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Officials: Dozens of Severely Neglected Animals Rescued in Seaford

Posted: 10/09/2017 15:23:00 -04:00 Updated:
Some of the severely neglected dogs seized from a property in Seaford, Del. (Photo credit: Brandywine Valley SPCA) Some of the severely neglected dogs seized from a property in Seaford, Del. (Photo credit: Brandywine Valley SPCA)

SEAFORD, Del.- Authorities say a tip from the public led to the rescue of 31 severely neglected animals from a property in Seaford, Del. 

The state Division of Public Health's Office of Animal Welfare said that after receiving the tip on Sunday, Delaware Animal Services officials visited the site and obtained a search warrant. They found approximately 43 dead dogs and took into custody another 32 animals, including 31 dogs and a cat.

The 32 surviving animals were transferred into the care of the Brandywine Valley SPCA at the scene.

Officials said of the animals seized, five dogs in stable condition were immediately transferred to the Brandywine Valley SPCA's Georgetown Campus for evaluation and care, and 27 severely ill animals were taken for emergency veterinary care, where one had to be euthanized. All surviving animals are now being cared for at the Brandywine Valley SPCA's Georgetown Campus.

“Conditions at the property were horrific,” said Adam Lamb, CEO of the Brandywine Valley SPCA. “It’s remarkable to see how friendly and trusting these dogs remain after everything they’ve been through. We’re doing everything in our power to help them recover and hope to have the opportunity to help them find loving forever families.”

One of the severely neglected dogs seized from a property in Seaford, Del. (Photo credit: Brandywine Valley SPCA)

The investigation is ongoing and charges are forthcoming from the Delaware Office of Animal Welfare. Meanwhile, the animals will receive ongoing care at the Brandywine Valley SPCA's Georgetown Campus. Officials said all suffer severe emaciation, along with other medical issues resulting from their neglect.

The dogs include a variety of small dog breeds, such as Bichon Frise, Shih-Tzu, Pekingese and terriers, along with two standard poodles. They range in age from 2- to 10-years-old.

The Brandywine Valley SPCA is asking for the community’s help meeting the significant cost of medical care for the survivors.  Donations can be made by mail to: Brandywine Valley SPCA, 22918 Dupont Boulevard, Georgetown, DE 19947 or by clicking here.  It's not clear yet when the animals will be available for adoption. While the dogs are in the care of the Brandywine Valley SPCA, they remain in the custody of the Office of Animal Welfare while the investigation continues. The BVSPCA has indicated that some of the dogs will be medically cleared for adoption in less than seven days, but a timeline for their release from Animal Welfare custody is unknown at this time. 

One of the severely neglected dogs seized from a property in Seaford, Del. (Photo credit: Brandywine Valley SPCA)
 
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