Animal hoarding case leaves 32 dogs needing medical care

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Washington County Animal Control officers say they responded to an urgent case about a dog that led to a hoarding case bust.

Officers say the dog brought to their office Thursday was from a rural part of the county and was "nearly dead."

Officers say when they arrived on the property, they found dogs in various stages of neglect, some in critical condition. Alaqua Animal Refuge was called to assist.

Alaqua officials say they took in 32 dogs and they are now safe at the Refuge.

“Photos of the property show classic signs of hoarding and neglect, with intact dogs breeding freely. The puppies who arrived at the Refuge were critical. One of them has already passed away and another one is showing signs of neurological issues,” Laurie Hood, Alaqua's founder, said. "In addition, one of the dogs has already had to have a blood transfusion and is too weak to stand. It is absolutely heartbreaking."

Alaqua says the outcome for this group of dogs is yet to be determined. They did say all the dogs will require extensive medical care and rehabilitation.

Officials say Alaqua is always at full capacity, but has set up emergency kennels to help Washington County.

"It is so important to step up and assist whenever we can," Hood said. "These dogs deserve to have the chance for a better life and our team is amazing to give them that."

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