We undertook a huge project to rescue and rehabilitate 19 dogs from a house in our local town. The dogs were being removed from the street by a woman who claimed to be an animal sanctuary, gaining support from many people and an organisation in her native country of Germany.
When they realised that something was wrong they contacted us to help. This is a little of what we found:
Much of what we saw I cannot put here. There were dead puppies just outside the house, young dogs that had been taken from children in the park and owners shouting and threatening her to get their dogs back.
All of the dogs were emaciated and chronically anaemic and suffered from associated illneses because of huge flea and worm burden.
We removed 2 large dogs that were very sick, one chained in a shed on a chain less than 50 cm long, she could not get to her food or water. they were placed into foster care. a week later 2 small dogs were removed on the verge of death from starvation, these like many others had been hoarded in the house and could not be seen.
Every 2 days we took 20 kg of food for her and helped her carry it in the yard but alarm bells began to ring as the dogs became progressively thinner; she was selling their food!
It was then that we knew more had to be done and we involved the Mayor, the police and the ministry vets and on 11th August 2017 under police escort we removed the rest of the dogs totalling 19.
Out of all the dogs rescued 18 have found new homes and families. The Dogs left are Hasso, Missy, Liza, Luna, Ellie an Ella. If you'd like more information on the dogs left please have look at the meet the dogs section.