Sunday, February 21, 2010

Agencies caring for 30 dogs rescued from trailer

By Anya Sostek

Local animal control agencies are working together to care for 30 dogs rescued last week from a hoarding situation in a small Greene County trailer.

More than a dozen of the dogs were transported Wednesday to the Animal Friends shelter in Ohio Township to be put up for adoption.

The trailer had no heat or electricity because of the snowstorm and one of the residents had become ill and needed to be hospitalized, said Jane Gapen, executive director of the Humane Society of Greene County.

The Humane Society rescued more than 20 dogs six months ago from the same trailer in Rutan, about half an hour from Waynesburg, Ms. Gapen said.

"We thought we had helped them and things were going to be OK," she said.

The resident of the trailer called the Humane Society last Thursday and asked that the dogs be rescued.

The dogs were fed, but have experienced psychological damage, Ms. Gapen said. "They were living in a pack where dogs were killing each other and they're frightened," she said. "We walked into some sadness."..." More