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Local dog rescue accused of abandoning 300 dogs at kennel

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Ongoing controversy with a local dog rescue facility has residents barking up a storm over the welfare of 300 dogs and thousands of dollars in unpaid bills.

Linda Robinson-Pardo, the owner of Happy Endings Dog Rescue in Hewitt, is accused of pulling the funding to a boarding facility called Camp Diggy Bones. 

A local animal activist group held a meeting to bring attention to the issue and raise money for the boarding facility owner.

Gene Mason is owner of Camp Diggy Bones in Lavon, Texas. He claims Happy Endings still owes him $200,000 and that he's been paying out of pocket to continue to care for the animals when the checks stopped coming.  

Citizens 4 Canines held the meeting in Hewitt Saturday afternoon to raise awareness about the issue and to try gather money to help care for the dogs.

Animal activist and co-founder of Citizens 4 Canines, Brett Yambor, had choice words for Pardo.

"Linda Pardo is Happy Endings. She's an irresponsible person running a rescue group that actually pulls dogs and forgets about them and leaves them," says Yambor.  

Several former Happy Endings employees also spoke up at the meeting.

A former Happy Endings employee and co-founder of Citizens 4 Canines, Barbara Tynes, says the owner of the boarding facility reached out her asking for help.

"Our goal is to get the 300 dogs in homes or possibly in other rescues, if they'd like to step up and take some of the dogs, and find homes for them and to shut Mrs. Pardo's animal rescue down Happy Endings in Hewitt, Texas so that she cannot pull more dogs in the future and therefore abandon more dogs in the future," says Tynes. 

Tracy Lightfoot, the owner of Brazos Valley Boarding Kennels in Lorena, says Happy Endings has a history of not paying its bills on time.

Lightfoot says when she took over her facility, Pardo was already two payments behind and says when Pardo finally came to pick up the dogs she refused to release them until she was fully paid.

News Channel 25 reached out to Pardo by phone, email and Facebook message to get her side of the story but we haven't heard back from her yet.

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