In the Lebanon County, Pennsylvania community of Palmyra, a dog rescue group brought attention to a six-year-old child living in filth; in a home covered in garbage and canine excrement. On July 15, the child’s mother called the Pawsitively Pom Rescue to come for the 27 dogs the woman wanted to surrender since her home was about to foreclosed. When Shannon Fies refused to answer the door, and neighbors told the rescuers about a child in the home living in squalid conditions, the police were called.
According to the Lebanon Daily News, when authorities arrived at the home on Harris Street, Fies surrendered the dogs and an African grey parrot to the rescue group. Also in the home was the six-year-old child and grandmother; rescuers had to climb over stacks of soda bottles filled with urine and over the floors covered in feces and garbage. Since the dogs and the occupants have been removed from the home, the property has been condemned.
Although none of the dogs had life-threatening problems, they were infested with fleas, matted and their toenails overgrown. Some of the dogs were purebred and some mixed breeds; all were taken to Amanda Reichenbach’s home where they were cleaned and groomed. Each dog will be completely vetted before being made available for adoption.
Shannon Fies and her mother are currently living in a hotel in Palmyra. The child is now living with a family member. There has been criticism directed towards Lebanon County Children and Youth Services as to why the child’s case had not been reviewed earlier.
(Photos by Pawsitively Pom Rescue)
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