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LethalWhiteAussieRescueCarolinas & BEYOND!

The term Lethal White is used in MM aussie rescue to define the peril a white aussie sufers. A MM aussie suffers from a a homozygous genetic defect. This may manifest in several anomalies, but commonly in vision and hearing. The defect is 100% preventable. For the intentionals, the Lethal Whites are generally doomed. The breeder already has a plan of action for dogs that cannot be sold. Accidentals fare better, because the breeder didn't realize the genes and often thinks of the pup as a 'dud'. They may be lucky & survive long enough to get to rescue and safety. If they go to a municipal,overloaded shelter, there simply arent resources to deal with something the shelter often doesn't understand and the puppies are marked for euthanization.

There are many who have LWs in their lives who find the term LW offensive. So did we until we became involved in rescue of these lost causes. Once a LW has found rescue, it magically transforms into a homozygous merle dog from a Lethal White. But until that miracle happens, that dog is decidely a Lethal White, fighting for its very survival. There is a genetic lethal white genetic defect that kills all by itself without help from the humans, and that is the overo white paint horse. We 'borrowed' the term because a white aussie is too often a dead aussie by hideous means. Because of US, the humans.

There are things we can do to help stop the killings:

Educate on the merling gene which causes the defect. Rescue, transport, crosspost, adopt.


LWAR-C&B was founded in March, 2005, in memory of Andrew Keith Anderson 6/17/80 ~ 11/5/04.
LWAR-C&B suffered tremendous losses when Christie Mullady died December 31, 2010. She was met at the RainbowBridge by her beloved PossumDeafBlindPup. She was followed by our beloved Donna Schaeffer who lost her 3.5 year battle with BC StageIV. The LW community will never be the same without their passion.

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  • Dogs
  • Mar 23, 2005
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