RSPCA discovers 82 chihuahuas in filthy home in Birmingham

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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Woman who pleaded guilty to 21 counts of cruelty sentenced to prison

In Blount County, Tennessee a woman who pleaded guilty to 21 counts of Class E felony charges of aggravated animal cruelty was sentenced to six years in prison on Monday. Amy Renea Robertson’s sentence will include 120 days in the Blount County Jail and supervised probation.

According to WjhlNews, the ten diseased and 11 malnourished animals were found in January – both dead and severely malnourished. The pets had been abandoned inside of Robertson’s home and left with no care, food or water. Investigators found dead animals that had died in their cages as well as other pets roaming around the home. Six dead dogs and three dead cats were believed to have perished from dehydration, starvation and the cold. The surviving  animals had been eating the flesh of the dead in order to stay alive investigators reported.

In addition to jail, Robertson will be required to repay $4,000 to an animal shelter, complete a psychological assessment and is banned from ever owning any animals for life.

(Photo of woman who pleaded guilty to 21 counts of animal cruelty via Blount County Sheriff’s Office)

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Jackson Heights woman guilty of 108 counts of animal cruelty and neglect

A Jackson Heights woman has been convicted of 108 counts of animal cruelty and neglect for failing to provide adequate care for 41 dogs and 67 cats she hoarded. The home of Elizabeth Grant was covered in “excessive amounts of feces and fur.” The odor emanated throughout the home, and the “stench of urine was overpowering” reported the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).


Grant was found guilty following a six-day trial for animal cruelty and failure to provide proper food and drinks to impounded animals.

According to the New York Daily News, a police officer arrived at Elizabeth Grant’s home on January 6, 2016, to check on the woman’s mother who had been the victim of a crime. No one answered the door that day, but the officer could see pets inside of the home which appeared to be filthy. Less than two weeks later, the officer returned with representatives from the ASPCA and found an excessive amount of feces and fur. The cats and dogs living in the home had patches of fur missing, crusted eyes and one cat was not able to walk.

That day, the ASPCA rescued 55 cats, 12 dogs and two turtles. The animals showed serious symptoms of neglect; 12 animals had to be humanely euthanized. More than 50 of the animals have since been placed in new homes.

Grant contends she rescued the animals and had planned to move out of the city and into a larger home despite the cruelty charges against her.

“The truth is, I never hurt the animals, they have no proof,” she has stated in her own defense.

Grant will be sentenced on April 29 and faces up to two years in prison and a life-time ban against owning any pets.

(Photos of woman guilty of 108 counts of animal cruelty via Facebook)

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43 dead and 31 neglected dogs seized from horrific conditions in Delaware home

In Seaford, Delaware, a tip from a member of the public, led authorities to the rescue of 31 severely neglected dogs from horrible conditions. The state Division of Public Health’s Office of Animal Welfare obtained the information on Sunday, visited the home and secured a search warrant. According to the press release issued by the Delaware Government, officers discovered 43 dead dogs and took into custody another 32 animals, including 31 dogs and a cat.

The surviving animals have been transferred to Brandywine Valley SPCA who were at the scene rescuing the survivors. Of the dogs found alive, five were listed in stable condition, while 27 dogs had to be rushed for emergency veterinarian care. One of the dogs had to be euthanized.

On the organization’s Facebook page, Adam Lamb, CEO of the facility described the conditions as having been horrific, but had this to add as to the dogs’ forgiving nature:

“We rushed 27 of the surviving animals for emergency veterinary care, where one dog unfortunately needed to be humanely euthanized, and the 5 stable animals went directly to our Georgetown Campus. All 31 survivors are now at the Georgetown Campus receiving ongoing care. Despite their horrific living conditions, it’s remarkable how friendly and trusting the dogs are. We hope to have the opportunity to help them find loving forever families once they gain enough weight, as all are severely emaciated. We’ll keep you posted on their progress. In the meantime, please donate to help cover the significant cost to help these animals recover and find forever families.”

The small breed dogs include a Bichon Frise, Shih Tzu, Pekingese and small terrier. Two standard poodles were also rescued. The dogs range in ages from 2 to 10.

