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SPCA rescued over 80 dogs from Paris-area home

July 24, 2013:

Maltese-Yorkshire terrier cross dogs wait their turn to have their coats cleaned after the Brant County SPCA rescued 19 of them from a Paris-area home on Tuesday.


More than 80 dogs were rescued from “horrific” living conditions in a Paris-area home by animal control and SPCA officers on two separate occasions in less than a week.

Just over 60 of the rescued dogs were taken from the home last Wednesday, while the remaining dogs were rescued during a second investigation at the same home on Tuesday. The dogs are Morkies, a Maltese/Yorkie mix.

Most of the rescued dogs are adults but there are some puppies including one believed to be about three months old. All had heavily matted fur caused by the unsanitary conditions in the home.

“It was horrific,” Brandon James, an investigator with the Brant SPCA, said of the conditions in the home.

“No one should have been living there.”

When officers from the Brant SPCA and the Cambridge and District Humane Society entered the home during last Wednesday’s severe heatwave they had to wear masks, as well as white protective clothing.

The dogs had heavily matted fur, caused, in part, by the animals rolling around in the feces. The fur was so badly matted that it couldn’t be combed out. The dogs had to be shaved.

The rescued dogs were taken to West Brant Spaws, where a team of animal care workers shaved them and prepared them to be examined by veterinarians at West Brant Animal Hospital. The work of shaving the dogs took several hours.

“The biggest problem is the matting but some of them have dental issues as well – rotting teeth,” James said. “A few of them were quite stressed but they seemed to calm down once they got here.

“We’re going to get them assessed by the veterinarians and then we’ll have a better idea of what they need.”

As a result, the dogs are not up for adoption at this time, he said.

Once all of the dogs were removed last Wednesday, SPCA officials wondered if there were other dogs in need of care that weren’t at the home during the first raid. They returned to the home and rescued another 19 dogs, most of which had the same issues of heavily matter fur and poor teeth.

Once again, a crew of animal care workers were busy shaving the dogs.

“They’re doing a lot better now,” Jessica Madgwick, of West Brant Spaws, said. “After we finished with them last week, they were really happy and playing together.

“It was awesome to see.”

Darlene and Marshall Dougherty faces charges under the SPCA Act, including causing distress to animals.

vincent.ball@sunmedia.ca

Want to help?

The rescued dogs are not up for adoption but people can still help Brant County SPCA and the Cambridge and District Humane Society care for them.

Here’s how you can help:

Make a financial donation to the Brant County SPCA or the Cambridge and District Humane Society to help cover the medical care and costs of shaving and cleaning the dogs.
A financial donation would also help cover the costs of boarding the dogs while they are being assessed by veterinarians.
The Brant County SPCA and the Cambridge and District Humane Society have dry food but need wet food.

The Brant SPCA is at 539 Mohawk St. Brantford and can be reached by phone at 519-756-6620 or visit the website at www.brantcountyspca.com .

The Cambridge and District Humane Society is at 1650 Dunbar, Cambridge, Ontario, and can be reached at 519-623-7722 or visit the website at http://spca.cambridgeweb.net .

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