When a probation officer was notified that a “court-ordered ankle monitor” had been removed, he paid a visit to the person’s home and discovered dozens of dogs living in shocking and unsafe conditions.
The probation officer immediately called the local dog warden. But because the case involved extreme neglect, they turned to the Licking County Humane Society for help.
After a brief conversation with the single human resident, agents expected this rescue to be a small-scale endeavor. But the situation within the home was so much more intense than originally anticipated.
“What we believed would be about an hour or so long confiscation of around 30 dogs turned into five hours of us searching throughout the house to find 80 dogs and puppies in all areas of the home,” said Elycia Taylor, the program and communications director at the Licking County Humane Society.
Not only was the home condemned, but there was no running water. Licking County Humane Society wound up rescuing eighty small breed mixes from the central Ohio home. It was the largest rescue in the shelter’s history. Many hours and many trips back and forth were required to get all of these sweet souls to safety.
The dogs ranged in age from a few weeks to a few years old, with some of the females having given birth so recently that they still had nursing puppies. All the dogs needed medical care such as spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations, de-wormers, and dental cleanings. Plus, every dog that was removed was infested with fleas. Severe skin infections plagued many pups because of the disastrous “sanitary issues” created by so many animals forced to live close together in such unsafe conditions.
“Today is the start of a LONG process for these dear souls…but also the start of a new life. A life that will now be full of love, care, attention, and safety,” said the Licking County Humane Society.
Since the dogs arrived at the shelter, they have been doing incredibly well and are adjusting to a new kind of life. But while some of the dogs will be ready for adoption within the next few days, many must first recover from medical conditions such as skin lacerations, dental disease, and eye issues.
We’re so happy that these sweet pups will only know love for the rest of their lives. For more information on the available dogs or to make a donation that will help with their escalating medical expenses, click here.
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