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August 21, 2014

More than 70 Dogs Rescued in Jefferson County, Florida

  • Alachua County Animal Services' Darlene Farnell carries a dog from the scene of a rescue in Lamont, Florida. Laura Bevan/The HSUS

  • Dozens of dogs roamed loose on the rural property after their owner was evicted, with family members coming by to leave food for the dogs. Laura Bevan/The HSUS

  • Rescuers brought the dogs, suffering from severe skin infections, open wounds and other untreated medical conditions, to North Florida Animal Rescue for treatment, recovery and eventual adoption. Laura Bevan/The HSUS

  • A vet tech at North Florida Animal Rescue comforts the dog she named Jasper, who is already responding well to treatment and "looking better every day." Laura Bevan/The HSUS

  • At least two mother dogs and their puppies were among the animals rescued. Please support our rescue efforts so we can continue to save more dogs like them. Laura Bevan/The HSUS

Seventy-one mixed breed dogs and puppies were rescued from a foreclosed home in Lamont, Florida. Over the last several weeks, The Humane Society of the United States has worked with the family to remove individual animals and on Wednesday, The HSUS, Alachua County Animal Services and multiple volunteers removed the remaining 52 animals from the rural property.

Family members contacted The HSUS for assistance because Jefferson County does not have animal control. The animals had been roaming the property after their owner was evicted, with family members coming by when possible to leave food on the ground. The animals’ owner agreed to surrender the dogs.

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Kate MacFall, Florida state director for The HSUS, said, “These dogs were caught in the middle of a terrible situation – the owner had too many animals and was unable to provide adequate care. They roamed the rural neighborhood and bred indiscriminately. The eviction just brought the situation to a crisis mode, especially with the bank wanting the dogs off the property. We’re pleased to have been able to help these animals and give them an opportunity for a fresh start.”

Some of the dogs are underweight and are suffering from untreated medical conditions, including open wounds, flea and tick infestations and severe skin infections and mange. Many of the females are pregnant and the males have wounds from fighting over the females.

Rescuers safely transported the animals to North Florida Animal Rescue in Wellborn, Florida, where they are being thoroughly examined by veterinarians and will receive any necessary medical treatment. After receiving treatment and recovering, the dogs will be evaluated for adoption.

Media Contact: Kaitlin Sanderson: 240-672-8397; ksanderson@humanesociety.org

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