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39 dogs rescued from poor conditions

Photo submitted to Times Observer Paws Along the River Warren County Humane Society Cruelty Division seized 39 dogs from a property in Pittsfield Township and “found without proper shelter, in need of veterinary care, and living in unsanitary conditions.”

39 dogs were rescued on Friday in an ongoing animal cruelty investigation.

Numerous complaints concerning the health and living conditions of dogs at a Pittsfield Township property led to the seizure by Paws Along the River Humane Society’s Cruelty Division.

“We’re out there, answering calls, doing what we’re supposed to do,” said Paws Executive Director Karen Kolos. “We’re here for the animals; they’re our number one priority.”

Charges have not yet been filed, but the situation is being investigated as a cruelty to animals violation, according to Kolos.

Warrants were served at two homes on Friday, Nov. 8, and a total of 39 dogs seized from the residences. The dogs were found without proper shelter, in need of veterinary care, and living in unsanitary conditions, according to Kolos.

Photo submitted to Times Observer Paws Along the River Warren County Humane Society Cruelty Division seized 39 dogs from a property in Pittsfield Township and “found without proper shelter, in need of veterinary care, and living in unsanitary conditions.”

No deceased animals were found in either residence. One puppy had to be taken to Kinzua Veterinary Clinic based on the condition he was found in.

“There’s a lot of issues to deal with,” said Kolos. “It was a very cold, terrible day Friday. Fighting with the weather, the cold and the sheer number of animals that had to be rescued was a lot. We’re just trying to get them settled, safe and warm.”

Eight shelter staff members and volunteers helped with Friday’s six-hour seizure. The group was assisted by Pennsylvania State Police.

“They’re very frightened,” said Kolos of the dogs. “They were living in a pack situation so you can’t just hook them up on a leash and walk them out. Many had to be carried out because they weren’t used to leashes and collars.”

The dogs have been taken to Paws Along the River for care and rehabilitation.

Photo submitted to Times Observer Paws Along the River Warren County Humane Society Cruelty Division, including volunteer Sandy Nicholson, Paws board president, above, seized 39 dogs from a property in Pittsfield Township and “found without proper shelter, in need of veterinary care, and living in unsanitary conditions.”

“Most (of the dogs) are mixed (breed), medium to large. They range from puppies, young, and older dogs,” said Kolos. “Because there were so many living together, they had opportunity to breed with each other.”

It took the volunteers an additional seven hours to get the dogs cleaned and cared for, and help is still needed.

“We need help with laundry, dishes, and general cleaning, that’s really important,” said Kolos. “We’re overwhelmed and it’s enormous to make sure these dogs are clean and safe.”

Those wishing to volunteer may submit a volunteer application either in person at 212 Elm Street, Warren, or online at www.PawsAlongtheRiver.org.

Monetary donations are being asked for to provide for veterinary costs, as well as donations of wish list supplies that are always graciously welcomed to help in their care, said Kolos.

The next step will be speaking with the property owners and the district attorney, she said. An investigation is ongoing.

“This is one of the worst I’ve seen in a long time,” said Kolos.

The dogs rescued Friday are not yet ready for adoption and “forever homes,” she said.

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