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Dec 3, 2012 5:39 PM

More Than 40 Dogs Rescued From Suspected Hoarder And Puppy Mill

The Garrard County Animal Shelter is in desperate need of donations. They are overwhelmed after more than 40 dogs were rescued from a home over the weekend.

The investigation started last Thursday when two of my employees went to the home and took photos. I knew something had to be done," says Earlene Harris with the Garrard County Animal Shelter.

Earlene went to the older couple's home Monday to confiscate the dogs. When she got there, she found cages and cages full of dogs stacked on top of each other outside. "Most of them did not have fresh water. It was green and slimy in the buckets," remembers Harris. "This as far as I'm concerned is inhumane."

The couple who owned the animals say they were doing nothing wrong. The animal shelter, begs to differ. "There was some hard food on the ground. They were kept out doors. I'm not sure how they survived. They are totally matted," says Harris.

But the abuse went much further than just neglect. "There are signs of what we call 'puppy milling,' where there are kennels stacked on top of each other."

A couple of pregnant dogs and a few mothers in the mix, too. Some puppies were no more than 8 days old, some on the verge of death.

"Earlier their tongues were hang out, their tongues were dry and they would just fall over. We weren't sure that one of these two wasn't actively dying," says Harris.

The dogs are in need of a lot of TLC. The shelter is a small operation to begin with and were already at full capacity, so in order to care for these dogs, they're going to need lots of help. They're asking for donations of food, kennels, water bowls, leashes, blankets and of course money. You can donate the items by dropping them off at the animal shelter which is located at the end of Baker Street in Lancaster or by leaving them at the Garrard County Judge Executive's office. If you'd like to donate money you can do so through their Paypal account: garrardjudge@windstream.net. The shelter says they will take anything they can get.

If you have any questions call the shelter at 859-792-1562 or email them at eharrisgcas@yahoo.com.

The case is still an open investigation so the dogs are not available for adoption just yet. If you are interested in adopting a dog, the shelter suggests you stop by to meet them and once the case is settled, they will be put up for adoption. Fosters are immediately needed, too.

The names of the suspected hoarders have not been released. The Garrard County Sheriff's Department assisted in the investigation.

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