85 animals rescued and recovering at Alaqua Animal Refuge

85 animals were rescued from an animal mill in Washington County, according to Alaqua Animal...
85 animals were rescued from an animal mill in Washington County, according to Alaqua Animal Refuge leaders, who are now helping the animals recover. (WJHG/WECP)(WJHG)
Published: Jul. 11, 2019 at 10:03 PM CDT
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Alaqua Animal Refuge has made a massive rescue.

They say they rescued 85 animals from terrible living conditions in Washington County.

"There were just cats and kittens and dogs kind of just running all over the property. So we were physically stepping over kittens to get to the dogs," said Alissa Parsons, outside manager for Alaqua Animal Refuge.

"These animals were not being cared for, their parents were enduring terrible neglect and stress and were living in substandard conditions for humans and animals," said Laurie Hood, founder of Alaqua Animal Refuge.

Since Alaqua is a no-kill shelter, Hood says, they are in need of resources to care for all of them.

"There's so many ways that you can help; you can volunteer, you can fundraise for us or make a donation to their care," said Hood.

If you are looking for a new pet, these animals will be ready for adoption once they are medically cleared, she added.

You can also go to any local animal shelter and adopt.

If you decide to go online to find a pet, do your homework, some breeders may actually be running a puppy, or in this case, animal mill, Hood said.

"We were told that they were being bred to sell on the Thrifty Nickle and Craigslist, places like that, to where a lot of people just think to go when you're looking for a pet," said Hood.

Alaqua Animal Refuge's current wishlist of donations includes:

Dollar General Gift Cards

Sense-Ible harness (no pull)

Martingale Dog Collars

Greenie pill pockets

Pedigree Ground Little Champions Pouches

Pedigree Chopped Ground Canned Dog Food

Canned Pate Style Cat Food

Topical flea medicine (Cats: topical Bravecto or Cheristin; Dogs: Bravecto or Nexgard in pill form)

Senior horse feed, Purina brand (Laura’s Pet in Niceville)

Plush Dog Beds

Blankets and Linens

Paper Towels

Dawn Dish Soap

Non-Clumping Clay Cat Litter

Liquid Bleach

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