BCARL saves cats and dogs in “deplorable conditions” | News, Sports, Jobs
BELLAIRE – A dog and several cats were rescued from a village house that was in deplorable condition on Saturday, according to the Belmont County Rescue League.
League officials said 12 cats and a dog were taken from Bellaire’s home. The league is consulting with the county prosecutor about potential charges against the owners of the pets, according to published reports.
“Saturday cats have a long road to recovery. The conditions in the house were appalling and the smell of ammonia was overwhelming. They have fleas, discharge from the eyes, behavioral problems, and will likely develop breathing problems.
“These cats will need to be fully checked, including eye drops, antibiotics, FeLV / FIV tests, dewormers, flea medication, vaccines and spayed / neutered.” according to BCARL’s Facebook page.
There was also a yellow labrador retriever found in the house.
“Abe is a 3 year old lab mix who needs a sweet place to land through a foster family. He needs a lot of love, patience and good nutrition. Abe hasn’t been out for two years. Can you imagine never leaving your house or smelling the fresh air for months and months? We neither. He lived in the same horrible conditions as cats ”, BCARL noted.
The Rescue League said those who wish to foster the dog can call 740-792-9712.
BCARL director Howard Goldman said on Monday the animals had been handed over and not seized.
“We have this case that we are working on at Bellaire. He is someone who had previously pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges. We have been working with her since January 2020 to try to fix the problem, improve the conditions and reduce the number of animals in her care, and when we arrived last week on Thursday the conditions were just appalling, we have so felt the animals needed. be removed, so that the owner has returned the animals, “ he said.
He did not give the woman’s name or address.
Goldman said his office worked with the prosecutor’s office.
“When animals are like this, people probably shouldn’t keep animals in the future, and that’s our main concern,” he added.
The cats were confined to a room.
“No access to sunlight in this room. The smell of ammonia was enough to make your eyes cry and your throat burn. “ he said. “There was a dog that was physically unable to (come down) the stairs, so he hasn’t been out for months.”
Ten cats had been kept in the room for a long time. Two cats were acquired more recently. There were 13 animals in all.
“We are taking them all to the vet”, Goldman said, adding that it was difficult to schedule appointments due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We’re going to get them all checked in the next few days,” he said. “We can tell by observation that some have eye problems. Some have skin problems. You can imagine the amount of fleas in a situation with so many cats in a room.
“I think the neglect has gotten to a point where improvement could not be made,” Goldman continued. “I think with good intentions, but with the inability to take care of the animals, the situation worsened over time.”
The league also welcomed 10 more cats and kittens on Friday. These animals were not seized from a house. However, the animals are malnourished and need expensive additional care.
“We are bottle-feeding, but the prognosis for the smallest premature kittens is not good. The older litter is also sick. We will do everything in our power to help them get back to health ”. BCARL wrote on its Facebook page.
The organization is seeking donations to help care for the more than 20 new animals at its facility who all need extra care and food. Volunteers to help socialize and interact with the animals are also needed.