Adopting pets from outside Vermont


It’s another day of training for 5-year-old terrier mix, Bullet. Sam Corbo recently made the rescue pup part of his family and says there’s a reason behind his unique name.

Corbo says when he first met the pup, he asked himself, “At first you look at this dog and you think how could someone shoot this little dog?”

No one knows who hurt this dog and what happened afterward. However, with a bullet still lodged in his back leg, we are told he’s getting a second chance at life in Vermont. Bullet originally came from Tennessee to the Humane Society of Chittenden County. He is one of the many animals transported from the south up to Vermont.

Kylie DeGroot with the Humane Society of Chittenden County says last year, the shelter brought up more than 300 dogs and cats thanks to the shelter’s partnership with other facilities down south.

These are partnerships the humane society has with three different shelters in South Carolina, Tennessee and Louisiana.

It begged the question, why those three places? We look to Louisiana to get some clarity.

In 2015, the county where that shelter is took in 6,000 dogs and 62 percent of them were euthanized. And if you can believe it, that’s an improvement from 15 years ago. Back then, 75 percent of strays were put down.

Devon Krusko manages the transport program at the humane society.

“Those facilities are looking at litter after litter of puppies dumped every day. You could have 60 puppies dumped and there’s no space for them,” said Krusko.

She says the challenge for these animals is that when they are brought to the shelter, there is no room for them to wait for a family. That’s where the humane society comes in. Krusko says about once or twice a month, they take in healthy dogs from the south. She says they can bring in as few as three to five animals and as many as 25 dogs per transport.

We asked officials at the humane society if their efforts are even putting a dent in the number of dogs being put to…

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