PHOTOS: WNC shelter helps in massive animal rescue from Georgia

The Humane Society of the US Animal Rescue Team at Large scale, multi-species animal neglect case in Georgia. (Photo credit: Humane Society of US)

Volunteers with a WNC animal shelter executed the largest rescue in their 30-year history.

The Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society brought back 50 dogs from a huge rescue operation in Georgia on Thursday.

Last week, 435 animals were found living in deplorable conditions in Habersham County. Many of the animals were living in their own filth and feces.

The rescued animals included dogs, cats, donkeys, pigs, chickens, ducks, bunnies, a horse and an alpaca.

The Humane Society of the United States said the animals are now recovering and preparing for placement into new homes.

David Stroud, executive director of the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society, said the animals were kept in deplorable conditions.

“It's the worst matted fur cases we have seen, and they were horrible,” he said.

Stroud said dogs were lined up in pens that were wired shut.

“So there was no way to get in. There was no way to brush the dog, clean the dog, bathe the dog. Food was thrown over the wire,” he said.

They’re getting medical attention and loving care at their new canine adoption center.

“A lot of the dogs are going to have to be on medication at least for a brief period of time,” shelter manager Kaitlyn Moss said.

Moss said the animals are getting the attention they deserve and readied for adoption to forever families.

“Some of these dogs will be ready to go home as early as Tuesday. They will have to be spayed or neutered first.

"But I don't think it will take very long,” she said.

The public is invited to come by the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society anytime between 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and take a look at the dogs, which are small breed mixes. If you fall in love with one, you can put in a reservation, and the staff will help you from there in terms of the adoption procedure.

Most of the small animals will be moved to the following Emergency Placement Partners of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) in North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia, where they will receive continued care:

  • Tennessee: Humane Educational Society, McKamey Animal Center, Nashville Humane Association
  • Virginia: Angels of Assisi
  • North Carolina: Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society, PAWS Bryson City

“Our Emergency Placement Partners are a crucial element in The Humane Society of the United States’ efforts to rescue abused animals," Kim Alboum, director of the EPP program for The HSUS, said in a release. "Our partners are ready to get these neglect survivors started on the next part of their journey.”

The HSUS is providing financial assistance to the groups to help with care costs and supporting the ongoing medical treatment of some of the animals with chronic and critical conditions.

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