85 animals rescued and recovering at Alaqua Animal Refuge

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WALTON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Alaqua Animal Refuge has made a massive rescue.

Eighty-five 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)

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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