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The investigation is ongoing and charges will be forthcoming. The Office of Animal Welfare (OAW) urges anyone with information on this case or to report possible animal cruelty to call 302-255-4646. OAW enforces animal cruelty, animal control, and rabies laws within the State of Delaware.

Photos of neglected dogs via Brandywine Valley SPCA.

Ocala police remove 56 dogs and a toddler from ‘deplorable’ home

The Ocala, Florida police joined forces with Marion County Animal Services, Florida Department of Children and Families and the Ocala Code Enforcement department to remove 56 dogs and a three-year-old toddler living in “deplorable” and unsanitary conditions in a home located on Northeast 12th Avenue. The dogs were covered in their own excrement; some were emaciated and completely matted.

According to the Facebook page for the Ocala Police Department, the three-year-old child as well as a man and a woman were removed from the stench filled and filthy home on Thursday. The previous day officers had been called to the home after numerous reports of a stench emanating from the back of the brick home. At the door, a woman told authorities, there were 15 dogs in the home, but they were going to be relocated to a kennel. She also indicated she had been caring for her elderly father who suffered from dementia.

Later that afternoon, code enforcement officers arrived and spotted fresh urine underneath one of the front doors. A vehicle with no license plates sat in the yard which is a violation of the city code. After hearing dogs barking, Animal Services were notified. Officers were granted permission by the woman at the door to enter the home and determined the conditions were unsafe for the child as well as the animals.

On the organization’s Facebook page, the following update to the disturbing discovery was posted:

“EMS responded to check on the elderly man living in the home and he has been medically cleared. The child has been placed safely in the care of a relative.

The dogs have been brought back to the Animal Center, where they will receive health assessments from a veterinarian. Marion County plans to move forward with a petition for custody and the dogs will not be eligible for adoption until legal custody has been approved by the court.”

Marion County Animal Services has reached out to the public for help with these dogs, and are grateful for all the people who have stepped up offering to adopt the dogs, however the dogs must go through the legal process first. Want to help?

“The dogs will be with us at Marion County Animal Services, under our veterinarian’s care, until further notice.
Some have asked what they can do to help our shelter. We would welcome some small (launderable) dogs beds. We also have online donation options. Now is also a good time to sign up to be a foster family, a volunteer, apply for employment, and to adopt! It is Adopt-a-Dog month and we’ve reduced our adoption fees by half through October.
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(Photos and video via Marion County Animal Services the Ocala Police Department)


Dog rescue group brings attention to 6-year-old child living in filth while saving 27 dogs

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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Dogs were eating each other inside house of horrors in Oklahoma

Dogs held inside of an utter house of horrors had resorted to eating each other – according to KXII News, the horrific situation was discovered in Grant, Oklahoma, after a man emailed the Choctaw County Sheriff’s Office about buying right-a ways to put up signs along a highway.

Choctaw County Sheriff Terry Park explained to KXII:

We received an email from a man who was trying to buy right-a-ways to put up the big signs along the highway. He went to this residence south of Grant, off of highway 271 and discovered dozens and dozens of dogs in a despicable environment.”

Over 50 dogs were discovered inside of an otherwise vacant house – the conditions inside of the structure were “shocking.” Dogs were living inside of stacked cages – feces and urine from the dogs in the top cages fell onto the helpless animals below.

Dead dogs, and evidence that dogs had been eating the carcasses, were also found inside of the house – Sheriff Park stated, “Pieces of bodies of little dogs that the other dogs were eating on and skeletons and skulls of smaller dogs that had died.”

The woman responsible for the despicable situation is expected to face charges.

All of the surviving dogs were removed from the house and they are receiving care from the Boswell Pet Rescue. An update to area residents who are hopeful that their missing dogs might be part of the dogs found in the house was made on July 21:

To everyone who is asking about the rescued dogs wanting to know if their lost dog is among them or about adopting one please be patient. Until all legal issues are resolved, medical and health issues are addressed, none of these pets will be released. There were 3 Yorkshire Terriers, 3 large Huskie Mixes and the rest are Dachshund or Dachshund mixes. This appears to be a situation of hoarding. We will update about these dogs in the coming days so please be patient. Donations to help care for these pets would be greatly appreciated and volunteer help is always a blessing. Thank you all for caring.

