Animal shelter rescues 65 dogs from ‘overwhelmed’ owner in Georgia

An animal shelter in Atlanta, Georgia has rescued more than 60 dogs from property owned by an “overwhelmed” pet owner.

The Atlanta Humane Society (AHS) worked alongside Hancock Animal Friends and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals on the rescue mission this month. Sixty-five dogs were seized from the same owner at a property in central Georgia.

Little information was released about the owner, but AHS described the situation as an “overwhelmed pet owner.”

Twenty-nine dogs and puppies will be in the care of AHS. Many will need medical and behavioral support and the society said the animals are in “desperate” need of the public’s help.

Footage shared by the shelter showed the dogs being picked up from the property with cages in the background. A dog appeared to have skin wounds on its face.

In Georgia, animal neglect may qualify as animal cruelty if the animal owner fails to provide “adequate food, water, sanitation, or ventilation consistent with what a reasonable person of ordinary knowledge would consider the normal needs and feeding habits for that animal’s size, species, breed, age and physical condition. »

Being convicted of animal cruelty is a misdemeanor for the first offense, which can result in up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. AHS has not confirmed whether legal action should take place.

Newsweek contacted the Atlanta Humane Society for more information and comment.

Stories of mass rescues are not as rare as many might expect or hope. Last month, nearly two dozen dogs were rescued in Massachusetts by an animal welfare organization.

The owners of the 23 dogs reportedly called the MSPCA, an animal welfare organisation, after realizing they could no longer care for the animals themselves.

Nine of the dogs were kept in a shed on the property. All of the dogs were a Yorkie-Chihuahua mix and ranged from one to 16 years old.

In March, Animal Control in Williamson County, Texas also seized 41 animals from a private residence involved in a “possible animal cruelty situation.”

The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Unit impounded the 39 dogs and two cats with the help of the owner before transferring them to the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter. At the time of writing, the matter was under investigation.

However, with the shelter already full, the animals had to be stored in cages in the hall until enough animals were adopted to create space.

Stock image of dogs in cages.
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