An “emotionally disturbed” woman hoarded 22 dogs in her vehicle for years. Luckily, they were rescued and all are expected to make full health recoveries.
Two weeks ago, the organization Adore-a-Bullie Paws and Claws spotted a vehicle in New York that contained a number of animals – at first glance, it seemed there were twelve. The activists reached out to the woman who was seen driving the car around and offered free veterinary care and food for the canines, but she refused.
Recently, the woman who owns the vehicle contacted the organization because one of the puppies was suffering from rectal prolapse.
The co-founder of Adore-a-Bullie Paws, Kim Stein, told The Dodo that the puppy hadn’t eaten in three days and was received in a filthy condition. Its health was quite serious, which is why the rescue decided to get the authorities involved.
The woman wanted to know when she could receive her dog back and wasn’t interested in surrounding any of the canines, which is why police officers confiscated the many animals living in her Mercedes-Benz SUV.
The vehicle was parked in the Bronx when the authorities approached it, and nearly two dozen dogs, mostly puppies, were discovered inside. Not only was the confined space hot, the animals were living in filth.
“We thought they were 12 dogs, but then they turned out to be 22. She turned out to be a classic hoarder.”
Many of the dogs that were taken in by the rescue were suffering from a slew of conditions, including Bruno (below). The dog had lived in a crate in the back of the vehicle and was underweight.
Because of the state of the vehicle and the dogs’ health, it is believed many of the canines have lived in the car for the majority of their lives.
“If we hadn’t stepped in, who knows how many more puppies would have been born within the next few months,” said Stein.
The woman responsible, a 54-year-old “emotionally disturbed” veteran, was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
On a positive note, ALL of the dogs are expected to make full recoveries. When they are eventually adopted by loving homes, they might know what it is to live a ‘normal’, happy life with a family.
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