Monday, November 29, 2010


If you have a better memory than my mom does, you might remember that I wrote about New Guinea Singing Dogs last April.  And at that time, I told you there were hardly any singers left in the wild, and there weren't even all that many in captivity.

So that's why everyone was very shocked last month when it turned out that a man named Randy Hammond, who lives in Willow Hill, Pennsylvania, had 85 New Guinea Singing Dogs of his very own, right there on his property!  And the way the animal wardens found out about these dogs was because somebody heard them "singing," and phoned in a tip.

Mr. Hammond was charged with animal cruelty because he didn't have a license for his kennel, and also he didn't have a licenses and rabies shots for the dogs.  So now he owes $1,100 in fines.  He was keeping the dogs in pens outdoors, but the conditions were getting crowded because of the large number of dogs.  The rescuers said the dogs looked pretty healthy, but they were dirty and of course they should have had shots and vet care and stuff like that.

And all these dogs started from only two pairs of dogs.  Mr. Hammond bought the first pair as puppies at a flea market in the 1990s, which seems like a very strange place to buy a rare breed like the New Guinea Singing Dog.  And then later on, Mr. Hammond bought another pair of singer pups.  So all 85 of his dogs came from just these 4 dogs, which means that there was lots of inbreeding going on.

Sometimes, in these hoarding situations, the dogs are all euthanized, but in this case, people are trying to save the dogs and find new homes for them.  Mr. Hammond will be allowed to keep 10 dogs because he is cooperating with the animal control people and the rescuers.  But his 10 dogs will be spayed and neutered and vaccinated before he gets them back.

Meanwhile, a group called New Guinea Singing Dog International is trying to rescue the other singers.   This group needs donations, and they also need people who can give these dogs homes.  NGSDs are not the best kind of dog for just anybody to adopt, though, because they have a high prey drive, and they can climb trees and fences, and you have to be careful to keep them from getting out of your yard.  But if you think you might like to adopt one of these rare and interesting dogs, you can find out more on the NGSD International website.  And you can see tons of photos on the group's Facebook page.


  1. That's an interesting breed of dog!! I can't have one, but I'll look for the website to donate! is your brother Gabe doing? Is he able to eat regular dog food yet? I've been thinking about him,....and you too! Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving, pass that on to your mom!

    Talk to you later.
    Love, AP
    P.S. Please tell your mom I read the article in yesterday's paper about Gabriel's Fund! I sure hope people are in the giving spirit! I sent it on to friends and family....via the internet! :)

  2. Thanks for your post. It's good of you to bring this to the attention of your readers. - shireen

  3. I was happy to bring this bad situation to everyone's attention because the more people who know about it, the better. Or at least that's how I see it.

    My brother Gabe is doing pretty well because he is eating his fish and potatoes very nicely at every meal now. He might still be losing weight, though. Mom thinks he is bonier than before.

    Now my kitty sister, Chloe, is sick. She had to go visit Dr. Patricia, and then she had to go to Mission MedVet because she has to get IV fluids overnight. She might have something called pancreatitis, but they don't know for sure yet. Anyway, whatever she has is expensive. Ha!

    Love, Piper