April 1, 2010
The HSUS Helps Rescue Almost 100 Animals in Virginia
The Humane Society of the United States assisted the Spotsylvania Animal Control in the rescue of 79 dogs and 13 cats from a Locust Grove, Va. property. These dogs and cats were being housed in an overcrowded trailer and lacked proper socialization and medical care. All of the animals have been surrendered by the owner to the custody of the Spotsylvania Animal Control.
"It is a relief to know that these cats and dogs are now beginning their journey to new homes," said Kim Intino, The HSUS' director of sheltering services. "The Humane Society of the United States is proud to work with the Spotsylvania Animal Control to rescue these animals and provide them with a second chance."
When rescuers arrived on the scene they found the animals living in cramped, dirty conditions. Some of the dogs, who are mostly Yorkshire terrier and Chihuahua mixes, were suffering from untreated wounds and skin infections. The property owner became overwhelmed and lacked the resources to properly care for the animals, and decided to surrender them.
The HSUS is safely removing the animals and transporting them in an air-conditioned, 75-foot animal sheltering vehicle. The animals will be taken to the Norfolk SPCA, Richmond SPCA and Virginia Beach SPCA for evaluation and adoption.
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