This is a horrible story of abandon animal abuse, but this time the people didn't get away. They left 20 dogs behind after moving out of a mobil home in a fairly isolated area in the high desert. These dogs were left on the fenced in property to fend for themselves. Nobody even bothered to leave the water running for them. They became so hungry that they resorted to cannibalism.
It was a neighbor, who lived about a quarter of a mile away, that went to see if anyone was taking care of the dogs that discovered their condition. They said, after hearing these poor animals howling and carrying on for over a week, they started hearing alot of fighting. They knew the people had moved so they went over to see what was going on and if they had any food.
What they discovered was deplorable and unbelievably sad. Not only were these dogs starving and killing each other for food, but antisociable and so unaproachable that the people could not even get to a faucet to supply them with a water source. Some were chained up, others were running loose, but not one was freindly. All the dogs were skin and bones and had not been cared for or fed properly for quite some time, if even ever.
Out of 19 dogs, one has since died, only one has been found to be adoptable. The dogs are put through a 'life-or-death' test in order to see if they can be placed in shelters and/or possible adoption. Ten dogs passed, nine failed. Out of the 10, one has been found to be adoptable but will be plassed in a shelter for a while to recover and get healthy before being adopted out. Eight of the 10 dogs have been placed in another shelter for rehabilitation and the last one will be considered in another shelter. Out of the 9 that did not pass, 5 were put down today and the other 4 will be put through a 'safer' test in hopes to save their lives.
As far as the owners go, well, they have been found. No charges have been filed as of yet. But, after this story's been told, they might be better off in jail. The county will be presenting pictures to the DA's office in a couple of days. It will be up to the DA's office if criminal charges will be filed.
The week and a half these dogs have spent in the county shelter has not been enough to hide their protruding ribs or pull their tails out from a permanent tuck under their bellies. And this is a quote from the paper that one of the animal control officers said, "I can tell you that all of my officers that were out there that day said it was nasty and deplorable...but they'd seen worse"
What could be worse!? I can't imagine and don't want to know!!