Geneva Pets: 15 animals rescued in dire shape after owner passes away
15 Animals Rescued in Critical Shape After Owner Dies
Troy Animal Rescue Project was called to rescue 6 dogs and 9 cats from a home. When they entered, they were completely stunned. Read more: http://dogco.org/save-geneva-pePosted by Hendrick & Co. on Sunday, November 26, 2017
Rescuers at Troy Animal Rescue Project were asked to take the animals from a property in Geneva, Alabama, where the owner had passed away about two weeks ago.
The animals inside had not been cared for during those two weeks. This was an elderly lady who had obviously not been able to properly care for the animals for some time prior to her death. Her body was discovered in the home. When rescuers came into the house, they were shocked. They saw animals covered in fleas, many had open wounds and all were frail, weak and skeletal. Rescuers even found dead animals inside the home including a carcass on the living room sofa.
They could only stay inside for 10-15 minutes at a time, even with respirators. The conditions with animal waste, rotting bodies of deceased pets, and roaches/maggots covering everything was just too much for them to handle for extended amounts of time. Rescuers at Troy Animal Rescue Project left the Geneva home with 6 dogs and 9 cats.
The dogs were all evaluated, given capstar for fleas, heartworm tested, and rabies vaccinated. Rescuers continued their vetting with parvo/distemper shots, deworming, and Nexguard (a flea/tick monthly preventative that also helps with mange). The cats were all evaluated, feline leukemia tested, given capstan for fleas, and rabies vaccinated. They also received combo vaccines, deworming, and Revolution (for fleas, ticks, and ear mites).
None of the 15 pets were spayed and neutered.
Eight cats tested negative for feline leukemia. Unfortunately, one male yellow tabby tested positive. They had to make the heartwrenching choice to let him go, as this disease does not have a cure and will only progress. One cat had serious abrasions behind both ears. This was most likely caused by scratching from fleas and/or ear mites. The sores have infection. She is now on heavy antibiotics and creams to aid healing.
These pets have been through so much. They witnessed and experienced things that no animal should have to be subjected too. Can you imagine how hungry they were after two weeks? One dog grabbed a last minute bone to take with him when we were catching them. It was the spine of another animal that had died. Another vomited up coffee grounds and a coffee filter, as there was literally nothing else to eat.
A message from Troy Animal Rescue Project. The wrote, "Vetting Update For Geneva Pets. Wow....Where do I begin?! Today has been one of the most horrible situations we have been asked to help with....While we wish we could tell you that the conditions in that home were the results of two weeks without an owner, we can't... But to live in that home, the lady must have been having some mental issues...We could only stay inside for 10-15 minutes at a time, even with respirators. The conditions with animal waste, rotting bodies of deceased pets, and roaches/maggots covering everything was just too much for us to handle for extended amounts of time..."
A volunteer for TARP writes, "Today, we were able to get 15 pets (6 dogs and 9 cats) out of the home. Thanks to amazing donors, we were able to take all 15 directly to the Animal Health Center in Enterprise. The dogs were all evaluated, given capstar for fleas, heartworm tested, and rabies vaccinated. Once back in Troy, we continued their vetting with parvo/distemper shots, deworming, and Nexguard (a flea/tick monthly preventative that also helps with mange). The cats were all evaluated, feline leukemia tested, given capstan for fleas, and rabies vaccinated. We continued their vetting in Troy with combo vaccines, deworming, and Revolution (for fleas, ticks, and ear mites). Below are the results of their exams and tests at the health center: None of the 15 pets were spayed and neutered. This alone will mean an additional $1500 will be spent for their surgeries."
They go on to say, "Four dogs are heartworm positive. This will require treatment that is unfortunately quite expensive. Two dogs are thankfully heartworm negative. One male dog has a hernia that will need surgery for correction. One dog has a chronic dry eye and will need medicine for the rest of her life. All dogs will need dentals. Their teeth are horrible. This will run us $75 per dog. All dogs had fleas and flea allergies. All dogs' nails were clipped, as they were severely overgrown."
We have partnered with TARP to create the Animal Abuse Awareness shirts and hoodies you see below. With every purchase you can help give care to these 15 animals who are fighting for their lives. Today, these pets are safe and under the care of Troy Animal Rescue Project. They now need all of us to come together to help.
Troy Animal Rescue Project
Troy Animal Rescue Project (T.A.R.P.) is a no kill, foster based rescue that operates out of Troy, Troy Animal Rescue Project is dedicated to saving the lives of homeless pets in Troy, AL and surrounding areas. We pull dogs from the City of Troy Pound and find them forever homes or send them to rescue that can!