Breaking! Approximately 140 Dogs Rescued In Large-Scale Alleged Neglect Case In Dixie County, Florida

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The Humane Society of the United States assists the Dixie County Sheriff’s Office with a large-scale alleged severe neglect case of approximately 140 dogs on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, near Old Town, Fla. (Photo by Meredith Lee/The HSUS)

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is assisting the Dixie County Sheriff’s Office in rescuing approximately 140 dogs in a large-scale alleged severe neglect situation on a residential property in Dixie County, Florida.

(Photo by Meredith Lee/The HSUS)

Local authorities served a search and seizure warrant on a five-acre property consisting of multiple structures including a dilapidated mobile home and several campers at approximately 8:00a.m. yesterday morning. The dogs appeared to suffer from a lack of basic care and were living in filthy, poor conditions typically seen in severe neglect situations. The animals were primarily found living outside, contained in hutches which were caked in feces and leaking in the rain, some with no apparent access to food and water. The majority of the dogs were suffering from skin conditions characterized by missing fur, sores and itchy skin.

(Photo by Meredith Lee/The HSUS)

The HSUS is transporting the rescued animals to an undisclosed shelter where they will continue to receive veterinary exams. RedRover responders will be assisting in the caretaking of the animals at the shelter.

(Photo by Meredith Lee/The HSUS)

“This is a tragic scene– it is intensely sad to see these dogs suffering in obvious misery and pain,” said Laura Koivula, Deputy Manager of Animal Crimes for HSUS in a statement emailed to WAN. “We are thankful to all of the agencies involved today for working through the rain to get these dogs desperately-needed help.”

(Photo by Meredith Lee/The HSUS)

The assistance of the HSUS was requested by the Dixie County Sheriff’s Office after concerns about the welfare of animals on the property were raised.

(Photo by Meredith Lee/The HSUS)

“In my nearly 20 years as sheriff, I have never seen conditions of this magnitude,” said Dewey Hatcher, Sheriff of Dixie County. “We appreciate the assistance from the HSUS and everyone involved in getting these animals care today.”

(Photo by Meredith Lee/The HSUS)

All but three of the approximately 140 dogs rescued from the property were surrendered to the HSUS. The three who were not surrendered will be expertly cared for, along with the surrendered dogs as the court process decides their eventual custody.

(Photo by Meredith Lee/The HSUS)

A generous donation has been made by the Alex and Elisabeth Lewyt Charitable Trust to help with the expert care and supplies needed for the rescued animals. HSUS thanked their long-time partner, GreaterGood.org for their much-needed donations of food for the dogs.

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