TWINSBURG, Ohio – More than 50 animals, including dogs, cats and birds, were rescued from filth at a home condemned by the Humane Society of Summit County following reports of abuse use and abandonment, according to a news release from the organization.
The situation was reported to HSSC humane agents, who investigated and arrested the animals in October due to severe neglect, the statement said.
While initial reports suggested that there were only about a dozen animals inside the property, when officers got there, they discovered more than 50 dogs, cats and birds living in squalid conditions with little access. with food and water, said HSSC representative.
A total of 22 small chihuahua hybrids, including two litters of puppies, were found and rescued from the home. A total of 13 adult cats and kittens were found in each room “desperately seeking refuge in unsafe conditions – including one kitten hiding in an oven drawer and another in cabinet under the sink,” the statement said.
Fifteen birds were found in cages surrounded by litter, waste and insects, HSSC said.
According to the statement, it took staff 12 hours over two days to find, trap and transport the animals.
After animals arrive at HSSC, veterinary staff begin to examine and treat animals for malnutrition and other emergencies, including fleas, open wounds, and scars from old untreated wounds. Most of the animals suffered from ringworm, a highly contagious fungal infection that required a weeks-long treatment regimen that HSSC said had strained the organization’s resources.
The animals also suffer emotional wounds from their abandonment, and HSSC behavior staff are working with the animals to develop trust.
The HSSC President and CEO said: “What these animals have to endure in their lifetime is tragic. “While this influx of animals with such great medical need has challenged us, it is also why we are here – to give a second chance to vulnerable and vulnerable livestock from our community itself; Animals have nowhere else to go. We are proud to offer these animals hope and, after rehabilitation, a future through adoption. ”
Ownership of the animals was given to HSSC on 30 November with a legal ruling from the Akron Municipal Court.
The birds, including one parakeet, five parakeets, seven pigeons and a pair of finches, were transferred to a local bird rescue facility for further treatment and eventually adopted child.
Due to their shy nature, the dogs will require adult-only foster homes, or families with children over the age of 13, said HSSC. Some dogs will do best with a resident dog.
The group of rescued pets have been dubbed the “Presidential Pets,” because each animal is named after a US president or vice president, according to the HSSC statement.
While some animals have been adopted, interested adopters can complete the HSSC Adoption Application Form online to be contacted on a first-come, first-served basis, reviewed before the President of the Animals. Pets are available for adoption. Find more information and fill out an adoption application here.
The cost of caring for this group of pets is estimated at over $50,000 and HSSC is accepting donations online here, or by mail to the Humane Society of Summit County, 7996 Darrow Rd., Twinsburg, OH 44087.
Including the animals involved in this case, HSSC currently fosters 370 animals, and the organization serves more than 2,500 animals each year on its unrestricted facility.
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