Rural Rogers County Family Stuck With 8 Puppies Left On Their Doorstep

Wednesday, January 2nd 2013, 10:36 pm
By: News On 6

A Green Country family has welcome eight new members—puppies, who were dumped on their doorstep.

They say they're frustrated, because they can't get answers to a common problem. In many places, you can call the local animal shelter to help out, but what are your options in rural areas?

This family is losing money and sleep over it.

The Hollowells are dog lovers, but they aren't loving the responsibility of taking care of eight puppies someone dumped on their front step.

"Me and my wife take shifts, we switch back and forth, but it's still eight of them," said David Hollowell.

The puppies showed up a few days ago. They have to stay inside the house, because of the dangerous road nearby and the cold temperatures.

"We're at our wits' end, already," Hollowell said.

The Hollowells already have three rescue dogs. It's a full house, but they've decided to keep one puppy.

They still need to find homes for the others.

"Because we're out here in the middle of nowhere, people just think, ‘Oh, it's a good place, there's a house, they'll take care of them.' But we already have our own and what we can take care of, that's why we don't get any more," Hollowell said.

The problem for many rural residents is where to turn for help.

The Hollowells' mailbox is in Tulsa County and their mailing address is Owasso, but they live outside city limits in Rogers County.

Tulsa's Animal Welfare won't accept the dogs, but the welfare manager says the Tulsa SPCA and the Tulsa Humane Society are the best options, since those agencies don't care where you live.

"They're up all night playing and barking and growling and when you do try to get to sleep, I fell asleep on the couch the other night and woke up to puppies chewing on my toes," Hollowell said.

He said he's hoping he finds help before the puppies chew through his pocketbook and his patience.

We called the Humane Society of Tulsa. They tell us they can't accept any animals until January 15. That's when the Hollowell's intake request could go up for review.

We also called the Tulsa SPCA, but they are closed on Wednesdays.