85 animals taken to refuge after Washington County case

Dogs, puppies, cats, kittens, chickens, ducks, guinea pigs, and a horse were rescued from a home in Washington County. (Alaqua Animal Refuge)

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Some neglected animals have found a temporary new home after a case in Washington County.

According to a representative, last week Alaqua Animal Refuge took in 85 neglected animals to help with a Washington County Animal Control case. They say all the animals came from one property. The animals include dogs, puppies, cats, kittens, chickens, ducks, guinea pigs, and a horse.

Alaqua says the animals were in outside pens with barrels and garbage cans as shelters. They say there was also a homemade electric wire running around the area to keep the animals contained.

“There were tiny kittens all over the yard so we had to be careful walking around," Alaqua's shelter manager Gail Hasan said. "You could barely walk without stepping on a kitten and some of them were passing away even as we were trying to pick them up. The dogs were also a sad sight and were very frightened. One of our staff members actually had to pry part of the siding off the house in order to rescue two of them that wouldn’t come out.”

Alaqua says this case is part of an ongoing investigation where the owner did surrender the animals to the refuge. They say after the animals are medically cleared, they will all be up for adoption.

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Dogs, puppies, cats, kittens, chickens, ducks, guinea pigs, and a horse were rescued from a home in Washington County. (Alaqua Animal Refuge)