Richland County Humane Society overwhelmed by five recent human cases

MANSFIELD, Ohio (WJW) — Overwhelmed with dogs from five different recent human cases, the Humane Society of Richland County shelter is asking for help in caring for all of the animals they are working to rehabilitate.

The eighteen dogs are added to the other animals in the shelter who are ready for adoption.

Five of the new arrivals, including four puppies, were found emaciated, abandoned in a home after their owners were evicted.

“I have never seen such skinny puppies,” aid worker Aleigha Gabor said.

“You can imagine how skinny it is. They are left in cages. Their paws are all burned after being exposed to feces and urine at an almost constant rate,” said Humane Society executive director Linda Chambers. “Their skin conditions, covered in fleas, so they were the worst of the 18.”

Gabor said two other dogs were picked up overweight after their owner went to jail and left them too much food.

To make room for the dogs, the shelter had to get creative, using every available space.

This includes installing cages in their mechanical room for three of the dogs.

They are appealing to the public for donations to help rehabilitate animals and prepare them for adoption.

“Canned puppy food is great because it’s another healthy way to gain weight and it’s better than canned dog food. It has more calories. Purina puppy food is great. We can always use bleach. We do a lot of cleaning, paper towels, things like that,” Chambers said.

Donations are accepted at the shelter, but the agency has also created an online wishlist for anyone willing to contribute.

You can find it here.

“The treats are great… We’re grateful for everything we get,” Gabor said.

“All of our dogs stay here for as long as they need until they get their forever home, so yes we’re going to get these dogs healthy and ready for adoption, but we already have about 12 to 15 who have been ready and are looking for their forever families,” Chambers said.

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