123 Dogs were found and rescued from an appalling situation living in a hoarder’s home in Poway, California. These dogs were covered with fleas, and the floor was covered with feces and urine.
Officers from the Humane Society originally went to investigate when a neighbor filed a complaint that there were 30 dogs in the home. When they saw the situation they immediately removed about 92 Yorkshire terrier and other terrier mix dogs.
Officers later found out this couple had another 31 dogs hidden at another site, bringing the total number of dogs up to 123 – 114 dogs and nine puppies.
These dogs were living with feces and urine that covered the floors and walls of a four-bedroom house. The smell was so bad, officers had to wear masks.
The owners were an elderly couple. Officers convinced them to sign over legal custody of the dogs to the San Diego Humane Society. The case is under investigation.
MacKinnon, a spokesman for the Humane Society, said animal hoarding is not uncommon. Many times it happens when well-intentioned people get in over their heads.
All the dogs were taken to the Humane Society’s facility for medical evaluations. Most had matter hair and were covered by fleas. Some had chewed off limbs, and some suffered from ear infections.
All the dogs were vaccinated, neutered, micro-chipped, and groomed. It took several baths to kill the odor that was attached to them. They were then put up for adoption.
The good thing is the Humane Society has already received adoption applications from 1,600 people. The agency will review the applications and forward the ones who are approved to be put into a lottery system.
It’s not known exactly when these dogs will be ready for adoption, but you can find updates on the Humane Society’s website.
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