BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – The more than 100 dogs removed from a home in North Benton during a raid on Friday are now in need of foster homes.
All of the animals were taken to the Animal Charity Humane Society in Boardman, where hundreds showed up on Saturday in hopes of providing a nice home for the dogs.
Animal Charity’s dog kennel was packed to capacity. The community showed up in record numbers in hopes of taking home one of the 105 dogs rescued during one of the biggest animals seizures ever in Mahoning County.
“I saw the story on the news, and of course I was touched like many other people in this community,” said Rick Alli of Youngstown.
Alli, a self-proclaimed animal-lover, was amazed at how the community stepped up to help.
“I fought through the lines this morning. There was a crowd. I came back. And as you go back and look at some of the puppies back there, it really breaks your heart,” said Alli.
The number of people signing up to provide foster homes nearly doubled the number of dogs available. Nearly 200 people filled out applications.
“Right now we’re just taking the foster applications. Then we’ll start going through all the applications on Monday and start trying to send them home,” said Kayley Frost, Executive Director of the Animal Charity Humane Society.
Because of the pending court case, the dogs are only available for foster care at this time; no adoptions. The dogs’ owner, Terri Wylie, is facing animal cruelty charges.
“They’d still be Animal’s Charity property, and any medical care expenses would still be on us while they’re in foster care,” said Frost.
Over the next few days the dogs will be cleaned and checked out by vets. The shelter is in dire need of more than just foster homes.
“We’re in desperate need of dog food, treats, toys, bleach, blankets. Because we’re gonna go through it pretty quickly,” explained Animal Charity Human Society vice president, Jason Cooke.
They also need volunteers. They said they’re grateful for the people who dropped off food and blankets Saturday and also those who gave their time.
“It really shows that people in the Valley care about animals,” Cooke said.