MANSFIELD – Donations for the care of 27 animals removed in three neglect cases have topped $12,000.
“We’re overwhelmed and extremely grateful for the huge outpouring of support,” said Linda Chambers, executive director of the Humane Society of Richland County. “Monetary donations in any amount allow us to continue helping so many deserving animals.”
When Chambers made a Facebook post about the situation, social media followers contributed $8,500. News Journal readers donated another $4,000 after a story ran.
“Our immediate needs were met,” Chambers said. “Unfortunately, events like this happen all the time, maybe not to this degree.”
Overall, Chambers said the animals that were removed are doing “much better.” She said the dogs show signs of poor care, including overgrown toenails and fleas. One dog is heartworm positive and will have to undergo expensive treatment.
Another dog, a female pitbull-mix, cowers in her cage but has gone outside to use the bathroom.
“We don’t know how long she went without socialization,” Chambers said.
Most of the cats are dealing with severe upper respiratory infections.
“All of them are on medication — with varying degrees of success,” Chambers said.
The executive director said many of the cats have been placed in the holding room.
“We had to turn it into a makeshift sick ward because there were so many sick cats,” Chambers said.
She said many of the cats don’t trust people. Some have even attacked their food when it’s been placed in their cages.
“They’ve probably been left to fend for themselves,” Chambers said. “We’ll wear them down. Challenge accepted.”
In the first case, humane agents removed six cats and two dogs from a Mansfield home. Their caregiver came down with COVID-19 and went to a nursing home. Someone was supposed to care for the animals, but Chambers estimated they had been neglected for at least a couple of months.
The two dogs were sleeping on garbage in the garage, while humane agents found two more cats than expected.
Family members have surrendered the animals to the humane society, which should help them get adopted quicker.
“If they were held as evidence, they would end up here indefinitely,” Chambers said.
The other two cases remain open.
In one case, humane agents removed six adult dogs, five puppies and five cats after law enforcement arrested a resident.
Chamber said the home was “absolutely condemnable.”
In the final case, authorities received an anonymous tip with photographic evidence. Someone lived in the home but was not taking care of two cats and a dog, Chambers said.
Because of the influx of animals, the humane society has 31 dogs and 29 cats.
“We’ve run out of cage space,” Chambers said.
She is hoping adoptions in the next couple of weeks can free up some room.
In the meantime, the shelter can still use paper towels and Lysol wipes. Chambers said they have plenty of newspapers.
Anyone who would like to make a donation can go to adoptourstrays.com or visit the shelter at 3025 Park Avenue West, Ontario.