Call it a lose-lose situation. Last week, control officers with the Mobile (Alabama) County Animal Shelter, responding to a tip of animal hoarding, visited a home where they discovered nine dogs living in their own filth in under-sized kennels. Several of the animals were close to death, and many were so emaciated that their skeletons were visible.
The dogs were taken to the shelter, where one of them was determined to be in such an advanced state of wasting that it needed to be put down. The dog was described as having “no muscle mass … left because his body [was] starting to utilize his muscle for nutrition.”
Now comes the bad news. The shelter is already severely overcrowded and claims to have no space for its old, let alone new, arrivals. They are reaching out to the public, asking for someone to step forward and adopt one or more of the dogs. Otherwise, the eight remaining dogs will need to be euthanized.
Stacey Holland, a volunteer with the shelter, defends the decision, noting, “If you can believe it, they were in worse shape when they came in.” She also questions why this abuse was not reported sooner, saying, “You cannot tell me that there weren’t neighbors who were not aware of this situation.”
According to the local FOX TV affiliate, the problem of animal hoarding is epidemic in rural areas. In addition to endangering the lives of the animals, it contributes to overcrowding of the sort that now plagues at the Mobile County Animal Shelter.
If anyone in the area is able to house or help find homes for any of the animals, he or she is urged to call 251-574-3230.
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