Almost 80 cats and dogs seized in hoarding case
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – After months of investigating, Louisville Metro Animal Services seized almost 80 cats and dogs from one Jefferson County home this week.
In all, it was 66 dogs and 12 cats - and almost all had internal parasites or mange.
"We have a lot of animals here that have bite wounds on their ears on their legs on their face," LMAS assistant director Stephanie Moore said.
The animals weren't abused, but they were neglected, including feces on their fur and throughout the house.
"The conditions in the home were deplorable. They were filthy and not fit for human or animal living," Daisy Blakeman, with Louisville Animal Services said. "Our concern is not just for the animals but for the owners as well who are living there. They're living in these conditions as well."
The owner will likely face charges for animal cruelty but LMAS says the hoarding is usually not done on purpose.
"They can't part with them," Blakeman said. "It is a medical condition."
The shelter adopted out 124 pets through a major event this past weekend, but since then, it has now brought in 136.
"We do the very best we can," Moore said. "It's just so important the people understand the importance of spay and neuter when you adopt an animal, it truly is supposed to be for life."
The dogs are being stored in a garage area while they are still being tested for diseases. That testing will determine the level of neglect and possible charges.
"You just kind of go into almost like a disaster type mode," Moore said. "You just do what you have to do."
The shelter has room, but even once the pets are healthy, there's a mentally healing that takes much longer.
"They don't know how to walk on a leash," Moore said. "They don't know how to interact with people so it's not just taking care of their medical needs, but their emotional needs too."
The shelter is asking for donations of blankets and dog food to help take care of the animals as well as people to take care of them.