January 31, 2023

Claim: Hound Hunters Abandon Dogs After Hunting Season

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In a propaganda piece allowed in the Bangor Daily News, September 18, 2014, Patsy Murphy, speaking for the Animal Welfare League of Greater Portland, makes the claim that hound hunters abandon their dogs after hounding season.

The league has seen its fair share of “stray” and “owner surrendered” dogs during and after hounding season.

And, as is expected from propaganda pieces, Murphy offers no data to support that claim.

It was brought to my attention, as I am not a hound owner nor do I hound hunt, that it is very unlikely that a hound hunter would abandon their dogs during or after a hound hunting season. As an example one website offering hunting hounds reveals they aren’t cheap.

To be placed on the list to receive a young started dog, you must send a $500.00 deposit and when the pup is ready to be picked up the full balance is due. I sell my pick of the litter pups for $2,200.00 and the other pups for $1,500.00 each.

In much the same way as somebody made the claim that over 7 million pounds of junk food was dumped into Maine forests, with no facts to support the claim, now I suppose we can expect mindless people to claim as fact that hunters abandon their dogs when they are done using and abusing them.