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Beware the wild beagles of Long Island

A band of wild beagles is scaring residents on part of Long Island, WABC-TV reports — even though it’s nothing new.

Dot Faszczewski, of Orient Point, was walking her dog, Trapper, when she encountered two or three of them.

“I could hear them coming towards me, it was a ferocious kind of barking,” she said. “I quickly grabbed my dog and came running into the house, just as we got in the dogs jumped at the door. I thought it was just some wolves coming at me.”

The report noted the beagles have been a problem for many years — the result of dogs being abandoned by hunters for failing to meet “rabbit-catching quotas.” 

Area shelters have been trying to round up the beagles, socialize and rehabilitate them and find them adoptive homes. Reports of the beagles being aggressive don’t surprise shelter officials.

“Certainly if they’re out in a pack and their starving and their freezing they’re going to become aggressive,” said Pam Green of the Kent Animal Shelter in Calverton. She said her shelter takes in about 40 beagles a year.


Comment from bluhawkk
Time February 3, 2010 at 10:21 am

Disgusting behavior.

Require all beagles be micro-chipped or DNA recorded and then fine owners of dumped beagles for maintenance and support until new homes are found.

But then I suppose lowlife owners will just kill and dispose of bodies.

You cannot legislate conscience or morality.

Comment from Anne’n’Spencer
Time February 3, 2010 at 10:02 pm

This would have been Spencer’s fate without the kind woman who picked him up in the woods. He had already joined a pack with two other dogs. Worse yet, a lot of Beagles who outlive their hunting skills are often simply shot.

This is one reason there are a lot of Beagles who need rescuing. They’re also popular for medical research, and many are rescued after they outlive their usefulness in that arena.

If you happen to be interested in welcoming a rescued Beagle into your family, pay a visit to BREW–Beagle Rescue, Education, and Welfare–at http://www.brewbeagles.org . They’ll help you decide if this is the right breed for you and help you choose a great one from their pack.

Oh, and don’t ever let your Beagle get as heavy as the one at the beginning of that movie!

Make a friend. Save a life. Rescue a Beagle.