Alaqua rescues 97 dogs in neglect case

Published: Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 04:09 PM.

The first casualty was the female that was in labor while the rescue was taking place. She died with her puppies inside of her.

The animal's socialization varied from friendly to feral. All had matted fur, according to reports. The worst was a mother with three newborns who had infected skin. Many of the dogs were fearful and biting and afraid of being touched. The staff at Alaqua are working to socialize these.

Most prefer canned food and 97 percent are eating, said Williams.

Flea treatments and dewormings have begun, as well as vaccinations. Checking for heart worms is next.

Whether Payne was living in the double wide with the dogs is unclear. There was a mattress on the floor in one of the bedrooms, said Williams.

"When the Sheriff's deputies opened the trailer, I was in there for five hours," she said. "No one should be in there for five hours. There was a sludge of feces in the carpet and rotting furniture and trash laying around. There were clothes there, but puppies were coming out of bureau drawers. It looked like it had been abandoned for years."

All of the animals are currently at Alaqua, which is requiring a lot of volunteer help.

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