Columbus Group rescues 24 dogs from commercial breeders

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — A local group is working to get more animals out of cages and into loving homes after two major rescues this week.

The co-founders of Freedom Tails Ohio said they see a lot of dogs in need right now.

“We got calls last week and we went out last Friday and Saturday and took them,” said April Burnside, one of the founders of Freedom Tails.

The group has rescued two dozen dogs, adults and puppies, over the past week.

For Burnside and Kristin Martin, it’s all part of a day’s work.

“We are constantly rescuing dogs from commercial breeding,” Burnside said.

Freedom Tails Ohio provides rescue services to dogs that have been taken out of service by commercial pet breeders, and with the COVID-19 pandemic, the situation has worsened.

“They were producing more puppies to keep up with the demand for puppies,” Burnside said. “Now that COVID has slowed they are still producing a high number of puppies and now we are seeing a lot of retirees.”

The organization travels weekly to accommodate dogs, cats and other animals, which comes at a cost.

“We operate purely on adoption fees and donations, Burnside said.

“It’s all about funding, getting them to the right veterinary facility to get the right care,” volunteer vet Dr. Jodi Smith said.

“We need funds for verification,” Burnside said. “Right now we have three orthopedic surgeries in progress, heart surgery in Ohio State, and 24 new dogs, half of which have serious issues.”

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