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Texas Panhandle Pet Savers finds 34 dogs in hoarding case

Updated: Jan. 6, 2021 at 9:31 PM CST
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AMARILLO, Texas (KFDA) - The Texas Panhandle Pet Savers recently received a tip of a possible hoarding situation.

This is not the first time they’ve dealt with these types of cases and say at this point nothing surprises them.

But, when they arrived, they found 34 dogs living in extremely dirty conditions and say it was so bad they had to double their masks because the smell was so strong.

“We thought we were at the wrong place to be honest, we never thought that many animals could be stacked up in one 15-foot RV,” said Jessica McLeod, volunteer with TPPS.

There were 18 dogs and 16 puppies. The challenge with hoarding cases, like this one, is that they can’t legally remove all the animals without going through paperwork.

But because time is of the essence, instead of waiting, they have to talk the owner into giving most of them up.

In this case, they were able to take 14 dogs and nine puppies, while the owner kept four and gave seven away.

Two of the dogs the rescue kept are currently pregnant and one of them had just given birth.

McLeod says a lot of the puppies have birth defects that are caused by bacteria around the mother or siblings procreating.

“We had everything from club feet, to deformities with their extremities, with other feet shooting off their legs. So, instead of just one paw they had a paw plus an additional paw coming out of the leg,” said McLeod

She adds a lot of them were noticeably neglected and didn’t do very well isolated.

“At first, they were just so timid they wouldn’t really come near us, they just shook uncontrollably whenever we did hold them,” said Tiffany McKee, owner of Precious Pets Hotel Boarding and Grooming “They smelled so bad that it was hard to cuddle them because it was just not pleasant. So this morning, we gave them baths and it made it easier for us to hold the.”

Once they were given baths, they were allowed to play together, and McKee immediately saw a change in their attitudes. She is keeping some of the dogs at her business as the rescue doesn’t have enough fosters to keep them.

When the two pregnant dogs give birth, they will have a total of 21 puppies just from this case.

They say at the moment they need about 10 people to fosters some of the dogs and donations to pay for the vetting of the puppies.

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