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.

Donations to help with the care and rehabilitation of these dogs can be sent by clicking here.

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.
Click here to see how you can help-http://www.marioncountyfl.org/departments-agencies/departments-a-n/animal-services/how-can-i-help.”

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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.

Anyone hoping to help assist the rescue agency in their efforts to care for all of these dogs can make a donation at this fundraiser.

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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)

Most of the dogs have since been adopted.

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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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Dozens of animals found living in squalor at illegal breeding operation

A couple in Dothan, Alabama, is facing multiple animal cruelty charges after dozens of animals were found living in squalor at their home. According to the Dothan Police Department, 34-year-old Le Ngoc Pham and 47-year-old Hoan Cong Nguyen were operating an illegal breeding operation at a house on Peachtree Drive.

According to the authorities, patrol units were dispatched, along with Animal Services Officers, to the couple’s home on Friday afternoon. The responding officers discovered an illegal breeding site and reached out to investigators, who worked with animal services officers, to remove 65 dogs and 16 exotic birds from the residence.

Photos taken at the scene reveal the deplorable conditions investigators encountered – rows of small cages, filled with urine and feces, dirty food and water dishes, and dogs existing in cramped and filthy conditions.

The disturbing discovery has resulted in 24 counts of Aggravated Animal Cruelty and 57 counts of Animal Cruelty.

The Dothan Police Department stated:

We have received numerous requests from people with a passion for the welfare of animals wanting to know what they can do to support the animals and ensure they are cared for. We are provided some funds for support, so we will take care of our little friends regardless.
If anyone wishes to make a donation (PayPal) , it needs to be to the Dothan Police Foundation. Make sure to designate in the comments “Pro-Life Animal Services Program”. Donations are tax deductible. For more information, visit

At approximately 4:00 p.m. Friday afternoon Patrol Units were dispatched along with Animal Services Officers to the 2900 block of Peachtree Drive. The call was in reference to an animal cruelty complaint. Officers discovered an illegal animal breeding site and contacted Investigators.

Investigators worked with Animal Services Officers throughout the night rescuing 65 dogs and 16 exotic birds. These animals were found living in deplorable conditions and were not being properly taken care of.

Per the Dothan Police Department: All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Images via Dothan Police Department Facebook page

Daughter charged with neglect of her elderly mother in filthy home with 28 pets

In Franklin County, Kentucky an adult daughter has been accused of leaving her 75-year-old mother lying on the floor covered with animal feces and urine as 19 cats and nine dogs lived in various stages of disturbing neglect in their filthy home.

According to Sheriff Pat Melton from Franklin County, after entering the home on Stable Lane last month, first responders had to rush outdoors when unable to cope with the acrid smells in the house and the filth. According to Lex18News, Heather Rash has been charged with the neglect of an elderly adult and animal abuse.

“To let a woman, your mother, lay in the floor in a pile of feces for several hours and you wouldn’t pick her up because you were afraid of losing your animals,” said Sheriff Melton. “That’s inexcusable.”

The State Journal reports  Franklin County indicted Rash, 41, Tuesday on charges of neglect and abuse to her mother, Dixie Rash, along with cruelty to the 28 animals found in the residence. She was indicted on charges of  knowingly abuse/neglect of adult by person, a Class C felony, and three counts of cruelty to animals, second degree, a Class A misdemeanor. The Commonwealth’s Attorney Larry Cleveland stated:

“The 75-year-old woman is found in the house —with cat and dog feces several inches thick — she’s on the floor and can’t get up. A lot of these dogs came from the animal shelter, and they wound up going back after this. Four of the animals had to be euthanized because they were in such bad shape.”

Authorities stated the neglect of the woman’s mother and the pets had been going on for an extended period of time – even possibly over a year according to the sheriff. The elderly woman has been taken into state custody and is receiving proper care. The Franklin County Humane Society are caring for the surviving animals.

(Photo of elderly woman living in filthy home via Lex18 screenshot and Franklin County Sheriff’s Office)

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Images of dog with dead chicken taped to neck posted online

Images of a dog, with a dead chicken duct taped to his neck, were posted online on Tuesday, reported the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The woman who allegedly put the dead bird on the dog’s neck explained that she was “teaching” the dog a lesson for killing the animal.

The incident, which was reported to have taken place in Columbus, Georgia, resulted in a great deal of commentary on Facebook, and the 74-year-old woman responsible is now facing an animal cruelty citation. Facebook user Hannah Gillespie started the conversation with her post, along with the images of the dog:

This dog had a dead chicken DUCT TAPED around its neck for over 9 hours. Instead of pressing animal cruelty charges (completely warranted), Columbus PD called CACC (animal control) to handle it. No words. Getting duct tape off of the hair…. poor dog. Oh wait. No. Oh no, it gets worse. The police left the dog with the owner and the tape was cut/ripped off. Animal control can only do so much without the police’s assistance. At least animal control cared enough to fine the owners with the stiffest citations they’re allowed.

The elderly woman behind the taping situation has explained that this is how “people in the country” train dogs not to kill chickens.

(Photo screenshot via Facebook)