GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. – Guilford County Animal Control is investigating after 15 dogs and cats were rescued from a home in Brown Summit on Friday.
The 12 cats and kittens and three dogs are now resting at the Guilford County Animal Shelter, where Director Marsha Williams says they'll be treated by a veterinarian.
She said two of the dogs may have mange and several of the cats appear sick.
Williams did not know a lot about the family who owned the pets, but she said Animal Control was called in to rescue the animals before the home was padlocked.
Neighbors told FOX8 the family left the home Friday morning.
"No Trespassing" signs were posted on the door of the home around noon.
"From what I understand the smell was horrible so they had to have Hazmat come out to help," Williams explained. Emergency Animal Control workers put on Hazmat suits before going in the home.
"Unfortunately it's very common," Williams added. "It's not always 15 or 16 animals. It may be just one or two. But on a daily or weekly basis, we get animals into the shelter that have been left or abandoned after a resident has moved out."
She advises families facing a hard time to try to make arrangements for their pets ahead of time and contact the local animal shelter for help.
Thanks to Susie's fund, the 15 cats and dogs rescued Friday will get vet care at the shelter.
Donations for these animals can be made at http://www.adoptshelterpets.org/donate/
The Animal Control investigation will determine whether the owners can reclaim these animals if they want them, or if they need to be put up for adoption.