Neglected Animals Recovering, Family of Owner Speaks Out - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

As Neglected Animals Recover, the Owners' Family Speaks Out

Posted: 10/10/2017 18:58:00 -04:00 Updated:

SUSSEX COUNTY, Del.- The 31 dogs rescued from a home in Seaford are on the mend, officials say.

"After our team worked to shave them down, we saw what we expected: that they were severely emaciated," says Brandywine Valley SPCA Georgetown Campus Director Walter Fenstermacher. "But what we didn't expect was how warm their personalities were and how forthcoming they were and wanted to be pet and loved by our staff members."

Fenstermacher says the conditions the dogs were found in were shocking.

"Their legs were matted together some of the pets couldn't walk or even get up to get water we set out for them," he says. "It really was a struggle that day."

WBOC spoke with the family members of the dogs' owner off-camera on Tuesday. They say the owner was an older gentleman who lost his will to live after his partner died. Family members say they knew the man had dogs in a garage and kennel, but he refused to let anyone else see them, so the family had no idea how many dogs he owned or how they were doing. When the man went to the hospital on Sunday, family members went through 35 keys to access the dogs. Once they discovered the deplorable conditions, they called in the tip that ultimately led to the dogs' rescue.

Family members say they believe the man simply stopped feeding the dogs. While the animals' past was dire, their future appears to be bright.

"The earliest we expect for any of these pets to be ready for a new home will be in about seven days time," Fenstermacher explains. "There are other pets that the road to recovery is going to be a little bit longer so we are just wishing the best for all of them."

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. 

The BVSPCA asks for the community’s help meeting the significant cost of medical care for the survivors.  Donations can be made at www.bvspca.org/seaford32 or by mail to: Brandywine Valley SPCA, 22918 Dupont Boulevard, Georgetown, DE 19947.

 

 

 

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Ex-Delaware Teacher Gets 12 Years for Child Sex Crimes

    Ex-Delaware Teacher Gets 12 Years for Child Sex Crimes

    Jun 20, 2018 9:05 AM2018-06-20 13:05:00 GMT
    Wednesday, June 20 2018 9:05 AM EDT2018-06-20 13:05:07 GMT
    Joshua RutherfordJoshua Rutherford
    Joshua RutherfordJoshua Rutherford
    A former Delaware teacher accused of seeking sex with a child has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.More
    A former Delaware teacher accused of seeking sex with a child has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.           More
  • Eastern Shore Pipeline Faces Opposition and Support

    Eastern Shore Pipeline Faces Opposition and Support

    Jun 19, 2018 10:32 PM2018-06-20 02:32:00 GMT
    Wednesday, June 20 2018 8:10 AM EDT2018-06-20 12:10:28 GMT
    The Delmarva Pipeline Company went before Maryland lawmakers earlier this year to present its plans for a 190-mile natural gas pipeline to run from Cecil County down to Accomac, Virginia.More
    The Delmarva Pipeline Company went before Maryland lawmakers earlier this year to present its plans for a 190-mile natural gas pipeline to run from Cecil County down to Accomac, Virginia. More
  • Delaware Bill to Help Immigrant Students with Legal Status

    Delaware Bill to Help Immigrant Students with Legal Status

    Jun 20, 2018 2:51 AM2018-06-20 06:51:00 GMT
    Wednesday, June 20 2018 7:59 AM EDT2018-06-20 11:59:40 GMT
    immigration.jpg.jpgimmigration.jpg.jpg
    immigration.jpg.jpgimmigration.jpg.jpg
    The state Senate has passed a bill that encourages Delaware colleges and universities to assist foreign-born student entrepreneurs in maintaining proper legal status within the United States.More
    The state Senate has passed a bill that encourages Delaware colleges and universities to assist foreign-born student entrepreneurs in maintaining proper legal status within the United States.More
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Two Arrested Following Seaford Prostitution Sting

    Two Arrested Following Seaford Prostitution Sting

    Jun 19, 2018 5:20 PM2018-06-19 21:20:00 GMT
    Wednesday, June 20 2018 7:46 AM EDT2018-06-20 11:46:44 GMT
    Two people were arrested following a prostitution sting in Seaford, Delaware, on Tuesday.More
    Two people were arrested following a prostitution sting in Seaford, Delaware, on Tuesday.More
  • Eastern Shore Pipeline Faces Opposition and Support

    Eastern Shore Pipeline Faces Opposition and Support

    Jun 19, 2018 10:32 PM2018-06-20 02:32:00 GMT
    Wednesday, June 20 2018 8:10 AM EDT2018-06-20 12:10:28 GMT
    The Delmarva Pipeline Company went before Maryland lawmakers earlier this year to present its plans for a 190-mile natural gas pipeline to run from Cecil County down to Accomac, Virginia.More
    The Delmarva Pipeline Company went before Maryland lawmakers earlier this year to present its plans for a 190-mile natural gas pipeline to run from Cecil County down to Accomac, Virginia. More
  • New Details on Firefly Death, Medical Response

    New Details on Firefly Death, Medical Response

    Jun 18, 2018 10:36 PM2018-06-19 02:36:00 GMT
    Tuesday, June 19 2018 7:44 AM EDT2018-06-19 11:44:52 GMT
    DOVER, Del.- The 20-year-old Philadelphia woman who was found unconscious at her Firefly campsite was in cardiac arrest before she passed away, according to local officials. Kent County's Director of Public Safety says Firefly attendee Caroline Friedman wMore
    The 20-year-old Philadelphia woman who was found unconscious at her Firefly campsite was in cardiac arrest before she passed away, according to local officials. Kent County's Director of Public Safety says Firefly attendee Caroline Friedman wMore
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices