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League takes in abused hunting dogs from Virginia raid
December 15, 2011
On December 9, the League took in 10 hunting hounds who were seized by authorities in Roseland, Virginia after the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control discovered the dogs, as well as two horses, two hogs, and numerous game fowl, while conducting an investigation in to the operation of an illegal moonshine still. The Humane Society of the United States’ Animal Rescue Team was asked to assist with the impoundment of the animals, and they rescued more than 100. Other agents seized an illegal distillery and firearms. The owner of the property and his wife were charged with 28 counts of animal cruelty, among other charges stemming from alleged alcohol violations.
Besides being malnourished, the adult dogs and one puppy have minor lacerations, hair loss, skin problems, and dental disease. The worst off is Calamity Jane, a 2-year-old mixed beagle, who should weigh almost twice what she does. The constant confinement and starvation she suffered has even caused her muscles to atrophy. What’s more, her face and legs are covered with ulcers and she was infested with both internal and external parasites.
“The League specializes in rescuing large numbers of animals seized from hoarders, animal fighters, and other abusive situations,” Dr. Gary Weitzman, the League’s CEO, points out. “Typically, animals like these, who have suffered long-term neglect, need lots of supportive care and rehabilitation, both medical and behavioral, before they can be placed in new homes. And that’s where our expertise lies. We can give abused and neglected animals everything they need to put their traumas behind them and become contented and healthy pets in their adoptive homes.”
People interested in adopting these dogs should contact the League to inquire about their availability. Some of the dogs, however, may require weeks of rehabilitation before they are ready for adoption.