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Two separate Humane Rescue Alliance investigations into suspected animal cruelty in NW DC led to the rescue of seven dogs and five newborn puppies over a two day period under search and seizure warrants obtained by HRA Humane Law Enforcement officers.
July 23: Alleged physical abuse rescue
HRA rescued five dogs and five newborn puppies on Thursday, July 23 from an alleged physical abuse situation. The investigation began when a member of the public reported hearing dogs yelping, screaming and crying in distress from a NW DC residence. Over the course of the investigation, HLE officers with HRA obtained additional information from multiple sources regarding allegations of physical abuse against the dogs.
July 24: Alleged abandonment rescue
On Friday, July 24, HRA rescued two dogs who were allegedly abandoned in a NW DC home. The investigation began when a member of the public called HRA to report they had not seen their neighbors for a number of days and that there were dogs inside of the house. HRA’s subsequent investigation revealed two dogs were abandoned in the residence for at least four days with no water or air conditioning in the middle of a District-wide heat emergency.
With assistance from DC Fire and EMS, HRA officers used a ladder to climb to the second story window to gain access to the home. Once inside, officers found two panting, but alert, dogs confined to a bedroom, living among their own waste and without access to adequate food or water.
Both cases remain under investigation. All of the dogs were thoroughly examined by a veterinarian and are in the care of HRA at an undisclosed location, where they are receiving any necessary medical treatment.
“I’m proud of our Humane Law Enforcement’s dedication to investigating these cases thoroughly and rescuing these dogs from such cruel situations,” said Chris Schindler, vice president of Field Services at the Humane Rescue Alliance. “We couldn’t do this lifesaving work without the eyes and ears of our community. To report animal cruelty or neglect, please call 202-723-5730 option 3.”
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