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25 dogs seized from Somerset County mobile home

By: Kerri Corrado 


Somerset County Humane Society was called to a mobile home in Stoystown, Somerset County to rescue and recover more than two dozen dogs.

Investigators say those dogs were found living in deplorable conditions. They are now in the care of the humane society.

"It was feces-infested, urine-infested," Humane Officer David Mayhugh said.

Mayhugh described the conditions he says 25 dogs once lived in before they were seized from the home.

"We ended up with 25 dogs, puppies that were 3 weeks old that you could see were covered with debris underneath items of the house," he said.

Mayhugh says the 25 dogs are all spitzes ranging from 3 weeks old to a 17-year-old female.

"It was pretty obvious pretty quickly that this is a bad situation, you didn't know how much food (was left)," he said.

Mayhugh says he believes this is the largest seizure of dogs in one time in Somerset County. Now the humane society is left dealing with double the amount of dogs it's used to.

"Normally we have 25-30 dogs in our facility so bringing on additional 25 is pretty significant," he said.

The humane society is treating each one with care. Mayhugh says living conditions were horrible, but the dogs are healthy considering the circumstances.

"They are going through the vaccination process, we have to treat them for fleas as they were infested and get them cleaned up," he said.

But Mayhugh says he is contacting other humane societies asking for help, hoping to find each and every dog a new home and loving family.

"The important thing is they are here now and they are getting taken care off," he said.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times