Concentration Camp for Dogs
That’s how authorities described it when they arrived at the Washing County, PA house owned by Lore Massey on Tuesday evening and found dogs, dozens and dozens of dogs. There were at least 60 living dogs and 24 dead dogs and basically no food or water.
The dead dogs were everywhere, house, basement, cages outside and even in an incinerator.
“In the basement, there were approximately 38 dogs alive, we don’t have an exact count. And at least five dead dogs in the basement,” said Vickie Schmalzride, a humane officer.
“When you walked in the door, you could smell urine and rotting animals,” said Tina Ealy, a Humane Society police officer. “The basement walls were lined with dogs in chicken crates.”
It was not unusual to find three adult dogs crammed into one small, feces-littered crate, the humane officers said.
“It was a pretty bad situation. There was feces everywhere, too many animals in pens, and no water available. There was only one pen outside that had food available,” said Lorie Schooley, another humane officer.
It seems Massey was trying to rescue dogs and also breed dogs but let this whole thing get severely out of hand and to make matters worse, this is not the first time she has come up against legal charges. In 2006 she was also charged with running an illegal breeding operation although she was then found not guilty. It’s doubtful that will be the case this time with the extreme situation and number of dead dogs.
“It was definitely cruelty, it was definitely neglect,” said Lorie Schooley, an officer for the Humane Society.
“She was trying to rescue the animals. She was trying to do good. I think she was just overwhelmed,” Schooley said.
“She would receive calls from shelters when they were going to put a dog down,” said another humane officer, Vickie Schmalzried, with a shivering Jack Russell terrier snuggled in her arms.
“She hated to see them put down, but she was unable to care for them. She meant well, she just became overwhelmed,” Schmalzried said.
“The majority of our pets come to us from pounds and shelters where they are in danger of being euthanized. We also rescue from puppy mills and backyard breeders,” according to its Web page.
Schmalzried said John Sheldon, a dog warden for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, also is investigating because Calico Care Critters does not have a kennel license.
According to its Web page, Calico Care belongs to a small group of home-based rescuers who are “doing our best to put an end to homeless and unwanted pets.”
Massey did voluntarily give up the dogs and healthy dogs will be able to be adopted, the others will need more help.
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