After dozens of animals were discovered living in horrible conditions at the Humane Society of Marion County efforts are underway to treat their poor health and adopt them out.
A veterinary clinic in Marshall called the Marshall Animal Hospital took in the 54 dogs that were found in Marion County and they’ve adopted out six so far. They said their vet, Dr. Jennifer Broers has worked around the clock to treat the dogs since so many were malnourished.
The workers said it’s been all-hands on deck with late nights at the Marshall Animal Hospital as they care for the 54 dogs which were rescued from deployable conditions at the Humane Society of Marion County earlier this week.
“It was overwhelming. They came in like a flood. Just one by one they were bringing them in. The dogs were terrified, they were so scared, they were in their own feces,” said Brandi Jones, Marshall Animal Hospital lead receptionist.
Several have their rib cages showing along with other health conditions the hospital is treating.
“They had the intestinal worms, they have heart worms, ear infections and wounds so extra medical attention is needed,” Jones said.
But she said the dogs are recovering physically and psychologically.
“The scared ones have really come out of their shells and you can really see their personality,” Jones said.
The hospital is spaying and neutering each dog, plus vaccines, heartworm, and flea and tick prevention, which costs 350 dollars per dog and they’re asking for community donations to cover their care.
“We’re just trying to get them treated while their here to get them healthy. A lot of them have already put on weight within the week they’ve been here. We still have a little ways to go,” said Hunter Gowanlock, Marshall Animal Hospital receptionist.
They said none of the dogs will be euthanized and they will work with local rescues to find homes. They plan for a big adoption event on Saturday.
“We just want them to go to a good home. They deserve it,” Gowanlock said.
People can adopt a dog free of cost this Saturday. The adoption event is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at their location at 4510 Elysian Fields Road.