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Crown Point couple comes to the rescue

Hirtles save dachshunds

Rev. David and Kathy Hirtle are part of All American Dachshund Rescue, a group that takes in abused and abandoned dachshunds before finding them homes. The have two dogs of their own as well as a foster dog.

Rev. David and Kathy Hirtle are part of All American Dachshund Rescue, a group that takes in abused and abandoned dachshunds before finding them homes. The have two dogs of their own as well as a foster dog. Photo by John Gereau.

— Irwin said breeders will attend flea markets and sell puppies for as little as $100 apiece. Then, new owners find out that the breed comes with its own unique set of challenges. Dachshunds can be very stubborn, can sometimes nip and bark and can be hard to housebreak.

“So, rather than take the time to understand the breed and teach them through consistency and reward, they dump them at a shelter,” Irwin said.

Irwin praised the volunteers who open their homes to foster the dogs as well as those who offer their time, vehicle and gas to help transport the dogs from the south to the north where they are much more apt to be adopted.

“If it were not for these generous people, a lot more of these loving little dogs would die down here, and they are not paid, they do it out of the goodness of their hearts,” she said.

There are any number of ways to help save the unwanted dogs from being put down, Irwin said. People can volunteer to take in foster dogs, can help deliver the dogs or can just donate a small monetary amount each month to help defray costs. Learn more by emailing Irwin at aadrpresident@gmail.com or visit allamericandachshundrescue.org http://allamericandachshundrescue.org or c2cdr.org http://c2cdr.org .

Hirtle said the dachshund rescue has a simple motto when it comes to saving unwanted dogs.

“Until there are none,” he said.

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