Humane society officials say a concerned neighbor tipped them off to the dogs and how they were living. Now, they're concerned about getting them back to health.
"These animals were suffering."
On the surface, they look healthy.
"Some of them have very thick coats, so that it looks like they have a healthy body weight," says Kendall Paul of the Vanderburgh Humane Society.
But look closely and you'll see they're not.
"They were hungry," says Cyndi Hoon Donley of VHS. "They couldn't even get in to get fresh water."
"They're very underweight," Paul adds. "We have a lot of animals with wounds, a lot of ear and eye infections that are going on."
More than thirty dogs pulled from a Pike County home this week from poor living conditions. Lack of food, lack of water, lack of cleanliness.
"Lots of starving dogs and dogs fighting each other because they were so hungry," Paul says.
Vanderburgh Humane Society officials say two of the dogs had to be euthanized because of poor health. But officials say they don't think the owner intended for this to happen.
"Most of the time, they have good intentions in their heart, but then they get overwhelmed, and they don't realize they aren't doing anyone any good. Most of these dogs, by having so many of them, you can't provide them with all the proper things they need," says Paul.
Now, humane society workers are providing them what they need. Paul says they won't be put up for adoption until they're fully healthy. But she doesn't want to see situations like this surface again.
"Vanderburgh Humane Society went in and assumed all this responsibility, and all this financial burden," she says. "We don't want to see this person go right back out and do it all over again."
Paul says Pike County Sheriffs Deputies plan to meet with the owner of the dogs in the near future. She adds other agencies were contacted first, but they didn't have the capabilities to help all those animals.
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