Animal Rescue Foundation, or ARF, saved 20 dogs from a hoarding situation in the panhandle of Florida recently, and they're nursing the animals back to health.
Vice President of ARF Alison Rellinger said the dogs were chained to trees outside. She said because of their terrible living condition, the dogs have intestinal parasites, skin issues from fleas and heart worms. Others have more severe issues.
“They're all in really poor condition because they've been living outside. They're all heart worm positive. So far they have a variety of parasites, some have more severe issues, they've been severely matted, covered in feces and one even had a gunshot wound to its jaw that had been treated properly. Her tongue is hanging out of her mouth completely because her jaw is missing so we're getting that tended to right away. The condition is very poor on most of them and they all need at least several hundred dollars medical treatment at this point,” said Rellinger.
Rellinger said too often the rescue foundation has to step in and save animals from hoarder who are doing more harm than good for the animals they're trying to care for.
"Unfortunately hoarders, a lot of times, they think they're rescuing or helping the dogs but she clearly had no way to actually care for the animals besides giving the basic need for food but not attending to any of their medical needs and they're all in really rough shape," Rellinger said.
ARF is looking for foster homes, volunteers to help with kennel cleaning, vet transports and donations for the animal care.
Rellinger said the ARF volunteers are working hard to get the dogs healthy and ready for adoption
You can check out the ARF Facebook page and their website.?