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Abandoned Pugs in Nanaimo, BC Puzzle Authorities

Abandoned Pugs Found Near British Columbia MallA strange spate of Pug abandonments have been taking place across a picturesque town on the eastern shore of Vancouver Island.  Nanaimo, BC shelter worker Helen Roberts says that in more than 20 years of experience, she’s never seen anything like it.

The abandonment took place over the course of the month of December, and all the dogs involved were young, intact female Pugs with a variety of health problems. Authorities are now speculating that this was a case of a puppy mill dumping off breeding stock that they had no further use for.

The first two pugs were found wandering near Nanaimo’s Country Club Center mall, the first on December 13th, the second on December 29th. A third pug was discovered at the same location at a later, unspecified date in December. The fourth pug was found near another Nanaimo mall, The North Town Center, also on December 29th. All of the found dogs were dirty, malnourished, parasite infested and in need of attention.

It’s baffling that anyone with enough knowledge to breed and raise pugs would be unaware that there are a myriad of homes in Canada waiting to take in unwanted adults, even those with health issues. British Columbia has a well organized Pug Club and rescue group, who I’m sure would have been happy to help. Instead, someone dumped these girls unceremoniously in the snow, in the coldest month of the year, and left them to fend for themselves.

Two of the dogs have found new homes through the Nanaimo and District SPCA, one has been adopted by the person who found it, and the final Puglette is awaiting a new home at Walker’s Animal Rescue in Nanaimo. Let’s hope that the new lives they’ve found are better than the ones they’ve left behind them.

Full story here.

12 replies
  1. RHz
    RHz says:

    Ugh! This is exactly why I like animals better than people and favor animal people over non-animal folks. I’m just glad someone found these poor dogs and they’re off to a better life.

    I hope to god that these were all that were dumped, and there isn’t another pug out there roaming and starving and freezing.

  2. carina
    carina says:

    i really want to take in one of the pugs an d give it a better home. the story made me really sad 🙁

    • frogdogz
      frogdogz says:

      Montana is pretty far away from BC — but I do admit the timing is right. I suspect all of those Montana pugs are being harbored by some poor sap who believes that the crazy Montana hoarder/slash/puppy mill is just some ‘misunderstand’ person being ‘picked on’.

  3. Susan
    Susan says:

    I can only find comfort in knowing that these pugs will be going to a family environment where — I hope — they are wanted and will be properly cared for and loved. Sure as hell better than what they had. Doesn’t justify the abandonment, but pulls some of the sting.

  4. Dorene
    Dorene says:

    What was it about this past winter? In my town in Southeastern PA, over November, we were averaging an abandoned female Pom a week at the local parks. They were in excellent condition, but no microchips. It was very easy to find them homes and I’d think there was a Pom rescue somewhere, but why groom them and then abandon them in a local park????

    • frogdogz
      frogdogz says:

      Well, that’s as weird as the pugs. You hear about people stealing pure bred dogs – but I would have assumed it would be rare to have a rash of people dumping a bunch of pure bred Pugs or Poms!

  5. L Thomson
    L Thomson says:

    Hi All……

    I am one of the parties that adopted the littlest pug on the front page of the paper. She is THRIVING and is MUCH loved !! I will pass along hugs and kisses to her from everyone who shared their hopes of a happy life for her and the others.

    Thank you All!!!!!

    • frogdogz
      frogdogz says:

      Hi – thanks for giving us an update. Any ideas yet where they all came from?

      I’m glad she’s doing well — please feel free to write to me with photos and a more in depth update! I know everyone would be thrilled to know how they’re doing!

      frenchbulldogz AT gmail DOT com

  6. Debra
    Debra says:

    Hi there, oh my god, this is horrible. I have a pug named Magoo and yes this breed has a mind of their own but how can you not love them. I am wondering if any of these little guys/gals are available for adoption? Magoo would love a friend. I am a stay at home mom of two and know all about the “pug” mind!

    Please let me know. Sincerely, Debra and Magoo

    • frogdogz
      frogdogz says:

      Hi Debra and Magoo —

      This all happened over Christmas, so I’m pretty sure that all the little lost Pugs have found loving homes by now.

      Don’t forget that there are loads of adorable French Bulldogs and Frenchie mixes looking for homes over on the French Bulldog Village, at least one or two of whom would love a Puggie big brother.

  7. RaiulBaztepo
    RaiulBaztepo says:

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