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Over 45 Animals Recovered in Emergency Rescue Needing Help

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altA South Sumter family had contacted the Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County mid-July for emergency assistance in their large "collection" of stray dogs & cats. The family's intention was to take them in trying to provide them a safe home. Upon arrival Tuesday, July 12th, with Sumter DART Logistics disaster recovery equipment in tow, our trained volunteers & Animal Cruelty Investigator Sheri Evans recovered a multitude of animals scattered throughout the property.

Over 25 adult cats plus kittens from a stiflingly hot shed as well as 15 adult large breed dogs & five newborn puppies were in dilapidated chain link pens. The animals were initially being provided care such as necessary neutering & heartworm treatment but with the family's health deteriorating, the costs of these animals quickly became too much to bear prompting them to contact us for help. Severe storms caused flooding, downed trees and crushed structures throughout the property. Under heavy overgrowth, widespread debris, wet conditions & mosquito infestation, the challenge began with the Society’s team of volunteers gathering as many animals as possible in hopes of providing the animals a new chance at a better life. While they were being prepared for transfer, another team of volunteers prepared an emergency temporary shelter filled with bedded crates, food, clean water & medical supplies in an undisclosed secure location.

After emergency veterinary care & testing were performed well into the night, half of the dogs were found to be heartworm positive. Fortunately all but one of the many cats were found to be negative for any contagious diseases. Not that any emergency comes at a good time but summer is the HS/SPCA’s "poorest" season as many of their supporters may not be local to help. The HS/SPCA of Sumter is reaching out with hopes that the community will be able to help with dog/cat food, crates/outdoor kennels & monetary donations. Please send your donations to the Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County, Inc., PO Box 67, Lake Panasoffkee, FL 33538, donate safely online or call 352-793-9117 to find out ways to donate. A video of the rescue is available at http://www.hsspca.org/videotest.asp. Your contribution to our Society directly helps suffering animals in your community get a second chance!

 

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