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Scores of animals removed from Chatham home

Posted July 15, 2015
Updated July 16, 2015

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— More than 150 animals were removed from a Chatham County home Wednesday, where authorities and animal protection groups found them in unsanitary conditions and in need of veterinary care.

Chatham County Animal Services received a report that dozens of cats and dogs were kept in a small mobile home at 3180 Silk Hope Gum Spring Road and that livestock on the property also lacked proper care. Deputies served a search warrant on the property, allowing animal control officers to remove the animals pending disposition of the case.

No criminal charges have been filed.

“I am relieved that we were able to come to the aid of these animals," Leigh Anne Garrard, director of Chatham County Animal Services, said in a statement. "We have tried to work with the owner to ensure the proper care of the animals, but we reached the point that the animals had to be removed for their well-being.”

Officials with the Humane Society of the United States called it the largest animal rescue the organization has worked on this year nationwide, both in the number and the variety of animals.

"This situation has been ongoing for quite some time," said Erica Geppi, the Humane Society's North Carolina director. "Animal neglect is a hard thing to see. It's a very heartbreaking thing to see but an incredibly gratifying day at the end of the day."

Some of the animals were taken to local rescue groups, while others were transported to an emergency shelter, where they will be thoroughly examined by teams of veterinarians and receive any necessary medical treatment, Garrard said. PetSmart Charities is providing the necessary food and supplies for the animals.

The Humane Society, RedRover, Horse Helpers of the High Country, Code 3, the Wake County Animal Shelter, the Animal Control Division of the Durham County Sheriff’s Office, Red Dog Farm Rescue Network and local veterinarians assisted with the rescue and removal of the animals.

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  • Anna Stancil Jul 16, 2015
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    I'm aware. Either way, they're stuck for a while.

  • Barbara Sossomon Jul 16, 2015
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    The dog looks sad, but it could be because it is missing its human. The rest of the animals that they did show looked pretty healthy to me. If this person had not taken them, I wonder where they would have wound up? Prayers for the animals and the person who had them. Most people who have animals like this do it because they love the animals.

  • Gen Lee Jul 16, 2015
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    They might give them out to other places instead of shelters like safe havens

  • Anna Stancil Jul 16, 2015
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    Many counties have ordinances detailing how many pets can be on a property at one time. If there is a question about the condition of just one of those animals and it needs to be removed, typically all animals are removed. Vetting 150 animals isn't cheap. From what the animal services people are saying, they've been working with the owner and conditions didn't improve. Therefore, they had to remove the animals. Being comfortable around people, well socialized and APPEARING healthy doesn't mean they were getting proper care. The bigger problem here is that now animal shelters are full because of these being seized. They can't do anything with the seized animals until the investigation is completed and now it puts others at risk for euthanasia.

  • Crystal Potter Jul 16, 2015
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    I would too. While there are a lot of cats, the rest of the animals looked healthy , at least in the photos. They were obviously comfortable around people and socialized.

  • H.D. Derrington Jul 15, 2015
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    I would like to hear more specifics.

  • Janet Scott Jul 15, 2015
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    Great job...thanks!