Nearly 80 dogs have been rescued from deplorable conditions at a suspected breeding operation in Westminster, California. According to the Orange County Register, 78 bulldogs were discovered at one man’s residence on November 6.
Conditions inside of the home were so bad that two of the animal control officers assisting in the seizure had to be treated for ammonia inhalation. Westminster police Cmdr. Cameron Knauerhaze commented on the conditions, “We sent our officers to check on the welfare of these animals. The conditions were unsanitary and disgusting. No human or animal should have to live in the conditions we saw.”
Dogs (and puppies) removed from the home have been taken to WAGS-Westminster Adoption Groups and Services. According to the rescue group, the dogs have not yet been released from their owner’s custody. On Thursday, WAGS stated, “NO dogs can leave property (foster or adopt) and we are not taking applications yet either. We will post when we have been given permission to release them.” The owner has until November 18 to decide whether or not he will fight for custody.
WAGS has commented on the financial strain the recent intake has created, “Our funds are tight! When we unexpectedly got two hoarder cases 126 rabbits and 78 dogs in a short period of time, we needed to make adjustments to donation fees (Bulldogs being more than the usual fees) to pay for extra staffing (80 hours), meds, food, healthcare, veterinarians and medicine. WAGS has doubled in size overnight – literally!!”
Donations to help care for these dogs can be made at the WAGS website.
(Stock image of bulldog via Pixabay)
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