20 dogs, one kitten rescued by Animal Charity in Youngstown
Twenty dogs and a kitten were all rescued by Animal Charity of Ohio in Youngstown Thursday afternoon.
The animals were rescued from a home on Early Road on the city's east side. Animal Charity Coordinator, Jane MacMurchy tells 21 News that the property was in complete disarray, was covered in trash and had a lot of broken down vehicles and overgrown land.
MacMurchy described the conditions as "deplorable."
According to Animal Charity's Facebook page, all animals rescued were dehydrated, underweight and covered in wounds. Some animals were also limping and others were lethargic.
MacMurchy says all of the dogs appeared to be living outside without proper food, water and shelter. They were covered in tick and fleas, as well as a severe amount of burs and thorns. MacMurchy tells us some of the dogs may even need to be shaved due to the severity of the burs and thorns.
One kitten was found inside the home covered in fleas. MacMurchy says the kitten also had a respiratory illness and was severely underweight.
Charges are currently pending and code enforcement officers will be following up with property violation.
Code enforcement officers along with the Mahoning County Dog Warden and the Youngstown Community Police assisted with the investigation.
Animal Charity is asking for the community's help in in purchasing items to take care of the rescued animals.
An Amazon wish list of what the organization needs can be found here. Anyone who purchases anything from the list should ship it to 4140, Market St. in Boardman.