Hunting Dogs... Like Members Of The Family

Hunters say a recent case where several hunting dogs that were in bad shape and dropped off at a shelter highlights the importance of knowing the responsibilities that go along with having hunting dogs.

A recent case where thirteen hunting dogs were dropped off at an Eastern Carolina Humane Society, severely underfed and mistreated, gives hunters a bad name.

Hunters from the east say they want people to know that most hunters do not abuse their animals. In fact, they say their dogs become like a member of the family.

At least a few times a week, Jay Hinton takes hit lab Daisy out to Feather Creek Farms in Greenville, where she's taught everything she needs to know to be a great hunting companion.

"We ask an awful lot of them, so they need to be in tip top shape, and one way to make sure that they are is with proper feed and vet care," said Hinton.

While Daisy's owner says he gives her extra attention and care, that's not always the case for all owners of hunting dogs. Back in February, 13 dogs were dropped off at the Humane Society in Lenoir County.

They were so underfed and hungry, they ate one of their own overnight.

Workers there say they believe the owner used those dogs for deer hunting, but didn't take care of them.

Hinton says when he hears about cases like that it makes him upset, because he believes most hunters do take very good care of their animals.

"As a dog owner, you know you just want people to take care of their animals, because they really depend on you and they don't have any other source of defending for themselves."

Other hunting dog owners we talked to agreed. They say they want others to know that it's a big responsibility to have a hunting dog, and if you can't take care of one, don't get one.


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  • by Disgusted Location: Bath, NC on May 13, 2010 at 10:11 PM
    If your hunting dogs R like ur family, them someone needs to come and pick up 3-4 members of their "family" that have been dumped down Hawkins Bch RD @ the landfill! We neqrly rund over them when we have to go out. they R starving and so frail! I know a man that feeds his "family" once a week during hunting season so they will B hungry and hunt when they take them out! maybe he needs to eat once a week!
  • by DK on May 13, 2010 at 02:30 PM
    Hunting with dogs is more work. Calling dog hunters lazy is incorrect. But you dont know any better so its ok. Your uneducated.
  • by Just Me Location: Beulaville on May 13, 2010 at 01:07 PM
    Yeah most of them can be good owners but then you have the idiots out where I live thinking that if they don't feed their dogs that they run better! Then on top of that they feed them dead turkeys WHEN THEY DO FEED THEM!!! It is ridiculous!! They should be treated like members of the family b/c their lazy owners should be out hunting the deer themselves like a REAL hunter!!! But that is just my thoughts!
  • by Big Daddy Diesel Location: Deep South on May 13, 2010 at 07:58 AM
    Dog hunters,,what a joke.Just a bunch of poachers who are too lazy to walk in the woods and kill a deer theirselves.If you think these guys care about their dogs,,they need to come to my house and listen to 20 deer dogs barking 24 hours a day,,,very enjoyable let me tell you.
  • by Anonymous on May 13, 2010 at 07:11 AM
    Howard I guarantee that the majority of dogs dumped at shelters were people's pets. Does this mean that we should ban all pets as well?
  • by To Howard on May 13, 2010 at 05:50 AM
    Lets say you are a plumber. Plumbers ditch their dogs at animal shelters all the time. So is it fair for me to say that plumbers dont care for animals? At least they took to an animal shelter and didnt just neglect them and leave them in the woods to die. Id say there was at least a little bit of care there.
  • by Howard Location: Raleigh on May 12, 2010 at 12:13 PM
    Every rural shelter I've talked to tells stories of hunting dogs being dumped, either at shelters or in the woods, when they're not useful anymore. Don't give me any garbage about hunters "caring about animals." If they had any morals at all, they wouldn't hunt! Dogs are just one more expendable species to them.
  • by To Lorelle on May 7, 2010 at 12:45 PM
    Just what does the 10% of hunters that you respect do to earn your respect? Miss every shot? Im willing to bet that you dont know many hunters. If it werent for hunters you would probably starve. People kill cows everyday. What is so different about killing a deer? At least the deer has a chance for its life. A cow dont. They are destined to die for our benefit. If you are the type of person that will swat a fly or kill a mosquito, then you are in the same boat as us hunters my friend.
  • by Lorelle Location: Hyde County on May 7, 2010 at 07:21 AM
    When is someone going to do something about this abuse? It should be treated as attempted murder just as it would with a human being. Until these people are severly prosecuted and I mean SEVERLY prosecuted we'll be reading the same stories over and over. The dogs the bear hunters use here in Hyde County are often torn to pieces by the bears. Do you think the hunters rush them to the vet? Hell no...they just leave them or put a bullet to their head. I have no respect for 90% of the hunters. They are heartless, evil characters.
  • by DK on May 7, 2010 at 04:43 AM
    There is more effort involved in hunting with dogs than sitting in a tree stand. Dont know how you call dog hunters lazy. If there is an undereducated group on the is subject, its the anti-hunters. I dont dog hunt but I love it when dogs run deer through my property. When I heard those dogs coming, it is soooo exciting. I shot a 140" buck on my property that was ran by someone elses dogs. I say let the dogs run.
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