Earlier this year, the Humane Society in a small, rural town in South Dakota received a tip about an animal abuse/hoarding situation. What investigators found was a horror show. Twenty small dogs, including two newborn puppies, were covered in and surrounded by indescribable filth inside an abandoned house.
It appeared that they had suffered through years of neglect. Their fur was so matted that it was difficult to determine where their eyes or ears were.
Some had to be dug out of mounds of feces and one little girl had a wire wrapped around and embedded into her neck.
Others had devastating injuries, including severely broken bones. Rescuers were overcome with grief and disgust.
HUA was recently contacted by the small shelter that had taken in these lost and damaged souls and asked if we could offer assistance to the most desperate cases. Eight of the dogs are beyond the shelter's ability to rehabilitate, either emotionally or physically. We were warned to expect that there is hard work and high expenses ahead.
These precious animals have just arrived at HUA. All are nearly feral, with bite histories, cowering and spinning behaviors, heart and lung problems, and other illnesses not yet detected. None have been spayed or neutered as they can not stand to be touched. Tiny Gizmo actually passes out from fear when handled, which could indicate a serious heart condition.
John greeted a pup that is still so traumatized and fearful of humans that he trembles, pants heavily and drools when held.
Restoring health to these terribly neglected and abused dogs will be arduous and costly. We do not yet know exactly what is in store for them, but we do know that it will take a long time and the efforts of many to get them healthy enough to be placed for adoption. They have much to overcome as their bodies and hearts heal from the years of abuse and neglect they suffered at the House of Horrors.
Without your kind support we could not help dogs like Gizmo and his friends. Your contributions help us to rescue them from lives of misery, cure their bodies and build their spirits.
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