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90 dogs discovered inside single home; WHS now caring for several of the dogs

MILWAUKEE - After firefighters extinguished a fire at a home in South Fulton County in Georgia on Sunday, December 3, they discovered a horrific scene inside: more than 90 terrified dogs were huddled in masses inside the home.

The owner surrendered the dogs to Fulton County Animal Services in Atlanta. The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) regularly works with Fulton County to transfer dogs out of their overcrowded facility to Wisconsin, and immediately offered help.

At 2:00 a.m. early Thursday morning, 17 dogs arrived at WHS from the shelter in Atlanta; 13 of them are from the hoarding situation. Initial assessments revealed that the dogs are incredibly shy and fearful; nearly all of them are sick with respiratory ailments. 

“Dogs from hoarding situations don’t receive proper socialization, training or veterinary care,” said Angela Speed, vice president of communications at WHS. “They typically need a lot of medical support, and loving guidance to build their confidence in a patient environment.”

WHS plans to allow the dogs to settle in through the holiday weekend before deciding who can go through to adoption next week, and who needs further medical and behavioral support, potentially in foster homes. 

WHS is asking for the public’s support in helping the new arrivals. 

“We are in high need of foster homes for not only these dogs, but also other pups currently at the shelter,” said Speed, “And if you can’t foster or adopt right now, donations of any size would be deeply appreciated. It’s community support that makes it possible to provide the medical care these dogs desperately need.” 

Interested in fostering dogs or making a contribution? Visit or call 414-431-6119  (donations) or 414-431-6126 (foster).

  • Friday, December 22, 2017