ROCKINGHAM COUNTY -- Ten emaciated dogs were rescued from a home in Rockingham County. But since the Rockingham County Animal Shelter doesn't have the resources to properly care for such severely neglected dogs, the Humane Society of Charlotte stepped in to help.
Rescuers described the conditions the dogs were living in as "deplorable."
"We went inside the house and basically the whole floor was covered in fecal matter," said Brittany Hughes with the Rockingham County Animal Shelter. "Everything from the sofas, to the chairs, to the crates that were inside with their bedding. It was just completely covered with their own debris."
A woman tried to run her own rescue operation from the house, but couldn't take care of all ten animals.
"You want to save a life, but you just keep adding and adding to your home," said Hughes. "And with the cost of bedding, the cost of food."
"Unfortunately, the person trying to care for them all, it got out of control and ended up like this," said Donna Canzano with the Humane Society of Charlotte.
Canzano said all of the dogs are in various states of emaciation and neglect. Veterinarians with the Humane Society examined all the dogs to give them immediate medical treatment.
The animals will then be placed in foster homes with families who can give them all the essentials - medication, food, water, attention and love.
"We're getting them out of the shelter system," said Canzano. "They just need to be in a quiet, loving home to start this rehabilitation process."
Kim Dillen has been a foster mom for the Humane Society for almost eight years. She said the rescued dog she will be working with is one of the most severe cases she's ever seen.
"He's obviously very malnourished," said Dillen, her eyes welling with tears. "He's going to need a lot of time and attention and IV fluids over the next few days."
Dillen is taking him home Toto make sure he gets the best possible chance to recover, and the chance for a new life.
To help these dogs the Humane Society of Charlotte needs Science Diet Puppy Food, gently used towels, dog beds, fish oil capsules and latex gloves.
These items, or any monetary donations, can be dropped of at their shelter on Toomey Avenue.