NH SPCA rescues 50 animals; owners expected to face animal neglect charges
STRATHAM – The Field Services Division of the New Hampshire SPCA assisted police who responded to a complaint of animal cruelty, conducting an investigation on a property at an undisclosed location Thursday.
The total number of animals rescued was 50, consisting of two horses, a mother dog and her four puppies, 27 rabbits and 15 guinea pigs. All of the animals are now safe at the New Hampshire SPCA in Stratham and will need their condition evaluated by a veterinarian.
The animals were living in overcrowded, filthy conditions and the veterinarian on site ordered the horses and the dogs removed immediately, the NH SPCA said. The rabbits and guinea pigs have been surrendered by the owners, an order by the police department to dramatically reduce the number of animals in their breeding facility.
The NH SPCA expects to return to the facility this week to remove one more horse that was unable to be captured as well as more rabbits and guinea pigs.
The owners of the animals are cooperating with authorities, but are expected to face animal neglect charges, the NH SPCA said.
While the condition of all the animals is not fully understood, it is believed that the dogs are suffering from worms, the two horses appear underweight and have not had proper hoof care. One has a condition that might have been corrected if medical treatment had been provided, the NH SPCA added. The rabbits and guinea pigs were filthy upon arrival and according to SPCA, were suffering from urine burns on their paws.
“It is always devastating to see animals that were entrusted to the care of humans and those humans failed to provide it,” said Lisa Dennison, Executive Director of the New Hampshire SPCA. “These animals have suffered the at the hands of humans seeking to make a profit from their offspring. Thankfully, the New Hampshire SPCA is willing and able to help the police to save the animals. They will now begin their slow road to recovery and we will do what is needed to make them whole again and find them homes. For some of them, it may be just time and a healthy diet, others will need more, vaccinations, treatments, veterinary care, farrier care we just don’t know the extent of it yet.”
The New Hampshire SPCA is asking for the public’s assistance in caring for this new group of rescued animals. If you would like to help with the cost of care and to help ensure their recovery, please make a tax-deductible contribution to the SOS FUND by going to www.nhspca.org.