And the facebook basset crowd goes wild!

December 28th, 2011 - 10:10 am KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and crowds going wild lovers.  Well, this is certainly something to go wild over and with that said, many of you may have already heard about this.

Basset Hound rescue: Dozens taken from S. Texas breeder

by Phil Anaya / KENS 5

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Posted on December 27, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Updated yesterday at 5:26 PM

A south Texas dog breeder in business for more than 15 years called for the rescue of 31 Basset Hounds on Tuesday.

One after another, the dogs arrived at the Hill Country Animal League in Boerne. Some were juveniles, some were adults and some were pregnant.
They were all rescued Tuesday from a south Texas breeder who could no longer care for the dogs.
“The gentleman is an elderly gentleman, he’s 80 years old and has diabetes,” said Sandee Bowman of the Animal Welfare Society of Bandera. “His wife has Alzheimer’s, she’s 75. It was time for them to move on in their life.”
Bowman said most of the dogs appeared to be in good health, but some will need help to address health issues such as cherry eye and cataracts.
After receiving medical attention, the Basset Hounds will then be taken all across the country by different rescue groups, who drove hundreds of miles to lend a hand Tuesday.
“We’ll re-home them, making sure they have home checks and getting good love where they can be part of a family,” said Stephen Plyler of the Denton Animal Shelter.
While it should be a happy ending for all the dogs, it’s still a situation that some say should have been prevented.
“We don’t need any more dogs,” Bowman said. “At any given time, you’re going to find Bassets at the animal control (center) that are going to die, so we don’t need to be breeding more.”

According to other reports I have read, basset hound rescue and other rescues have been trying to curtail this breeder for years.  I am so glad that most of the hounds are  healthy and by all accounts they will all make a full recovery if they are sick.

Bowman is absolutely correct about “We don’t need any more dogs… we don’t need to be breeding more”.

So far, I have no idea who this breeder is but I am for now assuming they are not members of the BHCA.  They were called Basset World Kennels in Sabinal, TX.

Now for just a quick glance at the BHCA website and you can see there are about 42 member/breeders in Texas alone!  WOW!

42 basset hound breeders in TX that belong to the BHCA.

That is a lot of basset hound breeders just at the breed club level in one state.  I know for a fact some of these breeders have a huge operation.

In closing, I am just glad that this mill is out of business.


More updates on this later….love, Cat, Chaps and Emma

PS – wonder if any transports will be coming through bassethoundtown? I know that All Bassets Cherished has signed up to take 6 of these darling lovers……


  1. joni brooks
    December 28th, 2011 | 12:58 pm

    How wonderful for those precious hounds. ABC is great about helping out in situations like this. Thank God for all the rescuers and rescues.

  2. Cindy, Jethro, Rugby, Ozzie and Harriet
    December 28th, 2011 | 2:00 pm

    Never heard of this town or this breeder. Thank doG they closed up. I’m sooo glad this shelter is working with rescue groups to save them. I’m sure bbrtx is full. We always have to ask for out of state help when a group of hounds comes in. Too sad, but I’m glad that it will be a happy ending.

  3. Sandy Kohler
    December 28th, 2011 | 5:51 pm

    Boerne is just outside of San Antonio. I wish we could get rid of all the mills and breeders!

  4. audra, colby chaps & abby
    December 28th, 2011 | 9:17 pm

    I don’t think this breeder ‘closed up’ at all — I think they ‘GOT CAUGHT’. Someone turned them in because they had too many Bassets and it’s obvious they were not being cared for properly. I think this was an easy way out for them and rather than face charges for neglect or whatever they surrenderd them, excuse me what they are calling it ‘needed help’ B.S. — AND I sure hope the Rescue Group makes the breeder pay for all of the medical bills they acquire. If the breeder refuses to pay then they should sue them. No Breeder should have this many dogs!

  5. Cat
    December 28th, 2011 | 9:42 pm

    Audra – they were on the radar in your area for years. Finally, this couple threw the towel in and asked for help when the walls started closing in. They had a huge operation in TX. They were a mill. Unfortunately, the rescue groups will not get a dime from this mill (in my opinion). Interestingly, most of these dogs were healthy except for the ones with cherry eye. I know of TX, AKC, BHCA breeders that have glaucoma in their line. IMO, the TX, BHCA breeders should have stepped up and each taken one of these hounds. There are over 40 breeders at this level in TX. The BHCA has a rescue committee. I have yet to see them do much. I find it hard to believe that the big time BHCA breeders in TX did not know about this mill. Google the breeder in question and pages and pages come up. More needs to be done at the BHCA rescue level. Much more.

  6. audra, colby chaps & abby
    December 28th, 2011 | 11:56 pm

    You are so right the BHCA should step up!!! We have so mancy rescue groups operating on very little donations. Now is the time for the BHCA to come in and help with some of these medical bills. I’m just so thankful these bassets will now have a ‘real’ life and this puppy mill has been shut down. I wonder how many more need to be investigated????

  7. Cat
    December 29th, 2011 | 12:58 am

    Audra – just knowing howl many BHCA breeders there are in TX is shocking. There are over 40! I know the one that Chaps and Emma came from had just as many hounds. I cannot imagine howl many back yard breeders there are. TX BHCA needs to get on board with this problem and get it under control. Richard Nance is the President of the BHCA and also on the committee for BHCA rescue with Larry Little. What have they done to help this problem? As far as I can tell……..NOTHING! I asked to help and be on this committee and I was refused. Now where are we? Cleaning out another puppy mill in TX! Come on. The BHCA needs to make the rescue portion of their club count!

  8. Cat
    December 29th, 2011 | 1:08 am

    Audra – you have no idea.. The BHCA has a “rescue” arm of their club that is headed by Richard Nance. He is in TX and has one of the largest breeding facilities of bassets. This makes my blood boil. Then there is Larry Little. Chairman. Where are they? I asked to be a part of the BHCA rescue committee and they told me, “NO”. Wonder why? Where were Richard and Larry when this basset mill was busted? Mum is the word. Not a sound.

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