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Rescue in Chatham County, North Carolina Saves Estimated 150 Animals

The Humane Society of the United States Joins Chatham County Animal Services and Chatham County Sheriff’s Office for Life-Saving Mission

More than 150 animals were removed from a Chatham County property for their safety and protection. Chatham County Animal Services requested assistance from national and local groups for this large-scale animal rescue.

The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant for the property located at 3180 Silk Hope Gum Spring Road and found that many animals were in need of urgent veterinary care and living in unsanitary conditions. More than 150 animals have been removed from the property by Chatham County Animal Services pending the final disposition of this case.

Leigh Anne Garrard, director of Chatham County Animal Services, said, “I am relieved that we were able to come to the aid of these animals today. We have tried to work with the owner to ensure the proper care of the animals, but we reached the point that the animals had to be removed for their well-being.”

The Humane Society of the United States, RedRover, Horse Helpers of the High Country, Code 3 Associates, Wake County Animal Shelter, Durham County Sheriff’s Office - Animal Control Division, Red Dog Farm Rescue Network, PetSmart Charities™ and local veterinarians assisted authorities with the rescue and removal of all of the animals.

Erica Geppi, North Carolina state director for The HSUS said: “The collaboration among national and local groups in Chatham County today has saved numerous lives. We're grateful to Chatham County Animal Services, Chatham County Sheriff’s Office and all of the local rescue groups for stepping up to help these animals.”

Chatham County Animal Services became concerned about this situation when it received a report that more than 100 cats and dogs were kept in a small mobile home, and that livestock on the property also lacked proper care. When responders arrived on scene, they found approximately 150 animals living in unsafe and unsanitary conditions with untreated medical conditions.

Some of the animals were safely transported to local rescue groups, while others were transported to an emergency shelter where they will be thoroughly examined by teams of veterinarians and receive any necessary medical treatment. PetSmart Charities is providing the necessary food and supplies for the animals.

Once legal custody of the animals has been determined and they have received needed care, Chatham County will provide more information for potential adoptions or donations.

Media Contacts:
The HSUS: Samantha Miller, 610-653-2198; smiller@humanesociety.org 

Chatham County: Debra Henzey, 919-542-8258 or 919-548-4662; debra.henzey@chathamnc.org


Chatham County Sheriff’s Office:  Doug Stuart, 919-545-7807; doug.stuart@chathamsheriff.com

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