Dogs Living In Stacked Cages Rescued From Deplorable Conditions

Dozens of dogs who were existing in conditions described as “deplorable” have a new leash on life thanks to care being provided to them by staff at the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter in California. The open-door shelter took in 34 dogs, including Boster Terriers, Tibetan Spaniels, and a Chihuahua mix, from a house in Scotts Valley earlier this month.

Animal Services Officer Todd Stosuy commented on the dismal conditions the dogs were forced to live in at the house:

“The dogs did not have food, the dogs did not have water. Some were living in excrement, some in urine.”

Officials who took part in the rescue effort found the dogs inside of stacked cages, in dark rooms, reported ABC 7 News. The person who owned the dogs was allegedly operating an illegal dog breeding operation.

According to the animal shelter, the Santa Cruz County District Attorney’s Office has been contacted about the situation – they are working with the animal shelter and Scotts Valley Police Department regarding criminal charges against the dogs’ owner.

This large-scale seizure has stretched the resources of the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter. Anyone hoping to make a donation to help with veterinary care for the dogs can do so at this link to the shelter’s Extra Mile Fund.

(Images via Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter Facebook page)

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Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.