Officials: 71 dogs rescued from unfit conditions in Lehigh County


The Lehigh County Humane Society has come to the rescue of 71 beagles. Officials said the dogs, taken from a location in Lehigh County, are in poor health and in need of loving homes.

The dogs were brought to the humane society shelter from a home in Upper Saucon Township Saturday night. Staff were called to the home for noise complaints, but were not expecting what they found when they arrived.

"When we first got the complaint we were told it was 25 dogs so when we first got out there we were not prepared for what we saw," said Lehigh County Humane Society Executive Director Mary Shafer.

"I never saw so many dogs and one little space in my life," said Humane Officer Barbara Morgan.

Officials said they encountered beagles living wall-to-wall in conditions unfit for their health and well-being.

Officials said the former owner is facing the possibility of animal cruelty charges.

Officer Morgan received consent to take ownership of the dogs in writing by their former owner Sunday. The officer believes the dogs were inherited after their original owner passed away, and their care became too much.

The sudden influx of 71 dogs to the humane society has the shelter busting at the seems.

"We're already spending over $27,000 a month on meds and this just added to the bill," Shafer said.

Officials there hope the dogs quickly make their way back to healthy, normal lives.

"The dogs are doing pretty good. They're all learning to adjust. It's hard for them," Shafer said.

The public can help by considering adopting a dog or donating to the Lehigh County Humane Society.