From the Keeshond Sunshine Rescue Foundation (KSRF) Board of Directors:
Special NY101 PM Funds
There have been many questions, comments, rumors, and statements made regarding the NY101 funds that were transferred to KSRF, a 501(c)3 charity, to protect those funds donated for the care of the dogs specifically being rescued from the puppy mill of Marjorie Ingraham. As you will see on the following Final Accounting, the dogs are identified and amounts paid are itemized. It is hoped that some of your questions will be answered here in our version of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
Who is Olney-Sandy Spring Veterinary Hospital (OSSVH)?
OSSVH is located in Sandy Spring, MD, co-owned and managed by Denise Sharp, Vice President of Keeshond Affiliated Rescuers of the Mid Atlantic (KARMA).
Why was boarding paid for the 3 dogs in January 2017, but not on the dogs released in February?
With the large number of dogs released, KSRF delayed covering any boarding fees in favor of paying initial required vetting expenses for ALL dogs with the funds available. Boarding is typically not covered unless medically required by the veterinarian for monitoring.
Why is boarding not paid for large puppy mill rescues?
It is never ideal to pay for “warehousing” dogs. The Lucky 7 dogs were transported west to Texas, Kansas, and Nebraska directly into foster care. Better preparation could have resulted in moving the remaining 14 dogs directly to foster care instead of being “warehoused” for weeks. Invoices reflect 20 dogs were boarded at OSSVH at least 20 days (many without bathing until the 19th or 20th day) and 9 being boarded for as many as 40 days! The amount being charged for boarding cut into the account reserved for medical needs. Advanced planning for foster homes would have been the ideal scenario and in the best interest of the dogs.
Why was a debit of $3,727.81 made to Broome County Humane Society (BCHS)?
BCHS took custody of 33 Keeshonden from Marjorie's Kennel, in addition to 11 Eskies. To help defray the costs of a sudden influx of dogs, KSRF agreed to cover all medical costs incurred at BCHS by the Kees, which included spays/neuters, vaccinations (distemper and bordetella), and deworming.
Why are only 2 adoption fees out of 29 dogs deposited to the account? What about adoption fees from the other 27 (KARMA) or the 4 from BCHS?
Sun Coast Keeshond Rescue (SCKR) and KARMA have made no effort to replenish the fund with adoption fees.
Why is it that the bills from OSSVH are so much higher than the bills for the Lucky 7?
OSSVH made an agreement for the vetting of the NY101, which included lab tests for all of the dogs, whether or not they were medically necessary (i.e. distemper titres on dogs that had just been vaccinated for distemper). These costs were all paid as part of a package price. The Lucky 7 dogs received only tests considered necessary. OSSVH performed full dentals on all dogs receiving anesthesia. To cover as much of the medical expenses as possible, in accordance with KSRF guidelines, dentals for cleaning and polishing were denied. Only one of the Lucky 7 dogs required a dental due to severe gingivitis and broken teeth.
What about puppies?
Ethical rescue calls for the termination of all early pregnancies in puppy mill dogs to prevent the continuation of breeding issues in mill dogs. One of the pregnancies was unable to be aborted as she delivered prematurely enroute from the shelter. Another was given the option to be aborted (spayed) safely, which was declined. No adoption fees from any of these pups have been received by KSRF for the NY101 Fund to help cover the expenses of the mothers for future vetting or referrals to specialists. Two of the Lucky 7 dogs were spayed in early pregnancy.
The final financial accounting for the Special NY101 PM rescue is available in this file (99.1K pdf).