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14 Neglected Dogs Rescued From Millsboro Property

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DOVER, Del. - More than a dozen neglected dogs rescued from a Millsboro property last week are now recovering, while one man faces animal cruelty charges.

Delaware's Division of Public Health said officers responded to the area on Wednesday after receiving a tip about a number of abandoned dogs, as well as dogs running loose in a wooded area.

Those officers were able to rescue 14 severely emaciated dogs, some of whom needed immediate medical attention. There were also four dead dogs on the property, according to DPH officials, and no evidence of food or water for the animals.

As a result, Atwood Timmons II of Millsboro, was arrested on Friday on 18 charges of animal cruelty and other charges concerning housing, care, rabies vaccination and dog licensing violations. Bond for Timmons was set at $60,000.

“This is one of the worst neglect cases we have seen,” said Chief Mark Tobin, the investigative supervisor for Delaware Animal Services. “It was obvious that the dogs had not received any care in a long while, and the conditions in which they were kept was appalling.”

Many of the dogs had injuries from trying to escape their confinement. They were taken to an emergency veterinary hospital and later to the Brandywine Valley SPCA.

"These dogs will have a long road to recovery ahead of them,” said SPCA CEO Adam Lamb. “We are committed to providing individualized care to each one of them. That may mean extensive medical treatment for serious conditions."

Lamb said many of the dogs will need around-the-clock care and intensive therapy for heartworm. Some cannot walk because of their poor state, but medical staff are hopeful they will all make a full recovery.

Lamb said in addition to physical injuries, a few of the dogs are very fearful and will need weeks of structured socialization.

Anyone who would like to donate to the dogs' rehabilitation and care should call the Brandywine Valley SPCA at 302-516-1006.

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