Hearts United for Animals rescued 13 dogs from horrible conditions in Thurston County yesterday. They were living outdoors in piles of feces. They were starving, full of worms and dehydrated because their water dishes were too frozen to get a drink. The cages were made of makeshift wires and latches were bailing wire. One very precious little staghound named Laurel is having an emergency amputation of her tail today because it was so badly injured from the cage wires and infected from the filth. The HUA veterinarian feared she would die of infection if they did not operate immediately.
The dogs, mainly staghounds, greyhounds and coonhounds, were being bred for hunting. Rick Herchenbach from the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, the Thurston County Sheriff and the Thurston County Attorney all did a marvelous job of following up on complaints and worked very quickly to make sure the dogs were able to be rescued immediately. HUA rescuers worked to carry the dogs on ice, through dead carcasses of smaller animals to get them to warmth and safety in their travel crates in the HUA van. They were taken immediately to a veterinarian where they are all having thorough check ups and receiving wonderful care. We also wish to thank KETV and Action 3 news in Omaha for reporting the story to help raise funds for their care. HUA anticipates that the veterinary bills for these dogs will be in the thousands. Donations can be made online at www.hua.org.
Without support from the public HUA would not be able to rescue dogs like these who so desperately need us. Thank you for always being there to make sure that dogs in need can be rescued and receive the care they need. Please pass on their story and watch the video taken at the scene yesterday.