YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – As of Tuesday evening, Animal Charity is caring for almost 3 dozen dogs taken from a Youngstown home.
Agents say it’s their second-biggest humane case in the past three years.
Youngstown Police called humane agents to a home on the 200 block of Alameda Ave. on the city’s north side Friday night.
Animal Charity Executive Director Shalyse Bolash said that the dogs need to be groomed and could be available for adoption in about two weeks.
“The husband seemed surprised as he was bringing them out, one by one, at how many were in the house,” Animal Charity Humane Agent Stefanie Boggs said. “I don’t think he realized there was that many.”
The owners did sign over the dogs to Animal Charity. They’re Lhasa Apso and Yorkie mixed breeds. A handful are puppies, while the rest are over a year old.
Humane agents said the dogs were well fed, but most have dental issues.
“They’ve got a lot of tartar, a lot of rotting teeth that need to be pulled,” Bolash said. “They also were flea-infested. So, we’ve got a lot of fur lost. We’ve got a lot of itchy raw skin from where they’ve been chewing themselves.”
“Just to make sure they don’t have any diseases. And then after that, they’ll start,” Bolash said of the grooming process. “I mean, we’ve already been getting applications since Saturday.”
Animal Charity also needs volunteers and is accepting donations of puppy and adult dog food, as well as supplies, including blankets, toys and laundry detergent.
As for the homeowners, they could face neglect charges.
“It’s just going to take our agents some time to gather all the evidence, the photos, talk with our attorney and discuss what we want to do,” Bolash said.