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August 19, 2011

Sixty-four Animals Rescued from Livingston County Hoarding Situation

The HSUS, Livingston County Animal Control, Livingston County Sheriff’s Department and the Michigan Horse Welfare Coalition team up to save animals.

The Humane Society of the United States was called in by Livingston County Animal Control to assist in the rescue of 64 animals from a Howell, Mich. property. The animals, including horses, dogs, sheep, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens and a goat, were being housed in unsanitary conditions and appear to lack proper socialization and medical care. The Livingston County Animal Control and the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department seized all animals on the property.

“While this individual may have started out with good intentions, it seems that these animals are not receiving the socialization and veterinary care they need,” said Jill Fritz, Michigan state director for The HSUS. “The Humane Society of the United States is proud to work with local groups to give these animals the second chance they deserve.”

This case began when Livingston County Animal Control received complaints from citizens concerned for the welfare of the animals. They then called in The HSUS and MHWC to provide animal handling and assistance with transportation, logistics, financial needs and sheltering. 

When responders arrived on scene they found the animals confined in a dark, dilapidated barn and inside the cramped, unsanitary house. Many of the 10 horses, three sheep, 40 cats, three rabbits, two guinea pigs, three dogs, two chickens and one goat appear to be lacking medical care and socialization. The horses’ stalls were filled with feces and the cats were kept in cramped rooms with high ammonia levels.

Once safely removed, the animals will be transported to temporary sheltering facilities. There the animals will be thoroughly examined by a team of veterinarians and provided medical treatment.

Photos from the rescue and further details are available via request to HSUS contact below.

Media Contact: Jordan Crump: 301-548-7793, jcrump@humanesociety.org

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