More than 350 animals including dogs, cats, donkeys, pigs, chickens, ducks, doves, bunnies, a horse and an alpaca, were rescued from horrifyingly dangerous and unsanitary conditions.
According to a Care2 post yesterday, the suffering animals were “living in filth, without access to food or fresh water” when they were found by officers in Georgia during a welfare check.
“No animal should be forced to live in conditions like we’ve seen today,” declared Jessica Lauginiger, manager of animal crimes for the organization that had sent members of its Animal Rescue Team to assist in the rescue.
The majority of the animals, severely neglected dogs were suffering from a variety of dental and eye injuries and severely matted fur.
“We never expected to discover something of this magnitude in our own backyard,” said Madi Hawkins, director of Habersham County Department of Animal Care and Control (HCACC) he noted that it will be sometime before the dogs are available for fostering adoption, assistance from volunteers and other rescues will be critical. “I’m grateful to our dedicated and compassionate staff who have been on scene over 24 hours and will continue to be here until the last animal is rescued. This is a heartbreaking situation, and it’s not an easy task to be present to witness this kind of cruelty.”