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San Diego couple plead guilty to hoarding 170 Yorkshire terriers

In Poway, California a couple pleaded guilty to hoarding more than 170 Yorkshire terriers  and Yorkie mixes in their home. Christine Calvert and Mark Vattimo pleaded guilty to felony animal abuse charges on Monday. According to AbcNews, Vattimo, 72, and Clavert, 62, will be placed on probation for the three years and banned from owning or keeping any pets for the next ten years.

In addition, the defendants will agree to undergo counseling and are required to transfer title of their 31-foot motor home to the San Diego Humane Society as restitution in the case. When investigators entered the couple’s home in January, they discovered 94 dogs living in a dark room. The floors and walls were covered in feces and urine; the dogs suffered a variety of physical problems including flea infestation, worms, ear and dental infections and matted coats.

A few days later, 30 dogs were seized from another location, and then an additional 46 dogs were found in a motor home located in Primm, Nevada where Calvert had tried to flee to avoid arrest. There has never been any definitive answers as to why the couple had so many dogs, but it is thought they just became overwhelmed and never reached out for help.

(Photo of Yorkshire terriers via Facebook and the San Diego Humane Society)

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32 dogs found inside of house where woman died

Authorities and paramedics who responded to a medical call at a house in Detroit, Michigan, encountered 32 dogs. According to Wednesday’s ABC 7 Detroit News, a 47-year-old woman who lived at the house was found dead inside of the house, on the bathroom floor.

A neighbor told the news agency that the family who lived in the house on the 12700 block of Hamburg had been “collecting stray animals for decades” – the neighbor stated:

All the dogs stayed inside, they don’t ever let the dogs out, not even in the backyard. They keep them in the house. You barely even see them.”

The Detroit Dog Rescue is working with the local animal control agency to provide care for the dozens of animals who were living in the home. On Wednesday afternoon, the rescue group wrote:

We are working on unloading all of the dogs in our care from the large scale rescue this morning with Detroit Animal Care and Control.

DACC was called to the scene when police reported their were thirty dogs and some turtles in a house around 4am last night. The City of Detroit has done an absolutely amazing job facilitating this rescue over the last twelve hours and Detroit Dog Rescue was notified immediately. Working together will give these dogs the absolute best outcome.

These dogs are in our care now. We are doing initial evaluations and intake paperwork with our veterinarians.

All of these dogs will need to remain in medical boarding for their care. Estimates for their care have reached tens of thousands of dollars.

The woman who died at the house is believed to have fallen in the shower – her death is not considered to be suspicious.

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Wisconsin woman allowed her dogs to eat puppies

In a disturbing case of animal cruelty in Crandon, Wisconsin, a woman has been arrested for allegedly allowing her dogs to eat puppies and the dead body of a horse. According to authorities, Patty Kirker, 52, was charged on Wednesday with 156 counts of animal mistreatment for failing to provide the animals with food and water; six of the counts are felonies.

An investigation of Kirker’s “puppy mill situation” had been launched earlier in the year after more than 80 complaints were filed. In a report from WsauNews, Kirker’s home had two feet of dog feces on the floor. On March 17, authorities seized 40 wolf-hybrid dogs and horses from the woman’s property. In the criminal complaint, the Forest County District Attorney Chuck Simono cited two unnamed witnesses who told police they had seen adult dogs eating young puppies on the properties as the animals had to resort to any means to stave off their starvation while Kirker did not feed them.

Also, in the complaint were details of the “deplorable conditions” with a description of three puppies being killed by other dogs, and of one puppy having been eaten. Then there were two horses kept in a trailer for more than three weeks with no food while dogs ate a horse’s carcass. Another dog terrorized an older neighbor and attacked the woman’s cat. Four horses and one pony died on the property.

And then there were more horrific details of two dogs walking around with embedded collars, Kirker kicking dogs and some of the animals biting her back, chained dogs that were never fed and a blind horse running into “trees and things.”


Kirker also faces charges in a conspiracy to smuggle drugs into the county jail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 3. Kirker’s attorney denies the allegations are not true and will fight the charges. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals are caring for the rescued animals.

(Photo of suspect alleged to have allowed her dogs to eat puppies via Forest County Sheriff’s Office booking photo)

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