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Two Animal Hoarding Cases Leave Humane Society of Huron Valley at Full Capacity

The humane society is seeking immediate adoptions of dogs and cats at the shelter in Ann Arbor.

Editor's note: This press release was submitted by the Humane Society of Huron Valley.

ANN ARBOR — The Humane Society of Huron Valley's Animal Cruelty Investigation and Rescue Team have taken possession of 45 dogs and 20 cats from two different Washtenaw County hoarder cases due to serious animal neglect.

“Hoarder cases like these put a serious strain on our already full shelter. But we are committed to seeing that each beautiful soul gets a second chance at a happy life. We are hoping there are people out there ready to open their hearts and homes to these special animals,” said CEO Tanya Hilgendorf in a press release.

The dogs are mainly small breeds — Chihuahua, Pomeranian and Terrier mixes.

To help expedite the adoptions of the animals, the HSHV's regular small dog adoption fee will be discounted by more than $100.

“These are wonderful dogs, and are generally healthy, but due to neglectful conditions, most did not get quite the right amount of socialization and training," Hilgendorf said. "Many are still very unsure of themselves and have not had much experience in the world."

Hilgendorf said several of the dogs have also been diagnosed and are being treated for Heartworm.

"If you have a big heart, patience, and can provide some TLC to a good-natured dog that deserves a second chance, we hope you will come and meet one of these adorable dogs," Renee Benell, adoptions manager said. "Most will do best in a home with another dog and, unfortunately, are not ideal for families with small kids."

The humane society is currently running a “Pick Your Price” promotion for cats, and a Fitness Buddy promotion for larger dogs. All animals will be spay/neutered, vaccinated, temperament tested, health checked and treated by a veterinarian for any known illnesses, and come with a microchip ID.

To make a donation to HSHV’s Animal Cruelty Investigation and Rescue Team or sponsor the Heartworm treatment of an animal, visit the HSHV website or call 734-661-3573.

Jen Benson January 19, 2013 at 04:37 AM
Living with a dog can cause the owners to get sick, passing it on to others. A dog can not wipe, take a shower daily and wear protective undergarment and therfore spread his feces throughout the home microscopically. A dogs waste can contain: e-coli, salmonella, MRSA, hook worms, round worms, etc....same thing applies to a cat. People have been geting sick at alarming rates, only due to the increase of pet ownership. Living with a pet is unhealthy. Something to research.
Barbara Read January 19, 2013 at 05:27 AM
For another point of view, google "people with pets are healthier" and read a few of the links. Live longer, better quality of life, sick less often? Sounds good to me. Even the CDC says on the "Health Benefits of Pets" page of their "Healthy Pets Healthy People" section that pet ownership improves health. If the Centers for Disease Control are promoting pet ownership, then maybe it's okay to own a dog or cat.
Amanda Price January 19, 2013 at 05:29 AM
And we don't need mental health reforms? I think that animal hoarders need psychological help because they don't really feel that they're doing damage; they feel they have these animals' best interest at heart. Saw this debate on eQuibbly about having harsher penalties on animal abuse. I wonder, if doing so will stop people from collecting animals like some living token for their own amusement.
Rob D'Oria January 19, 2013 at 02:42 PM
When I see comments like this I usually just scratch my head and move on...leaving one to their opinion, but then I noticed that you've left the same exact comment on at least a dozen other stories which makes it seem less of an opinion and more of a cause. I think linking any rise in the health of our population to pet ownership is irresponsible, almost looney, in my opinion. I think it's much more likely that we're "getting sick at alarming rates" due to what we're eating and where it's coming from (thank you agricultural industrial complex) than fido and fluffy. I'm no doctor, but all the pesticides, antibiotics, and growth hormones that we ingest daily from the food we get at our local hypermarts and most restaurants can't be good for us. Not to mention all the food that has been genetically modified. Not knowing (and for the most part not caring, as long as it's cheap) where our food comes from and how it was treated and processed for human consumption is unhealthy. Something to research.
Becca January 21, 2013 at 12:20 AM
Thanks Rob! There's is also many studies showing that pet ownership can have many health benefits for the body and brain. The comment by Jen Benson above sounds like a "cause" and is uneducated, there is no findings to support their ranting. To post something like this here and now, below this article, is honestly disgusting.

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