On Friday, June 16th, police and officials from the Humane Society of the United States rescued 84 Great Danes from a suspected puppy mill in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. The 84 dogs were found to be housed in unsafe and unsanitary conditions, with their feet sliding in their own feces while walking.
According to the Humane Society of the United States, the Wolfeboro Police Department has previously dealt with the owner of the residence regarding barking dog complaints. An investigation was initiated on May 8th surrounding animal neglect allegations. The Great Danes were found living in squalid conditions with limited access to food or water.
WARNING: This footage may be disturbing to some viewers, but all the dogs were rescued and are now safe.
Lindsay Hamrick, New Hampshire state director for the HSUS who was on the scene, said:
“It’s astonishing that such cruelty can occur and I’m so relieved that these animals are now safe and in the hands of people who will provide proper care for them. We anticipate caring for them for several months.”
Wolfeboro Police Chief Dean Rondeau said:
“I’ve never seen conditions this bad in more than 21 years of law enforcement. Words cannot describe the absolute abhorrent conditions these animals were living in. I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to The Humane Society of the United States, Conway Area Humane Society and Pope Memorial SPCA, whose expert opinion and counsel was well-received, as well as the other local organizations who assisted at the scene.”
The dogs were taken to an emergency animal shelter where they will be thoroughly examined by a team of veterinarians and receive any necessary immediate medical treatment.
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