RSPCA discovers 82 chihuahuas in filthy home in Birmingham

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The RSPCA rescued 82 chihuahuas from a hoarder home. In a house described by animal cruelty agents, as looking “like an earthquake had hit,” many of the dogs had matted coats, fleas while some of the pooches suffered burns on their skin.

According to The Express, police had notified the RSPCA during an investigation when the woman living at the property died from from complications suffered after an accident. The woman and her husband had started out with just two chihuahuas and never had any of the dogs spayed or neutered. Four years later, there were 82 dogs.

“They literally started appearing from everywhere. We would move the washing machine and suddenly there’d be six faces looking at you. It was incredible where they were able to hide,” stated Inspector Herchy Boal. “The house looked like an earthquake had hit it; everything was higgledy piggledy. It was really chaotic and dirty.”

The dogs were removed and transferred to the charity’s Newbrook Farm Hospital where they would be made available for adoption once they were medically treated and socialized.

Inspector Boal stated the couple truly loved the dogs, and that this was a typical hoarding situation when the population of the dogs just grew out of control. Four dogs were returned to the husband after the property was cleaned.

“Two of the dogs that went back had serious behavioral issues and were extremely aggressive and unhappy. We were seriously considering our options with them because they were completely unhandleable, but when we returned them to him they were like different dogs and were so much happier.”

This situation occurred in April 2017, however the story will be told on air in an episode of Channel 5’s The Dog Rescuers Wednesday, June 27, at 7p.m. Be the voice for those who cannot speak.

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  1. this is terriable.i think they must have loved them, but feeding them and giving them the attenton they surely needed but i have 2 and i guess if were to ask me to take an other one i would have to.

  2. Another sad situation – I am sure these people loved their dogs, but not enough to not spay/neuter the two they started with and due to this it ballooned into a nightmare. I will never understand why people refuse to get animal fixed and this is a prime example of why it is necessary. I hope these little ones are medically treated and recover – they deserve safe loving homes after they are fixed to prevent this being a repeat.

    • You stated my exact thoughts!!! Everyone deserves love and attention. It’s impossible for 2 people (even well meaning) to provide the care and attention that 82 precious treasures require…..


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