CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Ten emaciated dogs taken from a Rockingham County home are being treated at the Charlotte Humane Society.
“They’re pretty bad, in terms of emaciation. Eye issues and some have skin conditions,” said Donna Canzano with the Humane Society.
The underweight canines were rescued from a home in Rockingham County. The owner, a woman with mental health issues, had been keeping the dogs in her home claiming she was running an animal rescue group.
The woman’s home was one of the worst Brittany Hughes, of the Rockingham County Animal Shelter, had ever seen.
“When we got there we had to wear protective gear and masks. Feces on every inch of the floor. The smallest dog was only eight pounds but it should be 20. It was stuck to a couch, he was urinating on himself,” she said.
The dogs were brought to Charlotte because of the Humane Society’s experience in dealing with these cases. Their rescue was made possible thanks to a tip from a woman who chose to speak out.
“It was a woman who went out to adopt an animal she saw on [the owner’s] internet site. That [animal] looked completely different than what she had gotten when she got there,” said Hughes.
After receiving medical treatment the dogs will go to foster homes for the rest of their rehabilitation.
The Humane Society needs several items to care for the dogs, including Science Diet puppy food, gently used towels, puppy pads, canned dog food, dog beds, latex gloves, glucosamine and fish oil capsules and Ziploc gallon-sized freezer bags for food storage. These items can be dropped off at the shelter at 2700 Toomey Avenue between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Charges have not been filed.
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