Dozens of dogs and rabbits found living in ‘gut-wrenching’ conditions

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Dozens of dogs and rabbits were found living in “gut-wrenching” conditions in Southeast D.C. According to a news release from Humane Rescue Alliance, an anonymous tip led to the discovery of 36 dogs and six rabbits at a property on the 2900 block of Branch Avenue SE.

Officers found 33 Great Danes, one Doberman, one pit bull-type dog, and one chihuahua mix living in “extremely unsafe and unsanitary conditions.” The release outlines the dismal situation:

In many instances, multiple Great Danes were confined to one small cage, forced to live amongst their own waste and sleep on a concrete floor. Blood and feces covered the walls. The animals did not have access to food or water. The smell of ammonia and feces overwhelmed the rescuers. HLE officers uncovered evidence relating to the sale of animals and at least one of the Great Danes is suspected to be pregnant. They also discovered the remains of several puppies in a mini refrigerator.

Chris Schindler, vice president of field services at the Humane Rescue Alliance. stated:

“I am relieved they are now safe and in the hands of people who will provide them with the love and proper care they need and deserve, thanks to the community members who reported the neglect and our team who conducted a thorough investigation.”

The investigation is ongoing and the rescued animals are receiving care at an undisclosed location.

Donations can be made here.

(Image via Humane Rescue Alliance)

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