Rescuers took dozens of dogs from one crammed duplex in Hewitt, Texas where they were living in unsanitary conditions.
KSPR News reported yesterday that law enforcement officers removed 57 dogs and two teenaged girls from the duplex. The dogs had been living in filthy kennels that were stacked one on top of another.
According to a witness, the kennels were uncleaned and feces and urine was raining down from the top dogs to the dogs below.
Many of the dogs, including one named Izzie, has multiple medical issues, including degenerative disc disease, dry eye, arthritis, and fused front elbows.
A bulldog rescue organization has stepped up to help Izzie and a cart has been designed to help her become more mobile.
Updates to this story – including the condition and adoption status of the other dogs and possible criminal charges for the hoarder – will be posted as they occur.
If you suspect that someone you know is hoarding animals, please don’t remain silent. Hoarders often believe that they’re “rescuing” animals, but hoarding is actually animal cruelty.
According to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the Hoarding Animals Research Consortium, hoarding is defined by the following criteria:
- More than the typical number of companion animals;
- Inability to provide even minimal standards of nutrition, sanitation, shelter, and veterinary care, with this neglect often resulting in starvation, illness, and death; and
- Denial of the inability to provide this minimum care and the impact of that failure on the animals, the household, and the human occupants of the home
Every year, nearly 250,000 animals are victims of animal hoarding. Animals who are kept in hoarding conditions often suffer terrible neglect, receiving little to no proper veterinary care, living in unsanitary conditions, and often going for long periods of time with no food and water.
Hoarders’ homes are typically unsanitary because of the sheer number of animals in one confined space, and animal feces, urine, and hair is often found on every surface of the home. In some cases, homes even have decaying carcasses of hoarded animals who passed away.
If you know of a hoarding situation, please report it to the authorities immediately. Animals cannot speak for themselves – they rely upon us to be their voices.
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