Dogs are a favorite companion of humans. As much as possible, we reciprocate all the love they show us. Thus, when concerns about the welfare of dogs on a residential property in Dixie County, Florida were raised, the Dixie County Sheriff’s Office immediately contacted the Human Society of the US (HSUS) for assistance. However, they weren’t expecting to see the dogs in such inhumane conditions.
According to People, the HSUS found multiple run-down mobile homes and campers and nearly 140 neglected dogs. In a press release, the organization reported that the dogs had been suffering from a lack of basic care. They were living in hutches outside of the houses in a filthy, poor condition. Many of them were surrounded in their own feces without adequate access to food and water.
“In my nearly 20 years as sheriff, I have never seen conditions of this magnitude,” Dewey Hatcher, the sheriff of Dixie County, said.
Many dogs were also found suffering from skin conditions characterized by missing fur, sores, and itchy skin. All of the dogs rescued from the property were surrendered to the HSUS. They were transported to a safe and dry shelter where they would be receiving veterinary exams and any necessary treatment.
“This is a tragic scene — it is intensely sad to see these dogs suffering in obvious misery and pain. We are thankful to all of the agencies involved today for working through the rain to get these dogs desperately-needed help,” Laura Koivula, deputy manager of animal crimes for the HSUS, said.
While the dogs will still need time to fully recover, the rescuers stated that many of them are eager for a new life of attention and love. “Our team worked through pouring rain and late into the night rescuing these animals from heartbreaking, really grim conditions. Yesterday is the last day those dogs are going to have to live like that,” Koivula added.