AUSTIN -- One year ago this week, one of the worst cases of animal hoarding in Central Texas was discovered. More than 170 dogs were living in a filthy Bastrop home. Saving them became a monumental task.
One of those dogs is named Kadin. He only stands about a foot tall but is filled with personality. Today he races around a Northwest Austin yard with a squeaky toy and loving family looking on. What more could a dog ask for?
"He has turned out to be very loving and seems to appreciate what we have," said Shirley Bouvier who adopted Kadin.
The chihuahua-dachshund mix probably does appreciate what he has, because one year ago his life was radically different. He was one of more than 170 dogs that had been living in squalor inside a Bastrop County home. Feces was piled two feet high in places. Food was scarce. It was so bad, the owners moved into a shed behind the home.
More than 150 of the dogs were brought to the Austin Humane Society. It was a monumental job for Frances Jonon and her staff. She told KVUE that she has never experienced anything like it in her 16 years at AHS.
"We did everything we could to get ready. What we weren't ready for was really the condition they were in," said Jonon.
They had fleas, ticks and matted fur, as much as 10 pounds-worth on a single dog. The Humane Society got them cleaned up and healthy but needed foster families and people to adopt. Central Texans stepped-up fostering dozens and eventually adopting all. In fact, KVUE anchor Tyler Sieswerda fostered Kadin.
What a difference a year can make.
"He was just quiet, didn't bark, like I said, for about a month. Then slowly he came around, and we were able to get him to walk on a leash after a few weeks, maybe a month or so," said Bouvier.
Kadin has certainly settled in and is proof some good can come from a horrible situation.
The Bouviers had never had a dog before Kadin but certainly have the hang of it. They will join more than 50 others who fostered or adopted one of the Bastrop animals Tuesday May 22 5pm until 7pm at the Austin Humane Society for a reunion.