The clip said no one was living there and the dogs were surrendered by the owner. So maybe it was a health problem where the owner got sick had to move and could not afford to maintain the dogs. That would have been the time to give them up before conditions got so bad.The conditions look horrible. I didn't realize it was 13 puppies. One should be able to manage 9 adults and a couple of litters without it getting that bad. But life hits hard sometimes. I am sure whoever it was did not set out to become a total scumbag. It looks like they live in a pretty incorporated area too, so no chance of the dogs being outside much, without neighbors complaining and limit laws and such. They have crates on top of crates, with a crusty looking fan.
Yes, and no. They'll have a hundred applications for them in 24 hours once it hits the regional news. Of those hundred, fewer than 13 would be families you or I would choose as breed-competent or even breed-aware of what to expect from a German Shepherd puppy (or soon adolescent), and even fewer will have any plan for rehabilitating a pup that has been through a rough start or doing any training foundation. Fewer than 10% of pet homes do ANY training class -- including big box store classes -- and that number will hold true with shelter adoptions.9 adults and 13 puppies. The puppies should be easy to place.
Sigh, the time to call for help is when you have dogs living in crates, and crates on top of crates. That was long ago, for these folks. The thing is, a lot of folks don't know where to go to for help. When conditions get like that, people who might come for a puppy, they're going to leave without one and rightly so, but most of them will not call in the authorities. Some might in these days. So such a person would probably offer to meet at a gas station or mall parking lot. But who is the owner going to call? They do not want to "get rid" of all their dogs. They may even be afraid they will do just what they did and take all their dogs. They might be willing to let a couple go. But if they call the dog warden or animal control, they are probably going to come in and take them all, and possibly charge them as well. At least that is what they think is going to happen. If they call a rescue, the rescue will inform them that they do not or cannot take owner surrenders. If they drop them at a shelter, they would likely be put down before they leave the parking lot.The clip said no one was living there and the dogs were surrendered by the owner. So maybe it was a health problem where the owner got sick had to move and could not afford to maintain the dogs. That would have been the time to give them up before conditions got so bad.