A Humane Rescue Alliance investigation into suspected animal cruelty in SE DC led to the rescue of nine abandoned dogs yesterday under a search and seizure warrant obtained by HRA Humane Law Enforcement officers.
The investigation began when a member of the public reported seeing at least one animal being maintained in unsanitary conditions on a balcony in SE DC. HRA’s subsequent investigation revealed there were numerous dogs abandoned in the residence for at least 72 hours.
When HRA officers arrived on scene, they heard multiple dogs barking from within and smelled a foul odor consistent with animal waste. Once inside, officers found nine dogs living among their own waste and without access to adequate food or water. Officers found four adult dogs loose in the apartment and five puppies confined to a bedroom.
Officers transported the animals to an emergency veterinarian, who determined the five puppies were emaciated, dehydrated and suffering from numerous medical issues.
“I’m relieved these animals will no longer have to suffer in these inhumane conditions thanks to the work of our Humane Law Enforcement officers,” said Chris Schindler, vice president of field services at Humane Rescue Alliance. “With the help from our community, our officers will continue to investigate claims of animal cruelty and prosecute these crimes to the fullest extent of the law.”
The case remains under investigation. The animals are in the care of HRA, where they are receiving any necessary medical treatment.
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