UPDATE: All animals from this case have been placed with our network of Emergency Placement Partners. Participating organizations are:

  • CHA Animal Shelter in Columbus
  • Capital Area Humane Society near Columbus
  • Public Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) Ohio in Cleveland
  • Cleveland Animal Protective League
  • Toledo Area Humane Society
  • Wood County Humane Society near Toledo
  • Heartland Small Animal Rescue in Indiana
  • Ruth Steinert SPCA in Pennsylvania
  • Monmouth SPCA in New Jersey
  • St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center in New Jersey
  • Second Chance Animal Shelter in Massachusetts

More than 160 mixed-breed dogs and cats were rescued from an Adams County, Ohio, property after authorities became concerned with the suspected neglect situation. The Adams County Dog and Kennel Department called in The Humane Society of the United States and Montgomery County Animal Resource Center to assist in the rescue operation.

The local authorities served a search warrant and found dogs and cats suffering from a variety of medical conditions and a lack of basic care. Some of the animals are underweight and suffering from untreated wounds, broken bones and severe eye, skin and ear infections. They range in age from adolescents to seniors.

Corey Roscoe, Ohio state director for the HSUS, said: “These dogs and cats were in a terrible situation—the owner had too many animals and was unable to provide adequate care. It is a huge relief that they will now receive the care and medical attention they so desperately need. We are grateful to the agencies who collaborated to make this a successful rescue.”

The Adams County Commissioners, in a joint statement, said: “Animals shouldn't have to suffer in such conditions, and we are glad that these dogs and cats will have the chance at a fresh start. We are thankful for the help of the local and national groups involved in this case.”

Rescuers removed the animals from the property pending the final disposition of this case. At a temporary emergency animal shelter, the animals will be thoroughly examined and receive any necessary immediate medical treatment. RedRover is assisting with the daily care of the animals, Rescue Bank provided the necessary food, and Greater Good will cover some of the costs associated with providing the necessary medical care for the animals. The veterinarians assisting in the case are: Jennie Hayes, DVM; Deb Johnson, DVM, Wood County Humane Society; Kim Wolf, DVM, Health and Harmony Animal Hospital; and Cheryl Rausch, DVM.

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