More than 30 Schaunzers, six cats and several chickens were taken in by Manatee County Animal Services this week. In a negotiated settlement the owner surrendered the animals to the agency. Because the owner willingly gave up her rights to the pets, it is very possible that no charges will be filed.
Local rescue groups including Honor Animal Rescue were notified and immediately mobilized to bring the dogs to their individual shelters and out of the county’s system. Karen Slomba, Associate Director at Honor told us, “The dogs were grouped together at Manatee County Animal Services about 5-10 in each. We pulled first those dogs that approached us and were friendly, and then those that looked to be in the worst medical condition.”
Another source told us that it appears that this was an extreme case of neglect with many dogs in an emaciated state, filthy and overcome with fear. Most are small dogs and most are between the ages of two and six.
Local mobile veterinarian, Dr. Pat Campbell donated her time to evaluate and treat the 12 dogs that Honor Animal Sanctuary pulled from MCAS. To assist with grooming Lisa Smith from Wet Noses spent several hours getting the dogs shaved and cleaned up to start their new lives.
The lucky dogs that we in the best shape will be available for adoption in as few as 14 days. For those needing more attention, it will be closer to 30 days.
Naturally, funds are needed to help with the recovery and placement of these dogs. If you’d like to help, please visit Honor Animal Rescue, to make a donation.