Started from two and now it’s 82.
After calling in the police to investigate about a death in a property in Birmingham in the West Midlands, England, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) is now called to investigate.
According to a report by The Independent, the RSPCA was able to find 82 Chihuahua dogs on the property, and rescuers said the dogs were covered with matted coats, fleas and burns, frightened and cowering out of sight.
RSPCA inspectors were called in after the police have investigated of a woman who lived at the property in the Washwood Heath area of the city died. It was said the woman died from complications after an accident.
Reports said that the 82 Chihuahuas were seized from “filthy, cramped” house and was taken to the charity’s Newbrook Farm Hospital. Then, one animal was needed to be put down. Officials said the burns were accidentally caused by boiling water.
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The couple who lived on the property started with two dogs, named Blue and Tinkerbell. The RSPCA said the couple was not able to get the dogs neutered, and then four years after the dogs multiplied and became 82 dogs. They said this is an example of a classic case of hoarding, but clarified the dogs have been loved.
“I had no idea how many dogs I was taking out,” said inspector Herchy Boal, of the charity. “They literally started appearing from everywhere. We’d move the washing machine and suddenly there would be six faces looking at you.
“It was just incredible where they were able to hide. They were all hiding, barking and snapping at us. The house looked like an earthquake had hit it – everything was higgledy-piggledy. It was really chaotic and dirty.
“These dogs had never left the premises. They were almost like feral dogs in a way. They didn’t want to be handled or they were extremely frightened. It was a very difficult situation. We called out a vet who said the house was too hazardous and the dogs couldn’t stay there – it was filthy and cramped.”
According to the report, one dog had to be put down, while four of the dogs were returned to the husband. RSPCA staff helped with cleaning the house to make it a proper place to live in. Meanwhile, the rest of the dogs were rehomed.
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