CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) – The Humane Society of Summit County has been granted ownership of more than 50 cats, dogs and other pets that were seized from a home in northeastern Ohio.
Humane Society agents began investigating the Summit County home after receiving reports in October of severe abuse and neglect of the animals.
Officials described the pets’ living conditions as “dirty” with little food or water.
- 22 small Chihuahuas, including 2 liters of puppies
- 13 adult cats and kittens
- 15 caged birds in rooms ‘surrounded by litter, droppings and insects’
“Cats were found in every room in dire need of shelter from unsafe conditions,” the Humane Society of Summit County wrote in a press release.
In all, the rescue of the underweight and unhealthy animals lasted for 12 h over two days.
The Humane Society of Summit County took over ownership of the animals after a November 30 ruling in Akron Municipal Court.
Some of the seized birds were taken to local rescues, but other pets may become available for adoption after treatment for malnutrition and other health issues, including ringworm, fleas, and open wounds.
Donations are also accepted with expenses estimated at more than $50,000.
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