17 Rescued Dogs Come to KHS

Dogs Rescued from Hoarding Situation to Be Brought to Kentucky Humane Society

Animal Rescue Corps and Ohio County KY Authorities Remove 54 Animals from Deplorable Conditions


FEBRUARY 6, 2015, LOUISVILLE KY – The Kentucky Humane Society took in 17 dogs who were rescued from a hoarding situation in Whitesville, KY.

Among the animals received by KHS included a mother dog with five nursing puppies and a pregnant dog who is heartworm positive, along with other dogs and older puppies that are small- to medium-sized mixed breeds.

“The moms and babies and the shy, fearful dogs will need time in temporary foster homes before they are ready for adoption,” said Susan Oppel, KHS Shelter Operations Director. “Some of the dogs also need medical attention, such as the dog who is heartworm positive. We are asking the public to help by donating for these animals’ care and by stepping forward as foster caregivers.”

Donations can be made online at To volunteer as a foster caregiver, email [email protected]

Animal Rescue Corps (ARC) assisted the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department and Animal Control in the rescue of animals found living in extremely neglectful conditions in a dilapidated trailer home in Whitesville, KY, about an hour and a half north of Bowling Green, KY, on January 30. All of the animals were seized by the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department.

hoarding-dogs-1Fifty-four small and medium mixed-breed dogs, including many newborn litters and pregnant dogs, and a cat were found running loose in and around the trailer and yard, which were both covered in excessive piles of feces and trash. The animals were all extremely dirty and suffering from heavy infestations of internal and external parasites. Their only water source was dirty rainwater that had collected in broken buckets that were green with algae growth.

“The conditions were typical of hoarding, which is a compulsive emotional attachment to things or animals that often leads to a situation like this that causes immense suffering for both the animals and people involved,” said ARC President Scotlund Haisley. “All of these animals are innocent victims, and I commend the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department and Animal Shelter for acting quickly and working with us to bring this very sad situation to an end.”

Animal Rescue Corps performed Operation New Day in conjunction with the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department, the Ohio County Animal Shelter, Friends of the Ohio County Animal Shelter, New Leash on Life of Lebanon, TN and PetSmart Charities®, who contributed essential equipment, supplies and other needed items.

By February 6, all the dogs had been placed with rescue groups, according to ARC.

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