Humane society rescues 80 dogs and puppies who were kept in condemned house

Humane society rescues 80 dogs and puppies who were kept in condemned house

Too many animals suffer from living in terrible conditions, kept in cramped, dirty spaces and denied proper treatment for their ailing health.

That was the sad reality for 80 dogs who were kept in a condemned house — until a humane society made an inspiring rescue.

On July 22, the Licking County Humane Society confiscated 80 dogs and puppies from a condemned home in Newark, Ohio, in what the organization called their largest-ever rescue.

Edit: final count is at 80 dogs/puppies.Today, our humane agent confiscated over 50 dogs and puppies from a single residence in Newark, Ohio. Many of these dogs are in need of medical treatment (one even came to us with a plastic o-ring around its neck) and are not yet available for adoption. #LCHSpets will provide housing, food, and water for all of these dogs and will care for medical needs such as spay/neuter surgery, dental cleaning, and other veterinary procedures. We will also fully vaccinate and complete behavioral assessment/training with all of them to prepare them for adoption. Today is the start of a LONG process for these dear souls…but also the start of a new life. A life that will now be full of love, care, attention, and safety. Please consider helping us be #MoreThanAShelter to them and all of the pets in our care by donating funds or items from our wishlist found at or becoming a volunteer

Posted by Licking County Humane Society on Friday, July 22, 2022

According to the Newark Advocate, the dogs were all small breed mixes. They had been living in squalor: the house had one person living in it but lacked running water, and reportedly had many sanitary issues.

The dogs were also suffering from skin conditions, and were infested with fleas. “The officer described it as their skin bleeding in places,” Humane Society Executive Director Lori Carlson told the Newark Advocate.

According to a Facebook post, one of the dogs even had a plastic ring around its neck.

It took the humane society hours to evacuate all the dogs from the home, and that was just the beginning.

The dogs will need a lot of medical care before they can be adopted out, and the large size of the rescue meant that the shelter was suddenly overwhelmed. The 80 dogs brought their weekly intake to over 200.

“No matter how new our facility is, we aren’t set up to take in a hundred new animals in a week, so we’re kind of having to do some shuffling,” Carlson told the Advocate.

We want to send a huge THANK YOU to everyone who helped with our recent rescue of 80 dogs and puppies from a home in Newark. Licking County Dog Shelter and Adoption Center’s Dog Wardens assisted our humane agents the whole LONG day throughout the rescue. We are thankful to have you as fellow animal advocates on our side in so many of our cases! Our staff have been tirelessly working around the clock since the rescue began gently transporting them from the residence to #LCHSpets (a process that took over 5 hours), finding spaces for them in our shelter, setting up comfortable and quiet as possible kennels for them to decompress, and working to complete veterinary intake exams which include a full body assessment and all needed flea treatments, de-wormers, and vaccinations. Our volunteers are like family to us. We exist BECAUSE of you. To all those putting in extra hours at the shelter and at Sophie's Thrift Store, we appreciate you taking some of the burden of work off our shoulders.And last but not least: our supporters…you!! The generosity we’ve felt through your donations of funds and items absolutely fill our hearts. We know we’ll be able to give the utmost care to all of these deserving souls until they are available to be adopted into loving homes. YOU ALL are why we can be #MoreThanAShelter ❤️Initial post:

Posted by Licking County Humane Society on Saturday, July 23, 2022

The humane society says they are relying on a network of foster families and volunteers to help out with the dogs.

And the most important thing is that these dogs are finally safe, receiving the love and care they have been denied for so long.

Friends, we’re now up to 80 dogs and puppies from this one humane agent case from a single home in Newark…our largest…

Posted by Licking County Humane Society on Friday, July 22, 2022

“Today is the start of a LONG process for these dear souls…but also the start of a new life,” the Licking County Humane Society wrote on Facebook. “A life that will now be full of love, care, attention, and safety.”

And even better news: some of the dogs are already up for adoption. On July 26, the shelter announced that four Chihuahua mixes who were among the 80 rescued dogs are now looking for homes.

NEW ARRIVALS! These 4 cuties are from our recent Humane case of 80 dogs. (The rest of them will be posted as available…

Posted by Licking County Humane Society on Tuesday, July 26, 2022

It’s heartbreaking to think what these dogs went through, but we’re so glad that they’re finally safe! Hope they all recover and find their forever homes soon!

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