Rutherford Humane Society in need of help from community

Dozens of cats and dogs rescued from two animal hoarding cases are up for foster care and adoption.

The Rutherford Humane Society took in 60 animals last month. Rescuers said the conditions the animals were living in were horrific. Cats and dogs were left inside crates with their food bowls and blankets covered with feces.

"The first hoarding case was 20 plus cats that we rescued, and we still have to go back and get some more. The second hoarding case we have taken in nine dogs, and at this time, six are heart worm positive. We will go back and get three-to-five more to be taken in as soon as we can find them a foster," Debbie Anderson said.

For the dogs who are heartworm positive, rescuers said their treatment will continue to be paid for. What they need now is a loving home.

Volunteers said the animals were not socialized, the cats were severely underweight and dogs covered in fleas.

"It was horrific conditions for a cat. A cat is a naturally clean animal. When we got to them, they were trapped in crates and the crates were overflowing with their own feces -- 2 inches above their own litter box," Vice President of the Rutherford County Humane Society Sharon Lotez said.

Sharon is a foster mom of cats, and when she saw the conditions these animals were living in, it broke her heart.

"It tore me apart to see animals in that condition. It's infuriating and heartbreaking because they can't help it. There is nothing they can do to save themselves, and that's what we are here for. The call was there, and we could not say no," Sharon said.

Because the humane society is a no-kill, non-profit, they won't turn any animal in need away.

"Between all three rescues, we are over $15,000 in debt. We knew this was going to be a problem but we did what we had to do to save the animals. We worry about it after the fact," Debbie said.

Now volunteers are starting to worry. The cost of treatment and boarding is adding up, and they are running out of space. The humane society is now asking for the community's help.

If you would like to donate to the humane society, click here.

If you are interested in fostering, click here.

Cash Donations can be left at:

Autumn Lanes Bowling Alley in Forest City.

Or the

Rutherford Pet Supply. ( 115 Reservation Dr, Spindale )

Checks can be sent to:

Rutherford County Humane Society
PO Box 998
Rutherfordton, N.C. 28139

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