SPENCER, Ind. — Authorities have rescued at least 80 dogs living in a home so dirty, that there were over 100,000 rats living there also. Police were first notified about the home last week, when neighbours noticed the rats started to spread to their own homes. The officers received a court order on Wednesday May 18th and entered the home the same day, to discover all of the dogs living in the vile conditions.
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The Owen County Humane Society assisted with the removal of the dogs from the property as they rescued 54 dogs on Wednesday, 16 dogs on Thursday and the rest of them on Friday. According to reports, the homeowner Paul Purcell cooperated as the operation took place. The Humane Society reveals that the dogs were suffering from an array of health problems such as, fleas and ticks, among other skin conditions. At least one of the dogs will require a partial amputation due to tumours growing on his front paws.
When asked about the incident, Owen County Sheriff Leonard Hobbs said, “They were just living in filth. You see stuff like this on TV but when you’re first hand looking at it, it takes you back. It kind of takes your breath away a little bit.” The Owen County shelter now looking after the pets says they are in dire need of monetary donations or cleaning supplies to help with such a large number of animals in need. In particular they need bleach, paper towels, laundry detergent and dish soap. To donate, check out their YouCaring page here.