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Animal Rescue in Our Community

There are many animal rescues in our community who have volunteers that are willing to help at a moment's notice. A recent case of this was dubbed (called) “The Oneida 18.” Angels of Fur Rescue based out of Rome, New York, took on this hoarding case.


            The hoarder was a woman in her 70's. The person who turned the woman in was indeed related to the hoarder. She lived in a two bedroom apartment with not a lot of room. When the rescue arrived, they found a total of 19 dogs, 6 birds, and a white Persian cat. When the volunteers and police went into her house to find the dogs, they found some in her oven, in her closets, and most of them were in a bedroom with only hospital pads on which to do their business. The house smelled very strongly of urine and feces. It was so bad the rescue said it was hard to breathe in the house. The woman finally let the rescue take almost all the dogs except one, which was a senior Rottweiler that she has had ever since it was a little puppy. The woman said there was a cat, but the rescue could not find it anywhere. The police said she had to clean all the bird cages in order to keep them, too. The rescue took 18 dogs;14 of them were Chihuahuas and only one of them was a female. There was also 1 Chow, 2 Shepard mixes, and 1 Lab Dalmatian mix.


            Once the rescue gathered up all 18 dogs, they brought those in need of immediate vet care to CNY Veterinary Medical Clinic in Westmoreland. The rest of them went to Karen's Groom Room in Rome. When I arrived at Karen's Groom Room, she was grooming the bigger dogs, which were very dirty and matted (had lot's of knots in their fur). The Chihuahuas were huddled together in cages, shaking because they were so scared. One of the Chihuahuas was biting and being very aggressive. When Karen started to bathe the Chihuahuas, their fur was yellow from sitting in their own urine and they had fur missing also because of this. I think the female Chihuahua was the worst of all of them, because she could barely walk on her own feet. On her back legs, you could see her bones sticking out because the urine wore off her skin. Myself and my family are fostering two of the Chihuahuas. One of them is the female, named Willow, whose legs are healing up pretty well and is beginning to be more social to humans. Previously, she was stuck with a whole bunch of other dogs. The other Chihuahua we have is Sampson. He turned out to be completely blind, so everything is frightening to him. Whether it's picking him up, putting him down, or even just petting him. We started to say the word “touch” when we want touch him and “up” when we are about to pick him up, so he's aware of what is happening. 


            The people involved in these rescues do everything they can to help save animals from places like this, and they also have volunteers that help them tremendously. The volunteers would drive all the way to Karen's Groom Room just to pick up the dogs and foster them so they can help out the rescue. Rescues always need the help, such as donations, dog fostering, or especially adopting. And who knows, if you end up fostering dogs for a rescue one day, maybe you'll fall in love with them and end up adopting him/her!

Emily M.