The Humane Society of the United States was called in to assist with the rescue of approximately 70 dogs and three horses from a Gallia County, Ohio, property. The Gallia County Sheriff’s Office served a search and seizure warrant on the property at approximately 8 a.m. on Aug. 11 and found the animals were being housed in unsafe and unsanitary conditions.
The owner has surrendered some of the animals to the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office, while the others have been removed from the property by the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office pending the final disposition of this case.
“With the summer heat, and given the unsafe and unsanitary conditions, there was an urgent need to help these animals right away,” said Corey Roscoe, Ohio state director for The HSUS. “We’re grateful to the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office and Dog Warden’s Office for taking action with us to help these animals.”
“This has been a long time coming,” said Laurie Cardillo, dog warden for Gallia County. “I never dreamed The HSUS would come in and help save these animals. I thank the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office, the county prosecutor and everyone who came together to make this happen.”
Local law enforcement became concerned about the facility after being alerted to it by alarmed citizens. When responders arrived on scene, they found approximately 70 dogs living in unsafe and unsanitary conditions with high ammonia levels.
The animals had limited access to food and water and were in need of urgent veterinary care. Veterinarians Dr. Michelle Gonzalez with Rascal Animal Hospital and Dr. Jennie Hayes were on-site to administer emergency fluids.
The HSUS has safely transported the dogs to a temporary emergency animal shelter. Once at the shelter, the dogs will be thoroughly examined by a team of veterinarians and will receive any necessary immediate medical treatment. Responders from Red Rover are assisting The HSUS with the temporary caretaking of the dogs. Henry Schein and PetFlow are providing supplies and toys.