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Animal rescue officials find 18 dogs in filthy conditions at Braintree home

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  January 25, 2013 12:56 PM

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A Shar Pei peers from his cage during the transport to the MSPCA-Angell Adoption Center.JPG

(credit: MSPCA-Angell)

One of the dogs sits in a cage while being transported to the MSPCA-Angell Adoption Center.

Eighteen dogs were found this month living in a filthy Braintree home owned by a woman described as a “hoarder,” according to local animal rescue officials. One of the dogs had to be euthanized because it was too aggressive, they said.

The purebred Shar Pei dogs, ranging from 6 months to 2 years old, were suffering from eye and skin problems, according to veterinarians from MSPCA-Angell. None had been spayed or neutered. Most were “under-socialized and scared,” officials said.

“When we first arrived we were overwhelmed by the sheer number of dogs living in one house,” said a statement from Elysse Kelly, an MSPCA law enforcement agent who went to the home on Jan. 14. “The owner conceded the situation had gotten out of control and that she needed help. We assured her that we would do everything possible to address the dogs’ health problems so that they might find more suitable homes.”

Thirteen of them are receiving medical treatment and socialization training at the animal organization’s adoption center in Jamaica Plain.

MPSCA officials said they humanely euthanized one of the dogs because it was “extremely aggressive and unable to be placed for adoption.”

The other four dogs were “particularly bonded with the owner” and were treated, spayed or neutered and returned to the woman, who officials declined to identify.

“We’re confident she can care for them without the burden of so many other dogs in the home,” Kelly’s statement said.

The MSPCA is seeking experienced dog owners, preferably people who have cared for Shar Pei before, to find home for the 13 dogs at the adoption center now. All of the dogs will be microchipped, spayed or neutered, and will receive full vaccinations before they go to new homes.

Those interested in adopting can e-mail adoption@mspca.org.

Those interested in donating toward their care in the meantime, as well as the care of animals like them, can click here.

E-mail Matt Rocheleau at mjrochele@gmail.com.
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MSPCA Law Enforcement Agent Elysse Kelly comforts one of the dogs upon arrival to the Adoption Center.JPG

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MSPCA law enforcement agent Elysse Kelly hugs one of the dogs upon arrival to the adoption center.

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