(THUNDER BAY, ON) – A person had passed away and their family reported a number of dogs in the range of 40 to 60, that were abused, malnourished and suffering immensely.
The dogs were said to be left in the basement of a home in the 2500 block of Dawson Road for an unknown amount of time.
A group of animal rescuers claim that a number of people knew about the conditions the dogs were living in for a significant amount of time but failed to do anything. The dogs included Pekingese and Shih-tzus.
Donald Baxter posted on Facebook that our local OSPCA and city bylaw officers appeared to not proceed with any level of an investigation unless there was a witness that was recent enough for them. It took a combined effort by the Northern Reach Rescue Network, Paws for Love Dog Rescue, Toronto Humane Society and others to get the dogs out of the home.
16 of the dogs were sent to the Toronto Humane Society where they were placed on antibiotics and fluids in an effort to save their lives. Two of them had paws amputated and some may lose their vision due to severe eye infections.
This Dawson Road home was a clear case of hoarding according to officials. They say that when they went in the home, the smell of urine overwhelmed their face masks and pierced their noses. Dog rescue volunteers say that this is the worst case they have ever seen. The dogs suffered in very tight, confined spaces in roughly two-foot by two-foot areas. Every single dog was drenched in their own urine and feces as well as being disturbingly matted. One of the dogs had to be shaved and went from 6.9 pounds to 5.9 pounds after the matts were removed.
Two of the dogs are being fostered by Adopt a Mutt dog rescue and six dogs are with Paws for Love locally, while the rest have been sent to three different animal agencies in southern Ontario to be rehabilitated and integrated into adoptions.
The dogs are being fed and taken care of with extra love. Most of the dogs are already playing and engaging in normal animal activities and are hopeful to make a complete recovery.