14 dogs rescued from hoarding situation in Clayton

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CLAYTON, N.C.  — More than a dozen dogs were rescued from terrible living conditions at a home in Clayton.

WTVD reports the owner is suspected of hoarding the animals — some for years. However, she isn’t facing any charges.

The owner said she tried to give the animals to the Wake County Animal Shelter, but they were too full and she was afraid they would be put down.

When Johnston County Animal Control threatened to take the dogs, she reached out to Second Chance Pet Adoptions, and they were amazed at what they found.

In all, 14 dogs were rescued. Lunsford said many of them were caged up and living in terrible conditions.

“Some of the teeth were practically falling out,” said Second Chance’s Paula Lunsford told WTVD. “Some of their teeth were just coated in tartar. You couldn’t even see the teeth on some of them it was so bad.”

The owner told Lunsford she thought she was helping the animals. Many of them were rescues she’d taken in over the years, but animal control threatened to take the dogs when she couldn’t care for them properly.

The owner was forced to hand the dogs over to Second Chance.

“It often starts with someone whose intentions are good and they are wanting to rescue and place the animals in homes, and it just gets out of control,” said Lunsford.

Several of the animals suffered severe infections, including one dog who lost an eye in the ordeal.

The rescue group has spent thousands of dollars to treat the dogs.  All but one remain in foster homes waiting for someone to adopt them.

“We will dig into some other areas of our budget to pull it out if we have to, but we’re hoping the community will come through for us,” Lunsford told WTVD.

Lunsford says the dogs are almost fully healed and will be ready soon for adoption.

If you can’t adopt, the group still need donations to help cover medical expenses.

Visit Second Chance Pet Adoptions to find out how you can help.

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