HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Animal rescues in our area say it’s one of the worst cases of animal hoarding they’ve seen.
“It was pretty bad,” said Founder of Loving Pet Inn Adoptions Dara Lamberson. “The animals were either chained or in pens or running loose.”
Lamberson was one of many who tried to help a couple weeks ago when a woman died in Trinity, leaving more than 30 dogs on her property.
“The county shelters just can’t keep up with the problem,” she said. “They do the best they can, and they're in a position where they're not allowed to turn anybody away.”
She says non-profit rescues, like the Loving Pet Inn, can be more flexible in these situations to help. Her rescue took in five dogs, some in worse shape than others. One dog named Roger was covered in fleas. After a few weeks of attention, the dogs are doing much better.
“Just takes time and patience, some of the dogs once they were taken off the chains and off the property, they became much more personable and easy going with us. Some of them are gonna take a little bit more work,” Lamberson said. “The more you give them positive re-enforcement, they learn to trust. The other guys are doing really well as far as personality wise, nobody has ever been on a leash so we're teaching them that.”
Some dogs are even being considered for adoption already. If you want to get involved contact Dara by visiting their website.
Ruff Love Rescue in Thomasville also helped rescue five dogs from the property, and Angels of Assisi based in Roanoke Virginia took in 16 dogs.