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September 25, 2012

The Humane Society of the United States Assists in Rescue of More Than 130 Animals from North Carolina Hoarder

The HSUS, Rescue Groups Assist Person County Animal Control in Removing Animals from Deplorable Conditions

The Humane Society of the United States and area organizations were called in by Person County Animal Control to assist in the rescue of more than 130 animals from a Rougemont, N.C., property. The Person County Sheriff’s Office served a search and seizure warrant on the property and found 39 horses and nearly 100 small-breed dogs, cats and birds being housed in squalid conditions.

Local law enforcement became concerned about this facility after receiving complaints from the community. The horses are very thin and some are suffering from medical issues that require immediate attention. The dogs and cats were kept in unsanitary housing and many are afflicted with eye infections, skin infections and other signs of severe neglect.

“The Humane Society of the United States is glad to help Person County Animal Control with this very sad case of neglect,” said Kim Alboum, North Carolina state director for The HSUS. “The conditions in this home are egregious and these animals desperately needed rescue. Now they are on the path to much better lives.”

“The situation here deteriorated so badly that we knew it was time to act,” said Ron Shaw, director of Person County Animal Control. “I’m incredibly grateful that we did, because the conditions for the small animals living inside were deplorable.”

The HSUS, Guilford County Animal Shelter, Safe Haven Equine Rescue & Retirement, Paws Ranch, Central Virginia Horse Rescue and Allen’s Place assisted the county with removing the animals from the property. The owner has surrendered the animals, and they will all be taken to area shelters for immediate evaluation and treatment by veterinarians.

Media Contact: Stephanie Twining, 301-258-1491, stwining@humanesociety.org

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