Humane society flooded with donations for neglected animals

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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 […]

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.”

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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.

One of the dogs removed from its owner recently as part of three neglect cases in the area.

“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.

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