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.
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.
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.
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.