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July 18, 2012

The HSUS Joins Local Officials to Rescue Dogs from Texas Hoarder

The Humane Society of the United States joined with Montgomery County Precinct 3 Constable and Montgomery County Animal Control to remove nearly 300 dogs from deplorable hoarding conditions at a property in Willis, Texas.

A temporary shelter was established by local groups working with The HSUS, and the dogs given medical screening. Pending judicial disposition, the dogs will also be evaluated for possible adoption.

The property was advertised as a dog rescue organization, however living conditions for the dogs were such that it was not safe or healthy for the animals.

“This case should not speak to the important work and value of rescue groups across the country,” said Katie Jarl, Texas state director for The HSUS. “There are thousands of responsible rescues in the U.S., and they provide life-saving resources for animals in need, and for people who want to adopt a pet. The HSUS is dedicated to giving every dog the best possible chance at a life with a loving family, and animal rescue groups are an important part of that effort.”

Providing forensic veterinarian assistance for the rescue effort were Dr. Melina Merck, Dr. Mike Woolley, Dr. Timothy Harkness of the Houston Humane Society, as well as other veterinarians from Texas A&M University.

For people who have placed a dog with the rescue and are interested in following up on those dogs, please contact Montgomery County Precinct 3 Constable Tim Holifield at Tim.Holifield@mctx.org.

The HSUS maintains a network of emergency partners and volunteers who assist in all kinds of animal rescues, including large-scale abuse cases, natural disasters, puppy mills, hoarding cases and other cases involving extreme neglect.

Media Contact: Stephanie Twining, 240-751-3943, stwining@humanesociety.org

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