The offer of an animal rescue group from Perth to save six border collies from the "death row" in southern Australia has generated more than 82,700 signatures in a petition.
Volunteers from the WISH Animal Rescue Team have already made a five-day road trip through the Nullarbor to bring back 37 dogs they feared were destined for euthanasia.
And he is begging the RSPCA to allow him to have six border collie "moms" who, according to the organization, were too traumatized to be relocated.
The founder and president of WISH, Kylie Wishart, has even offered the Australian South RSPCA of $ 1000 for each of the dogs in an attempt to save them. The group's request has gone viral.
The six dogs were among the 10 adult border collies seized at a breeding center in Lameroo, 200 km from Adelaide, on October 23 last year. Five dependent puppies were also taken and 18 have been born since then.
The RSPCA claimed that it found almost 300 dogs on the property, far exceeding "the license issued by the breeders' council that allows a maximum of 100 dogs."
The 10 border collies seized were considered "in the worst conditions, presenting the most chronic behavioral problems and mental suffering." Four of them were killed this week to the dismay of WISH and other rescue organizations that had offered to take them and rehabilitate them.
"Despite all the rehabilitation measures, these four dogs continued to show deep-seated signs of chronic and potentially unpredictable fear," the RSPCA said in a statement Wednesday.
"As the responsible rehousing organization, we simply can not and will not release animals to the community that pose a significant risk to public safety.
"The RSPCA staff continues to care for the remaining six adult dogs as part of ongoing efforts to rehabilitate them."
Mrs. Wishart fears that all six will be defeated.
She said that the 37 dogs taken from the breeder's property were adapting very well in their new environment with the network of foster caregivers of their group in Perth.
"Of the 37 dogs, none have bite yet," he said. "We are halfway through our veterinary work and all our veterinarians are falling in love with them, they are awesome dogs."
She said WISH volunteers made the race from Perth to South Australia after a report prepared for the RSPCA recommended that many of the remaining dogs be kept in the breeding facility.
"I think a lot of the dogs will continue to suffer from their serious mental health disorder, despite the change in response," the report says. "As such, human euthanasia is probably the best course of action."
Ms. Wishart said she was surprised by the huge reaction to the request and the avalanche of support for the group's Facebook page. "It has gone viral. I did not expect that kind of reaction. It's crazy, "she said.
Another veterinarian who inspected the 10 adult dogs seized at the RSPCA shelter in Adelaide on behalf of the breeder claimed that the dogs were fit to be relocated.
These dogs simply require human interaction, not the death penalty
"These dogs are not dangerous, they are shy and shy, part of the typical border collie submissive behavior," he wrote. He criticized the separation of the mothers from their puppies and said that the shelter in the RSPCA was worse than where they were before.
SA RSPCA, which has accused the breeder of 17 crimes, said he "appreciated the offers of well-intentioned rescue organizations to take these dogs."
"The professional advice that RSPCA has received to date indicates that it would be highly irresponsible and inhumane to place these dogs in foster care or make them available for adoption," he said.
"The (20) puppies currently show no major behavior problems. All are suitable for relocation and RSPCA trusts in finding good homes for each of them. "