Monday, May 21, 2012

From Hoarded to Hope: Kadin

Dog rescued from Bastrop hoarding case thrives in new home

One year ago this week, one of the worst cases of animal hoarding in Central Texas was discovered. More than 170 dogs were living in a filthy Bastrop home. Saving them became a monumental task.
One of those dogs is named Kadin. He only stands about a foot tall but is filled with personality. Today he races around a Northwest Austin yard with a squeaky toy and loving family looking on. What more could a dog ask for?
"He has turned out to be very loving and seems to appreciate what we have," said Shirley Bouvier who adopted Kadin.
The chihuahua-dachshund mix probably does appreciate what he has, because one year ago his life was radically different. He was one of  more than 170 dogs that had been living in squalor inside a Bastrop County home. Feces was piled two feet high in places. Food was scarce. It was so bad, the owners moved into a shed behind the home.

We did everything we could to get ready. What we weren't ready for was really the condition they were in," said Jonon.
They had fleas, ticks and matted fur, as much as 10 pounds-worth on a single dog.  The Humane Society got them cleaned up and healthy but needed foster families and people to adopt. Central Texans stepped-up fostering dozens and eventually adopting all. In fact, KVUE anchor Tyler Sieswerda fostered Kadin.
What a difference a year can make.
"He was just quiet, didn't bark, like I said, for about a month. Then slowly he came around, and we were able to get him to walk on a leash after a few weeks, maybe a month or so," said Bouvier..."  More & video

170 dogs rescued from Bastrop County home


Animal control officers found 22 more dogs Wednesday inside a Bastrop County home. Wednesday's rescue now puts the total count at 170 dogs rescued from what officials call "deplorable conditions."

They arrived at the Bastrop Animal Control Center hurting, wounded, and afraid. They are the last to be rescued in a record animal seizure in Bastrop County.

"We're all relieved," said Troy Walters with Bastrop County Animal Control. "All the dogs were removed from the house and are off into rescue."

Tuesday night, animal control brought 148 of the rescued dogs to Austin Humane Society; 25 have already been adopted.

It has been a week since animal control officer Troy Walters visited the house of Vivian Clawson after hearing it was overrun with dogs.

"The first thing that came to our mind was, 'We need to get these animals out of here,'" said Walters.
For Animal Control, the decision came after a look inside.
"Walls were chewed up, furniture destroyed; there's fecal matter two feet high in the entire house," Walters added..."  More & video

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