More than 60 dogs are being removed from a south Georgia property after they were found with “horrendous” illnesses and injuries, according to the Atlanta Humane Society. Some of the animals were found with scars, open wounds or what appeared to be broken limbs.
The organization picked up more than half the dogs from Bacon County Wednesday after the owner’s family called and asked for assistance because the owner fell ill.
It was a “heartbreaking scene” with “pretty horrific” conditions, according to an AHS Facebook live. The woman in the video said the dogs didn’t have proper care for a very long time and may have have never slept on a soft bed.
“It’s a giant burden we’re happy to take on,” she said, adding that the owner of the dogs was trying her best but the situation got out of control. The animals were “willingly surrendered” to AHS and the caretaker is in hospice and therefore unlikely to face charges, a spokeswoman said. AHS officials worked with local police after being contacted by the family.
A temporary caretaker will find short-term arrangements for the remaining animals. AHS will “actively monitor the situation and prepare to return” for the rest of the animals in the next few days, a statement said.
The majority of the animals should be available for adoption — possibly next week — after check-ups and spay or neuter surgeries. The nonprofit will hold a “name your own adoption fee” promo Thursday through Saturday to try and make space for the influx of animals.
Donations to AHS can be made here.