19 dogs rescued from filthy, overcrowded conditions



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Posted on November 8, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 8 at 7:01 PM

AUSTIN -- Volunteers at the Austin Humane Society said the 19 neglected dogs rescued during a seizure from an animal hoarder earlier this week are doing much better.

AHS said the dogs are faring well after being given medication to rid them of fleas.

Kelly Hanes with AHS said the dogs were living in overcrowded and filthy conditions on a rural Central Texas property when they were saved on Tuesday.

The Austin Humane Society said volunteer groomers may be on-site as early as Friday to help clean up the dogs. The dogs are not up for adoption yet because while the Austin Humane Society has custody, an ownership hearing won't take place until next week.

Law enforcement officials served the dog owner a seizure warrant, and AHS officials rescued the dogs. The pets rescued were a range of breeds, including Maltese and Dachshund. They weighed anywhere from four to 14 pounds. They had ear infections, flea infestations, tooth decay and other medical issues.

“It’s heartbreaking to see animals in that situation, and we are committed to providing the care and treatment they need to find safe, healthy homes,” said AHS Executive Director Frances Jonon. “Our veterinarians are keeping close watch over the animals, and after just one day, we’re already seeing improvement.”

“Animal hoarding is a disease and an important issue in our communities,” Jonon said. “It happens more often than you think. If you suspect a problem, we encourage you to report it to your local law enforcement authorities. Animals need us to watch out for them and be their voice.”

Click here if you wish to donate to help care for the dogs.