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Six Dogs Rescued From Unsanitary Conditions After HRA Investigation

A Humane Rescue Alliance investigation into suspected animal cruelty in NE DC led to the rescue of six dogs under a search and seizure warrant obtained by HRA Humane Law Enforcement Officers.

Upon entering the residence, HLE Officers found two adult dogs and four puppies confined to crates, one of which was a shipping crate, and living in their own feces and urine. The dogs did not have access to food or water and some appeared to need medical attention. The foul odor in the residence was so strong that it was discernible from outside and once inside it made rescuers’ eyes water.

The investigation began in September 2018 following an anonymous tip reporting animals being neglected at an address on North Capitol St. NE.

“These dogs were begging for attention from our Officers and have clearly lived a life of neglect for far too long,” said Chris Schindler, Vice President of Field Services at the Humane Rescue Alliance. “We received an anonymous tip that led our officers to this address, which is why it’s important that if you see something, you say something. We couldn’t do this lifesaving work without the public’s help.”

The case remains under investigation and the dogs are in the care of HRA at an undisclosed location, where they will be thoroughly examined by a team of veterinarians and receive any necessary immediate medical treatment.


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