Alaqua takes 24 dogs from Calhoun County cruelty case.
Alaqua Animal Refuge assisted the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office (by helping rescue and take in 15 dogs that were in poor condition. The following day, the numbers increased to 24 dogs, as a very pregnant dog delivered nine puppies.
According to Alaqua officials, the animals consisted of dogs and puppies that were extremely infected with a skin disease causing severe itching and hair loss. The owner is now being charged with cruelty to animals after depriving them of basic, necessary care and treatment. Alaqua is currently providing for their care and treating their medical needs, including the provision of intensive care for nine puppies that were just delivered Sunday. When medically released, all of the animals will be up for adoption.
While Alaqua is currently closed to the public, the organization is still functioning with a skeleton staff to ensure the animals at the refuge are being cared for like they deserve.
“Our team has really pulled together during this crisis to continue our mission to provide shelter, safety, and second chances to animals in our care,” said Alaqua Founder Laurie Hood. “We launched a foster campaign last month to get animals into homes and it was tremendously successful. Most of the situations have become ‘foster fails,’ so adoptions are on the rise.”