LCHS responded to a call from a concerned citizen and has been working to remove the animals from the home since Tuesday. The situation began with a lack of spaying and neutering that quickly got out of control for the owners who willingly surrendered the dogs.
The dogs that will remain in the home are being spayed and neutered and LCHS will follow up to make sure that no dog is left unaltered.
This type of situation is all too common and the rapid pace at which animals can reproduce can quickly cause well intended pet owners to become overwhelmed. Luckily, in this case, the owners want better for these dogs and were accepting of help.
LCHS is working with rescue groups Alaqua Animal Refuge and the Humane Society of Marion County, to transfer some of the dogs into their care. The remaining dogs will stay in LCHS Foster Homes until they are ready to be adopted.
Aside from basic medical treatment and some medical issues including eye conditions and skin infections and hairloss due to a flea infestation, most of the dogs appear to be relatively healthy.
The greatest hurdle for these dogs to overcome will be a lack of socialization which will require lots of patience and handling from the people working with them.