Dogs Everywhere In South West Tucson & pima County Arizona - From Strays Running About On Tribal Lands - To Mexican's Coming Across The US Boarder To Sell Puppies
Day 12/ 13 – Tucson – August 12/13
Deanna Vollano, Producer
Day 11 and 12 was dedicated to getting from San Antonio to Tucson. A very interesting thing we came across was a “border crossing” within the United States. In fact we encountered 2 along the way. It was an odd feeling to stop at border patrol and declare our citizenship in Texas and Arizona!
Our mission in Tucson was primarily to gather our own preliminary information on the stray dog situation in the city as well as Pima County. Our first stop was the Mission San Xavier on tribal grounds. The Mission itself is beautiful and peaceful with a mountain shrine next to it. We came across 3 loose dogs on-site. Two of the dogs were on the backside of the mission and they seemed to belong there. However, it is difficult to tell without having spoken to anyone, whether they are truly stray, or live on the Mission property and are taken care of. We saw a few other strays on the tribal land as well that were not near any dwellings.
We moved on to combing neighborhoods on the south side near the airport. In a very random pattern we came across no less than 10 small dogs roaming the streets in a one block radius; another single dog on the street, outside of a closed fenced lot. This dog was wary of us, but not afraid. We saw a handful of other strays during our drive. Remember, we came across these dogs without any guidance from local rescues or authorities. This indicates to us that there appear to be some loose dog issues in the city of Tucson. If these dogs are owned but loose, or community dogs, it begs the question of spay and neuter. Are these dogs spayed and neutered or are they roaming and re-populating the streets? We don’t know, but we would like to investigate the area further.
As evening drew near and we ended our search, we passed through an intersection where we spotted a car parked on the corner with people holding “puppies for sale” signs. We turned around and went back to investigate. I took my camera and talked with them. They agreed to allow me to film the interaction. A small boy was holding a Rottweiler mix puppy in hopes that I’d want to buy him for $30.
After some questions, I found that the girl and 2 small boys (not sure of the relationship, could be brothers) came to town to sell 3 puppies and that the mamma and the dad were at home with the girl’s mother. They couldn’t afford to take care of the puppies, and have little money, so the sale of the puppies would help them financially. There was also a beautiful gray pit bull (Princess) next to the car which was owned by the girl’s boyfriend who was sitting in the car until the end of our visit. I asked if there were other puppies and the young boy went to the car and retrieved another from the floor of the backseat. The girl let me know that she had sold the third one shortly before our arrival.
I didn’t notice it while I was filming but apparently the car had a license plate from Mexico. This group of people was so kind to me; they had very good intentions, but my guess is that the family is uneducated and likely doesn’t know about resources to assist them with spaying and neutering their dogs. This situation and my interactions with these people have really been imprinted in my head. I won’t soon forget them.
Day 14 – Los Angeles – August 14
WA2S Films made it to the west coast!
This is where we leave John Robinson to be our west coast producer and to help coordinate our Google / YouTube studio space that we have gained access to as a YouTube - Google Non Profit partner. We had a wonderful journey together and we wish to thank everyone involved in working with us in each city! We made new friends and re-visited old ones.
Thank you for sharing your stories and passions with us. Over the coming weeks, stay tuned here and on the WA2S Films YouTube Channel and WA2S Facebook page and watch those stories come to life through film.