Thursday, April 7, 2011

Canada: 30 chihuahuas rescued from squalor in Ontario

A humane society in Oakville, Ont., has seized at least 30 chihuahuas from a home after they were found living in squalid and cramped conditions.

The Oakville and Milton Humane Society said it visited the home last Friday after being contacted by Halton Region police. A local resident of the city west of Toronto had grown concerned about the dogs and called police.

The human society said it took the dogs into its care after talking to the owner, who "had become overwhelmed with their care."

The dogs range in age, and their condition is being assessed. The Oakville Beaver, a local newspaper, reported the animals were held in cramped crates, which were stacked on top of each other and packed with urine and feces.

"It will take some time to fully assess these dogs," Johanne Golder, the head of the humane society, said in a statement. "We will know more about them and their adoptability in the days ahead."

It is not immediately clear if any charges will be filed. (read more)