More than 60 dogs in Stokes Co. hoarding cases puts strain on rescue group

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STOKES COUNTY N.C. -- Two separate animal hoarding cases in Stokes County are putting a strain on the local humane society.

Rescuers say more than 60 dogs and puppies were found at two separate homes, in Walnut Cove and Germanton, in less than a week.

The animals were found emaciated with embedded collars, and some were dead at the end of their chain.

"They were chained to fences, chained to dog houses, some only had four inches of chain to move on, so they couldn't go anywhere," said Jill Burgess with the Stokes County Humane Society. "One of the momma dogs had puppies and we only found one. They said the other dogs and eaten the rest of them."

Rescuers say many of the puppies were found infested with fleas and worms. One puppy was so severe, it died in a rescuer's arms.

The owners agreed to surrender the animals or face charges.

The small county humane society, made up of volunteers, still need to seize 30 dogs on one property and are asking other rescue groups for help.

"We are trying to find enough people, fosters, rescue groups to pull the other 30 dogs," said Burgess. "We just haven't found enough help at the point and with us having pulled 33 dogs already our organization is just completely overwhelmed."

Volunteers are also trying to adopt some of the animals, one described as unsociable is available immediately to someone willing to give him extra time.

If he is not adopted soon, they may have to euthanize him.

The group also needs supplies and money to help cover veterinary bills that are currently over $3,000 and expected to rise.

If your rescue group can help, contact the Stokes County Humane Society at 336-994-6117 or


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