Fort Wayne shelter takes in dogs from hoarding case

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Fort Wayne’s animal shelter this week took in a group of dogs from a hoarding case in a neighboring county.

Animal Care and Control on Wednesday accepted nine dogs of various breeds with a host of medical issues. Shelter officials said the dogs came from “a hoarding case in a neighboring county” that was investigated by the State Board of Animal Health.

The dog breeder agreed to cooperate with animal welfare officials and bring her dog ownership and breeding activities into compliance with state law, the shelter said.

In line with that, shelter officials said the breeder on Wednesday surrendered nine dogs.

Animal Care and Control officials said when the dogs arrived, they were checked out by a veterinarian and were found to have numerous medical issues. Among them: missing teeth, chronic skin conditions, ear issues and mammary tumors, most related to age.

One dog had to be euthanized due to its age and extreme medical issues, the shelter said.

Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control spokesperson Holly Pasquinelli said the dogs were primarily housed outside and used for breeding purposes.

Pasquinelli said many of the dogs will need additional medical evaluations and diagnostic testing before shelter staff can determine their future. Once all of the dogs are cleared medically, Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control will reach out to its coalition partners to help find homes for the dogs, Pasquinelli said.

Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control Director Amy-Jo Sites said hoarding cases involving dogs are all too common and unfortunate.

“We see situations like this pretty regularly. What we find is people start out with the best of intentions but quickly exceed the volume of animals they can provide all the necessary care for,” said Sites. “Though these animals were of good weight, they have medical needs that need to be addressed. We are thankful the owner is working to reduce the number of animals in her care to a more manageable level. We work closely with the SBOAH in cases like this to provide as many options as possible to help them gain compliance. Our priority is and always will be the care and safety of animals.“

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