Boone Co. Humane Society has 14 rescued adoptable dogs and cats
The owners never returned to claim the animals, so they are now in the care of the Humane Society of Boone County.
LEBANON, Ind. – A small calico cat with some patchy fur that will grow larger over time has been affectionately named Harmony by the Humane Society for Boone County. In many ways, she is a hero among her 13 other cat and dog siblings.
“She was standing in one of the windows (of a residence in Lebanon) and just pawing and saying, ‘Look at me, I’m here. Someone is paying attention to me, ”said Susan Austin, Human Society executive director for Boone County.
Austin said neighbors noticed him and called authorities.
Two tenants had “left the property, leaving several animals,” according to a statement issued by the Boone County Sheriff’s Office.
“On April 7, 2021, a search warrant was obtained,” and what they found inside can only be described as appalling living conditions.
“It was then that they found out that seven dogs and seven cats had been abandoned in the house … food was limited and there was droppings all over the house,” Austin said.
The Boone County Sheriff’s Office reported, “There was no clean area for the animals and almost all were significantly underweight or showing signs of illness.”
Animal control officers wore respirators as they helped clean the house.
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Austin said the seven cats all had upper respiratory issues and gooey eyes. “You could see ribs” on some of the dogs because, according to Austin, “they had been without a meal for too long.”
The owners never returned to claim the animals, so they are now in the care of the Humane Society of Boone County. The shelter gave names to all the animals because none of their names were known. They receive all their vaccines, are sterilized, sterilized and restored to health.
“One of them has already been adopted this week,” Austin said. She said neglecting animals was not a major problem in Boone County like in other areas. The Humane Society for Boone County has provided free food and is trying to offer sterilization and sterilization support to those who qualify.
Austin said the shelter does not receive tax funding and is dependent on donations. At the height of the pandemic, food aid was provided while driving so that volunteers and residents could be socially left behind.
Austin said the animals appear to be toilet trained and interact well with other breeds.
“Someone started to like them, let’s make no mistake,” she said. “Someone loved them enough to adopt them and brought them home. They just didn’t know how to take care of them, and it got overwhelming, ”Austin said.
And now Harmony and her siblings are looking for their furry home.