas 7” dogs set off on their final journey to forever homes with Texas Chihuahua Rescue to Washington state. Pictured, from left, are Caron Tuttle with Gurl, David Aguilar with Sutton, Brenda Gibbon with Whitney and Eydie Groenke with Kimble. REBECCA PESQUEDA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Last Tuesday, the four remaining “West Texas 7” dogs set off on their final journey to forever homes with Texas Chihuahua Rescue to Washington state. Pictured, from left, are Caron Tuttle with Gurl, David Aguilar with Sutton, Brenda Gibbon with Whitney and Eydie Groenke with Kimble. REBECCA PESQUEDA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

During the month of September, an investigation involving the illegal dumping of dogs along IH-10 in West Texas from the Atascosa County Animal

Control facility led to the arrest of Katreena and Wayne Martin of Jourdanton. The couple were volunteers for the facility claiming to be transporting the animals to rescue shelters up north.

Atascosa Animal Allies in Pleasanton took it upon themselves to take in seven of those dogs who were known as the “West Texas 7.”

“As fellow residents of Atascosa County, we felt it was our duty to help in what little way we can. However, we are at full capacity so we’d love to get these pups into good homes, be it temporarily or forever!,” said AAA in a Facebook post on Oct. 4.

Three of the seven found homes out of adoption and rescue shelters the weekend following the Martins’ arrest. The remaining four dogs – Whitney, Sutton, Kimble and Gurl – left together on a legit transport headed to Washington state on Tuesday, Oct. 29 with Texas Chihuahua Rescue.

These four girls were the pups that helped catch Katreena and Wayne Martin to stop the alleged illegal dumping of Atascosa county dogs. Exactly one month to the day after they were cruelly dumped, they started their journey to their final and forever homes with the help of some awesome rescues, Seattle Humane and Adopt-A-Pet in Shelton, WA.

Gurl is the dog that rescuers were not able to catch on Sept. 29 and she spent one week roaming around without food or water. One day, a rancher spent the entire day sitting on an access road working patiently to gain her trust and help her. She will be going to Adopt-APet in Shelton. The other three – Whitney, Sutton and Kimble – will be going to Seattle Humane.

All four dogs were spayed, vaccinated, microchipped and heart-worm negative thanks to the care of Atascosa Animal Allies.

One of the biggest ways that AAA helps dogs and cats is by getting them into rescues that have resources to find them good homes. They also get animals into areas throughout the US and Canada that aren’t facing an animal overpopulation problem like we are and they have strict laws protecting animals giving these fur babies a better chance of getting adopted.

In order to make that happen AAA must have funds to pay for their vetting and transport and rely on the kindness and generosity of their supporters to make it possible. Please consider donating to help AAA continue to save animals like these. If you are interested in donating or you feel it’s time to adopt a furry friend, please go to atascosaanimalallies.org to check out available cats and dogs. The PayPal button can be used to donate or you can also mail a check to 307 2nd Street, Pleasanton, TX 78064

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