OHIO -- A major rescue operation that started with the removal of a large number of Pugs by the Ohio SPCA Response Team ended with nearly 200 animals being freed from horrendous conditions that were far from life-sustaining.
The ammonia level and fecal dust were overwhelming as the rescuers fought their way among debris and feces to free multiple species from waste-filled crates and cages within the home.
The breeding/hoarding situation was among the worse the Ohio SPCA has encountered in decades of life-saving work.
Freedom came in time for 195 animals which included a large number of chickens, rabbits, Guinea Pigs, cats, dogs, Sugar Gliders, parakeets, and more. For some, help arrived too late.
It is our hope that all of the rescued animals will survive. Many of their bodies lack any fat or muscle and they were extremely lethargic as we picked them up and carried them on their first steps to freedom, fresh air, clean water, and wholesome food.
As many of you may know, we closed the Ohio SPCA Adoption Center today (April 20) so staff and volunteers could focus on the care of these animals. We are extremely appreciative of the moral support and monetary donations we have received for the Pugs. It goes without saying that we are going to continue to need your support with the additional 164 animals now in our care.
Please join us as we travel alongside these animals on their road to recovery.
(Ohio SPCA & Humane Society - April 20, 2017)