Adams officials save animals from ‘hoarding’

ADAMS COUNTY, Ohio – More than a dozen animals have been rescued from what Adams County officials describe as a “hoarding state.”

Adams County Dogs Department officials said the animals, including dogs and chickens, were found in a mobile home over the weekend after the death of the mobile home owner. Once the dog warden found the animals, they called the Humane Society for help.

The smell of ammonia and urine made it nearly impossible for first responders to breathe indoors, said Jessica Hawksman of the Adams County Humane Society.

Inside the house, the litter was piled up nearly five feet high, some animals stood between eight and 12 inches from what officials believed were newspapers and feces and three malnourished Chihuahuas roamed freely. Outside the house, three dogs were found sick.

Many animals go to the vet on Monday to catch their shots and assess their overall health. Despite their living conditions, many dogs are said to be friendly towards people.

Huxmann said the Humane Society provides assistance to pet owners to prevent such situations from occurring.

“There are organizations that can help,” Hawksman said. “We provide free food to people who are struggling to feed a pet. If they need to resettle a pet, there are organizations like ours that can help re-raise a pet.”

If you are interested in caring for some of these animals once their breeding is approved, or if you would like to donate to help with your veterinarian’s fees, please contact Humane Society of Adams County.

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