Warning: This story may disturb some readers.
Animal control officers and police raided a dog rescue operation in Centerville, Pennsylvania.
Officials said they found numerous dead dogs on the property of Calico Creek Critters Rescue. About 24 dead dogs were found, and an estimated 60 dogs were found alive and have been taken from the rescue.
There were dogs roaming outside while others were in cages. Many of the dogs that were alive were ill. One officer said the look in the dogs’ eyes seemed to be a plea to be rescued.
“It was a pretty bad situation. There was feces everywhere, too many animals in pens, and no water available. There was only one pen outside that had food available,” said humane officer Lorie Schooley.
Authorities obtained a search warrant after a complaint from a man who saw the horrible conditions when he went there to adopt a dog.
The Calico Creek Critters Rescue says on their website that they attempt to rescue unwanted dogs. The owner voluntarily gave up all of the dogs to the humane society. Officers said that the owner got in way over her head and couldn’t take care of all the dogs.
The owner had been cited for animal neglect previously in 2006, but the charge was dismissed.